The start of a new year is a special time when everyone comes together to celebrate, leaving you ample time to bury the you-know-what. Let auld acquaintance stay forgot with this GrouponLive deal to see Porter Robinson at Congress Theater. For $34, you get one ticket for general admission on Monday, December 31, at 8 p.m. (up to a $48.99 value, including all fees).
The notion that making electronic dance music is easy has been the albatross of many DJs. But Porter Robinson isn’t just slapping the keyboard of a laptop or tossing CDs into a digital blender. His tricky compositions—a style of music he refers to as Complextro—go beyond textbook dance-floor drum and bass. They’re intricate symphonies, melding house music with the defibrillating pulse of dubstep and ethereal vocals. In Robinson’s musical world, every beat, blip, and blindsiding break is deliberate. His work is a labor of love, and there is no autopilot.
That passion seems to be infectious: his skills have landed him slots in major festivals such as Coachella and Lollapalooza, stints with peers including Skrillex and Tiësto, and headlining tours that shook Europe. He’s crafted official remixes for Lady Gaga, crashed servers with his online releases, and topped the Beatport and iTunes dance charts. When Robinson was only 18 years old, he crafted the throbbing single “Say My Name,” which clubbers worldwide took to like horses to fine brandy. Now, at the age of 20 and poised for interplanetary domination, Robinson rings in the New Year with an energized performance of smash hits such as the recent “Language,” along with a grab bag of mash-ups and unreleased remixes that launches party hats through the roof. British DJ Mat Zo ignites the atmosphere with wily French house and funk soundscapes that hiss at easy categorization, and San Francisco’s The M Machine, from Skrillex’s OWSLA label, creates cinematic dubstep tracks heavy on the synths.