• July 24, 2012
    By Michael Freedberg

    If Dizzy Gillespie's signature was "Grooving High," then STEVE ANGELLO'S theme at Ocean Club Marina bay Sunday night was "venting high." The Swedish House Mafia stalwart dropped a set -- on a crowd 1,500 strong -- that lived up to the hype, and then some. He exceeded himself not by marvels of mix-boarding -- many fans accuse him of playing pre-mixed sets and swore that that was what he did in this performance too -- but by delivering a message in his music neither superficial nor out of school: that no matter how pent up your day-to-day life, no matter how frustrated, or regretful, or love-longing your soul may feel, you can conquer it all by just letting go, venting everything, and lifting your arms, body, and all up up and away.

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  • July 06, 2012
    By Michael Freedberg

    Photos by Michael Freedberg

    Perhaps it is unfair to downgrade the performance dropped by the very young Swedish dance music track-maker ALESSO at Ocean Club, Marina Bay, the night of July 4. Alesso -- real name Alessandro Lindblad -- turns age 21 just this week, an age more suited, one wants to think, to arena rock or indie punk than to the worldly intricacies of great dance music.

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  • July 02, 2012
    By Michael Freedberg

    Last Friday night, ERICK MORILLO, one of the major creators of house music's second generation (1992 to 1999, when he was known as "Erick More"), dropped a 90-minute set at Quincy's Ocean Club at Marina Bay. Morillo doesn't often play the Boston area any more, yet by the huge number of mostly South American folks -- Morillo was born in Colombia and always works his roots -- who came to Ocean Club paying top dollar, it was clear that he still commands full loyalty from those who have sustained his music since he first founded Subliminal records, and before that.

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