Lucky 2012 with Calvin Harris

Setting aside the mild cognitive dissonance of a St. Patrick's

Day-themed big-room rave being headlined by a Scottish producer (close

enough?), there's plenty about Calvin Harris' unlikely rise to

international stardom that's slightly puzzling. Harris arrived late to

the electro-clash party with 2007's I Invented Disco (not true--I checked Wikipedia), a claim he backed up with electro-pop novelties that respectively misremembered the '80s and boasted of his

acquisitive way with women, and with the truly inviting "Merrymaking

at My Place" (the Mr. Oizo remix is tops). He parlayed that and

follow-up Ready For the Weekend into production work for Kylie

Minogue, LMFAO, and Rihanna, for whom he produced the #1 charting

chintzy carnival organ trance-pop of "We Found Love." In a moment when

pop and rave are the most mixed up they've been since, say, C+C Music

Factory, Calvin Harris makes for a legit star. Lucky him. With ATB, Flux Pavilion, Porter Robinson, Hardwell, Manufactured Superstars, dirtyphonics, Ed Rush & Optical, Goldie, Adventure Club. ERIC GRANDY

Fri., March 16, 7:30 p.m., 2012

 
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