Steve Lawler

With his Lights Out parties and releases, British super-DJ Steve Lawler ruled dance floors with a sound that lived up to that name. It was thumping, dark, and almost fiercely inward-looking, so it was no surprise that Lawler cited Depeche Mode and the Doors as influences. But just as the real world was reaching its heaviest, Lawler lightened up, channeling a sunnier, perhaps more South American influence. Certain scribes have dubbed it "carnival house," a horrifying term, though it does begin to get at the more celebratory, festive mood of Lawler's recent mixes.

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34 NE 11th St.
Miami, FL 33132

Category: Bars and Clubs

Region: Downtown/Overtown

Surfcomber Hotel

1717 Collins Ave.
Miami Beach, FL 33139

Category: Hotels and Resorts

Region: South Beach

B.E.D. Miami

929 Washington Ave.
Miami Beach, FL 33139

Category: Bars and Clubs

Region: South Beach


At the Space Terrace Presents Viva party: With M.A.N.D.Y., Tiefschwarz, Radio Slave, and others. 10 p.m. Thursday, March 25. Space, 34 NE 11th St., Miami. Tickets cost $40 for entry before midnight, $50 for entry before 2 a.m., in advance from Ages 21 and up; 305-372-9378; At Pete's Pool Party: With Pete Tong, Kaskade, James Zabiela, and others. 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. Friday, March 26. The Surfcomber, 1717 Collins Ave., Miami BeachTickets cost $70 in advance from Ages 21 and up; At the Steve Lawler: Lights Out Miami 2010 party. 10 p.m. Friday, March 26. B.E.D., 929 Washington Ave., Miami Beach. Tickets cost $25 in advance from Ages 21 and up; 305-532-9070;;

Perhaps the change came thanks to the world of possibilities opened up by the launch of his new record label/DJ agency/production company/everything-but-the-kitchen-sink music juggernaut, Viva Music. Or maybe it was just, you know, musical boredom. Whatever the reason, in the past couple of years, Lawler has done a 180 that has stymied those who would put him in a little "dark progressive house" box. Check out the changes this weekend when he finishes up his WMC run.

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