Merry-Making at Mansion

Calvin Harris is a chart-topping pop superstar — in the UK. In America, the Scottish singer-songwriter, record producer, and DJ gets a bit of a blank stare. Why? We aren’t sure. With tracks such as “The Girls,” “Acceptable in the ’80s,” and “I’m Not Alone,” he has definitely proved he’s able to compose killer hooks. Plus his boyish good looks and sugary melodies probably earn him instant panty-dropper status with the ladies. So why hasn’t Harris achieved success stateside? That might have something to do with a lack of major-label support and poor marketing. Though he enjoys the backing of Columbia Records and EMI in Europe, he’s relegated to the smaller Ultra Records on this side of the pond. But it’s only a matter of time before the majors realize their error. This Saturday at Mansion soak up Harris before MTV does. All you’ll get from him this time is a DJ set, but considering he’s more than adept behind the decks, that’s a good thing.
Sat., Nov. 6, 11 p.m., 2010