Music » Critics' Picks


8 p.m. Tuesday, January 10. The Pageant, 6161 Delmar Boulevard.


Some people become legends because they're young and working and some because their tender age belies a wicked talent. Avicii falls in the second category. The 22-year-old progressive house sensation hurtled to the top of the crop in 2011, and his ascent knows no bounds. He's already been tapped as a headliner for the infamous Ultra fest in Miami, where he'll play alongside Kraftwerk and Tiesto. His massive bangers knock like jokes, and while his up, up and still-more-up style isn't exactly groundbreaking, the Swede has a preternatural gift for drops that's earned him a Grammy nod and an extensive do-gooder tour aiming to raise a cool million to fight worldwide hunger.

Required Listening: "Levels" with its brilliant Etta James sample, and the Nicky Romero collaboration "ID/Fuck School."