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The German DJ/producer Alex Ridha, aka Boys Noize, has been a mainstay of the dance-music underground for nearly a decade. He was a major figure in the so-called “bloghouse” movement, which provided much of the sonic framework informing EDM acts currently filling arenas worldwide. As electronic music exploded in America, Ridha’s followed suit, leveraging his tastemaking reputation into main-stage appearances at massive EDM events and remixing A-list pop artists.

Recently Ridha released his third Boys Noize LP, Out of the Black, on his own Boysnoize Records. It’s an ambitious record that mixes modern EDM with classic rave sounds, and even features a guest appearance by Snoop Dogg on the electro-rap album closer “Got It.” Ridha’s tour behind the album is even more ambitious—for the first time in his career he’s performing his material live.

Tomorrow night he headlines the House of BluesAragon. Trap phenomenon UZ and the New York avant-rapper Le1f (who just released an extremely fascinating EP on Boysnoize with his frequent collaborator Boody) open. Earlier this week I talked to Ridha about the new record, his new live approach, and dance-music fans doing drugs.