Thomas Wesley “Diplo” Pentz is the kind of superfamous musician everyone says they’d imitate if they got superfamous: make weird, noisy (albeit highly successful) songs for big-time pop stars by day, and promote even weirder underground music (through an eccentric record label and an astoundingly relentless DJ schedule) by night. And somehow still find the time to pull outrageous, Spinal Tap-level stunts such as spinning four gigs in four east-coast cities in one night because you can commute from one to another by helicopter. (Diplo did this in January, calling the microtour “Trap Hawk Down.”) In his spare time Pentz heads up frenetic dancehall-EDM collective Major Lazer
, which specializes in bringing together unlikely combinations of musicians to fantastically decadent ends. The upcoming Free the Universe
(Downtown) features Bruno Mars, Wyclef Jean, Dirty Projectors’ Amber Coffman, techno superstar Laidback Luke, and Ezra Koenig of Vampire Weekend collaborating on outrageous floor-filling tracks with a cast of dancehall artists who are as obscure in the States as they are legendary in Jamaica. —Miles Raymer Dragonette, Rockie Fresh, Gent & Jawns, and Zebo open.