Main Stage at EDC 2013
Main Stage at EDC 2013
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The Five Best EDM Shows in July

If you're an electronic dance music lover, we get that you're probably just recovering after an incredible week of parties during Las Vegas' epic Electric Daisy Carnival. Though the festival ended almost 10 days ago July is now upon us and it's time to think about what kind of trouble you can get into this month. With 4th of July weekend right around the corner, you bet the clubs in Orange County and the surrounding areas already have a jam packed rooster of our favorite EDM artist to celebrate well into the weekend. We scoped out the five best dance music shows this month once again so that you may plan your summer accordingly dancing to the beat of the best music available.

See Also: StellaR: "I don't have a bias to any style. I just love to make people dance."5. DJ Stellar Saturday, July 13th Yost Theater

Life has been pretty good for the LA raised DJ and producer Dave Garcia who is better known by his stage name DJ Stellar all over Las Vegas where he now resides. The Calamity of Noise Records label chief has released tracks for artists like Loco Dice, Von Ukof, DJ Dan and even Huntington Beach's Donald Glaude on his fast-growing imprint.

After paying dues at residencies that included Rain Nightclub alongside the legendary Paul Oakenfold, after hours at the Artisan to Haze Nightclub at Aria -- Stellar now holds down a residency at the new Light Nightclub and Daylight pool party at Mandalay Bay alongside Skrillex, Major Lazer, Alesso, Nicky Romero and Krewella. He's played all over including major festivals like Coachella, Ultra Music Festival to Space Ibiza alongside tech king Carl Cox and just ended an Asia Tour with his latest collab mate Kryoman. He headlines Yost Saturdays on July 13th if you want to get a taste of his hard hitting big room progressive Las Vegas style.

See Also: Dirtyphonics Bring "Vomit Level" Partying to Nokia and Coachella4. Dirtyphonics Thursday, July 18th The Observatory

The French bass quartet Dirtyphonics have just ended their 30-stop, larger-than-life North American "Irreverence Tour" at EDC at the bassPOD stage, an event as filthy and fun as their name. The group celebrates the release of their debut full-length album


on Dim Mak Records which merges bass music, drum n' bass, dubstep and electro with their heavy metal backgrounds. Having already worked with artist such as The Bloody Beetroots, Skrillex to Marilyn Manson -- the group has had remix work on world renowned labels such as Atlantic, Mau5trap, Ultra, Virgin and Ram Records. Their current DirtyTV videos capture their unique live sets with the craziness of touring as chicks twerk feverishly for them. Expect some epic club energy and grimy sounds when they make their way back to OC for a special DJ set as part of Innervision Events' BASSOLOGY night at The Observatory.

See Also: SMOG Records Celebrates Six Years of Bringing Dubstep to American Dance Floors3. 12th Planet Wednesday, July 10th Sutra

Los Angeles native John Dadzie, better known by his musical aliases 12th Planet and Infiltrata (his drum & bass pseudonym), was recently named "LA's dubstep God" by Rolling Stone and has often been named one of the bass music's biggest pioneers in the states. Through his label SMOG records he's helped bring dubstep and emerging bass artist to the forefront of EDM culture. Currently hitting the summer festival season hard with impressive sets at Ultra and EDC among many more. He makes his way back home July 10th for a special Wednesday turnt show thanks to Insomniac and Identity Management group at Sutra. With so many high-profile friends like Skrillex, Flinch, Dillon Francis, Borgore and Adventure Club, who knows who will show up to the posh nightclub with him and make shit rowdy. His latest release with Mayhem featuring Pennybirdrabbit "Whoops" shows his eclectic mix of dubstep, electro and even R&B influences - perfect for all EDM palettes.

See Also: Fly Guy Eric Prydz - The Swedish DJ conquered his acrophobia to get to America and never looked back 2. Eric Prydz Wednesday, July 3rd Create Nightclub

There's a reason why Rolling Stone named Eric Prydz's one of 2013's "Musical Rebels" and why he was the only "EDM" act featured. The two-time Grammy nominated producer and DJ has remained true to his craft despite chart-topping hits and stadium-filling gigs. After his recent move to LA Prydz fans where terrified he would sell out and become mainstream like the Swedish House Mafia's in the game. But rather, the exact opposite has happened. After playing the main stage at Ultra, EDC and closing out the infamous Sahara tent at Coachella among other gigs all across the US Eric -- has dug deeper into his Cirez D alias and brought dark European techno to the forefront of dance music. Much like his "Black Dice" sets at his Wynn Las Vegas residency, we can only expect a truly intimate DJ journey at Create - an art that seems to be lost with the untz untz of fist pumping glow sticks and recycled Beatport top 40 songs. A must see for for the die hard dance music aficionados.

See Also: Bassnectar Rumbles Through Lightning In a Bottle Festival1. Lighting in a Bottle Thursday, July 11th - Monday, 15th Lake Skinner, Temecula CA

The creators of The Do LaB, one of our favorite art installations at Coachella and EDC this year bring you Lighting in a Bottle this month. Celebrating art, music, performance, sustainability and life for almost a decade as a music festiva, LIB is moving to a new location at Lake Skinner in Temecula after being held in Irvine. A favorite of most in the Burning Man community LIB is not for "EDM" ragers, but more those passionate about dance music, art and theologies in life while expanding their minds beyond the realms of conformity. With a camping experience unlike any other, over the years the LIB line-up has gotten stronger than ever. With artist like Purity Ring, Nicolas Jaar, Rusko, Emancipator, Lucent Dossier, Paper Diamond, PANTyRAiD, Gladiator, Christina Martin, Lee Burridge, Miguel Migs, Kastle, Jason Bentley, The Polish Ambassador, Thugfucker and Worthy the line-up this year is perfect for seasoned dance music veterans and those exploring new and unique bass heavy genres.

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