Armin Van Buuren

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    September 18, 2014

    Lady Casa: Queen of the Ravers

    By Ben Westhoff and Sarah Purkrabek Lady Casa is perhaps the country's most famous raver, and something of a cult leader to her tens of thousands of fans. When the Miami native makes a pilgrimage to LA and hosts an event on Venice Beach the day after seeing DJ Armin van Buuren, it quickly turns int ... More >>

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    August 9, 2013

    Maor Levi is the DJ Behind "Everything Step"

    The Israeli producer Maor Levi has been fine-tuning his talents for more than a decade after becoming fascinated by Tiesto's In Search of Sunrise at the age of 12. In 2005 he released his first single "Lital" on Anjunadeep records, the sub-label to Above & Beyond's world renowned Anjuanbeats and was ... More >>

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    May 8, 2013

    Armin Van Buuren Talks About Finding New Intensity in Trance

    If you consider trance music a religion, then Armin Van Buuren is God. The DJ, producer, remixer, composer, musician, pianist and songwriter has taken trance to world renowned heights through his A State of Trance radio show, Armada Music record label and vast discography which spans over the course ... More >>

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    May 6, 2013

    Armin Van Buuren - The Palladium - May 3, 2013

    Armin Van Buuren The Palladium May 3, 2013 This weekend, the super-star DJ/producer Armin Van Buuren launched his highly anticipated tour for his new album Intense at the legendary Hollywood Palladium. Armin chose Los Angeles ,believe it or not, even after his famed "A State of Trance" radio show i ... More >>

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    May 1, 2013

    The Five Best EDM Shows in May

    April has come and gone and spring time is officially here. For most of us in Orange County this means great summer weather, beach days, bikinis and world renowned electronic dance music artists making their way through our city week after week. Since most of us are gearing up for the 17th annual El ... More >>

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    May 1, 2013

    EDC Las Vegas 2013 Lineup is Here!

    After leaving fans on the edge of their seats in anticipation for the sold out 17th Annual Electric Daisy Carnival at the Las Vegas Motor Speedway -- Insomniac finally revealed the diverse lineup of musical "conductors" as founder and CEO Pasquale Rotella likes to call them. This year's list include ... More >>

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    March 26, 2013

    Raging With My Mom at Ultra Music Festival

    Ultra Music Festival celebrated its 15th annual edition by expanding over two three-day weekends (a la Coachella) making it the largest electronic music festival in the US and the only one in the world to take place over two weekends. Acts included some of the worlds biggest EDM names such as Tiëst ... More >>

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    March 15, 2013

    Five Must-See Artists at Beyond Wonderland

    This weekend, Insomniac takes its fourth journey down the Alice & Wonderland-themed rabbit hole to Beyond Wonderland Music Festival, held at the San Manuel Amphitheater after the city of San Bernardino complained from previous wonderland events at the NOS Events Center. Don't be fooled by the new lo ... More >>

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    February 7, 2013

    Why Tritonal Are the EDM Group To Watch in 2013

    After making waves in the trance community the Texas based duo Dave Reedand Chad Cisneroswho form Tritonal are about to embark in the biggest year of their career. At least that's what MTV Clubland thinks as they named Tritonal one of their artists to watch in 2013 last month. We got to chat with th ... More >>

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    January 17, 2013

    Five Highlights From Nervo's West Coast Travels

    The past six months have been a whirlwind of success for the Australian-born NERVO twins. They were the only female DJs on the DJ Mag Top 100 poll, landing at No. 46, the third-highest new entry among EDM's elite. The only other female to ever make the list was Claudia Cazacu, who squeaked in at No. ... More >>

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    January 14, 2013

    Tom Fall - Yost Theater - January 11, 2013

    Tom Fall Yost Theater January 11, 2013 On Friday night, Tomi Fallenius better known by his stage name Tom Fall, blew our expectations for his show at the Yost Theater in Santa Ana. Making his West Coast debut thanks to Trilogy Events, the 27-year old producer-DJ could easily be the next generation ... More >>

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    January 7, 2013

    Five EDM Artists We'd Like to See at Coachella This Year

    As the new year commences EDM fans have one thing to look forward to and that's the start of festival season which kicks-off with WMC and Ultra Music Festival in Miami this spring. Though most people think EDM is in it's revival stage, the truth is the plethora of dance music at festivals has always ... More >>

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    November 29, 2012

    Battle-Tested DJ Shogun Finally Returns to OC

    [Locals Only] The first Asian American DJ on Armin van Buuren's trance label traveled the world to prove himself

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    October 29, 2012

    Top Five Best and Worst Parts of Escape From Wonderland - NOS Events Center - October 27,2012

    This weekend, Insomniac Events hosted their second annual Escape from Wonderland music festival at the Nos Events Center in San Bernadino. The Wonderland parties have become a staple brand for the promoters and are becoming just as popular as Electric Daisy Carnival (their biggest event of the year) ... More >>

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    October 26, 2012

    Top 10 EDM Halloween Parties in OC

    Halloween is less than a week away, but as you know the EDM scene can stretch out a holiday like nobody's business. And with the potential for slutty costumes and thematic whimsey being at an all time high in October, it's obvious that this is one of the biggest party weekends of the year.  No ... More >>

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    October 24, 2012

    Sutra Throws a Seven Day Halloween Party in OC

    See Also: Top Five Worst Places to Get Your EDM News Nocturnal Wonderland: Our Recap From A to Z Identity Management Group and Insomniac Events Create an EDM Power Merger in OC Halloween is another excuse to dress up as your favorite characters while sneaking in an extra concert, festival or club n ... More >>

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    October 18, 2012

    Kristina Sky Was Dragged To Her First EDM Rave in the '90s, She Hasn't Looked Back Since

    Kristina Sky sensed that the EDM movement would continue to gain popularity in the states since her early rave days in the 90s. The LA-bred trance artist started off promoting dessert parties before picking up vinyl records and a set of turntables 10 years ago. Today, she DJ's all over the world sha ... More >>

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    June 28, 2012

    Norin & Rad: A Pair of Local DJs Putting OC Trance on the Map

    See Also: Above & Beyond's Tony McGuinness Shares Why He Loves SoCal Above & Beyond - The Shrine Auditorium - 5/18/12 Armin Van Buuren - Sutra - 5/28/12 Before joining Norin & Rad, Bruce Karlsson had been dabbling in producing and other music projects while Nick Sember was spinning ... More >>

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    June 25, 2012

    Over the Weekend: Norman Doray - Yost Theater - 6/24/12

    Norman Doray June 24, 2012 Yost TheaterSee also: *Rusko and Andy C - Hollywood Palladium - 6/1/12 *Armin Van Buuren - Sutra - 5/28/12 *Bingo Players - Yost Theater - 5/22/12 This past Saturday, the Yost Theater in downtown Santa Ana hosted DJ Norman Doray, a fiery French selector who hit the dec ... More >>

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    June 12, 2012

    Hottest Girls of Electric Daisy Carnival 2012

    See also: * EDC 2012: An First-Timer Gets Deflowered* Best Masks of the Electric Daisy Carnival * Electric Daisy Carnival: More From Day One * Electric Daisy Carnival: More From Day Three Mother nature had the power to stop the Electric Daisy Carnival on Saturday, but she couldn't stop these gi ... More >>

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    June 11, 2012

    The Night After Cancellation, EDC Closes Fest With Massive Turnout

    See also: EDC Vegas Pulls Plug on Music Due to High Winds Organizers of the second annual Electric Daisy Carnival in Las Vegas declared the three-day party a success, despite high-winds that cut its marquee night short on Saturday. Promoters say a whopping 115,000 people were in attendance o ... More >>

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    June 10, 2012

    EDC Vegas Pulls Plug on Music Due to High Winds

    [Update at 2:48 a.m]: EDC is over for the night. Organizers are waiting for crowds to thin out before making an official announcement. More details and older updates at the bottom.Electric Daisy Carnival in Las Vegas tonight was shut down temporarily as a result of high winds buffeting tall sound s ... More >>

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    June 8, 2012

    Seven DJs You Can't Miss at EDC

    Every year, The Electric Daisy Carnival attracts thousands of new EDM-o-philes who pile in to watch marquee DJs from around the world do their dirtiest behind the decks. Upon asking a handful of people going out to Las Vegas this year about who they want to see, a scary amount of people (who, mind y ... More >>

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    May 29, 2012

    Armin Van Buuren - Sutra - 5/28/12

    Armin Van Buuren Sutra 5/28/2012 Last night, Memorial Day Weekend (more like week) made its big finish in Orange County at the swanky, Sutra Nightclub in Costa Mesa. Number one DJ in the world Armin Van Buuren invaded OC with his electrifying new progressive trance sound to rock an incredible Memo ... More >>

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    May 24, 2012
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    April 5, 2012

    Electric Daisy Carnival Lineup Revealed!

    Insomniac Events announced their highly anticipated line up for the 16th Annual Electric Daisy Carnival in Las Vegas. CEO Pasquale Rotella announced today that more than 100 artists and 500 theatrical groups will be joining the 300,000 expected attendees, including a special performance by the Blue ... More >>

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    March 27, 2012

    Five Things at Ultra Music Fest I Wish Were in OC

    ​Unless you've been living under a rock and where not aware, this past ten days marked the 27th consecutive year of Winter Music Conference in Miami Beach Florida. This one of kind gathering unites 10,000s of attendees including artists, DJs, record labels, producers, A&R, press, event/concert ... More >>

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    March 23, 2012

    Six Can't Miss EDM Acts Coming to Orange County

    ​Sunshine is upon us and it's time to break out your bikini body--but what about showing off that sexy bod at the club? Orange County is emerging as an EDM destination with great artists making appearances at Sutra, the Yost Theater, Ten and the Observatory in the coming weeks. Here are six can't ... More >>

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    March 19, 2012

    Beyond Wonderland at the San Bernardino NOS Events Center, March 17, 2012

    ​Beyond WonderlandMarch 17, 2012Nos Events CenterOn Saturday, Insomniac Events hosted a very special edition of a sold-out Beyond Wonderland at the San Bernardino NOS Events Center. Beyond Wonderland marks the start of festival season in the dance community with Ultra Music Festival in Miami this ... More >>

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    February 10, 2012

    Four EDM Albums That Should Have Been Nominated for the Grammys

    The Grammy nominees have been announced for this years Best Dance/Electronic Album. Not a bad selection this year -- nothing absurd like Party Rock from LMFAO; nonetheless, there are definitely better ones. Here are our picks for the notable EDM albums that should have made the list.

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    February 3, 2012

    John O'Callaghan and Kristina Sky at the Yost Theater Last Night

    John O'Callaghan with Kristina SkyYost Theater, Santa AnaFeb. 2, 2012Ireland's No. 1 DJ John O'Callaghan headlined the Yost Theater on Thursday night, but LA's own Kristina Sky stole the show. Giant's house DJ, Daniel Minaya opened the night with his share of old school progressive house.

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    January 21, 2012

    Nadia Ali at the Yost Theater Last Night

    Nadia AliYost TheaterJan. 20, 2012The Grammy-nominated voice of electronic music Nadia Ali stopped at the Yost Theater last night on her Queen of Clubs Tour, and she proved that monicker to be true as she performed her more upbeat remixes from the Queen of Clubs Trilogy albums. I have heard mixed re ... More >>

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    January 13, 2012

    Nadia Ali to Perform Live at the Yost Theater on Jan. 20

    ​Just finishing her world tour with the electronic powerhouse Armin Van Buuren, the Grammy nominated singer/songwriter Nadia Ali is set to put Orange County in a trance with her Queen of Clubs Tour at the Yost Theater on Friday, Jan. 20.

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    December 29, 2011

    The Biggest Music Headlines of 2011

    [Mental Notes] The news that kept us talking this year

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    December 28, 2011

    Heard Mentality's Top Posts of 2011

    ​Wow, 2011 sure went by fast. And while our most popular posts had all the elements that make up the Interwebz (cats, Kreayshawn and Lil Wayne all made the list) we found that our biggest hits are made up of solid news coverage. Read on to see our most popular posts of 2011!

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    October 20, 2011

    Monster Massive Cancels Two Weeks Before Event

    [Mental Notes] Annual Halloween mega-rave had no venue, even as it was briskly selling tickets and advertising the event

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    October 14, 2011

    [UPDATE: MONSTER MASSIVE 2011 OFFICIALLY CANCELED] Armin Van Buuren Announces Monster Massive Date Is Canceled, Erick Morillo Is Out, Too

    ​UPDATE: Monster Massive 2011 is officially canceled., the official ticketing site of the event, has stopped selling tickets and posted the news "canceled" on their website. CLICK HERE TO LEARN HOW TO GET YOUR REFUND.   Original post, Oct. 14, 7:58 p.m.: Here's the final nail in th ... More >>

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    October 14, 2011

    Monster Massive Is Canceled. Now What? How to Get Your Refund

    failblog.orgMassive Monster Fail​Well, it finally happened. Monster Massive 2011 was canceled today despite Go Ventures'  enthusiastic claims to the contrary. Armin van Buuren's Armin Only Mirage show dropped out of the festival due to "reasons beyond their control." Erick Morillo also bailed ... More >>

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    October 12, 2011

    [UPDATED: Armin van Buuren, Erick Morillo Announce Cancellation of Monster Massive Date] Where the Hell Is Monster Massive Going to Be Held?

    ​UPDATE: Armin van Buuren and Erick Morillo just announced the cancellation of their Oct. 29 appearances at Monster Massive 2011 on their websites. Read about it here.Oct 12, 2011, 4:12 a.m.: Go Ventures posted an update on Monster Massive's Facebook page around 3:30 a.m. Wednesday. This is not th ... More >>

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    April 14, 2010

    Sander van Doorn to En-Trance Sutra Tomorrow

    Capital T, small v​When Dutch techno-trance DJ/producer Sander van Doorn played Code in Newport Beach last October, the usually civil Thursday house night was so rammed (as van Doorn would say), promoters Giant had to turn people away.