• Blogs

    November 4, 2014

    Five Best Things at Escape All Hallows' Eve

    Escape All Hallows' Eve NOS Events Center October 31 - November 1, 2014 This weekend more than 90,000 Insomniac fans attended the 4th annual Escape All Hallows' Eve, which used to be known as Escape from Wonderland. With the new re-branded name came the expansion of two days of pulsating dance musi ... More >>

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    March 31, 2014

    10 Sleaziest Rave T-Shirts at Ultra 2014

    [Editor's Note: Over the weekend, our colleagues at Miami New Times' Crossfade music blog covered the depths of bass-dropping depravity at Ultra 2104--Miami's annual juggernaut of an EDM festival. Here's some of the coverage they were good enough to share with us.] By: S. Pajot Whoa! Bro! You got ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 2, 2013

    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 in ... More >>

  • Music

    June 20, 2013

    Paul van Dyk Is a Dance Floor (R)evolutionary

    After two decades, the legendary DJ still creates music that leaves us entranced

  • Blogs

    June 18, 2013

    Nicky Romero Is Dedicated to Being a Killer Producer, Mono Be Damned

    Nick Rotteveel--that's Nicky Romero to you--is a Dutch producer/DJ that rose out of the streets of Holland into super stardom after being taken under the wing of former number one DJ in the world David Guetta. Currently deejaying all over the world including Ultra Music Festival and Coachella this y ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 31, 2013

    Thomas Gold Shares the Anatomy of a Good DJ Set

    Life's been good since Thomas Gold befriended the mafia. Well, the Swedish House Mafia, anyway. His inclusion into the the SHM family last year on Axwell's Axtone Records catapulted his career to the next level. Now with his own Fanfare Bus World Tour, residency at the new Las Vegas Light Nightclub ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 24, 2013

    Leo Levo's New Dance Night Paints the Yost Black

    The vibe tonight at the Yost Theater will probably be a lot different than most weekend revelers are used to. All-black attire is a must, lights will be almost non-existent and there won't be a go-go dancer in sight. The focus on the music sways from progressive house to techno and tech-house groove ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 17, 2013

    Top Five Coachella EDM Highlights

    Amidst the crazy sea of hipsters, hippies, old folks, pre-teens and babies(!), the first weekend of Coachella was also packed with EDM revelers ready to get their fist-pumping music fix over the course of the three day bacchanal. In fact it seems that dance music lovers are growing in numbers so muc ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 15, 2013

    Maceo Plex: The Deep House Dark Horse of Beyond Wonderland

    After falling in love with electro in his native Miami, Eric Estornel began deejaying in the early 90s. Like most EDM enthusiasts he later got into techno and began making house beats in 1996. He moved his family to Dallas where he made a name for himself as a local DJ, but it wasn't until he fled t ... More >>

  • Blogs

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    February 14, 2013

    Kedd Cook's DJ Career Is Hot and Heady

    There are plenty of DJs who are masters at giving people exactly what they want. After all, it's kinda their job. But on a Thursday night inside Mesa's tiny barroom dance floor with dim light and swanky ambiance, Kedd Cook hopes to give the crowd a little bit of what they need. On this night, that m ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 12, 2013

    Why Sunnery James & Ryan Marciano Are the Dutch Version of Swedish House Mafia

    See Also: Sunnery James and Ryan Marciano @ Sutra Sunnery James & Ryan Marciano have carried on the Dutch legacy as house music's elite producers and DJs with gigs all over the world after practically being discovered by Swedish House Mafia's Steve Angello in 2011. The duo stormed through Orange Co ... More >>

  • Blogs

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    November 13, 2012

    EDM vs the Beat Scene: A Fun, Illustrated Guide

    By Jena ArdellDance music is all the rage these days. That time you thought giant robots were battling at your recent family reunion? Nope, that was just your 12-year-old niece listening to dubstep. See also: *Moon Rocks: The Best High on Earth *What the Hell Is Trap Music (and Why Is Dubstep Invo ... More >>

  • Blogs

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    October 12, 2012

    Damian Lazarus Plays Music For 24-Hour Party People...Literally

    Revered as the man behind Resident Advisor's number one label of 2011, Crosstown Rebels, owner Damian Lazarus is bringing his deep house and minimal sounds to the US while making waves in LA. With the success of his "Get Lost LA" party, a festival in Playa Del Carmen on the horizon and the release o ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 16, 2012

    Eric Prydz & Audrey Napoleon - Yost Theater - 8/16/2012

    Eric Prydz Yost Theater August 16, 2012 See Also: *Over the Weekend: Norman Doray - Yost Theater - 6/24/12 *Despite Being Underrepresented, Female DJs Say There's No Crying in EDM *Mark Farina & Colette - Focus' 9 Year Anniversary - 6/26/12 Last night the legendary Swedish producer/DJ Eric ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 30, 2012

    Kaskade at Staples Center and Exchange LA--Which Show Was Better?

    See Also: Kaskade Talks EDC, Freaks of Nature Tour and Partying at Focus Tuesdays in OC Mark Farina & Colette - Focus' 9 Year Anniversary - 6/26/12 Coachella: Top Five Acts at the Sahara Tent Kaskade invaded the West Coast over the weekend as part of his summer Freaks of Nature Tour with sto ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 17, 2012

    OC Rock 'n' Roll Camp for Girls Postponed Until Next Summer

    Taking its cue from the first girls rock camp started in Portland, Oregon a decade ago, organizers in Orange County were readying to replicate the model for a week of intensive music programming slated for August. The inaugural OC Rock 'n' Roll Camp for Girls was set to happen at Backline Studios in ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 13, 2012

    Top Five Parties During EDC Week

    See also: * EDC 2012: High Winds Knock Speakers Around During Markus Schulz' Set * What's So Important About the EDMbiz Conference?* Kaskade Talks EDC, Freaks of Nature Tour and Partying at Focus Tuesdays in OC Now that the dust has settled in Sin City, it's time to take a look at all that went o ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 11, 2012

    EDC 2012: Arty Says There's No Euro Comparison to EDC (Russian or Otherwise)

    For his EDC debut, Russian wunderkind Arty brought an eye-opening trance experience to the early birds of the festival's final night. With a blood-red background and a stage set up that looked like the Umbrella Corporation, this 22-year-old sensation performed remixes of, "Losing My Religion," "We ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 5, 2012

    StellaR: "I don't have a bias to any style. I just love to make people dance."

    In the past four years, StellaR has played at some of the biggest parties in the US, from Ultra Music Festival to residencies at Nikki Beach Cabo, Paul Oakenfold's Perfecto at Rain, Artisan Afterhours, and Haze Nightclub in Las Vegas. Born David Garcia, StellaR has loved the EDM scene since he was 1 ... More >>

  • Blogs

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    March 21, 2012

    "Can U Feel It" Director Charly Friedrichs Talks About his EDM Documentary: "When parents see this, they will understand why their kids love EDM so much"

    The Ultra Music Festival Miami has been considered the "Best Music Event" by the International Dance Music Awards for years (2005, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010 and 2011, to be exact). The Ibiza DJ Awards called it the "Best International Dance Music Festival" in 2008. But what really happens at the Ultra ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 30, 2011

    10 Great Gay Bars in Orange County (and Long Beach)

    ​A while back, we received instructions from the suits to put together a set of lists of the ten best in several categories. As Gustavo explained, this is meant to make our already awesome Best Of applications even more of the categories was gay bars, and we all stood around sc ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 9, 2011

    Napalm Death at Casanova, Our Drink of the Week!

    Photo by Meranda Carter​Scotland ... where the men wear kilts and the sheep are nervous. Home of the world's greatest Scotches, one of them being Drambuie that figures in over 100 drink recipes, including Kiltlifter, Ball Bag, Sexaholic, Felcher (after a sexual practice we are not ... More >>

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    September 22, 2011

    Miami Horror

    Detroit Bar

  • Blogs

    February 23, 2010

    Paul Oakenfold to Perform in Costa Mesa

    ​ What the hell is DJ superstar Paul Oakenfold doing at Sutra? We have no idea either. But it's probably to be fucking insane. Plan on going? Get there early--seriously.Oakenfold is probably the DJ to credit with pushing the dance genre and culture to mainstream consciousness, kicking off his sign ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 5, 2009

    Dance Pick Of The Week: DJ T at Focus

    Some would credit Europe with this thing we call electronic dance music by pointing back to the pioneering work of Kraftwerk, Giorgio Moroder and Can. They would be half right: Contemporary electronic dance music, like blues, rock and jazz, is a progeny of the interplay between black and white music ... More >>

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    October 29, 2009
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    February 4, 2009

    Club Pick: Steve Angello at Heat, Feb. 5

    If you're like me, when you hear the word disco, there's always one country that comes to mind first-SWEDEN! Maybe that's because they're one of the few countries that still gives a crap about it. But aside from that, this decadent synth-driven sound from the 70s and 80s sparked the creativity of St ... More >>

  • Music

    November 27, 2003

    The Funk of 40,000 Years

    I cant resist the power of Quans Club Thriller

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    August 7, 2003
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    July 4, 2002

    Chick Power

    DJ Irene femmes up hardcore

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    June 27, 2002
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    March 23, 2000

    The Gospel According to Bennison

    The U.K. DJ preaches the virtues of delayed gratification