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  • Blogs

    September 6, 2013

    "I'm Not a Virgin Anymore":The Best Overheard Quotes at Burning Man

    During Burning Man, Black Rock City, Nevada becomes a temporary community which comes together to host over 60,000 camping artists, DJs, rangers, volunteers and festival goers for an unrestrained, week-long celebration of culture, spirituality, art and music. With the freedom from currencies, corpor ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 6, 2013

    Five Things EDM Festivals Can Still Learn From Burning Man

    In a new era of double-weekend extravaganzas, of-the-minute EDM rockstars and insanely overpopulated venues, the quality of the music festival circuit is always in question, even as it continues to expand. Those of us spending hundreds of dollars due to ever-increasing ticket prices are often underw ... 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 >>

  • Blogs

    June 25, 2013

    The Best and Worst of Electric Daisy Carnival

    If there is any lingering question about the mass popularity of electronic music, one need look no further than Electric Daisy Carnival. We'd be remiss to call EDC the "Woodstock of EDM," because even one of rock's most iconic festivals doesn't hold a candle to the production, logistics, and near in ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 26, 2013

    Fehrplay Goes From Eric Prydz Protégé to EDM Playmaker

    The Eric Prydz protege Fehrplay actually began making music with his first computer at the age of 12. Born Jonas Von Der Fehr, the Norwegian DJ and producer started off listening to trance and then progressed to more funky house stuff in the early Axwell days. Once he found the more progressive side ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 24, 2013

    Flosstradamus - The Observatory - April 23, 2013 [W/ VIDEO]

    An abundance of hoodies and the heavenly stench of pot dominated the crowd at the Observatory last night as the Chicago trap duo DJ J2K (born Josh Young) and Autobot (Curt Cameruci) better known as Flosstradamus unleashed their beats in Santa Ana as part of their Underground Nights US Tour. The boys ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 22, 2013

    Best of Coachella 2013: Weekend Two

    The Visual Stimulations for People Who Were High Coachella's art installations -- the ones designed to impress you while you're high, aka all of them -- were particularly impressive this year. There was the tesla coil, the crane that was formerly a flower but now a praying mantis, the giant floresce ... 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 26, 2013

    Ten GIFs of Ultra Ravers Shaking Their Shit

    Getcha, getcha, getcha, getcha, getcha freak on! We all know that there are lots of ways to become immortalized at a massive outdoor music gathering like Ultra Music Festival. Say, humping a tree. Or dancing naked while getting arrested. But yo' momma would probably prefer if you lived ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 25, 2013

    CONTROL's Fourth Anniversary Party- Avalon Hollywood - Friday February 22, 2013

    CONTROL's Fourth Anniversary Party (Jack Beats, Carnage and Whiiite) Friday February 22, 2013 Avalon Hollywood On Friday night we headed to Hollywood for CONTROL at the infamous Avalon Nightclub for their Fourth Anniversary Party featuring sounds from Jack Beats, Carnage and Whiite. Ryan Jaso, who ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 10, 2013

    Coachella "Leaks," Confirmations and Rumors

    It's almost crunch time and Coachella line-up announcements should come about at the end of the month. Yet, this still leaves a couple of weeks of fake-line up posters, rumors, speculation and "leaks" to go around the internet and spread like wildfire. Remember when we could buy tickets at the door ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 8, 2013

    Holy Ship!! Wrap-Up: It Was the Best of Times....

    There were a lot of grim faces on Monday morning as the electro-loving masses emerged off the MSC Poesia -- a.k.a. the EDM party boat Holy Ship!! -- and did a slow zombie shuffle through U.S. customs and back into the real world (a.k.a. Fort Lauderdale). Here in the industrial port, the sky was over ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 7, 2013

    Holy Ship!! Day One: A Surprise Guest Whose Name Rhymes With Drillex

    On Friday afternoon, nearly 3,000 raver chicks, dude guys, scenesters, club kids and DJs assembled at a port in Fort Lauderdale and boarded the MSC Poesia, a.k.a. Holy Ship!! (There are two exclamation points because this is the second edition of the EDM party cruise put on by L.A.'s Hard Events.) T ... 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 1, 2012

    Rusko Talks About Bringing UK Dubstep to Cali and Shares His New EP for Free

    Born Christopher Mercer, the English 27 year-old dubstep king better known as Rusko announced that his new EP titled Kapow will be released on his website via Rusko Recordings this Sunday November 4th for free with an iTunes release on November 6th. Currently on a three-month tour to promote the EP, ... More >>

  • Music

    October 25, 2012

    DJ Duo Slander Put an OC-bred Spin on an International EDM Craze

    Former UC Irvine frat boys Derek Andersen and Scott Land help to take TrapStyle worldwide

  • Blogs

    October 23, 2012

    Datsik Firepower Tour - Yost Theater - Monday October 22, 2012 [with VIDEO]

    Datsik Firepower Tour October 22, 2012 Yost Theater Last night Canadian dubstep prodigy Datsik brought his Firepower Records Tour to the Yost Theater in downtown Santa Ana. Datsik, better known as Troy Beetles, has already signed famed dubstep producers like Delta Heavy, Terravita, Bare Noize, XKor ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 22, 2012

    The Five Best Shows in OC This Week: Tropicool, Voodoo Glowskulls

    Monday, October 22Harvelle'sFunk Jam Hosted By Delta NoveLong Beach band Delta Nove bring the good kind of funk to Monday nights every week at the underground lounge and nightclub Harvelle's. This live music funk jam (plus special guest DJs weekly) is a sure fire cure for any leftover traces of w ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 18, 2012

    In Print This Week: Old-School K-Pop, Datsik, Feeding People, Ask Exene

    [Editor's Note: Every Thursday, in addition to bombarding you with blog posts, this newspaper does something really crazy...we write a print version! Here's a taste of our top stories this week]1) Our lead feature this week might look familiar. It's the return of some of our ever-popular K-Pop cov ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 18, 2012

    TONIGHT: Indie Nights at La Cave Featuring Ethan Hulse, Annie McQueen, and Evan Ambrose

    Recently, our Best Of OC issue highlighted Sweet Relief president and local music mover and shaker Bill Bennett for his commitment to OC music culture. Between running a national musician's charity, wrangling band lineups and offering his sage wisdom to any band wise enough to take it, the guy prett ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 17, 2012

    Jillionaire Says Major Lazer Can Free The Universe From Boredom at EDM Shows

    If you've been to a Major Lazer show recently, you realize that their name has become a bit of a misnomer. Not that we're complaining--after an endless summer of EDM shows spent watching one identical laser-light party after the next, it's nice to see a group take a notably different route in their ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 15, 2012

    The Best Five Shows in OC This Week: Big Business, Major Lazer

    Monday, October 15Big BusinessAlex's BarFor those not familiar with the genre Sludge Metal, meet Big Business. Hailing from Seattle and signed to Gold Metal Records, they traffic in crunchy, chugging jams with wonky, drop-tuned strings. Reminiscent of instrumental metal band Pelican, Big Business fe ... More >>

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    October 11, 2012

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  • Blogs

    October 5, 2012

    Slander: Two Former OC Frat Boys Help Take TrapStyle Worldwide

    Derek Andersen and Scott Land meet as fraternity brothers at University of California Irvine. Their DJ careers started as half a joke and half destiny. Originally DJing parties for their fraternity because at the time everyone only played hip-hop, Andersen was passionate about bringing house music t ... More >>

  • Music

    September 13, 2012

    No Doubt In Their Own Words

    An oral history of OC's greatest band and their newest album, 'Push and Shove'

  • Blogs

    July 18, 2012

    Coachella Jumps On Board the Floating Festival Trend, But is This New Cruise a Sinker?

    See Also: Coachella By the Numbers: A guide to the festival's past and present Coachella: Top Five Acts at the Sahara Tent Yesterday the Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival promoters announced they will be setting sail on a new festival titled the S. S. Coachella as early as this December 1 ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 20, 2012

    Lee "Scratch" Perry, Happy Birthday! Five of His Best Collaborations

    ​Today is legendary Reggae/Dub/Ska artist/producer Lee "Scratch" Perry's 76th birthday. Born in Kendal, Jamaica, Perry has been making music for nearly 60 years. Over that time, he's established himself as one of the most influential artists in the development and acceptance of reggae and dub musi ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 31, 2011

    HARD Haunted Mansion: Skrillex, Major Lazer and Caspa at Shrine Expo Hall

    Timothy Norris/LA Weekly​HARD Haunted MansionShrine Expo HallOct. 28-29, 2011 When I spoke to HARD founder Gary Richards about his goals with the festival series, he made it clear that he wanted to disassociate HARD from the raver scene. His attempts have been semi-successful--though there were no ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 22, 2011

    C'mon, No Doubt. We Can't Even Have a New Album Teaser? (Plus, a Collab with Major Lazer!)

    ​Ahh, No Doubt's new album. While we have a bunch of song titles from various Twitter posts  and Rolling Stone/Entertainment Weekly articles, we haven't heard anything from the new album. We did hear that daggering proponents Major Lazer (made up of Diplo/Switch) were collaborating with the g ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 26, 2010

    Robyn and Kelis at the Music Box Over the Weekend

    Fierce headliner, bad dresser: Robyn​Robyn and KelisJuly 23, 2010Henry Fonda Music Box Theater When Swedish electro-popster Robyn and R&B singer Kelis announced a joint U.S. tour, a quiver of delight went through their fans. Both one-named celebrities have new albums, but their similarities do ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 12, 2010

    HARD LA M.I.A. Cancelled Due To Electric Daisy Fallout

    ​The  LA Times is reporting that HARD L.A. M.I.A., which was set at downtown's Los Angeles State Historic Park has been cancelled "due to security concerns." M.I.A., Die Antwoord, Flying Lotus, Sleigh Bells and more were scheduled to perform. Apparently, new security issues have come up af ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 25, 2010

    Major Lazer La Roux = Free Lazerproof Mixtape!

    ​More free music! Electro-dancehall duo Major Lazer (aka Diplo and Switch, who made the weirdest video of 2009 in my book) got together with British synthpoppers La Roux and created Lazerproof, a mixtape to be released for free tomorrow on Mad Decent. After the jump, how to get it.