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    April 17, 2014

    Coachella 2014: Weekend One Party Recap

    Just because you didn't score a Coachella wristband this year, doesn't mean you had to miss out on the Coachella Valley fun. In fact there where are enough pool parties, day clubs, and after-hours events to keep you partying all weekend long while seeing some of your favorite acts on the Coachella b ... More >>

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    October 14, 2013

    Top Five EDM Halloween Parties

    For any dance music enthusiast, this week begins a pivotal time for choosing their Halloween party plans. Insomniac's Third Annual Escape From Wonderland lineup was officially released last week, which has us excited to experience another venture down the rabbit hole on Saturday October 26th. The li ... More >>

  • Music

    August 29, 2013

    Gary Numan: Robot King Reborn

    The rock legend enjoys a new wave in his career

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    August 23, 2013

    Richard Blade Explains Why '80s Music Still Beats Most of the Crap You Listen to Today

    There's no denying that Richard Blade is the voice of '80s music, and the torch bearer for a generation of loud synths and even louder clothes. So those who grew up watching him interviewing acts like Morrissey on KTLA's "Video One" and "MV3" or listening to him spin hours of Reagan-era classics as ... More >>

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    August 1, 2013
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    April 12, 2013

    The Top Five EDM Artists at Coachella

    Don't be fooled by the slew of hipsters and bros traipsing around the polo fields of Coachella - the festival itself has long been a pioneer of bringing electronic dance music to the states even dedicating it's own stage for EDM lovers for years. The Sahara tent has seen the likes of everyone from S ... 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 >>

  • Film

    March 14, 2013

    Girls Gone Wilder In 'Spring Breakers'

    A thrilling corruption of the Disney princess set

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    March 14, 2013

    Is Ryan Jaso An EDM Mogul in the Making?

    On Friday nights, notorious Hollywood hot spot Avalon continues to be the dance-music mecca for the wild, electro-addicted, 19-and-over crowd. And in a world crammed with revelers in need of a fix, Ryan Jaso--the man behind WhiteLite Productions and its weekly staple, CONTROL Fridays--is a major sup ... More >>

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    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 >>

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    February 13, 2013

    Ellie Goulding - Hollywood Palladium - February 12, 2013

    Ellie Goulding Hollywood Palladium February 12, 2013Say this much for Ellie Goulding: at least she's honest. Pop stars are generally finely tuned machines that rarely go off script or allow fans to get to know the person behind the carefully crafted image that's been presented to the public. It's h ... More >>

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    January 17, 2013

    Kaskade Explains His Rise to Fame, Shares New Track at Grammy Museum

    See Also: *The American Music Awards Celebrates New EDM Category *Kaskade at Staples Center and Exchange LA--Which Show Was Better? *Kaskade Talks EDC, Freaks of Nature Tour and Partying at Focus Tuesdays in OC On Tuesday night, the Grammy Museum hosted a Grammy nominee spotlight on Kaskade,  ... More >>

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    January 15, 2013

    Free Ticket Tuesday: Justin Martin at the Yost Theater

    The next time you hear someone say that EDM has been soiled by the desire to turn everything into a Skrillex track, remind them that guys like Justin Martin still exist. Delivering a dose of down tempo, funk and drum-and-bass, he and his label Dirtybird Recordings maintain a stalwart West Coast soun ... More >>

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    January 15, 2013

    The Five Best EDM Shows in OC This Month

    Just when you thought festival season was over and the surge of electronic dance music events had come to a halt, 2013 has kicked off into high gear with sick shows every week. We already know holidays are big for EDM DJs to ensure a gig, but what about during off months like in January? Well let's ... More >>

  • Music

    January 10, 2013

    Here Are the Songs They Play at a Middle School Dance

    A minute-by-minute account of the most comically eclectic DJ set ever assembled

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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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    December 20, 2012

    Top Ten Finest Fashion Moments on the S.S. Coachella

    By: Liz TracyMost of the people we met on the S.S. Coachella had never been on a cruise before. Like us, they weren't so sure what to pack or how to dress for three days of awkwardly saying hi to their favorite bands on a floating building at sea. But, like the festival, the fans also brought their ... More >>

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    December 3, 2012

    The Five Best Concerts in OC This Week

    Tuesday, Dec. 4Bruce Springsteen Honda Center Some rock 'n' roll shows simply fill a Tuesday night with enough noise to free the audience from the minutiae of the work week. The band sings a couple songs and flashes some strobe lights--whoopity doo. Then there are concerts that are spiritual, st ... More >>

  • Music

    November 21, 2012

    Myspace Changed the Game for Musicians Everywhere. Then Facebook Messed Things Up

    Why the fallen king of social media was actually pretty damn good

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    November 8, 2012

    Rusko's Love for Dubstep Started With a Ska Groove

    The English EDM wunderkind prefers irie vibes over industrial aggression

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    October 15, 2012

    Tommy Davidson Is An Expert On Cartoon Badasses

    Sure Tommy Davidson is a comedian and a star of both the small and big screen, but few things elevate your status as an entertainer like becoming a cartoon character. And while he played "Oscar Proud" on the Proud Family, his permed-out pimp character Cream Corn on the hit Adult Swim show "Black Dyn ... More >>

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    September 20, 2012

    Myspace Was Better Than Facebook (For Music)

    By: Moses SumneyWith Facebook's stock and growth rates skydiving, it's time to say something that should have been said a long time ago: Myspace was better. Maybe not when it came to its coding or those garish "personalized" pages, but definitely when it came to music. Back in the day -- say, about ... More >>

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    September 7, 2012

    DJ Duo Sex Panther Are Thrusting Their Way to Stardom

    See Also: *Boys Noize Talks New Album, Working With Snoop Dogg and Skrillex *Singularity Highlights the M in EDM *Audrey Napoleon, EDM's Electro Queen, Went From Performing in Malls to Producing Her Own Clothing Line Before embarking on their semi-erotic EDM duo Sex Panther, Ryan Fontana and Aa ... More >>

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    September 6, 2012

    Wayne Coyne Says 2013 Is the Year of the Flaming Lips

    See Also:* Pacific Festival: The Dunes Announced* Boys Noize Talks New Album, Working With Snoop Dogg and Skrillex*Bloc Party Speaks: Why Bringing Their Guitars to HARD Summer is a Gutsy MoveAs the Flaming Lips pulled into New Orleans for the final show on a marathon, eight-city, 24-hour jaunt acros ... More >>

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    August 30, 2012

    Pacific Festival: The Dunes Strips Down By the Sea

    See Also:*Josh Epstein of Dale Earnhardt Jr. Jr. on Pacific Festival, His Favorite Housewife of Orange County* Pacific Festival: The Dunes Announced* Boys Noize Talks New Album, Working With Snoop Dogg and SkrillexThe standard model for a music festival these days is all about one-upsmanship. Each y ... More >>

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    August 27, 2012

    Boys Noize Talks New Album, Working With Snoop Dogg and Skrillex

    See Also: *Remix Exclusive: Boys Noize - XTC (MMM REMIX) *Best of HARD Summer, Day 1 - Los Angeles State Historic Park - 8/3/12 *Bloc Party Speaks: Why Bringing Their Guitars to HARD Summer is a Gutsy Move Revered as one of the best electronic artists on Beatport for three years in a row, Alexand ... More >>

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    July 27, 2012

    Krewella Wants to Play Hard With OC Fans This Weekend

    See Also: Identity Management Group and Insomniac Events Create an EDM Power Merger in OC Rebecca & Fiona - Dim Mak Studios - 7/12/12 Club Snaps: Zeds Dead @ Ten Nightclub Starting as a side project in high school the new electro trio that is Krewella was formed by sisters Jahan and Yasmin ... More >>

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    July 18, 2012

    Frank Ocean - The Wiltern - 7/17/12

    Frank Ocean The Wiltern 7/17/12 Amidst the hubbub surrounding his sexuality over the past few weeks, Frank Ocean would have needed to literally slay a dragon in order to satisfy the ridiculous amount of hype that's been thrown his way. It's almost unfair to expect a singer who just released his fir ... More >>

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    July 9, 2012

    Chuckie - Yost Theater - 7/7/12

    Chuckie Yost Theater 7/7/12 See Also: Club Snaps: Chuckie @ the Yost Club Snaps: Morgan Page @ The Yost Morgan Page - Yost Theater - 7/3/2012 Over the weekend dutch DJ sensation Chuckie came to the downtown Santa Ana Arts District to get on the decks. San Diego-based promotions company LED Pres ... More >>

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    June 26, 2012

    Afrojack - Playhouse Nightclub - 6/26/12

    Afrojack, R3hab & Quintino Playhouse Nightclub 6/22/12 See Also: Top Five Parties During EDC Week EDMbiz: When It Comes to Booking EDM Events, Pasquale Rotella says "Talent Means Nothing" Monday nights are usually quiet for most clubs, bars, music venues and even most people. Yet for over a ... 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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    June 8, 2012

    EDMbiz: When It Comes to Booking EDM Events, Pasquale Rotella says "Talent Means Nothing"

    With the title of the panel discussion sounding like the start of a bad joke, Five Promoters and an Agent Walk Into a Room, was unique opportunity to see the O.G.s of EDM sit down and have a civilized conversation (or at least try). After only a few questions from the audience, Insomniac founder Pa ... More >>

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    May 17, 2012

    Five Reasons Why Disneyland Should Sponsor a 24-Hour, Park-Wide Rave

    Ever wonder what would happen if Disneyland had a 24-hour rave? Every Kandy kid, EDM fan and old-school raver would unite for a historic, glowstick dance-a-thon. E-tards would finally get the chance to ask Mickey Mouse, "Have you seen Molly?" Electro junkies have gathered in stadiums, water parks,ha ... More >>

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    April 27, 2012

    Nero on EDM Naysayers, Clubbing and the Possibility of Another Track With Skrillex

    Nero members Dan Stephens and Joe Ray have been making music together since 2004. They recently premiered their "Second Reality" live show with singer Alana Watson in the United States at Club Nokia in L.A. in between gigs at Coachella Valley Music Festival. Alana is on all of their single ... More >>

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    April 16, 2012

    The 10 Most Awkward Dance Moves At Coachella

    See also: *"What My Spirit Hood Means To Me": Coachella-Goers Explain *Coachella: The Black Lips' Cole Alexander Goes Full Monty, Plays Guitar With His Ding-Dong At Coachella, folks come from all over the world to lose themselves in the music. They'll employ almost anything in this quest -- but mos ... 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 26, 2012

    Nicky Romero at Ten Nightclub, March 25, 2012

    ​Nicky Romero Ten NightclubMarch 25, 2012Coming straight from the Ultra Music Festival in Miami, Dutchman Nicky Romero acknowledged the crowd by saying, "If you missed Ultra, here is your chance to live it!" when he took over Ten Nightclub in Newport Beach. Romero has been a drummer since he was s ... 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 18, 2012

    The Best of SXSW Music: Saturday 3/17/2012

    So, we come to it: the end of all things. Four days of madness, Doritos, Skrillex and finally, St. Patrick's Day. Before we bid SXSW 2012 farewell, allow us to share our favorite moments from SXSW day four. Later, we'll let you know which shows weren't so hot. Find our favorites below, and if there ... More >>

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    March 12, 2012

    Alert: SXSW Coverage Ahead

    "What I want from each and every one of you is a hard-target search of every gas station, residence, warehouse, farmhouse, henhouse, outhouse and doghouse in that area." -- Tommy Lee Jones, The Fugitive You don't have to spend much time at South By Southwest to know that all of the above building ... More >>

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    March 6, 2012

    Five Commercials Ruined by Dubstep

    ​ Everyone knows the perfect music can make or break a commercial. (See Embrace Life, Dead Island and The Amazon Kindle.) But when companies are oh-so-obviously asking, "What are the kids listening to today?" and using what ever's trendy to impress their intended audience, then something is wr ... More >>

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    March 5, 2012

    A-Trak at Sutra, Mar. 2, 2012

    ​A-TrakMarch 2, 2012Sutra Last Friday A-Trak, who is also one half of Ducksauce (the duo behind the infamous "Barbara Streisand" song) made his first ever Sutra appearance. As much as people love to diss on the OC club scene, it seems as though every time I come back to Sutra I feel right at home ... More >>

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    February 29, 2012

    Felguk Talks About Coming To Orange County And Their North American Tour

    ​For five years, Felipe (Fel) and Gustavo (Guk) of Felguk have been tearing up clubs and festivals of all kinds. In 2011, the Brizillian duo was placed in the top 100 DJ poll by DJ Mag. 2007 proved to be a break out year, as they received a personal phone call from Madonna. This led to producing a ... More >>

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    February 9, 2012

    Joachim Garraud Talks About Coming to Orange County and Dubstep

    ​Joachim Garraud is one of the most well-known techno personalities in the world; his Iconic Space Invader mask has terrorized every country he has visited--in a good way. (Proof is in his Youtube Channel). All the way from Paris, France, Garraud will be invading Sutra on Friday night with his key ... More >>

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    February 2, 2012

    Eight Worst Hip Hop Collaborations

    ​Last week, Cypress Hill released their single "Roll It, Light It" with  dubstep sensation Rusko,  and it wasn't pretty. This is not what hip-hop needed. With rap trending on a horrible downward spiral, we thought it would be a good time to name our eight worst hip-hop collaborations.

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    December 30, 2011

    The 10 Worst Music Videos of 2011

    ​Every year, the MTV Video Music Awards give the best music videos of the year with a statuette. But personally, we think its way more fun to laugh at the stupid ones. So this year, for your amusement, Heard Mentality will recognize the worst music videos made in 2011 (gold statuettes are, unfortu ... More >>

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    December 7, 2011

    Korn's Jonathan Davis Says Obama Is an "Illuminati Puppet"

    Getty image​Jonathan Davis, lead singer of Korn, says he feels Barack Obama has "basically dragged this country down into the worst it's ever been," and calls the president an "Illuminati puppet." The nu-metal band, who played Los Angeles last night, released their latest, a "dubstep" album, ... More >>

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    November 24, 2011

    Steve Aoki Hijacks the System

    The prolific electronic music performer/producer talks U.S. dance culture and his upcoming album

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    August 9, 2011

    DJ Dan Sena: From Playing in Punk Rock Bands at Koo's Cafe to Collaborating with Del Tha Funkee Homosapien

    ​ Orange Country DJ Supreme, long-time resident spinner of the Detroit Bar, Dan Sena, recently released his newest EP titled, Candy Floss Art Capitalism. From being part of the indie-emo band Give Until Gone to punk-rock group Bullet Train to Vegas, the Santa Ana native has done it all. Now, Sen ... More >>

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