The Five Best EDM Shows in April

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Festival season is upon us and that means not one, but two weeks of Coachella Valley Music & Arts Festival with enough electronic dance music to keep aficionados fist pumping in their sleep with anticipation. With one of the biggest music events of the year just around the corner, why bother doing anything else all month? Well, for those not willing to shell out the $350 for three days or others who weren't lucky enough to score a ticket before it sold out fear not because there's plenty of EDM shows right here in OC and in LA to get your party music fix. We did all the research for you to ensure you don't miss the five best dance music shows of all genres to ensure you spend your hard earned money on the right events.

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Victor Calderone

5. Victor Calderone
Saturday, April 6th
Exchange LA

This Saturday, Insomniac and Exchange in downtown LA bring you New York's legend Victor Calderone supported by LA natives Tara Brooks and Steve Prior as part of their Inception Saturday nights. Calderone impressed everyone and kept things real this Winter Music Conference at all of the pool parties and club nights. That includes the best closing party at the world renowned Space nightclub where he played an awe-inspiring techno set with layers of everything from dark emotional beats to beautiful basslines that took guests into a journey well into the next day. That's what you can expect at Exchange this weekend. An East Coast-style party filled with house, techno and tribal sounds from a man who's been evolving in dance music for over 20 years that goes on until 6 a.m. Exchange is introducing new after hours Saturday nights and Calderone is playing a four-hour set. A definite must-see for those who couldn't make it to Miami.

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RUN DMT

4. RUN DMT & Flinch
Thursday April 11th
Yost Theater

Next week, the White Rabbit Group and the Yost Theater continue their slew of bass heavy shows as part of Havoc Thursdays with Texas' RUN DMT and OC's Flinch. In just two years, RUN DMT has touched on everything from dubstep, drumstep, trap, moombahton to atmospheric downtempo grooves on labels like Diplo's Mad Decent to Skrillex's OSWLA. Showcasing at this years SXSW and WMC RUN DMT is hitting the festival circuit hard with appearances at the Coachella Do Lab Stage, EDC Chicago and the Vans Warped Tour. Combine that with Flinch who is no stranger to bass music's dub and electro sounds this is sure to be a ratchet night in OC. A true veteran taste-maker in his own right, Flinch knows just how to read the crowd and gives you everything from UK funky bass to dubby electro club hits which make everyone's booty shake. The best part with all of his high profile Smog Records crew and friends who knows who might show up!


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