Lady Casa: Queen of the Ravers

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Stian Roenning
Lada Casa.
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 into a mob scene.

Not far from the guy who walks on glass and an Italian tour group, hundreds of ravers wait for hours in a snaking line to get Lady Casa's autograph, hear her wisdom and, most importantly, hug her. The event is billed as her 26th birthday party, as well as a benefit for local animal shelters.

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Eight Guidelines You Should Follow if You're Going to Take Drugs at a Show

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Timothy Norris
Music Festival responsibly, people.
Editor: We've chosen to keep the author of this story anonymous to protect everyone involved from incrimination. The names below have also been changed.

I struggled with Lacey's pants. She didn't know what was going on, and she did not want me to take them off -- she resisted, clamping her legs together and pushing at my shoulders. I paused, closed my eyes, took a deep breath and then tried to make eye contact with her.

"Lacey," I said, in as soothing a voice I could muster. "Your pants are wet. I have dry ones right here for you. Let me help you change."

I lost track of the number of times I took Lacey to the bathroom to change. I'd been awake for about thirty-six hours and was exhausted, my head still buzzing with the drugs I'd ingested the previous evening. Definitely not my idea of a good way to come down.
My roommate's sister had attended a rave with us the night before. I'd seen her throughout the party, smiling and dancing, pupils blown.


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BONES Sees the Future of EDM. It's Called "Future House"

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Ed Carrasco / OC Weekly
Bones at Splash House
BONES prides himself on staying humble in the dance music scene despite being involved for almost a decade now. He moved to LA from Denver to go to graphic design school at Loyola Marymount University and though he's a creative director at a marketing company in Beverly Hills by day, he's also a very successful DJ by night. With gigs all over from EDC Las Vegas to HARD Summer, he's playing three out of our top five recommended fests this month.

The man who can't keep a straight face in a picture is playing Pacific Fest this weekend in Newport and pushing that bass heavy house, techno and nu disco which he also profiles on his very well known blog Gotta Dance Dirty. We caught up with BONES, born Trevor Moffitt, last weekend at Splash House in Palm Springs to find out how he got to where he is today and where he's going.


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The Thirstiest People We Saw at Splash House

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Ed Carrasco / OC Weekly
Getting Splashy

Last night, the three day pool weekender that is Splash House came to a close with a live performance by Jagwar Ma and some epic back to back sets by Aston Shuffle, Wax Motif, Motez, Uberjak'd, Bixel Boys and a surprise guest Adrian Lux well into the am at the Hard Rock Hotel. Taking over three different resorts, this was not a relaxing vacation in Palm Springs. Rather a full blown music festival that provided a stellar line-up of electronic artists and bands, awesome vibes, an incredible crowd and some good ole fashioned debauchery poolside.

With hot babes in bikinis, drinks flowing freely and 100 degree weather the thirst was real at the Saguaro, Hacienda and Hard Rock. Here's the thirstiest people we saw over the weekend. Maybe they should have drank more of that free Evian water they were giving away at the shuttles. Just saying.


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The Five Must See EDM Shows in August

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Fabian Ortiz / OC Weekly
HARD Summer 2013 at the LA Historic Park
It's no secret that we have become the festival generation. Since March (some of us January and February) we've been packing our floral headbands and living out of suitcases at campgrounds and hotels all over. From Coachella to EDC dance music has taken over the largest stages and kept us dancing until the sun comes up while dreading that awful Monday morning. So it's only natural that as the summer comes to a close and the fest season winds down our top five must see EDM shows in August are all festivals. From Lollapalooza to Burning Man there's so much going on this month we had to take a step back and plan the whole month for you.

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A Naval Officer's First Time at EDC Las Vegas

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Alejandra Loera / OC Weekly
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Lieutenant Juan Huizar planned his first trip to EDC with the meticulous scrutiny of a submarine naval officer. Before getting in the car, he charted his route down to the mile. Instead of a molly stash, he made sure to pack a survival stash of caffeine work out pills to keep him awake and alert all night long. His uniform this week, however, was a little more relaxed-- a bright green pair of Dickies shorts, a glowing backpack, raver beads and a neon green shirt that read simply: "Let's Get Weird." Though, it wasn't destined to stay on his body for very long.

For the past 13 years, Huizar has served our country as part of the United States Navy, but I still remember him as my best friend's older brother who lived across the street from my Long Beach, California home growing up. We lost touch after I moved during high school, but thanks to social media, we have been able to keep in touch. Little did I know that 15 years later we would be dancing under the electric sky of EDC Las Vegas with his sister and two brothers.

See also: We Drink Our Asses Off With a Couple of Marines at Coachella

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Cole Plante: The Story Behind EDM's Under-Age Wiz Kid

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Cole Plante exudes the stage presence of an artist who's mastered his craft. He's good on the mic, knows how to pump up the crowd, is passionate about the music and has some pretty fly dance moves for someone who isn't even legally allowed to enter a club. Though the 17-year-old half Vietnamese DJ and producer has played gigs since the beginnings of EDM in Vegas at Rain Nightclub, to Hollywood's Avalon, the late Voyeur in San Diego and clubs in Miami, he says some of his favorite shows have been at "Disneyland's Grad Nite" where he gets to play to an audience he can relate to. We got to chat with the LA native born Matthew Cole Plante at the Happiest Place on Earth before he plays his final show tonight to find out why he's the future of electronic music.

To the ecstatic graduates at "Disneyland Grad Nite," Cole is the soundtrack to their last hoorah. His carefully crafted blend of bangers by TJR, Diplo and GTA spliced with his own more melodic originals are just as unpredictable as life can be. He throws in everything from Metallica to trap as the pulsating lights of the Mad T Party give some of these high school grads their first dose of an EDM event. As they form dance circles and crowd surf (which he has to graciously ask them to stop), you can see his passion for music and performing on his focused demeanor. It's like a mini rave for these kids as they celebrate an end of an era and Cole would easily be celebrating himself if he weren't getting paid to be behind the decks.

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Claude VonStroke Prepares to Dive into Splash House

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Dan Wilton
There's a reason why Claude VonStroke's Dirtybird Records won best Indie/Underground Label at this year's International Dance Music Awards at Winter Music Conference in Miami. The Detroit born Barclay Crenshaw started the label almost a decade ago producing consistently high quality, original underground house tracks. He just recently celebrated the 100th release of the label with his third artist album Urban Animal and its remixes album was released just last month. Based in San Francisco he's been bringing the sick Dirtybird party vibe all over the world with his label parties and his own stage at events like HARD Summer with label mates like Justin Martin, Worthy and J. Phlip.

After killer sets at Lightning in a Bottle and Movement in Detroit where he premiered tons of new music including his new single "Eye I Eye," it's all coming full circle for the man who's been playing underground house music for over a decade. With the popularity of deep house in the states today things are only getting bigger for the original Bird Man. He has upcoming gigs at EDC Las Vegas, Paradiso in DC, Creamfields in London and Tomorrowworld in Georgia, yet he still finds time to be a family man. He's even bringing his wife and kids to Splash House this Sunday as he closes out their three day Palm Springs takeover at the Hacienda Cantina & Beach Club, Hard Rock Hotel and Saguaro.

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Why Sweden's Next EDM Prince Would Rather Be in LA

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Courtesy of Piper Ferguson
Adrian Lux
Some artists and celebs are born with names that are destined for greatness. Swedish Grammy nominated producer and DJ known as Adrian Lux is no exception. Born Prinz Adrian Johannes Hynne he may not be governing his Stockholm hometown, but he's surely reining as one of Sweden's super star DJs alongside Avicii, Eric Prydz and of course Swedish House Mafia. Lux went from sifting through his dad's record collection discovering Massive Attack at 11 years old to picking up DJ equipment and playing at local bars and clubs while in high school.

He joined the Ultra Music family four years ago with singles "Strawberry" and "Can't Sleep" while garnering remix credits from his work wit Britney Spears, the TRON soundtrack and more. But it wasn't until the single "Teenage Crime" dropped in 2010 that the now 28-year-old artist became an overnight EDM success. His self-titled album was released two years later following extensive tours all over the world and collaborations with EDM royalty. Now he celebrates the release of his highly anticipated second EP Make Out as he strolls the streets of LA, his new home since November. We caught up with Lux in the midst of his "Make Out West Tour" in anticipation for his gig tonight at Sutra.

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The Five Must-See Local EDM Shows in June

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Courtesy of Life After Dusk for Insomniac
Fans at EDCLV 2013

Any EDM fan knows that this month marks the 18th annual Electric Daisy Carnival - the US's largest dance music festival held at the Las Vegas Motor Speedway June 20th - 22nd. But if you're not one of the 400,000 fans waiting for their EDC package with tickets in the mail this week, then fear not. With so many artist being routed through Orange County these days, you can get your EDM dance fix every week to some of electronic music's biggest names and favorite local DJs. We did all the hard work for you and picked out the five must-see shows happening right here in your own backyard. The only thing missing is carnival rides and fireworks, but with fourth of July and the OC Fair right around the corner, we think you'll survive.


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