Big Freedia - The Constellation Room - July 24, 2013

Hope Lee
Question: In the history of this blog, how many writers can say they got the headlining act to leave the venue, walk into the parking lot and get into a 1960 Ford Starliner on Cragars to take photographs?

Answer: One. Me.

The event in question happened with Big Freedia last night at The Constellation Room.
All week my friend Gabe had been telling me how he wanted Big Freedia (aka the Queen Diva, the Dick Eater, the Late Night Creeper -- ya besta buhleeva!) to take pictures in his car. I told him it wasn't happening. He showed up in the afternoon and was denied. At this point, I figured he'd drop it. He didn't.

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Swedish House Mafia - LA State Historic Park - March 8th - 9th, 2013

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Swedish House Mafia

Swedish House Mafia
March 8th - 9th, 2013
LA Historic Park

Who would have thought that just after seeing the legendary Tiësto sell out the Staples Center on March 2 that LA would receive another one of the biggest EDM weekends since Electric Daisy Carnival was held at the Los Angeles Colosseum. Erick Morillo played at Avalon AND Sound Nightclub, Carl Cox brought the house down at Exchange, Sasha was also at Sound and Ben Klock saw the sun rise at an incredible warehouse party. But the biggest event of the weekend and probably year was Swedish House Mafia's Masquerade Motel which played it's final west coast dates of their "One Last Tour" on Friday March 8th and Saturday the 9th at the LA Historic Park. Only a group as big as Swedish House Mafia would be able to sell 35,000 tickets in minutes only to add more show dates, which included this Friday night event.

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Mightyfools - Yost Theater - January 24, 2013

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Mightyfools at Havoc Thursdays

Yost Theater

Last night, we headed to the Yost Theater in Santa Ana (our favorite EDM hot spot as of late) to celebrate the budding promotion company White Rabbit Group's Three Year Anniversary with an Alice & Wonderland themed soirée. "Consistently bringing talent that's never been to Orange County has been the focus of White Rabbit," says it's CEO Brandon Owen. "We like taking risks with artist like Klaas, Global Deejays, Dillon Francis, Crizzly (before he was even signed), Peacetreaty's first headlining slot in OC and like with Mightyfools tonight," he said. White Rabbit is also the group behind booking the first real trap artist in Orange County as well as sticking to their mainly dub and electro artists which his 18-and-over crowd loves.

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Tom Fall - Yost Theater - January 11, 2013

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Jeff Allen/Trilogy Events
Tom Fall at the Yost Theater

Tom Fall
Yost Theater
January 11, 2013

On Friday night, Tomi Fallenius better known by his stage name Tom Fall, blew our expectations for his show at the Yost Theater in Santa Ana. Making his West Coast debut thanks to Trilogy Events, the 27-year old producer-DJ could easily be the next generation of progressive trance or trouse as some like to call it today. He took The Yost by storm through an effortless 90-minute set of a variety of different EDM sub genres such as trance with uplifting melodies and banging house tracks with his own unique twist.

Fall derived much praise in the EDM community after receiving a coveted spot on Armin Van Buuren's A State of Trance 550 at the Ministry of Sound in London. His take on dance music, personal edits, mash-ups and remixes made Fall's performance memorable and contagious putting him on any EDM enthusiast's radar. Having reworked songs for artist like Van Buuren, Cosmic Gate, W&W and Morgan Page he now has a debut album slated to release on Armada Music. With so much hype around the Finish artist it was no wonder the Yost Theater was packed as can be despite the unbearable cold weather.

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NYE EDM Festivals in 2012: Which One Was the Best?

Shannon Nehls / OC Weekly
EDM fans ready for NYE

Who would have thought five years ago that super star DJ's like Above & Beyond, Ferry Corsten, Andy Moor, Sebastian Ingrosso, Laidback Luke, Calvin Harris, Avicii and Nero would be headlining separate major EDM festivals right here in California on New Years Eve? Since Insomniac Events and Go Ventures ended their partnership, the infamous Together As One NYE massive which was held in LA for 13 years has ceased to exist and major EDM events and festivals have been popping up in the surrounding cities for the past couple of years. This weekend we took a stab at attending OMFG! NYE at the San Diego Sports Arena on Sunday December 30th and then rushing back to OC for White Wonderland at the Anaheim Convention Center Monday December 31st in an attempt to compare which party was the best! Take a look at our notes and decide for yourself.

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S.S. Coachella: Top Five Moments of Sex, Drugs and Rock & Roll on Board

Shannon Nehls / OC Weekly
The S.S. Coachella was held on the Celebrity Silhouette

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Goldenvoice's week-long music festival cruise to the Bahamas and Jamaica titled the S.S. Coachella anchored back in the Port Everglades of Fort Lauderdale Florida yesterday. It was only natural that the Coachella brand would jump ship on the cruise festival trend such as Mayhem Festival, Groove Cruise and Holy Ship and bring the festival experience to the high seas. Just like our OC and LA natives have been making the pilgrimage every year to the Indio desert for a weekend of scorching heat, outrageous partying and music madness since it's launch in 1999, plenty took part in the first ever S.S. Coachella. Sure, we wrote about how the line-up was a sinker a couple of months back, but we still couldn't help having FOMO (fear of missing out) if we didn't join on the inaugural cruise to the Caribbean.

Though it may have looked like hipster hell, it actually was one of the wildest times I've had this year since I lost my playa virginity at Burning Man. In a way the S.S. Coachella was like the Burn with an infinite array of possibilities - the only difference was this adventure took place on one of the most luxurious cruise ships and shared more of the eclectic music tastes of the Coachella crowd (and it's values). The Celebrity Silhouette is a 122,000 ton ship with everything from premiere suites, pools, basketball courts and grass on the top deck (yes both kinds of grass). Throw in some bands, DJs and you have a recipe for a lot of debauchery. We broke down the five highlights from our S.S. Coachella escapade while still nursing a massive hangover and attempting to get over the sea legs.

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Top Five Best and Worst Parts of Escape From Wonderland - NOS Events Center - October 27,2012

Courtesy of Insomniac Events
Escape From Wonderland Was a Delightful Fright

This weekend, Insomniac Events hosted their second annual Escape from Wonderland music festival at the Nos Events Center in San Bernadino. The Wonderland parties have become a staple brand for the promoters and are becoming just as popular as Electric Daisy Carnival (their biggest event of the year). Built on a foundation of Alice and Wonderland themed performers and décor, Escape from Wonderland brought out the spooky side of this magical world we've come to love. We break down the night with the top five best and worst of our dark decent into this massive EDM event.

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Nocturnal Wonderland: Our Recap From A to Z

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Nocturnal Wonderland

Nocturnal Wonderland
Sept 22 - 23, 2012
NOS Events Center

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Over the weekend the NOS Events Center in San Bernardino was transformed into a magical Alice and Wonderland electronic dance music themed festival filled with five different stages, interactive art installations, pyrotechnics, themed performers and thousands of EDM fans dressed the part. Giving Disneyland a run for it's money, Insomniac Events created Nocturnal Wonderland for it's 17th annual journey down the rabbit hole and we are breaking down the two day event from A-Z with the good, the bad and the plain bad ass!

A - is for Axwell who rocked the shit out of the Labyrinth Main Stage closing out Friday night. With mash-ups like ASOL and Dyro's "Top of the World" vs. Wippenberg's "Pony" vs. Tommy Trash's remix of Aston Shuffle's "Won't Get Lost" the stage was in full rage mode. Though we heard Sebastian Ingrosso's set was pretty similar we give it up to the Swedes for knowing how get a party dancing and producing some of the sickest tracks of the season like "Greyhound" and "Don't You Worry Child."

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Remix Exclusive: Boys Noize - XTC (MMM REMIX)

Courtesy of Bjorn Jonas
Alexander Ridha, aka Boys Noize

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Today Boys Noize premiered it's remix of "XTC" by MMM in the UK a couple hours ago and now in the US here. The remix amplifies the classic Boys Noize old school disco house sound elongating the intro and allowing for a more electrifying banging in-your-face punch when the robotic "ecstasy, one for me" lyrics surface. The remix gets even more delightfully strange as it goes on and is sure to rock dance floors everywhere.

The original song "XTC" was released as a preview two days ago and will be officially released on August 6th on Boys Noize Records. The song was first heard as he opened his sets at last years Electric Daisy Carnival in Las Vegas, Electric Zoo in New York and apparently at the festivals all around the world. A year later, the techno gem has finally surfaced and the German DJ/producer fans couldn't be happier.

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