American Monster Burlesque & Blues Show is a Noisey, Psycho, Sexual Spectacle

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As the title suggests, The American Monster Burlesque & Blues Show at Harvelle's is a uniquely inspired, dirty blues cavalcade. Singer Michael Arguello plays ringleader in the show he put together two years ago and which features rotating guest musicians such as Eric Von Herzen (Social Distortion) and Jerry Angel (The Dickies). Arguello explains that show's sound evolved from the blues: "We started out doing the blues and it kind of morphed. I'll bring in a David Lynch kind of idea, or we'll do an old Link Wray song like "Rumble" and kind of screw [around with it] and turn it into something else."

Much of Arguello's inspiration for the vision behind the show comes from his love of grindhouse films. Molly D'amour and her dancers incorporate this aesthetic while reigniting the 17th century tradition of burlesque theater. D'amour reveals, "Burlesque is a classic art form that is more based on tease, clothing removal, and comedy. We mix in a lot of campy, horror, fetish, and cult film references."

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Top Five Local EDM Shows in January

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Minaya & Vikus at the Yost Theater
As we head into 2014 it's time to think about some music related resolutions. Maybe you didn't go to as many shows as you wished in 2013, or maybe you went to too many and want to limit your monthly outings to those worth your hard earned cash. Regardless, if you're a true music fan and you say you're over going out deep down you know that will never happen - especially an electronic dance music lover. As we wait for festival season to creep up on us, it's important to choose which events to attend wisely. We scoped out the top five local EDM shows this month from dubstep to trance to please the pallets of our growing dance music scene.

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New Year's Eve: The Five Best EDM Parties

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Nigel Ficke, Benny Benassi and Paul Van Dyk at White Wonderland
We all know that electronic dance music devotees know how to party like it's nobody's business - using every holiday as an excuse to dress-up (and we don't mean the classy black-tie affair kind). New Year's Eve has always been one of the biggest parties of the year in the dance music community. Remember back in the day when Insomniac and Go Ventures would team up to bring ravers "Together As One?" Well in this day and age of mainstream EDM festivals, there's an event or club night playing massive drops at just about every corner. We put together this list of the five best EDM parties so you can pack your rage essentials and celebrate life as you ring in 2014.


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Repeatedly Playing "Jessie's Girl" and "Ms. New Booty" Leads to $30,000 Copyright Violation Fine for Huntington Beach Restaurant

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HB restaurant gets $30,000 music copyright bill
A federal judge in Orange County has issued a permanent injunction against Ponderosa Chophouse Enterprises, Inc. and its Black Bull Chop House steak restaurant in Huntington Beach for repeatedly violating music copyright laws.

U.S. District Court Judge Cormac J. Carney agreed with a February 2013 Broadcast Music, Inc. (BMI) complaint that Cesar Gabino Pena, owner of the restaurant, infringed on four copyrights for the songs "Jessie's Girl," "Show Me Love," "Snow Hey Oh" and "Ms. New Booty" in 2011 and 2012.

BMI won a default judgment against Pena, who did not fight the lawsuit and is now under orders by Carney to pay nearly $30,000 for the musical composition copyright violations, according to court records.

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The Five Best EDM Shows in April

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Coachella Sahara Tent 2012

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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Raging With My Mom at Ultra Music Festival

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Fabian Ortiz
Lulu and Alejandra 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 Tiësto, Armin Van Buuren, David Guetta, Deadmau5, Calvin Harris to non dance music artist like Snoop Dogg and Yesayer.

Overlooking the breathtaking downtown Miami skyline and marina at Bayfront Park, the festival brought over 165,000 dance music fans from all over the world - literally. The sea of participants adorned flags, shirts, hats and everything you could imagine to represent their hometowns, states and countries. Among those festival revelers was myself and my mother Lourdes whom I brought along for the ride so she could see for herself what the EDM festival craze is all about. Perhaps this adventure would bring us closer and maybe she won't think I'm so crazy for making the pilgrimage year after year to attend the biggest festivals out there. I know what you're thinking: "Wow this girl must be crazy." But in actuality it was her own adventurous spirit who wanted to join me. Perhaps it's where I get it from?

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Five Must-See Artists at Beyond Wonderland

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Steve Aoki with Travis Barker at Beyond Wonderland 2012

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 location however. If anything, it means a new venue for Insomniac's CEO Pasquale Rotella to curate into a magical world filled with art installations, performers, rides and some of electronic dance music's biggest stars including David Guetta, Steve Angello and Afrojack. For fans excited to roam the hills of the San Manuel Amphitheater and discover its new found home, we have put together a list of five must-see acts amidst all of the heavy dose of spine-rattling basslines.


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Maceo Plex: The Deep House Dark Horse of Beyond Wonderland

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After falling in love with electro in his native Miami, Eric Estornel began deejaying in the early 90s. Like most EDM enthusiasts he later got into techno and began making house beats in 1996. He moved his family to Dallas where he made a name for himself as a local DJ, but it wasn't until he fled to the European dance music scene that things started to take off for him four years ago. He released an LP on the infamous Crosstown Rebels label and his appeal has since skyrocketed. Tonight, going by his DJ moniker Maceo Plex, the soulful, underground producer is headlining the official Insomniac Beyond Wonderland pre-party alongside Maya Jane Coles at Exchange LA and playing the Crosstown Rebels Rave stage at Beyond Wonderland Saturday only to make his way back to Miami for his Ultra Music Festival debut on Sunday!

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Laidback Luke - Fox Theater - March 8th, 2013

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Laidback Luke at the Fox Theater Pomona

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March 8th, 2013
Fox Theater Pomona

Last night the Filipino/Dutch DJ sensation Laidback Luke brought his signature mix of hip-hop and electro house to the Fox Theater in Pomona. Legally known as Luke Van Scheppingen, Laidback Luke has been killing it on the electronic music scene for the past 15 years. Know for his infamous Mixmash Records which continue to release hit after hit and his grand Super You & Me parties that sell out the biggest venues all over the world with it's audiences dressed in super hero get ups - Laidback Luke is one of the hardest working DJs and producers in the game who continues to amaze and wow his fans. This special Thursday night 18 and over event brought some serious dance music to the I.E. thanks to powerhouse promoters LED and Goldenvoice.

The show started at 11pm, noticeable early by EDM standards, and raged for a full two hours with in your face electro mash-ups and remixes of Luke's own originals as well as surprisingly a lot of Swedish House Mafia edits - perhaps playing homage to the 60,000 people event all of the EDM crowd will be attending this weekend at the Los Angeles Historic Park. We're not complaining however, as the vocals of of his track with SHM group mates "Leave the World Behind" echoed on the sound system we got carried away in anticipation. The crowd seemed fittingly for the Fox Theater's old school "rave" culture (this used to be the spot back in the early hey days of dance music) with kandi kids and girls in fluffies ready to get their shuffle on the packed dance floor.

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Tiësto - Staples Center - March 2, 2013

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Tiësto's Club Life at the Staples Center
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Staples Center
March 2, 2013

This weekend, the mega-star Dutch DJ/producer Tijs Michiel Verwest, better known as Tiësto, returned to Los Angeles via the Staples Center after his epic, soldout show at the Honda Center in 2011 for 26,000 electronic dance music fans. This marks the second time an EDM artist has played a headlining gig at the legendary venue (Kaskade brought his Freaks of Nature Tour to the Staples Center just last summer). Thanks to powerhouse promoters Insomniac Events and Goldenvoice, the College Invasion Tour brought in DJ Alvaro & Tommy Trash as the opening selectors of the evening, which sent loud basslines all the way to Figueroa at an early 6 p.m.

See Also: Why Tiësto Became an Indie-Inspired Electro Chameleon
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