Five Sad Toasts to the 21st Amendment

It was 80 years ago this week that prohibition was repealed. If you could legally drink on that day, the youngest you could be now is 101. While our nation's command over alcoholism didn't improve following the legal sale of alcohol, a lot less people went blind after screaming "shots!!!" in crowded, poorly lit spaces. Everybody's drinking soundtrack is different. Some folks like to cry and listen to Billy Joel. Others like to cry and listen to AC/DC but the results are usually the same: a car goes through a living room. Here are 5 sadsack toasts that wouldn't be possible without the 21st amendment.

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Top 10 EDM Halloween Parties in OC

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Beefam at the Sutra Masquerade

Halloween is less than a week away, but as you know the EDM scene can stretch out a holiday like nobody's business. And with the potential for slutty costumes and thematic whimsey being at an all time high in October, it's obvious that this is one of the biggest party weekends of the year.  No doubt you and your friends have already staked out the parties happening in the most exclusive (i.e. expensive) clubs and events in Los Angeles to San Diego, but why waste your money on gas? You're smarter than that. We broke down a list of the best Halloween parties for our avid electronic music fans right here in Orange County.

See Also:
*Sutra Throws a Seven Day Halloween Party
*Top Five Worst Places to Get Your EDM News
*Slander: Two Former OC Frat Boys Help Take TrapStyle Worldwide

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Porter Robinson and Zedd - Yost Theater - 10/10/2012

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Anton Zaslavski, aka Zedd and Porter Robinson

Porter Robinson and Zedd
October 10, 2012
Yost Theater

Last night at the Yost Theater in downtown Santa Ana Art District and San Diego based promoters LED Presents brought the highly anticipated Porter Robinson and Zedd "Poseidon Back-to-Back Tour" to Orange County. You would think that once summer and festival season has come to an end the abundance of EDM shows in town would be fewer but the exact opposite is the truth. Fall brings about the release of lots of new albums and with that heavy touring from some of the biggest names in dance music. This sold out show was no exception as every party person and EDM enthusiast was in the building! We aren't kidding, everyone from Dumbo of the Poreotics dance crew to DJ Aero, Flinch and even J Rabbit were in attendance.

This was one of the wildest shows we've seen at the Yost Theater in a while as fans were packed inside like sardines on the dance-floor or up in the VIP tables and balcony area ready to experience some quality pulsating electronic music. Opening DJ Nick Thayer warmed up the crowd with an unimpressive blend of electro house and dub sounds. Some people like to say that Orange County doesn't really know their EDM, but we think we saw some die hard Zedd and Porter Robinson fans in attendance. They were dressed ready to rage like at a major music festival as opposed to your typical club night with fun Halloween inspired costumes and signs that played on Zedd's recent joke declaring the song "Le7els" by Swedish House Mafia is his "favorite song."

See Also:
Zedd Tells Us Why He Dislikes the Phrase "EDM"
Eric Prydz & Audrey Napoleon - Yost Theater - 8/16/2012
Coachella Week Two: Five Sahara Tent Faves

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Over the Weekend: Norman Doray - Yost Theater - 6/24/12

Andre Smith / Yost Theater
Norman Doray 

Norman Doray

June 24, 2012
Yost Theater

See also:

*Rusko and Andy C - Hollywood Palladium - 6/1/12

*Armin Van Buuren - Sutra - 5/28/12

*Bingo Players - Yost Theater - 5/22/12

This past Saturday, the Yost Theater in downtown Santa Ana hosted DJ Norman Doray, a fiery French selector who hit the decks for an evening of pulsating dance music as part of the venue's Show Saturdays. Though they've had several promoters come and go, the all-electronic music theme of the night has stayed the same, pleasing Orange County EDM aficionados weekly.

Huntington Beach resident, DJ Peter G warmed up the crowd until a little past midnight with his aggressively progressive electro house sound. He played everything from Top 40 remixes, EDM bangers, and even classics like Darude to get the crowd on their feet and on the dance floor. The upstairs balcony was completely closed for remodeling, but a hail of lasers still shined through from above like at any other massive dance music event.

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DJ Scotty Boy Takes Us on a Tour of His Favorite OC Spots

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Shannon Nehls
L.A. native DJ Scott "Scotty Boy" Schroer started working in music back in the '90s as our local KROQ DJ. The alternative music radio station helped introduce him to Daft Punk, The Chemical Brothers and Underworld. After trying to open a nightclub that completely failed, Schroer moved to Las Vegas to pursue new radio DJ gigs. After his job hosting an alternative music radio show, he would go to after-hours clubs in Vegas and eventually got sucked into EDM and its culture.

After opening the Palms Hotel clubs in 2001, he moved on to a DJ residency at Drais after-hours for three years, followed by Rehab's infamous pool party at the Hard Rock Hotel for six years. Today, Scotty Boy shares the stage with the top DJs in the world at Marquee Nightclub and Day Club at the Cosmopolitan Hotel. Ahead of his Cinco De Mayo gig at the Yost Theater tomorrow night in Santa Ana, he took us on a tour of his favorite OC spots.

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Tyler, the Creator Detained by LAPD (Also, What Went Down at the Odd Future Show Last Night)

Three big things happened for Tyler, the Creator yesterday. First, Odd Future's mastermind dropped Goblin, his second full-length (but first on a major label). Second, he was detained by the LAPD. According to Rap Radar, Tyler "was cuffed for disturbing the peace earlier this afternoon while promoting the project at Westchester High School. He wasn't charged and was released shortly afterwards."

Tyler had Tweeted, "Fuck Those Cops. Had Us In Cuffs For No Reason, Didn't Do Shit. 'Disturbing The Peace, Loitering And Skating Pass A Cop' What The Fuck?" Good thing he was released in time for his last big thing of the day: he performed with Odd Future at the Troubadour to celebrate his album release. Good thing, too, otherwise we wouldn't have anything to review.

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Tales From Bondage Ball

If someone would have asked me a year ago to brag about my most memorable night of Halloween mayhem,my stories would have probably put some of you to sleep.

Sure, there was the year I dressed up as as a pro-wrestler and got trashed at my friends backyard party while swatting at pumpkins with a baseball bat. Or, if I we're going old school, there was the time I challenged a group of friends in 4th grade to see who could scarf a pillow case full of candy the fastest. But mostly, Halloween is just another excuse to drink and pass out at a house party. Pretty god-damn Vanilla right? Well, not this year.

Last weekend, tucked inside the dark caverns of The Echoplex,Halloween night at L.A.'s Bondage Ball was anything but standard.

After only a few minutes of standing in line, I watched the streets come alive as cars whizzed by, honking their horns at a small army of costumed kooks, leather-clad nymphs and cross dressers who looked like frustrated high school teachers limping around in fishnet pantyhose. By 9:30, the line of devilishly dressed S&M enthusiasts was so long that the chances of bumping into the devil or an undercover politician were actually pretty good.

Tonight: Lucha Va Voom Sexo Y Violencia

PhotobucketLuchadores—those masked wrestlers­ from south of the frontera—will be taking over the Grove of Anaheim tonight in what’s sure to be a spectacle of high-flying moves and debauchery.

Tonight’s event is Lucha Va Voom Sexo Y Violencia, and Mexican wrestlers from all over Mexico, Los Angeles and Texas will be battling for ring supremacy, the honor of their hometown and the coveted Summer-Nacionales cup.

In between matches, the ring gets hot with burlesque performances from New York’s Wau Wau Sisters, Chicago’s Michelle L’Amour, LA’s Lucy Fur, Karis and Lola La Cereza.

Oh wait! There will be midgets, too. Doing... I’m not sure. Wrestling? Probably. Performing burlesque? One can only hope.

Club Pick Of The Weekend: Boogie Nights Dirty Disco Party At Sutra

If there were ever a guide to throw a great party, Sutra sure got it right this time. The blueprint is simple, although damn near impossible to recreate unless you've got the cred and resources.

First thing, you need a theme. Dirty Disco? Boogie Nights? Yep, sounds good. It's been a while since the '70s themed extravaganzas have hit the circuit, so does this mean they're novel again? Looks like it. And put the word "dirty" in front of anything, it just gets infinitely cooler.

Next, gotta have the eye candy. Playboy would seem like the obvious first choice (duh), but what about going right past all those bunny wannabe's to the queen sex pot? That would be recently appointed 2008 Playmate Of The Year Jayde Nicole. Think she would come to your party? Let alone host it? In your dreams.

Finally and arguably most importantly is the music. Again, Sutra goes right to the top: world renowned DJ/music producer Steve Aoki to spin a special live '70s set that will be nothing less than fanfuckingtastic.

Being Sutra's first annual Dirty Disco party, there's the slightest chance it's going to be a dud. But by slightest chance, it's about as possible as playing that stupid "lime in the coconut" game and not throwing up, which translates to about one in a sqillion.

The catch: '70s disco attire is required for entry, so you have to participate. Just think tight and glitzy. Hot pants and halter tops. What you would wear with a pair of roller skates if you didn't plan on actually, um, skating. Men should go the Travolta route, naturally. No need for platforms tough, guys, unless you have practiced dancing in them. As hot as tight pants and open shirts can be, most ladies dont dig guys in heels. sorry.

According to Sutra, this is "sure to sell out" and unlike most venues that claim it, Dirty Disco probably will. Pre-sale tickets run $20 (hey, that's less than five gallons of gas), but the cut-off is today at 1 p.m. You can purchase them here. Didn't get them in time? Try your luck at the door, but getting turned away while in costume is one of the most embarrassing things to happen to a club-goer. In other words, sucks to be you.

Club Pick of the Weekend: Secret Affair

Mod, mod, mod. Are you sick of the word yet? No? Good.
It’s no secret theme dance parties are rampant through the club scene but if I come across one more ‘80s club I’m going to throw up a scruncie. Secret Affair is held the first Friday of every month and recalls that explosive era now gone nearly half a century.

Advertised as a night for northern soul, freakbeat, boogaloo, garage and ‘60s, any regular night-lifer would pick up on the originality of music genres at the very least. Oh, and for those of you who aren’t sure (because I sure as hell wasn’t):

Freakbeat: “The missing link between the early to mid-1960s mod R&B scene and the psychedelic rock and progressive rock genres that emerged in the late-1960s” and “Elements of the freakbeat sound include strong direct drum beats, loud and frenzied guitar riffs, and extreme effects such as: fuzztone, flanging, distortion and compression or phasing on the vocal or drum tracks.”

Boogaloo: “A genre of Latin music and dance that was very popular in the United States in the late 1960s. Boogaloo originated in New York City among teenage Cubans and Puerto Ricans. The style was a fusion of popular African American R&B, rock and roll and soul with mambo and son montuno.”

And there you have it; now we can all play esoteric hipster.

If you plan on going to Secret Affair tonight, and by all means you should, the dress is actually quite simple: sleek and well-tailored. Men generally stick to the tight pants, pointy shoes and shaggy hair (which is the very reason I enjoy this club so much). Women go for the short babydolls and trapeze dresses. Tight with either flats or heels. Flats if you feel like dancing. And you will.

Right, that’s another thing: the dancing is also kept somewhat reminiscent of the ‘60s. The Twist was back with gusto, not the easy two-feet-on-the-ground version but the flippy, skippy one. I’m sure ‘60s dance experts (if there is such a thing) would have a better name for it. Anyways, I thought I had mastered that move by the night’s end only to find out it was the PBR tallboys that had caused such a hallucination. So you might want to practice at home a little, or suffer my fate of looking more like drunken poultry than anything even reminiscent of cool.

Another incentive to look good and perfect those dance moves: Weekly photog Fever Dragon will be there to capture the action. And you know we'll be putting that shit up on the website for all to see.

Secret Affair at Alex's, 2913 E. Anaheim St., Long Beach. Free before 9 p.m., $5 after.

View a photo slideshow of Secret Affair here.