The Five Must See EDM Acts at Coachella, Weekend 2

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The 2014 Sahara Tent
Week two of Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival is upon us and with it comes the grueling decisions on which stages to spend the most of your precious time. For EDM aficionados it's easy to think electronic dance music is limited to the pulsating lights of the Sahara tent. Yet in a recent Coachella culture where dance music and electronic bands are increasingly popular (think Calvin Harris on the main stage last week), we noticed there's plenty of diverse artists all over to get your dance fix. So to make life easier for you weekend 2 festival goers, we broke down the Five Must See EDM Acts at Coachella

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Top Five Local EDM Shows in March

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Fabian Ortiz / OC Weekly
Ultra Music Festival 2013

From March 21-30, thousands of people from all over the world will congregate in Miami for it's annual Winter Music Conference. With pool parties, panels, and special events surrounding the 29th annual International Dance Music Awards (voting ends tomorrow), this is the premiere EDM event ending with the infamous Ultra Music Festival March 28-30. But for those of you who can't make the pilgrimage this year, fear not. You don't have to suffer from major FOMO this month, as there are plenty of EDM events locally to get your music party fix. After all, every major DJ and producer has decided to take up residency in LA now, giving us access to some of the biggest electronic dance music shows in the US.


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Top Five Local EDM Shows in February

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LED's OMFG! NYE
Where did the first month of 2014 go? As we slowly head into festival season (a music lover's favorite time of year) it's also time to think about which shows you're going to attend in between saving for Coachella to EDC. Since EDM parties love to revolve around holidays you can bet that there are enough shows this month from Valentine's Day to Presidents Day Weekend to keep you shuffling until dawn. After all, what's a party without an excuse to celebrate something, right? We searched the top five local electronic dance music events this month in all genres. From deep house to dubstep, we've got you covered this February.


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Top Five EDM Shows in December

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Jeff Allen
MAKJ at the Yost Theater
Yes we know it's almost the end of the year and dance music devotees are having that epic debate on which massive EDM event they should choose to ring in the new year. But just because you're shelling out $130 for a good time at the end of the month doesn't mean you should go into hibernation until then. There's plenty of talented artist playing all month to help you escape the family gatherings and Christmas music at the malls. From progressive house, moombahton, electro, trance to deep house we got you covered with the top five EDM shows this December.


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The Top Five EDM Shows in August

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Matt Oliver / OC Weekly
HARD Summer Mainstage 2012
With the over-saturation of shows and world renowned DJs circling LA and OC on a weekly basis, it's easy to justify skipping one out (or you just waited until the last minute and will end up getting a scalper ticket the day of from major FOMO). Regardless there's plenty of shit going on this month to nurture your dance music addiction with events from different genres all over town. We broke down a list of the top five EDM shows this month that should be on your radar. Enjoy your summer like a true rager and attend all of them - why not? You only live once, right?


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The Top Five Black Flag Guitar Recordings

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A recently reunited Black Flag plays tonight and tomorrow at the Observatory, which got me thinking: What songs do I want to hear live? The easy answer is "all of them," but let's face it, I don't want to hear any band do every song they know. Then I started thinking, "Ok, what are my favorite Black Flag songs I sure as hell hope they play?"

This isn't an easy answer seeing as how the group had four singers, one rhythm guitar player, three bassists and six drummers between its initial run from 1976 through 1986. As you might have guessed, each lineup transformed the group into something it wasn't before. Whereas the original lineup with guitarist Greg Ginn, singer Keith Morris, bassist Chuck Dukowski and drummer Bryan Migdol drew heavily from the Ramones, by the time Ginn, singer Henry Rollins, bassist C'el Revuelta and drummer Anthony Martinez toured in 1986, Black Flag was a heavy blues band that borrowed as much from Black Sabbath and Ornette Coleman than they did the Ramones.

Add the fact that Ginn -- the sole constant -- has reformed his group with second singer Ron Reyes (featured on the Jealous Again EP and the documentary The Decline of Western Civilization) and a new rhythm section (bassist Dave Klein and drummer Gregory Moore aka "Drummer") and you've got a headache as pounding as the second side to the band's 1984 record My War.


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The Five Best EDM Shows in July

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Christopher Victorio / OC Weekly
Main Stage at EDC 2013
If you're an electronic dance music lover, we get that you're probably just recovering after an incredible week of parties during Las Vegas' epic Electric Daisy Carnival. Though the festival ended almost 10 days ago July is now upon us and it's time to think about what kind of trouble you can get into this month. With 4th of July weekend right around the corner, you bet the clubs in Orange County and the surrounding areas already have a jam packed rooster of our favorite EDM artist to celebrate well into the weekend. We scoped out the five best dance music shows this month once again so that you may plan your summer accordingly dancing to the beat of the best music available.


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Why Rapper Ms Krazie Loves OC Enough to Name Her Baby SanTana

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Your homegirl Ms Krazie!
Ms Krazie is truly a hip-hop phenomena. With five studio albums now to her credit, the Jenni Rivera-style chingona on the mic is one of the best at what she does. Ms Krazie's raspy, raw Spanglish delivery makes her an undeniable talent upon first listen. She continues to mature in her craft as is displayed on 2012's Forgive Not Forget whether it's backed by the smooth beats of producer D. Salas or feeling out rock influences on tracks like "Love You Till Death." What makes Ms Krazie so damn special lies in the fact that with her skills and down-to-earth personality, she managed to build a large, loyal fan base before ever doing extensive touring or even dropping a music video. Not many else can claim the same.

Better yet, she's all that and a true SanTanera at heart pronouncing the city name 'Santa Ana' as the natives do (and how we write it!) Her local 'Team Loca' legion is abuzz as the rapper is set to return to Orange County from El Paso,Texas this week for a special 'meet and greet' at Pachuco Tattoo in Orange where she will be on hand with signed CDs, posters and t-shirts. Before the line of fans outside the tattoo parlor stretches from Orange all the way to East LA, the Weekly checks in with Ms Krazie about meet and greets, her SanTana roots and asks when she'll come back for a show!


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Rocket From the Crypt Bassist Petey X Never Says Never When It Comes to His Band Reuniting

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Greg Jacobs
There's no shortage of good bands playing the Ink-N-Iron festival this weekend at the Queen Mary in Long Beach. Sadly, we can't pay much attention to bands that are merely "good" when the world's greatest band of all time is playing. That's right, folks -- Rocket From the Crypt is performing Saturday night and if that's not enough to get your ass off the couch--even for a festival focused on cars and tattoos-- then it's time to start reevaluating your life.

It's a big deal any time the world's greatest band plays (full disclosure: I'm kind of a fan), but it's an even bigger deal when the show marks the first time in nearly eight years that the world's greatest band is playing on American soil. An announced show, anyway.

Rocket From the Crypt held an uber-secret gig on Easter at Bar Pink in San Diego (this writer attended), but that performance was for approximately 100 heathens who view the six members of Rocket From the Crypt (singer/guitarist John "Speedo" Reis, bassist Pete "Petey X" Reichert, guitarist Andy "ND" Stamets, drummer Mario "Ruby Mars" Rubalcaba, trumpet player Jason "JC2000" Crane and saxophonist Paul "Apollo 9" O'Beirne) as musical Messiahs whose triumphant return to the stage was infinitely more important to humanity than some bearded hippie who rose from the dead.

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Thomas Gold Shares the Anatomy of a Good DJ Set

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Thomas Gold
Life's been good since Thomas Gold befriended the mafia. Well, the Swedish House Mafia, anyway. His inclusion into the the SHM family last year on Axwell's Axtone Records catapulted his career to the next level. Now with his own Fanfare Bus World Tour, residency at the new Las Vegas Light Nightclub in Mandalay Bay and Fanfare radio show on Sirius XM; Gold has turned into an in demand world renowned artist. He made his Coachella Festival debut this year where he worked his progressive house magic at the Sahara tent, with heavy, drumline-inspired beats that rattled our spines. We spoke to the Berlin-based artist backstage about how he typically constructs his DJ sets, including the one for his next gig tonight at the newly opened SBE nightclub Create, located at the old Vanguard in LA and promoted by Insomniac Events.


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