Top 10 Skateboarders Who Became Musicians

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Duane Peters onstage, being punk as, well, you know what

Skateboarding and music mingle nicely, from the soundtracks of skate videos to the shredders themselves hitting notes. For some skaters, it's hard to say what comes first, the music or the maple. It's not uncommon while learning about a band to find that a member or two has skateboarding in their past, so we thought we'd take a stab at a Top 10 of sorts. That's not to say there aren't gazillions of skater savants who are melodically inclined. But here's a rundown of our faves.


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10 EDM Albums to Listen to Before You Die

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Jono Grant, Tony McGuinness and Paavo Siljamäki

Due to the multiple sub genres of electronic dance music and the amount of decades in which this type of music has been produced, it's almost impossible to pick the top 10 albums of all time. The old school ravers and elitist will argue the importance of including a lot of the pioneers, but the last thing we need is another throwback 1990s list. Yet with the rising popularity of "EDM" (which is just a fancy word we use to encompass all the complex genres of dance music) it's only natural that the demand for such a list exists.

It's difficult to make this list relevant today because most DJ's produce singles without ever having a full-length album or after only releasing an EP - think Avicii and "Levels." Additionally some of the greatest albums are actually compilations or filled with remixes such as Sasha's Involver. So though we know that any top 10 list is stepping into the boundaries of controversy, we couldn't help and compile our top 10 EDM albums to listen to before you die. Who knows, maybe in between all of the untz untz and and wobbly bass lines you might actually fall in love like we did.

See Also:
Eric Prydz & Audrey Napoleon - Yost Theater - 8/16/2012
Above & Beyond's Tony McGuinness Shares Why He Loves SoCal
Nero on EDM Naysayers, Clubbing and the Possibility of Another Track With Skrillex


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If You're Tweeting About the Music Scene in O.C. We Will Find You

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Jena Ardell

We wanted to make a post featuring a collection of insightful, meaningful anecdotes famous musicians had tweeted this past week, but no one was sharing anything worthwhile (trust us). So instead, we turned to you for entertainment, and searched to see if anyone was talking about the music scene in Orange County. Here's what we found...


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10 Punk Albums to Listen to Before You Die

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Coming up with 10 punk albums to listen to before you die is a lot harder than you'd think. For starters, it's a morbid thought, which makes you start asking yourself why in the hell you're thinking about punk albums when you're only gonna die, so who cares?

Second, the best material of many (if not most) punk bands is featured on singles, not full-length records. That's why you won't see Minor Threat on this list because even though they are punk rock royalty, their sole album (1982's Out of Step) isn't as good as their EPs. Or, on the flipside, you got a band like Red Cross, whose first EP is
unfuckwithable, but EPs aren't albums and therefore not included in this list.


That said, there are still plenty of full-length punk records that everyone should most definitely hear and more than likely own.

Here, in no particular order, are 10.

See Also:

*10 Jazz Albums to Listen to Before You Die

*Top 25 Greatest OC Bands of All Time

*Top 10 Band Wally George Band Interviews From the Hot Seat

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

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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.

See Also:
Monster Massive Cancelled at the Last Possible Fucking Second...Again
Top 10 EDM Halloween Parties in OC
Nocturnal Wonderland: Our Recap From A to Z

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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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Top 10 OC Comics...So Far!

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Most famous OC comic ever? Maybe.

Ahhh Orange County. We might be known for our beautiful weather, pristine coastlines, and gorgeous people but we are soooo much more than that! Orange County is also the stomping grounds of some of the funniest comedic talent. With that said, we thought we'd do a little bragging on some of O.C.'s finest so you can get familiar and maybe do a little bragging of your own!


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Top 10 Best and Worst Dressed of Ultra Music Festival

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Brett Byers
This year's sold out Ultra Music Festival at Bayfront Park in Miami, Florida brought out 165,000 attendees from all over the world ready to enjoy their favorite EDM DJs and producers. Now that it's come and gone and we've nursed our epic hangovers let's take a look at the top 10 best and worst dressed party goers.

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The 10 Worst Music Videos of 2011

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We're on the fence about Katy Perry in "E.T."

2011 was host to a legion of ambitiously unconventional music videos -- often so rapt in their quest for originality that quality (and logic) fell by the wayside. Surprisingly, the songs themselves often aren't stinkers -- but the visual adaptations are. Applauded for their audacity and mocked for their absurdity, here's a top 10 of front runners.


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Top 9 Most Annoying Songs Of 2011

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 Whether it's overexposure, repetition, or just a terrible melody, each of the songs below are some of the most grating tunes to be released in 2011.

A quick caveat: I realize that there is a lot of top 40 on this list--that isn't because I dislike top 40. But frankly, when the radio is saturated with a certain song, you're more likely to trigger annoyance much faster than an indie number that plays on occasion. (But trust me, had Tame Impala's "Solitude is Bliss" been released in 2011, it would've topped the list--nothing is more annoying than a hipster who brags about how much he enjoys his own pretentious company.)

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