The Best Local EDM Shows in October

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Escape From Wonderland 2013 

Next to New Year's Eve, Halloween is probably the second biggest party night of the year. But with the copious amount of party goers come the amateurs who aren't really there for the music and are just looking to rage the night away. Sure there are plenty of epic Halloween EDM shows this year (we'll get to that list later), but we suggest saving some of your dancing budget for some of these top five electronic dance music shows that should also be on your radar. From trance fans to the biggest bass music massive, we've got you covered this month all the way up to All Hallows Eve.


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The Five Douchiest Sports Injuries According to Jay Mohr

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Christopher Victorio
Let the big men do the celebrating.
Jay Mohr rips it up on the stand-up stage and on the big and small screen but really, by now you already knew that so we won't go on and on. Hopefully by now you also know that Mohr is the man when it comes to sports, hence why his show "Jay Mohr Sports" on Fox Sports Radio has been such a huge hit. Since he has an upcoming show at the Irvine Improv this weekend (October 3rd through 5th), we decided to collide his worlds by hitting him up for his picks on the "Top Five Douchiest Sports Injuries." We knew that Jay would have no problem highlighting the humor of the arrogant souls in this list so grab your tickets to his show (seriously, what are you waiting for?) and check out what our buddy Jay had to say.

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The Best Hip-Hop Stripper Anthems

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The allure of an exotic dancer can be irresistible, and nothing screams, "I want to make it last forever...or just for the night" like penning a song dedicated to the craft of poppin' that thang. Whether you make it rain with dollars or make it hail with quarters (cheap bastards), the sultry shaking of a dancer's hips can be the gateway to the champagne room for some and for others, an ode to the art. Like with this list we compiled for you. Grab your champagne for the campaign and get a little bounce in that bootie with our picks for the Best Hip-Hop Stripper Anthems.

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The Deconstruction of Comedian Grant Cotter

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I legit wiggled out of the straight jacket.
Around the halls of the Weekly, we love us some Grant Cotter. We've watched this OC native go from the stand-up stage, to MTV, and now, to winning himself some time on one of the most stacked comedy tours that we've ever seen, the Oddball Comedy and Curiosity Festival. Proud? Hell yeah. Do we still want to pick on him though? Totally. So while we wait for the big event this weekend that includes Louis C.K., Sarah Silverman, Chris Hardwick, Aziz Ansari, Jeff Ross, and Marc Maron among others, we tapped him to pick on his act. Or better yet, pick apart his act. It's not an easy feat to critique material that you have written yourself but, we knew that Grant would be up for the challenge and nail it to the wall.


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Five Songs You Shouldn't Play at Your Wedding. (Or Should You?) According to Jen Murphy

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Because really, what's wrong a little blood on your garter belt?
Comedian Jen Murphy knows a thing or two about marriage. Wait. No she doesn't. She does however know something about marrying hilarious bits to the stand-up stage and truth be told, it seems like a union that will never end in divorce. Being that she's a favorite of the Weekly (as well as one of our "Five Comics to Watch Out For in 2014") and has a headlining gig at the Irvine Improv this Sunday July 27th, we decided to meld these two worlds and see if she could come up with something that was completely out of her realm. Musical marriage material. With her non-knowing knowledge about wedding planning but her knowledge of "funny" being spot-on, we got Jen to give us her picks for "Five Songs You Shouldn't Play at Your Wedding. Or Should You?"

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The Best OC Hip-Hop Shows in July

Categories: Rap, Top Five

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Rittz--See July 26
There's no doubt that this summer is highly saturated with hip-hop concerts. But even if you might not be all too enthusiastic for the Drake and Lil Wayne show in September, maybe some of the shows in the upcoming month can fill a share of your summer leisure time and dough. Conveniently, the always busy, always awesome Observatory is hosting all the shows on our list. And if scraping ticket money together is a problem for you, one of the listed shows costs less than a Li'l Caesar's Hot-n-Ready. Here are our picks for the best hip-hop shows in July.


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Top Five Songs Sure to Help You Get Some Sleep

Categories: Top Five, music

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MTV
Closing (your eyes) time...
There are many reasons that one may not be able to sleep. And sometimes, the typical options--drugs, prayer, crying--just aren't enough to help you get some shut eye. Well all have work to finish, deadlines to meet, and it's hard do accomplish those tasks when you're a zombie all day long. For those of you that battle the insomnia demons, we've come up with a playlist that should lull your ass straight into dreamland.

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Top Five Videos with Cheerleaders in Them According to Jonathan McDaniel

Categories: TV, Top Five, music

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I miss Gwen Stefani!
Funny man Jonathan McDaniel is back reprising his role as German Vega for the second season of the VH-1 smash show "Hit The Floor" on Monday May 26th. And since some of you can't get enough of this man (and why would you want to?), he's also dropping a new album that'll be available on iTunes Tuesday May 27th called "Born a S.T.A.R." Over here at the Weekly, we love Mr. McDaniel and figured since he has more than enough interaction with sexy cheerleaders on his show, who better to ask then him to point out some videos where these lovely, flexible, and gifted ladies are represented? Exactly. There's no one better. That's why we hit him up for his picks for the "Top 5 Videos with Cheerleaders in Them."


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Top Five Local EDM Shows in May

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Timothy Norris / OC Weekly
The Coachella crowd during Carnage's set
Now that the desert marathon is over and festival season has officially kicked off, a new month is upon us and don't even think for a minute that your livers and wallets will catch a break. Even if you didn't make it to Coachella this year, we're sure you're still itching to rage by now after replaying your favorite sets and scoping out pictures on Instagram. We did the hard work and investigated the massive amount of shows this month to choose the best five local EDM shows for everyone. From dance music newbies to the biggest aficionados; here are the gigs you can't miss out on.

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The Five Best Local EDM Shows in April

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James Caleb Cornette aka Amtrac was on everyone's radar after opening for Kaskade on his Atmosphere Tour late last year and remixing the hit single of the same title. The Kentucky songwriter, producer, vocalist, instrumentalist, and DJ is one of the HARD dawgs playing events like HARD Miami, Ultra Music Festival, Day of the Dead, and Tomorrowworld! The up and coming 25 year old fuses deep house with nu disco and is the perfect fit for Posch's new Maison Saturdays which caters to the more mature sounds of dance music.


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