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Best Concert Venues in Los Angeles

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Welcome to the city with too many choices, ugh. Los Angeles can be tricky to navigate without some help, and the cities reputation as a playground for music culture attracts fans from all over the world.

Let’s admit it – L.A. has the best music scene in America. We are also blessed with the most diverse venues. The city offers a diverse variety of options every night of the week. Whether you prefer a sweaty dive, a historic theater or a swanky club venue, L.A. has the best concert-going experience for every person.

Here are our top 8 L.A. live-music destinations, in no particular order. The list is based on venue bookings, sound quality, the overall atmosphere, history of the venue and how pricey it is to get a damn drink.

Club Nokia

Get away from the chaotic Staples Center and hang with a crowd that’s always down to party. This multi-story club fits around 2,300 people and there are excellent sight lines to the DJ from any vantage point. The fashion here is “club going up on a Tuesday” chic. While we think the bottom area houses the best experience, there’s a balcony that offers the perfect escape. The bar has strong drinks and the production is always on-point with big sound and bigger artists.

800 W. Olympic Blvd., Downtown, www.clubnokia.com.

Hollywood Bowl

At the bowl, you’ll see attendees swarm the front gates for a pre-show picnic and feel good pre-game vibes. The Bowl’s regular season events are BYOB, but we suggest double checking your ticket before you stock up on alcohol. Since its opening, the bowl has blessed L.A. with iconic performers – from Frank Sinatra in 1943 to Avicii in 2013. This outside amphitheater has wonderful sound quality and is nestled out of earshot from the bustling noise of Hollywood. Usually, fans get to soak up a stellar firework show after the performance. The only downside is the parking.

2301 Highland Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90068. HollywoodBowl.com

Hollywood Palladium

If you’re looking for a kick-ass performance, this vintage Art Deco style venue fits about 3,500 fans. Music trends have changed over the years, but this retro Hollywood staple still attracts the best performers. The sound is clear and the venue features a top-notch balcony area. Plus, there’s a stellar booking history of A-listers including Above & Beyond and Armin Van Buuren.

6215 Sunset Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90028.

Avalon Hollywood

If you want a club that will to melt your face off, this L.A. dance club has the best EDM sound system in town. There’s plenty of space to dance and many levels to explore. If you buy tickets in advance, the experience is hassle-free. They pump trap and dubstep on Fridays, and on Saturdays the speakers are filled with trance and big-room house.

1735 Vine St, Los Angeles, CA 90028. avalonhollywood.com

El Rey Theatre

This is a relatively small setting, so if your favorite artist swings by for a show, grab a ticket fast. El Rey has a reputation for booking rising or relatively unknown artists who are on their way to stardom. It’s an Art Deco flashback venue with good sound and hip crowds. It’s always a smart choice to wear comfortable shoes, because you’ll likely dance all night.

5515 Wilshire Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90036. theelrey.com

The Wiltern

For good vibes visit this venue nestled in the heart of L.A. There’s not a bad spot in the house at the Wiltern. Equipped with balcony seating and levels of standing room, fans can view the stage from every possible corner of the glamorous theater. It’s an L.A. landmark with a capacity of up to 2,200 fans.

3790 Wilshire Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90010. livenation.com

The Viper Room

Want to party somewhere historic? This intimate local venue is tucked away on the Sunset Strip in West Hollywood. What sets apart this venue from others is the size. The 250-person capacity dissolves the barrier between the fans and the artist. The sunken dance floor allows fans to get up close and personal with their favorite artist.

8852 Sunset Blvd, West Hollywood, CA 90069. www.viperroom.com.

The Fonda Theatre

Who doesn’t love venues that are small, yet have enough space to move freely? The Fonda packs about 1,200 and has a huge dance floor, rooftop bar and balcony seats. There’s plenty of space to get lost. Plus, it’s a good place to enjoy high-qualify performances. The metro is two blocks away and parking is decent. Big names have performed here, including The Rolling Stones, Justice and Moby.

6126 Hollywood Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90028. http://www.fondatheatre.com

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The Essential Los Angeles Late-Night Happy Hour Guide for Cheap Eats and Drinks

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Late-night happy hours are for night owls. They’re the ones sitting in traffic during sunset rush hour that can’t make it to regular happy hour times. They’re the people partying into the wee morning hours, who don’t have to wake up for a 7 a.m. yoga class or 8 a.m. workday.

We all know that eating out can put a dent in your bank account. But during reverse happy hour, most restaurants are wonderfully affordable. So if you’re drinking a $17 Moscow mule at a bar that’s name you can’t pronounce, you’re in the wrong spot. Luckily, we’ve laid out the top reverse happy hour deals in LA, so you don’t have to spend your commute home scrolling through Yelp. Although lets be honest…ain’t much else to do during standstill traffic.

Based on killer drink selections, cheap eats and the best deals, this list will help you save a few bucks and enjoy a much happier hour.

33 Taps

When: Sunday – Thursday, 10 p.m. – 1 a.m.

This Hollywood sports pub serves up $3 pints, $3 well drinks and $3 appetizers, but perhaps the realest deal here is the cheap bites. Head upstairs to the pool tables and grub on delicious pulled pork sliders or savory chicken taquitos. When you’re feeling like a winner, make the last one a double – you might need it to handle the after hours action on the boulevard.

Regular happy hour is Tuesday – Friday, 3 p.m. – 6 p.m.

33 Taps is located at 6263 Hollywood Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90028

Phone: (323) 962-1400

Birds

When: Wednesday – Thursday, 11 p.m. – midnight.

This neighborhood spot is filled with locals…and let’s keep it locals only. It has half-off all drinks, and on Fridays ladies get half-off drinks all night – holllaaa!! If you’re in the mood for something upscale, try the “French Martini” – it’s a mixture of vodka, raspberry liquor and pineapple juice. The bartenders at this long-standing spot between the East Side and Hollywood make sure your drink is always full.

Birds is located at 5925 Franklin Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90028

Phone: (323) 465-0175.

The Virgil

When: Tuesday, 7 p.m. – midnight.

This 1920s-style saloon has throwback decor, killer cocktails and live entertainment. The restaurant has a calendar of scheduled comedy shows, music and innovative storytelling skits. It’s a little pricy but there’s always a great show. The menu includes $8 craft cocktails, which are usually a tasty concoction regularly priced at $12. There’s $6 well drinks, $5 draft beer and $6 wine. On Whiskey Wednesday, you can order a $15 flight and get a discounted whiskey cocktail. The same happy hour selection is available at 7 p.m. – 9 p.m., Monday – Friday.

The Virgil is located at 4519 Santa Monica Boulevard, Silver Lake

Phone: (323) 660-4540.

Crazy Rock’n Sushi

When: Everyday, 4 p.m. – 2 a.m. 

This Japanese sushi bar is located at the heart of Sunset Boulevard. This multi-room and outdoor seating restaurant offers dirt cheap (but super tasty) sushi and drinks at late hours. Their happy hour is amazing because everything on the menu is 50 percent off. Yes – everything. The portions are generous and most sushi specials start at $3.35. Plus, you can score a $3 large house hot sake.

Crazy Rock’n Sushi is located at 7100 Santa Monica Blvd. Suite 158, West Hollywood, CA 90046.

Phone: (323) 882-8247

Kings Row

When: Sunday – Wednesday, 10 p.m. – midnight.

You don’t have to play hooky and leave work early for a cheap burger anymore, because Kings Row has got you covered. Grab a $5 cheeseburger or $8 mini fish n’ chips. The outside patio is a cozy environment with string lights and it’s located in Old Pasadena. The happy hour menu includes $4 well drinks, $6 craft cocktails, $2 off any beer and $3 off wines.

Kings Row is located at 20 E. Colorado Blvd, Pasadena, CA 91103.

Phone: (626) 793-3010

Far Bar

When: Sunday – Monday, 9 p.m. – close

This Little Tokyo fusion spot has $7 cocktails, $5 well drinks, $3 Sapporo, $5 wines, $7 whiskey and plenty of other drink specials. If you’re hungry, nom on the reduced price sushi rolls starting at $4 and other $5 munchies, including wings and sliders.

Far Bar is located at 347 East 1st Street, Los Angeles, CA 90012.

Phone: (213) 617-9990.

Casey’s Irish Pub

When: Monday and Sunday, open – close

Enjoy a restaurant filled with loads of whiskey, wood tables and Irish flare located in downtown L.A. The pub has $2 off all appetizers, $5 Jameson, $4 well cocktails and $3 Miller High Life. There’s a pool table, ping-pong table, foosball and darts. The same happy hour menu applies Tuesday – Saturday 3 p.m. – 7 p.m.

Casey’s Irish Pub is located at 613 S Grand Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90017.

Phone: (213) 629-2353

Morton’s The Steakhouse

When: Sunday – Friday, 9 p.m. – close

Hell yeah – this is a meat lover’s happy hour done right. This place is known as a high-end chain for prime beef and seafood, but there are specialty priced bar bites during late happy hour. Grab a $8 mini crab cake, tuna taco, prime cheeseburger, petite filet mignon sandwich or a filet mignon trio.

Morton’s The Steakhouse is located at 735 S Figueroa St #207, Los Angeles, CA 90017

Phone: (213) 553-4566

Yard House

When: Sunday – Wednesday, 10 p.m. – close

Sink your teeth into late night appetizers starting at $5 – $8. From Moo Shu egg rolls and chicken strips to a tasty cheese pizza, there are more than 20 appetizers on sale. There are also lots of drink specials to quench your thirst.

Yard House is located at 800 West Olympic Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90015

Phone: (213) 745-9273

Michael’s

When: Monday – Friday, 6 p.m. – close

This is the type of place you’d take a late night date. Located a few blocks from the Third Street Promenade, this beach town restaurant has classy art-filled décor and prices that won’t break the bank. Happy hour food specials include $3 oysters and $6 bites like the chicken and waffles with bourbon-aged maple syrup. Drink specials include $7 cocktails, wine and $5 beer.

Michael’s is located at 1147 3rd St, Santa Monica, CA 90403.

Phone: 310-451-0843

Ways to celebrate Valentine’s Day in L.A. regardless of your relationship status

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It’s that time of year again – Valentine’s Day. We either love it or hate it. And you’re going to either spend this day in Los Angeles shared with a sweetheart who lights your fire, or downing a bottle of wine and eating a box of chocolate from CVS.

For myself – Los Angeles is my valentine.

Ditch the traditional Valentine’s Day celebrations and take your honey somewhere special. Or if you’re single, flip love the middle finger and check out our list of the best LA spots to be a party of one.

Finding something unique to do on Valentine’s Day just got a whole lot easier. Here’s a guide to local special events on Valentine’s Day and the weekend that will woo your beloved. Or if dodging Cupid’s arrows and cheesy pick-up lines is more your style, we’ve got some anti-Valentine’s Day events too.

If you’re single…

Doomed Valentine’s Day Show

Solo on V-Day? If you want to reminisce on the holiday’s most awkward and embarrassing moments, this storytelling event allows guests to tell their stories of past V-Days. So get on stage, drink a beer and tell inappropriate stories to strangers.

When: Saturday, Feb. 13

Where: 1357 N Highland Ave., Los Angeles

Cost: $16

Website: http://www.getmortified.com/live/

Cupid’s Undie Run

Strip down in your undies for a good cause at this annual Valentine’s Day themed run. The run is scheduled to start at 2 p.m. and aims to raise $3.5 million for the Children’s Tumor Foundation. Grab your red and run around and pink panties downtown Los Angeles with other Angelenos.

When: Saturday, Feb. 20

Where: 1050 S Hill St., Los Angeles

Cost: $30-$55

Website: http://www.cupidsundierun.com/city/los-angeles/

Birds’ Annual Anti-Valentine’s Party

Honestly, this sounds like a blast. This upbeat neighborhood bar will fill the place with a bunch of activities for “aggression-release therapy.” You can bash a piñata, stick a needle in a voodoo doll, listen to heartbreak music and win a prize for the worst “got dumped” stories while drinking heavily. Yeah, this sounds like my type of party.

When: Sunday, Feb. 4

Where: 5925 Franklin Ave., Los Angeles

Cost: Free

Website: http://www.birdshollywood.com/index.php?pageID=home

Tinder Ball

If you’re a fan of Tinder and tired of dating online and swiping left, it’s time to return to the real world of dating. So put down your phone and exchange your number at Bellman’s Pub. The pub will host a Tinder-themed singles party with a kissing booth, sex toy raffle and a live date auction. Drink specials include D.T.F. Punch and fire shots.

When: Sunday, Feb. 14

Where: 600 S Spring St., Los Angeles

Cost: Free

Website: http://beelmanspub.com

Valentine’s Day Mosh

Aggressive behavior, black clothing and black eyeliner are highly suggested at this event. Rumble and mosh the night away if you’re feeling extra angsty at this Valentine’s Day concert. Three punk bands will gather and play a show at the Echoplex. The Frights, SWMRS and Melissa Brooks & The Aquadolls will play a show and get your mind off all the sappy V-Day lovers. So ditch the fancy jewelry, pink dresses, and suit and ties.

When: Sunday, Feb. 14

Where: 1154 Glendale Blvd., Los Angeles

Cost: $15

Website: http://www.theecho.com/event/1022647-valentine-s-day-rumble-los-angeles/

If you’re happily taken…

Valentine’s Day Malibu Wine Safari & Chocolate Tasting at Saddlerock Ranch 

Nothing says “I love you” better than exotic wildlife and wine. Why not take a break from the city and head out to Malibu. You can taste locally produced wine and visit all the furry animals.

When: Friday, Feb. 12 – Sunday, Feb. 14

Where: 32111 Mulholland Highway, Malibu, California 90265

Cost: $80

Website: https://www.goldstar.com/events/malibu-ca/valentines-day-pairing-safari-tickets

Sex and the City Zoo Dinner

Gather for a celebration of animal dating, mating and cohabitation on Valentine’s Day. The event features an animal sex talk with the L.A. Zoo’s curator. This wild, adults-only celebration will explore all the romance in the animal kingdom. Be prepared to learn about all the mating rituals in the animal kingdom and how they compare with human courtship. Chocolate and champagne will be offered to humans. There’s also an optional three-course dinner for you lovebirds. Reservations are required.

When: Saturday, Feb.13, at 5 p.m., dinner at 7 p.m.

Where: Los Angeles Zoo and Botanical Gardens – 5333 Zoo Drive Los Angeles, CA 90027

Cost: Tickets are $42.99 per person and $121.74 for the lecture and dinner

Website: http://www.lazoo.org/sexandthecityzoo/

Grand Park’s PROUD Love

Free love is the best love, and it comes in all backgrounds, ages, shapes, color and sizes. Celebrate with all the colors of the rainbow in Grand Park on Saturday. Pack a picnic or enjoy local food trucks, good vibes and the gardens. Learn how to square or line dance with the community and LGBTQ supporters. Pucker up because there’s also a free photo booth. No partner is required, so if you’re single this works too.

When: Saturday, Feb. 13, at 12 p.m.

Where: Grand Park’s Performance Lawn – 200 North Grand Avenue Los Angeles, CA 90012

Cost: Free

Website: http://grandparkla.org/event/proud-love/

The El Capitan Theatre

Calling all red-blooded humans who want to impress their cutie on V-Day with a Disney movie. Relive the famous spaghetti kiss scene in “Lady and the Tramp” at a screening of the movie at the El Capitan.

When: Friday, Feb. 12 – Monday, Feb. 15

Where: 6838 Hollywood Blvd., Los Angeles

Cost: $13 adults, $11 before 6 p.m.

Website: https://elcapitantheatre.com

Dinner Reservations for two…

If you’ve forgotten about the Hallmark holiday this year, relax because Valentine’s Day dinner is all figured out. Cooking a meal at home is romantic, but the clean up is a drag. Skip the dirty dishes and make a reservation at a romantic restaurant.

Birch

This place is fancy. The dinner menu at this Hollywood restaurant includes oysters, sunchoke velouté and a variety of decadent entrees.

Price: $70 per person

Reserve: 323-960-3369

E.P. & L.P.

This swanky West Hollywood spot has a killer rooftop view and a full indoor dining room. Again, it’s a fancy menu with oysters, Chiang Mai lamb and more. So take someone you want to drop the cash for.

Price: $100 per couple

Reserve: 310-855-9955

Knuckle & Claw

If you want to share champagne with your significant other, this is your spot. There’s $1 oysters and half bottles of the bubbly for $9. No reservations are needed and the deal is from 5 p.m. – 10 p.m.

Price: $1 oysters, $9 half bottle of champagne

Reserve: None needed, (323) 407-6142

Love & Salt

Italian food is always a good idea. The three-course menu includes classic Italian dishes – the perfect cuisine to warm your belly and your heart.

Price: $45 per person

Reserve: (310) 545-5452

Catching Up With ETC!ETC!: An Exclusive Interview

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Made in America Festival (Ticket Giveaway)

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[one_half]Want to go to Made in America Festival Los Angeles this weekend? Dim Mak has the hookup for a pair of GA tickets! Simply comment on this Facebook post telling us which artist you’d be most excited to see and why. One winner will be chosen by 08.28 at 10AM PST.[/one_half][one_half_last]RULES
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Saturday
Imagine Dragons, Kendrick Lamar, Afrojack, Iggy Azalea, Sublime with Rome, Metric, Capital Cities, Gareth Emery, Schoolboy Q, Borgore, DVBBS, YG, MUTEMATH, Dr. Dog, Hit-Boy, ZZ Ward, Classixx, Ab-Soul, Isaiah Rashad, Jay Rock, Cut Snake, GrandTheft
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Kanye West, John Mayer, Juanes, Weezer, Rise Against, Steve Aoki, Chance the Rapper, Cypress Hill, R3HAB, Wolfgang Gartner, 12th Planet, Rita Ora, Nipsey Hussle, Terraplane Sun, Yellow Claw, Will Sparks, Scavenger Hunt, SZA, A Tribe Called Red
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LOS ANGELES/PHILADELPHIA (July 16, 2014) – Grammy Award®-winner Kanye West and Billboard chart-topping artist Iggy Azalea have been added to the 2014 Los Angeles “Budweiser Made In America” Music Festival line-up taking place at the Los Angeles Grand Park on August 30 and 31. Kanye West will now headline both the Philadelphia and Los Angeles “Budweiser Made In America” Music Festivals. Kanye West and Iggy Azalea join previously announced Los Angeles headliners Imagine Dragons and John Mayer.

The “Budweiser Made In America” Music Festival also revealed today the daily line-up for the Philadelphia and Los Angeles versions for one of the country’s premier summer festivals. The “Budweiser Made In America” events will benefit United Way of Greater Los Angeles, United Way of Greater Philadelphia and Southern New Jersey and United Way of Lancaster County. The two-day music festivals created by Budweiser and Live Nation will deliver must-see performances on both coasts with headliners Kanye West, Kings Of Leon, Tiësto and Pharrell in Philadelphia and Kanye West, Imagine Dragons and John Mayer in Los Angeles. Daily line-ups for both festival locations are listed below.

Single-day tickets for both festivals will go on sale Friday, July 18 at www.livenation.com and through the Live Nation mobile app. Single-day ticket prices are $89.50 for Philadelphia and $99.50 for Los Angeles.

Be sure to check in at www.madeinamericafest.com often for the latest updates on both festivals.

[RECAP] #NIGHTBASS Launch

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On Thursday, January 30th, we launched NIGHT BASS at Sound Nightclub – a new event series curated by the king of bass house AC Slater and his Brooklyn-based record label Party Like Us.

Los Angeles was served up a deep dish of house, club, uk garage, bassline, and 2-step from AC Slater, Christian Martin, Astronomar, Petey Clicks, and Sleazemore. As you can see from the photos, the people couldn’t get enough!

A special thanks to everyone who came out including Kastle, Nadastrom, DJ Carnage, Jessie Andrews, Dirtyphonics, our friends at Gotta Dance Dirty and URB Magazine, MOX TV squad, Chipotle crew, We Are Massiv. team, and many more! We can’t wait for #NIGHTBASS Round 2 – head to dimmakevents.com for early RSVP (the list will reach capacity)!!

VISIT OUR TUMBLR FOR MORE PHOTOS AND VIDEO FROM THE LAUNCH!!!

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FEADZ (Ed BANGER) IS BACK IN LA FOR HIS ALBUM RELEASE PARTY @ #DimMakTuesdays!

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Tomorrow evening, January 14th, we are pleased to once again have our good friends at the legendary Ed Banger Records in the house for Feadz’s album release party where he’ll be promoting his latest LP Instant Alpha. Joining Feadz on the decks will be Sydney-based tech house producer Light Year, up and coming production duo Phantoms whose self-titled EP is out now on OWSLA’s Nest, LA-based producer Mike B, and our trusty resident Bones! This isn’t the first time Feadz has brought the beats to our beloved #DimMakTuesdays – last March, he tore up the decks with Oliver Twizt and gave LA a rare taste of what he and the Ed Banger crew have been cooking up over in Paris. Recently, we had the opportunity to chat directly with Feadz before the big event tomorrow and, needless to say, this producer is one game-changing BADASS.

Enjoy an exclusive preview of Instant Alpha  (100% satisfaction guaranteed) which is now available for purchase exclusively on Beatport!

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1.     What can people expect from your set this week at #DimMakTuesdays?

I hope the unexpected.

2.     This isn’t your first time playing #DimMakTuesdays – in fact, you played here last March with Oliver Twizt! What do you think about #DimMakTuesdays?

I had a warm welcome and reaction and I love the fact that it is on a Tuesday. For me it represents people’s concern about music and not a random crowd who is going out on the weekend.

3.     You’ve been referred to as “a child of hip hop,” can you tell us some of the artists who’ve influenced your music from the beginning? How do you feel your sound has evolved throughout the years from hip hop style turntablism to more techno-sounding productions?

Public Enemy has been the major influence in my life – so much room for scratching and so much great music, pitched down or up or manipulated in extreme ways for a result that is unexpected and not regular  in a classic music eye. I think hip hop is becoming more & more techno over the years – it’s more minimal, it’s more synthetic, and I think my sound has followed the same path unconsciously.

4.     You were in a scratch band in the early 90’s, what was that like?

It was a lot of guys, of lot of smoke, a lot of sweat, and a lot of technical practice. It was great for a while.

5.     You’ve been with the legendary Ed Banger Records since 2005, how did that partnership first come about?

Paris is small and Pedro Winter has always been an influential DJ, so from my first records, I was giving them to him and he was liking my sound. As soon as he created the label, he offered to release my music.

6.     It’s been awhile since you’ve been in LA, what are you most looking forward to while being out here? What’s your take on the LA music scene?

Of course i’m looking for better weather than here, and I’m very glad to show LA the music that I consider to be the best . I feel very far from the scene, being at the Hard Festival last year in LA I couldn’t believe the amount of horrible music I heard. For a country who invented techno music, I can’t believe the direction it went in and the music that is popular out there. I’m sorry to say that but I think Americans have terrible taste when it comes to electronic music. But on the other hand, it’s never been that popular so it’s still good and I got faith on many U.S. producers who are gonna level it up.

7.     You’ve done remixes for Boys Noize, Cashmere Cat, Surkin, & Mr. Oizo to name a few. What have been some of your favorite collaborations so far?

All those mentioned here are collabs that have made me very happy . I couldn’t really choose a favorite amongst them.

8.     What’s your take on the evolution of djing and what do you see as the future of edm?

DJing is turning more and more has a producer representation. It’s a little sad that the original job of the DJ – finding great music for you to discover and dance to – is thought less of than your average entertainer (who is gonna play easy and raise his hands on every track to put you in the mood). And as I was saying, I think the music can only get better as I think it’s pretty horrible right now – just my opinion though, I’m known to be pretty critical but it’s just because it’s important to me.

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DATE:

Tuesday, January 14th

LINEUP:

Feadz (Soundcloud)
Light Year (Soundcloud)
Phantoms (Soundcloud)
Thee Mike B (Soundcloud)
Bones (Soundcloud)

ENTRY:

$5 w/ RSVP before 11 p.m. ($10 after) | RSVP to GuestList@DimMak.com (hurry because the guest list is filling up fast!)
Or purchase presale tickets here to ensure entry.

LOCATION:

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Los Angeles is about to get BASSED with AC Slater! #NightBass

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On January 30th, we’re kicking off the year with the launch of Night Bass, a new event series curated by the king of heavy bass house AC Slater and his Brooklyn-based record label Party Like Us. Starting January 30 at Sound Nightclub in Los Angeles, Night Bass features a diverse array of talent highlighting leaders of the U.K. bass-driven scene and caters to the night owls of the world.

Serving as Los Angeles’ best new underground event, Night Bass brings the sound that’s bubbling out of the bass bins from dark clubs and warehouses the world over direct to local audiences. Expect to hear cutting-edge house, garage, bassline, and boundary-pushing music. Together with Dim Mak, Party Like Us, and AC Slater, Night Bass brings the most unique party to Los Angeles.

For the opening event, Night Bass welcomes original Dirtybird player Christian Martin, who brings his tech-house flavor to the dance floor, along with Party Like Us label head AC Slater himself, who adds his unique spin on house and bass music. Main Course co-founder Astronomar joins the night with additional support from LA bass head Petey Clicks and local LA tastemaker Bones.
 

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1. Dim Mak: You are gearing up to present a collaborative party between Dim Mak and your label, Party Like Us. The night is being introduced as a home for cutting-edge house, garage, bassline, and more. Can you elaborate on the type of music party-goers will hear?

Think high-energy bass music with some soul. Somewhere between the big world of EDM and the underground sound of house music, that’s where Night Bass lives.

2. Describe the Party Like Us brand.

We want to share our musical influences and tastes with everyone. Party Like Us is bringing unique sounds to America on a regular basis via our releases. We want to shake things up and show music fans new sounds to keep them excited about dance music.

3. What can partygoers expect from an event thrown by Party Like Us and Dim Mak?

People can expect a well-curated night of fresh, bass-heavy house music that Party Like Us specializes in with the hype and excitement of a Dim Mak production.

4. How will Night Bass be different from any other party in the LA area?

This isn’t an event about standing and watching crazy visuals or an LED wall light up. This is about enjoying music on a nice sound system in a great atmosphere. On top of that, you will not hear a lot of this music anywhere else in LA. That’s the difference, something fresh for the city, an alternative to the norm.

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5. You will be spinning at these parties. What are some tracks that you think will set the tone for the night?

You’ll hear me play a lot of forthcoming, unreleased Party Like Us tracks as well as tunes from labels like Black Butter, Four 40 Records, Rinse, Trouble & Bass, and much more. Exciting, forward-thinking music, from uplifting vocal tracks to dark, driving bassline tunes.

I’ve also created a special Night Bass Spotify Playlist featuring songs I’ve been playing out for the past month or so that always get the party going, along with some dope tracks by the artists performing at the very first Night Bass event.[/one_half][one_half_last]

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6. Fast-forward one year: You have the amazing opportunity to curate a very special Night Bass 1-Year Anniversary Party. Who are those special guest DJs that would grace the decks?

My 1-year anniversary dream line up might be:

U.K. Garage legend DJ EZ
Zinc
Claude VonStroke
Taiki & Nulight
AC Slater & Petey Clicks (B2B)

7. Anything else you want to tell your fans and friends?

Shout out to Sound and Dim Mak for helping us bring this to life. Shout out to all the Party Animals coming to get involved in the Night Bass movement every month!

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Through an Intern’s Eyes- Steve Aoki at The Shrine

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What can I say about Los Angeles? Warm weather, palm trees, and most importantly- good house. My name is Cubby Cramer; I am one of the interns at Dim Mak Records this fall. I hail from the cold and wintery land of Ithaca, a small hipster city in New York. As a senior Television-Radio student at Ithaca College, I am given the opportunity to study abroad in California. Dim Mak heard about my experience with dance music, from editing Your EDM to hosting my own dance radio show on WICB, so I was one of the lucky few brought on board. This past week was a moment many of us at Dim Mak were looking forward to, Steve Aoki at The Shrine. As his Los Angeles stop on the Aokify America tour, I was excited to see the other artists on the roster for the evening equally as much as Steve Aoki himself. Besides- it was snowing in Ithaca- I really couldn’t complain!
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My evening started with Keys N Krates, who I was immediately was impressed with. Call me biased seeing as they are a Dim Mak faithful, but it was their live setup was the real kicker. The three man group is going to be one of the real game changers moving forward, merging djing, keyboards, and drums into one live act. Seeing as everyone is a DJ these days, a trap artist that has an atypical approach like this will easily put them in front of the pack. Case in point, their live rendition of “Dum Dee Dum” was excellent, with a long bridged section leading into the track we know and love.
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This was an evening of firsts. While all the artists that night I had not previously seen, it was also the first time I had seen a rapper live. Waka Flocka came on stage to much rejoicing from the crowd, while DJ Ace dropped many Brick Squad Monopoly and gunshot sound effects. Both the crowd and myself enjoyed Waka’s hits like “Hard In Da Paint” and “Grove St. Party”, it was the Beatport Top 10 reaching “Wild Out” that set it off. Hearing this big electro house record live and seeing a sea of fans jumping in unison was a sight to behold.
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Alvin Risk and Iggy Azalea were both fun in their own rights. Alvin Risk brought high energy electro and dubstep from his end, while Iggy Azalea dazzled with her dance moves and backup dancers. Alvin was sure to play his high profile works like his remix of “We Are Young” and his addictingly fun remix of “Earthquakey People” from Steve Aoki. Iggy Azalea had a crazy, reflective silver jumpsuit on this evening, stealing the show with her look. I could tell that the ladies in the audience really enjoyed her set, and personally I was happy to hear “Beat Down” live for a change.
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Finally, Steve Aoki took the stage, the moment everyone had been waiting for. As a dance music journalist who closely watches the public opinion, I’ve been looking forward to seeing Steve perform for a long time. Steve Aoki often gets knocked by dance music purists for believing he does prerecorded sets- but truth be told- nothing is feigned in his live performance. When it came time to cake the crowd, to much audience jubilee mind you, Steve knew just how much time he’d have before jumping back on the decks to throw on another record. Steve was sure to drop both his upcoming releases like soon-to-be major electro hit “Aoki Jump” with R3hab while bringing back old favorites like “Warp 1.9” and “No Beef”.
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I must also applaud Steve for inviting Travis Barker for live drumming tracks like “Push ‘Em” and a number of others. Then to go one step further, Mike Shinoda and Chester Bennington of Linkin Park joined on stage to perform “A Light Than Never Comes”. I had never expected so many guests to join Steve on stage, it really puts into perspective how many other artists he works with. Then to close the evening, Steve engaged the crowd in breaking the Guinness World Record for longest crowd scream. What else to say about this evening but wow, Steve and Dim Mak are clearly writing the manual to event success! I’ve seen my fair share of different DJs and musicians, but the energy of this evening was unreal. From start to finish, this night will go down as a testament on how to throw a proper house party.
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#DimMakTuesday: Dirtybird // Anabatic // Booty Bass // Future House // Vibes

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It’s always a pleasure hosting our Dirtybird homies at #DimMakTuesdays and this Tuesday, November 12th we’re excited to have Dirtybird player and Anabatic Records founder Worthy on the ones and twos as we vibe to the sounds of booty bass, breaks and future house!

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“The Worthy sound has always been powerful, rocking, funky, bass-driven music at its best, and for me this is the new wave in house music.”Carl Cox

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Peep Worthy’s latest Beatport chart for his new EP “Flashin,” out now on Anabatic Records!

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Past #DimMakTuesdays have included Dirtybird legends Justin Jay, Ardalan, Justin Martin, and more!

“Those hardcore Dirtybird fans rolled in full force…these kids get so passionate about it…this is by far the most exciting show I’ve done here”Justin Jay after his recent set with Ardalan at #DimMakTuesdays

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