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Monday, February 10, 2014

Monday, February 10, 2014

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Here's the Story Behind That Secret Club on Fairfax

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Mon, Feb 10, 2014 at 4:15 AM
ISAAC SIMPSON
  • Isaac Simpson
A black hearse pulls up out front of a club at 432 N. Fairfax, two blocks north of Beverly. On this stretch, most of the bars and restaurants have neon signs, but this club looks different. It's a dark, stone storefront with no sign and blacked-out windows.

The door of the hearse opens and three dudes in identical suits and flat-top haircuts get out. A bouncer with a clipboard nods and opens the club's big double doors to let them in. It's all very cloak and dagger.

The people behind this club and restaurant don't want you to know about it. The club owners, Bryan Ling and Jordan Buky, have made it clear they don't want any press. But lots of fancy and famous people are nonetheless partying there.

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Thursday, January 30, 2014

Thursday, January 30, 2014

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The Evolution of Rave Fashion

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Thu, Jan 30, 2014 at 4:00 AM
'90s ravers - MICHAEL TULLBERG
  • Michael Tullberg
  • '90s ravers
When deciding what to wear to a rave, it helps first to consider your objective: Do you want to look hot? Dress for the weather? Express your personal style?

Or should your outfit simply complement the drugs you plan to do?

Since raves kicked off in late-1980s England, fashion trends have gone through countless evolutions. In the early '90s, you wouldn't have looked out of place in Doc Martens, denim overalls and a dust mask lined with Vicks VapoRub. Nowadays you wouldn't look crazy in neon lingerie combined with Native American headdress.

See also: Hilarious Raver Photos From the '90s

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Thursday, December 19, 2013

Thursday, December 19, 2013

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Das Bunker to Shut Down Its Weekly Party

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Thu, Dec 19, 2013 at 3:45 AM

Youth Code at Das Bunker, January 18, 2013 - BRIAN ERZEN FOR DAS BUNKER
  • Brian Erzen for Das Bunker
  • Youth Code at Das Bunker, January 18, 2013
Das Bunker, the long-running "industrial discotech," will end its weekly Friday night run at its current mid-city location next month, with a final party scheduled for January 31.

The 17 year old event will be sorely missed.

This is not, however, the end of Das Bunker...

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Wednesday, November 6, 2013

Wednesday, November 6, 2013

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10 Reasons the Door Guy at the Club Hates You

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Wed, Nov 6, 2013 at 4:00 AM

[Editor's note: The Door Guy dispenses advice for our sister blog Gimme Noise]

I, the Door Guy, recently took a quick poll at our secret Door Guy clubhouse. We came up with the absolute worst possible things to deal with.

So here they are. For the love of God, don't do any of these things:

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Wednesday, June 12, 2013

Wednesday, June 12, 2013

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This Ridiculous "Club Tour" Across the U.S. Costs $6,600

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Wed, Jun 12, 2013 at 9:08 AM

So, these Australian promoters are offering "clubbing tours." They are bonkers.

The company is called Pilgrimage, and their two week U.S. package takes foreign raver wannabes from L.A. to Las Vegas to New York to Miami, where they will go to dance clubs, pool parties, and private mansions. They'll get VIP treatment, bottle service, all that bullshit.

The cost? $6,600.

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Monday, February 25, 2013

Monday, February 25, 2013

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Los Angeles Club Kids: Where Are They Now?

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Mon, Feb 25, 2013 at 4:15 AM

COURTESY OF TRAVIS PATES
  • Courtesy of Travis Pates
On the West Coast, the club kids popped up around 1991, the local counterparts of the New York City Party Monster types, attending the types of underground raves your parents explicitly forbade. It wasn't all about drugs, but there were certainly plenty: ketamine, acid, cocaine, ecstasy, and more, sometimes washed down with beer or liquor.

They took great creative pride in developing their looks, which sprung from gothic and industrial styles but began to feature candy-colored fashions. They developed a cache and were hired by various party promoters as "entertainment," twerking it on dance floors across L.A. As the rave scene began to peter out in 2003 -- largely due to police crackdowns -- the kids moved on with their lives and grew up. Many sought to bring the spirit and creativity of their club days with them, and many succeeded.

We recently caught up with five of the best-known Los Angeles club kids, who reminisced and brought us up to speed with their lives.

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Monday, December 31, 2012

Monday, December 31, 2012

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Sound Nightclub Opens In Hollywood Tonight With Sander Kleinenberg

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Mon, Dec 31, 2012 at 3:45 AM

SANDER KLEINENBERG
  • Sander Kleinenberg
Sure, there's no shortage of EDM clubs and nights in Hollywood these days (Avalon, Vanguard, Playhouse, Supper Club, Dim Mak Studios, ... ). But, considering that ours is a celebrity-focused and rockist scene, it's quite a treat when a venue owner comes along and decides to open a space 100 percent designed for dance music and DJ culture. It still feels rare to us.

That's the case with Sound Nightclub, which opens its doors to the public tonight with one of L.A. Weekly's top-ranked DJs in the world, Sander Kleinenberg:

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Thursday, December 27, 2012

Thursday, December 27, 2012

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Ten Best New Year's Eve Parties in Los Angeles

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Thu, Dec 27, 2012 at 4:30 AM

INSOMNIAC
  • Insomniac
Thanksgiving is for turkeys and Christmas Eve for church-goers -- but New Year's Eve? That's the night for a party! It may be amateur night to many, but the promoters behind these are anything but. Here are the 10 most promising parties in the clubs planned for L.A. this Dec. 31.

Also see the Public Spectacle arts blog for more of the Best New Year's Eve Events in Los Angeles 2013.

10. LA Loves Techno

Insomniac offers this over-21 rave and rage in downtown with perpetual dance floor pumper Sasha (formerly half of "Sasha and John Digweed") along with Adam Beyer, Art Department and Damian Lazarus. At Exchange LA, 618 S. Spring St., dwntwn. Tickets and info at http://insomniac.com/eventDetails.php?event=951 Facebook invite here.

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Monday, December 10, 2012

Monday, December 10, 2012

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The Five Most Annoyingly Overplayed Songs at Greystone Manor

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Mon, Dec 10, 2012 at 4:15 AM

Maybe time for some new playlists.... - BANFYPHOTOGRAPHY
Greystone Manor is the trendy WeHo nightclub usually filled to capacity with A-listers, desperate housewives, Arabian sheiks, ball players, dot-com CEOs and others who have something to do with reality television. Any given Sunday night you might witness Drake buying twenty bottles or Rihanna and Chris Brown stealing sideways glances at one another. And rappers rap about it in songs (Drake in French Montana's "Pop That," Ty$'s "My Cabana" and Game's appropriately-titled "Greystone") so it's even more cool or whatever.

See also: Top Five Ratchet Songs of 2012

Yet despite its dandy clientele, Greystone succumbs to some pitfalls of normal L.A. nightlife -- namely, over-intoxicated tryhards and repetitive playlists. While some go to be seen, we personally go with the express purpose of getting outrageously drunk and complaining about the music. Which makes us the perfect candidate to break down the five most annoyingly overplayed songs at L.A.'s "it" nightclub, as we'd done below.

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