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DJ Harvey; Credit: Red Bull Music Academy

Best DJ

"You can't understand the blues until you've had your heart broken, and you can't understand my music 'til you've had group sex on ecstasy." DJ Harvey's self-description says it all. He is house music's rock star. Harvey Bassett has been bringing a subversive, punk edge to dance music since the......
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Best Dance Club

Tucked away on a downtown block of concrete nothing, just a few strides from the baby Brooklyn vibes of the Arts District, Lot 613 occupies a unique space in the landscape of Los Angeles clubbing. It has the aesthetic of a renegade warehouse –– a stripped-down, industrial cave with few......
Justin Martin at Coachella; Credit: Jemayel Khawaja

Dirtybird's Justin Martin Is Headlining the Yuma Tent and Living the Dream

This is turning out to be a charmed week for Justin Martin. After almost 20 years hustling as a house music underdog, the distinctly creative producer and DJ is currently between two Saturday night performances at Coachella’s Yuma Tent, the iconic festival’s cavern of underground dance music. Martin’s sophomore album, Hello......
CRSSD Fest 2016; Credit: Felicia Garcia

CRSSD Fest Spring 2016: The Best and Worst

Only a year since its inception, CRSSD has grown into the shining beacon of San Diego's underground house and techno scene. At the idyllic Waterfront Park in the city's beachside downtown district this weekend, everyone from Loco Dice to Chet Faker, Jamie Jones to Eric Prydz (via his Cirez D......
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AC Slater Throws the Most Exciting New Dance Party in the City

Los Angeles has cemented its reputation as a hub for forward-facing dance music. Right in the mix of things is DJ AC Slater, whose monthly Night Bass event at Sound in Hollywood has piqued the attentions of tastemakers around the nation. The event has only happened twice, but BPM magazine has already named......
The Mowglis; Credit: Photo courtesy of The Mowglis

Love The Mowgli's Like The Mowgli's Love You

The Mowgli's, a rowdy brigade of mostly San Fernando Valley natives, are currently weaving their way westward in the midst of a hectic fall tour. It's been a a whirlwind year and a half for the octet. Their song "San Francisco" became a viral hit, racking up a million plus......
Rusko's performance at Contol in 2009 is considered a major moment in the history of LA Bass; Credit: flickr.com/themusicFM

A History of Bass Music in Los Angeles

The term bass music is a catch-all for darker, urban breakbeat electronic music styles that include drum n' bass, dubstep, trap and some of the more aggressive takes on electro. The phrase only came into use recently but has quickly become the accepted umbrella term for a slew of genres......
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"Ghost-Producing" Is EDM's Dirty Little Secret

You've heard of rap music ghostwriters, right? The guys who pen the words someone else performs, and get no credit for it? A similar phenomenon is taking place in electronic dance music. In fact, a significant number of famous DJs aren't responsible for the music released under their names. Those......