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It’s about that time for EDX‘s return to Los Angeles! It’s been a massive year for the Swiss-based house maestro as he’s played major festivals and top nightclubs around the world, in between topping Beatport/Hype Machine charts, throwing his own No Xcuses parties, and crushing his No Xcuses radio show/podcast on a weekly basis. On December 19th, the Swiss-based house maestro is capping off 2015 in the U.S. by making his way back to Southern California for a performance at the famed Sound Nightclub, and he’ll be ready to throw down with an arsenal of new music, including his latest smash, “Revered.” If you’ve seen EDX, you know he always delivers, but if you haven’t, we recommend that you go check him out, especially since this is his last state-side show this year! Buy tickets here.

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The latest promoters to hit the boulevard aren’t your average Hollywood main stays. With foot holds in both the Portland and Los Angeles dance communities, Infinite Vision have set out to unite the West Coast. Their two most recent bills featured Gessafelstein and Skream, respectively, with Alex Metric on deck for a fine evening at Sound Nightclub this Saturday including our very own Bones, as well as Neo Fresco and Jedi Jackson to suit. Get your tickets and discover the Infinite Vision way of celebrating another work week in the books.

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The year is winding down and everyone has their sights set on NYE, but there’s something much more exciting than your typical night on the town… Electric Paradise Music Festival is going down on a gorgeous beach in the Dominican Republic on the 19th, and it’s expected to be a stand-out electronic music-driven event featuring acts like Major Lazer, Nicolas Jaar, AlunaGeorge, Chromeo, and even Skrillex, amongst others. In addition, the festival promises a bunch of other fun activities if you need a break from the music, and many food/drink options to keep you happy, satisfied, and healthy.

In celebration of Electric Paradise, we’ve put together a list of what you need to know about Electric Paradise.

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point-blank-los-angelesFor those that haven’t yet checked out Point Blank Los Angeles, you have another chance coming up! The next Open House event takes place this Saturday November 21st, and you can register for your FREE tickets via the Eventbrite page to guarantee your place. This is an opportunity to take a tour of their LA school and check out the cutting-edge music tech at PBLA. They are very pleased to announce that pioneering LA techno duo Raíz (Droid Behavior, VRV) will now be making an appearance on the day, to deliver some music industry insight alongside an exclusive Q&A. You’ll also learn some music production essentials with free workshops from our expert instructors, Bon Harris (Nitzer Ebb, Smashing Pumpkins) and Computo (Flying Lotus, A-Trak, Zedd).

Check out the schedule for the Open House on November 21st below, and don’t forget to RSVP to reserve your FREE tickets for the event:

  • 12PM ARRIVAL AND NETWORKING
  • 12:15PM – 12:30PM WELCOME / INTRODUCTION
  • 12:30PM – 1:15PM ABLETON MASTERCLASS WITH COMPUTO, POINT BLANK INSTRUCTOR
  • 1:30PM – 2:15PM INTRO TO SOUND DESIGN W/ BON HARRIS, POINT BLANK INSTRUCTOR
  • 2:30PM – 3:00PM STUDIO TOUR AND Q&A WITH US COURSE ADVISOR HART THORSON
  • 3:15PM – 4:00PM MUSIC INDUSTRY INSIGHT AND Q&A WITH RAÍZ (DROID BEHAVIOR, VRV)

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Paradise Garage means a lot of things to a lot of different people, but if you were around NYC in the 90’s than those two words take on a profoundly holier meaning. For those who are new, Paradise Garage served as a playground to NYC’s bourgeoning house and disco scene welcoming any and all types of boogie monsters looking to spread love and joy in the now SoHo district of NYC. What now seems like common practice was once pioneered by the legendary dance hall including placing the DJ at the center of the party’s focus, a practice that birthed the funk phenomenon Larry Levan in the flesh. Continue Reading

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Before we know it, December is going to be here, and the countdown to the second edition of the Electric Paradise Music Festival in Punta Cana, Dominican Republic can officially begin, if it hasn’t already. On December 19th, this annual festival will be taking over its unique beach venue with the help of world-class artists such as Guy Gerber, Hot Since 82, Chromeo, AlunaGeorge, Major Lazer, Matador, Moon Boots, and more. Another artist that will be playing amongst the art, food, design, technology, paradise, and more is the New York-based studio wizard, Nicolas Jaar, who was just announced, along with the full Stage 3 lineup.

There are only a handful of artists that are held in such high esteem as Nicolas Jaar. Known for his eclectic, far-out style of electronic music intended to take listeners on a journey, this Chile-born mastermind has built a large cult following through his one-of-a-kind releases, and mind-bending DJ/live sets that can include everything from ambient, to disco, to techno – all artfully woven together. Jaar is a true artist that strives for perfection in his craft, and he makes this apparent in everything that he does, while also going against the grain to push a transcendent sound unlike any other. There is a reason why he plays some of the biggest music festivals around the world, and if you’re not familiar with that reason yet, we highly recommend seeing him live, especially in a setting like Electric Paradise. Buy tickets to the festival on the official website.

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Now that HARD’s successful Day of the Dead Festival is in the bag, Destructo has his sights set on the future, specifically his endeavors from land to sea in January and February of 2016. The sold-out HOLY SHIP!s will be happening on January 3-6 and February 10-13, but in between, the DJ/producer/festival founder will be throwing down on the Ship2Ship Tour, alongside dirtybird mainstay, Justin Martin, and up-and-comer Rezz, across the U.S. from January 14th to February 5th.

In addition to the tour news, Destructo is also staying busy on the release front with a forthcoming track, “Bodyback,” on AC Slater’s Night Bass label. Check out the darker, bass-fueled g-housey tune below, and pick it up on Friday on the This Is Night Bass Vol. 2 compilation.

If that wasn’t enough, you can enjoy Destructo’s Diplo & Friends guest mix that features a grip of unreleased tracks of his own, as well as jams from Justin Jay, AC Slater, Jauz, and many more (tracklist after the jump).

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Electric Paradise is shaping up to be quite the beach-side winter affair. Today, it just unveiled its phase 1 lineup featuring everyone from Gorgon City, to AlunaGeorge, to Major Lazer, and several other acts that will be at the helm of this multi-stage festival that also features art, food, design, technology, and more. The other artists that are rounding out the phase 1 bill include Hot Singe 82, Cashmere Cat, Moon Boots, Matthew Johnson, Steve Angello, and Cash Cash. With this diverse group of some of the most in-demand artists, Electric Paradise is setting itself up for an excellent second edition in Punta Cana, and there are still 15 more artists to be announced! Tickets are available here.

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Emerging as a dominant brand in Los Angeles, Minimal Effort will return this Halloween to create a haven for dance music connoisseurs with no boundaries once again. A certain commonality will exist between those in attendance, those that are performing, and the entities that may or may not be present. Three stages will be curated for your enjoyment and entertainment and hosted by some of the most extraordinary brands in dance music. A plethora of artists will provide sounds for your enjoyment, some of which will be known to many and some which might be unknown to all. Taking place at the magnificent Belasco Theater in Downtown Los Angeles, this is not going to be your ordinary Halloween event. For nearly 30 years, Belasco Theater was resurrected as a church and rumor has it that phantom footsteps were heard by members of the congregation coming from the stage as well as odd rustling sounds from back stage when the area was completely empty. A former organist tried to explain these sounds and believed that people actually heard a very elderly lady who lived under the stage who was “inherited” from the previous church. Occasional sightings of this woman eventually diminished and she did as well. Her true identity was never known and her spirit may still linger until this day. The sounds you hear might not be coming from the speakers, the essence you feel might not be from within, the spirit you embrace might not be your own. Get ready for the most magnificent and extravagant Minimal Effort yet and proceed with caution.

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Next Saturday, November 7th, EDX will be descending upon LA for his anticipated No Xcuses party at the famed Create Nightclub. If you haven’t been able to see him live before, this is the perfect time to check out the house maestro, as his No Xcuses event brand has been around the world and back, providing people with a one-of-a-kind experience that had them buzzing through the following days. This upcoming event looks to be one of his best yet, and he’s bringing along his friend Antonio Giacca as direct support, so prepare for a full night of revelry and get your tickets before they’re gone. Buy tickets here and enjoy a track from EDX that’s amassed over 50 million plays.