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May 05

Armin van Buuren @ The Hollywood Palladium


It's quite a blessing that of all the towns and cities around the world, Armin van Buuren chose Los Angeles to premiere his spectacular new album, Intense (album review here). LA has always meant a great deal to the trance king and his fans made sure to express their overwhelming appreciation on Saturday night. Although there wasn't an official dress code for the night, it might as well have been an unofficial white party event with hundreds of die-hard fans wearing Armin van Buuren t-shirts inside the great Hollywood Palladium. The #trancefamily vibes were strong this evening.

Opening up the sold out event was Armada star Antillas, who played a variety of big room tracks and got quite a bit of love from the audience for his vocal anthem with Fiora, Damaged. Later when the clock struck midnight, beautiful violins began to play as Armin kicked things off with his intro track, Intense. Next he went harder with his sound with recent bangers like D# Fat, Above & Beyond's latest single Walter White, and upcoming banger on Armind called Rio by Klauss Goulart and Mark Sixma.

Armin's performance featured a huge cast of live vocalists including Aruna, Emma Hewitt, Laura Jansen, Lauren Evans, Cindy Alm, and Trevor Guthrie. Even the famous Ron Jeremy showed up on stage for a few seconds to say how much fun he had working with Armin on the music video for This Is What It Feels Like. There were some very intimate moments over the night, like when Laura Jansen sang Use Somebody. You could see Armin being quite moved by the crowd singing their hearts out (see video below). Deeper into the night he kicked up the tempo with tracks like Who's Afraid Of 138?!. Shortly before it ended, he professed his enormous gratitude on the mic and played his latest single This Is What It Feels Like one final time.

Armin van Buuren's Intense Tour event at the Hollywood Palladium was one for the ages; a magical night unlike any other at I've seen at this venue. Don't miss your chance to see him live--check out his full tour schedule here on his website.

Armin van Buuren feat. Lauren Evans - Alone (Original Mix) [Armada]
Armin van Buuren feat. Emma Hewitt - Forever Is Ours (Original Mix) [Armada]
Armin van Buuren - Who's Afraid Of 138?! (Original Mix) [Armada]
Mar 29

Dirtyphonics Gets Disrespectful With Irreverence

Auditory intoxication. Symphonic bliss. Programming madness. Just a few terms that come to mind after listening to Dirtyphonics' latest LP Irreverence, out now on Dim Mak. Easily the French quartet's most profound, single piece of work to date, this 10-track album will certainly go down as one of 2013's best. Irreverence explodes though bass genres with reckless disregard, scorching any preconceptions of what bass music is, or is supposed to be. If measured by BPM, the bulk of this album falls between dubstep and drum & bass, but one audition will affirm that it is so much more than any typical bass genre.

Starting with the track entitled Los Angeles, Dirtyphonics team with UK dubstep troupe Modestep to deliver a smoldering melodic romp that is a cross between heavy drumstep and the analog sounds of '70s sci-fi cinema. Jump to the track Prelude (Black) to witness the programming genius of the four Frenchmen, with bleeps and formant groans around every corner of this drumstep banger. This song reveals its grandeur at the 3:44 mark when the rhythm downshifts into a brilliant half-time sequence, only to wind up to full-throttle moments later with the original drums.

For more half-time, glitchy drumstep, move on to Dirty, where the track title adequately sums up the general vibe of the tune. From vocoded lyrics to a throbbing bottom-end, this tune is a hot injection of caustic filth. The Irreverence LP is available now through Beatport here. Click through to check out the rest of the tracklist and notable collaborations with Steve Aoki, Foreign Beggars, and Liela Moss. Also, make sure to catch the Dirtyphonics boys on their Irreverence Tour happening now in the US and Canada (tour dates here).

Dirtyphonics feat. Modestep - Los Angeles (Original Mix) [Dim Mak]
Dirtyphonics - Prelude (Black) (Original Mix) [Dim Mak]
Dirtyphonics - Dirty (Original Mix) [Dim Mak]
Mar 14

Swedish House Mafia’ s Final LA Show


The Swedish House Mafia just had their last LA party as a trio at LA Historic Park last Friday and Saturday. Although it was a bit cold and rainy on Friday, the turnout was still enormous and the occasional drizzles didn't dampen anyone's mood.

There was plenty of A-list talent to go around on both stages. The Ballroom stage had heavy hitters like Nero, Sub Focus, Clockwork, and Monsta, while the Mainstage featured leading big room producers like Mat Zo, Otto Knows, and Alesso. Zo won over fans with his load of killer mashups and had everyone flying off their toes to Easy, his collab with Porter Robinson. Next up was Alesso, who spun an uplifting set that premiered his latest vocal tune with OneRepublic, If I Lose Myself.

Although the term "epic" is thrown around too often these days, Swedish House Mafia's intro was epic in the most meaningful sense of the term (Video Here). They began with the unreleased banger We Come. We Rave. We Love. before erupting with a cloud of smoke into Greyhound. It was a truly spectacular moment that sent goosebumps across the sea of people and had everyone screaming with excitement. The production values here were absolutely insane, with some of the most well-synced visuals, lasers, and pyrotechnics I've ever seen at a concert.

The trio held an enormous stage presence that captivated everyone's attention. Axwell and Sebastian Ingrosso even took turns playing drums for a few of the tracks. They premiered a few unreleased tunes too, like the upcoming Don Diablo banger on Axtone, Starlight (Could You Be Mine) (Video Below). By far the most magical part of the night was near the end when they got int Don't You Worry Child and Save The World, which had everyone singing at the top of their lungs--a worthy ode for SHM's last LA appearance.

Nero - Etude (Original Mix) [MTA]
Alesso vs OneRepublic - If I Lose Myself (Alesso Remix) [Refune]
Swedish House Mafia feat. John Martin - Don't You Worry Child (Extended Mix) [EMI]
Feb 20

Dubfire Meet & Greet at Exchange LA

This Saturday the supreme techno beast and LessThan3 favorite, Dubfire, will be taking over Exchange LA (21+)! If you're down with haunting rhythms and unstoppable basslines, we highly recommend you grab your tickets now for this epic show. Spread the word about this party with hashtag #DubfireExchangeLA.

We're also awarding one lucky winner a signed CD, two tickets, and a chance to meet and greet with Dubfire himself at the nightclub! Enter our contest below before Friday morning, when we select a winner.
Radio Slave feat Danton Eeprom - Grindhouse (Dubfire Terror Planet Remix)
Jan 15

LessThan3 @ LURE with Moguai

2012 was a big year for Moguai; the German producer not only completed an arduous touring schedule that took him from the US to Japan and everywhere in-between, but he also released his first full-length album, Mpire, on deadmau5's label Mau5trap. Other highlights of his 2012 include 7 shows in 5 days during Miami Music Week, a debut on BBC Radio 1's revered Essential Mix, an appearance at Sensation Germany, and the growth of his PUNX UP THE VOLUME radio show.

Moguai is kicking off the New Year with a North American tour and his second stop brought him to Hollywood's gorgeous LURE nightclub this past Thursday. As expected, he played fan favorites such as Optinuum, Lyme and Mpire to much of the crowd's enjoyment while also mixing in tracks like Albin Myers' raw, saw-driven Hells Bells, Zombie Nation's 1999 classic Kernkraft 400 and Axwell and Dirty South's remix of The Temper Trap's Sweet Disposition. His set was unique and diverse, showcasing original music alongside popular big-room tracks and old-school classics.

As we've come to expect from LURE, the production elements of the venue that night made for a wonderfully surreal experience. At one point, a bottle service client was delivered his birthday cake and birthday champagne by a scantily-clad girl wearing large angel wings dancing on a platform that was hoisted above the crowd by a dozen security staff members. Needless to say, my night at LURE was quite memorable, and 2013 looks to a bright one for Moguai. Be sure to catch Moguai this month at a city near you.

Moguai - Mpire (Original Mix) [mau5trap]
Moguai - Lyme (Original Mix) [mau5trap]