Spotlight: Dirty Laundry

Dirty Laundry

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Beneath the hustle and bustle of North Hudson Avenue lies a hush-hush hotspot resonating with old-Hollywood charm that goes by the name of Dirty Laundry. With a name that originates from a booze smuggling method during the days of Prohibition, this venue provides Los Angeles with an appropriately speakeasy scene that can only be paralleled by the real thing (excluding bathtubs and illegality, of course).

Weekend Pick: Hot Since 82 @ SOUND Nightclub

This summer's outlet for sovereign EDM anthems and eccentric vibes, Hot Since 82 brings the heatwave to Sound this Friday, May 22nd. With the exception of our club music connoisseurs, chances are, you might not haven't heard of this newcomer. However, having released his first full length album only two years ago, this England native has since made major strides towards international acclaim. While his widely successful remix of Green Velvet's "Bigger Than Price" is what caught the eye EDM powerplayers, it's this artist's posh appeal and extreme potential that have kept heads turning and the industry enthused.

Weekend Pick: Little Dragon @ Greek Theatre

Underground industrial dance tunes riddled in mystic undertones, Little Dragon takes their internationally acclaimed sound to the Greek Theatre this Saturday, May 16th. From breathy vocals to bass-heavy electronica, the only thing as distinct as this band's massive sound is their eclectically carefree aesthetic. Featuring caked charcoal makeup, craft-scissor haircuts and vibrant apparel, their look conjures an image of the kids your parents warned you about.

Refusing to rest on their laurels, Little Dragon has risen from underground roots to world tours and four ultra experimental dance albums which have earned the band respect throughout the industry as innovative artists. Some of their standout singles include "Twice" as featured on Grey's Anatomy or their more current chart-topping anthem, "Klapp Klapp". Voodoo goes Vogue meets futuristic femme fatale, the vibes delivered by Litte Dragon are certainly not to be missed. Click here for tickets and more information on one of LA's best shows this weekend.

What: Little Dragon @ Greek Theatre

When: Saturday, May 16th, 7:30pm

Where: 2700 N Vermont Ave, LA

Weekend Pick: Pancakes & Booze Art Show @ Lot 613

Pairing several of our favorite things, the Pancakes & Booze Art Show is an undisputed must for Los Angeles locals. Pancakes, art and potent beverages are each crowd-pleasers on their own but uniting all three in one exceptionally curated affair is just too ingenious. This highly anticipated event has been referred to as LA's largest underground pop-up art show and, indeed, not since the 2013 Super Bowl reunion of Destiny's Child have we seen such an anticipated trio, until now.

Featuring a two-day - Friday and Saturday - infusion of some of our favorite pastimes, the entertainment offered at the Pancakes & Booze Art Show goes even further (as if that could even be possible) with extensive amenities. Some additional highlights include live body painting, musical performances and even a photo booth, allowing you to catch a commemorative glimpse of yourself on a hedonistic rampage of booze-fueled, carb-tastic, (yet cultured) debauchery. Although we're not entirely sure that it's an image you'll want to proudly frame in your home, there are photo-ops among plenty of other activities to ensure that you never forget this awesome affair.

Soak Up the Sun (and Tequila) with the Cinco de Mayo Bar Crawl

Friends, Cinco de Mayo is finally here, the holiday when we celebrate not only the fine traditions of our neighbors down south, but also the long – long ­– awaited coming of sunny beach-going, park-napping, short things-wearing and - most importantly - day-drinking season.

Starting at 12pm on Saturday, May 2nd (look, we’re all hard-working adults here), take the party outside for a glorious day-drinking marathon with the Cinco de Mayo Bar Crawl that’s happening in cities across the East Coast. Check out more info on participating cities below; but no matter which of these fine metropolis’ you reside in, you can be sure that there’ll be plenty of margarita, tequila and fun-in-the-sun to soak up as you caper around the city’s hottest bars. (New Yorkers be sure to check out the Cinco de Mayo Cocktail Tour for a twist on the fun).

WHERE TO PARTY Insomniac presents: Inception Saturdays
Weekend Pick: Inception Saturdays @ Exchange LA

You may remember Exchange LA from that infamous club scene in The Social Network when Mark Zuckerberg talks business over drinks with (as we know him) Justin Timberlake. A strictly up-scale dress code only venue, Exchange houses four-levels of bar service and dance floors that was once upon a time owned by the Los Angeles Stock Exchange.

This Saturday, party like the Wolf of Wall Street as Insomniac presents house DJ TJR, alongside Adam Auburn and Mister Blaqk. Collaborating on mixes for artists like Armand Van Helden and Sir Mix-A-Lot, TJR brings the beats of acid house to LA. Once known for his DJ days at Disney’s "Mad-T-Party" nightlife event, Adam Auburn’s DJ skills have graced the stage with top dogs like Kaskade, Krewella, and Bingo Players. If you were lucky enough to make it to this year’s Coachella, you’re probably already familiar with Mister Blaqk. Mastering his skill since 22, Mister Blaqk brings heavy bass and lots of edm heart to his tracks.

Steve Angello Goes Global With His Latest Tour

Since his split from Swedish House Mafia, Steve Angello has flourished as an independent artist. In addition to achievements such as multi-platinum records and sold-out shows, Angello can now add his his latest self-titled tour and its many sold-out appearances to his extensive list of achievements. With infectious vibes and electro-luxe appeal, this artist delivers nothing short of a legendary performance each and every time he takes the stage. Despite his fame and acclaim from former collaborations, he has truly come into his prime as a solo performer over the past few years.

Weekend Pick: Azealia Banks @ Club Nokia

Following a tumultuous relationship with Interscope Records and countless burned bridges along the way, the relentless Azealia Banks's long overdue debut album "Broke With Expensive Taste" finally dropped on November 2014, only fueling the rapper's warpath. Since, she has pulled serious rank as somewhat of an unapologetic enigma yet the world has embraced this raw edge, sending major waves through the hip hop circuit.

With a sound that is a testament to her pull-no-punches disposition, the Harlem MC elbowed her way to the front lines of both the music and fashion markets proving herself as a force to be reckoned with. On the heels of overcoming an era of adversity, she has emerged to remind us that each and every conflict has only conditioned her for this new chapter of extreme success as she embarks on this tour which is scheduled to invade Club Nokia this Thursday, April 16th.

Weekend Pick: Los Angeles Dance Festival

Prima ballerina, curious onlooker or strictly spectator: get your dance on. The LA Dance Festival is going on this weekend, offering classes from internationally renowned choregraphers as well as classes for all skill levels. Whether you're looking to try your hand at dance for the first time or refine your already-exceptional skills, there's something for you to sample. If you're intrigued by this event but not quite on board for taking the plunge into first position, tickets are also available for performances.

Regardless of how you want to enjoy this event, there is no time like the present to immerse yourself in the beauty and art of the dance. We're no strangers to spending Friday through Sunday surfing the club circuit but from time to time, even we like to mix it up and indulge in something productive.

Weekend Pick: TV on the Radio at Hollywood Palladium

Energetic and dynamic, the Brooklyn born-and-bred band's unique sound rings true to their roots. When theEast Coast powerhouse makes the bicoastal trek for a highly anticipated performance like this one, the juxtaposition is pretty ingenius. West Coast effortlessness meets the East Coast edge of TV on the Radio at Hollywood Palladium this Friday night.

Boasting a wide range of tunes from the moody "Ride" to the more effervescent "Right Now", those in attendance can anticipate a rollercoaster experience of irresistable sounds. Emotive and compelling, TV on the Radio always delivers a fluid set, and flawlessly so. Catch these indie rock royalty, live, and grab your tickets here.

What: TV on the Radio at Hollywood Palladium

When: Friday, April 3rd at 8pm

Where: 6215 Sunset Blvd, LA

Amy Schumer at the Orpheum Theatre

An up and coming queen of comedy, the fresh-faced Amy Schumer adds Orpheum Theatre to her list of conquered comedy venues this Friday, March 27th. With her own variety show on Comedy Central and numerous recurring guest spots on other television shows, the dollfaced comedian with a sense of humor that's not-so-doll-like, is quickly climbing the ranks as a key player on the comedy circuit. Bound to be as hillarious as it is provocative, this stand-up show is not for the faint of heart.

In Shumer's unapologetic comedy, no subject is too risque. Then again, with a syndicated comedy special entitled "Mostly Sex Stuff", it's no secret that Amy Schumer is making no promise of a G-rated performance.