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.

“Woo Hoo!” “Springfield” is Coming to Universal Studios Hollywood

In the mood for a change of scenery? How about a trip over to the West Coast? Now there’s even more reason to go out west: Universal Studios Hollywood celebrates its 50th birthday this year, and to commemorate the occasion, they are introducing a ‘Springfield’ theme that will immerse visitors and fans into the crazy world of “The Simpsons”. If you enjoyed the hit animation show – who doesn’t? - this is the chance for you to really get into “Springfield” life like never before.

“Springfield” at Universal Studios Hollywood will feature many iconic landmarks made famous throughout the series’ 26 seasons, including Springfield Elementary School, Comic Book Guy’s Android’s Dungeon, the cooling towers of Mr. Burns’ Nuclear Power Plant, and, of course, the Kwik-E-Mart.

A Ranking of Music Festivals Across the US

Spring and summer's arrival is celebrated through many mediums but the music festival circuit has stood the test of time as a primary source of hedonism. Having inspired several generations of self-proclaimed "festies", it is an undisputed fact that the festival scene has the makings for an ideal celebration. This begs the question though, which one hold the crown as the true iconoclastic blowout?


The South By Southwest festival, taking place from 3/13-3/15, is the unofficial kick-off to the festival season and the perfect encapsulation of "opening act" prestige.

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Irish to the core or just for the day, the chance to justify getting shamrocked before noon - and speaking in that slurred Irish accent that you bring out every year, swearing that it is pristine - is upon us once again. Whether you plan to drink yourself into a leprechaun oblivion, sip on a delicious drink or two like a boring responsible adult or intend to be ambitious by enjoying the coveted precatory of coherence in between, make sure that the cocktails you'll mixing are in good taste even if you are not. Don't get us wrong, a well-brewed green beer is nice and all but here are a few drink recipes to debut a more distinctive palette for this St. Patrick's Day.

Weekend Pick: Kate Tempest at The Echo

In the age of overly-produced pop artists and puddle-deep music, Kate Tempest is a trailblazer in the art of performing with purpose. Hailing from South London, her quaint meekness and rugged disposition make for a marvelous juxtaposition set to a catchy beat. But perhaps the most important aspect of this artist is that, through her writing, she has become a voice for significant issues such as poverty and equality.

This unconventional and internationally-praised artist will be coming to The Echo on Saturday, March 14th at 8:30 pm for a show that is sure to be both electrifying and inspiring. With textured tunes and one of the loveliest accents in the industry, this appearance by Kate Tempest - joined by Shura - is one that you do not want to miss.

Get Shamrocked with the St. Patrick's Day Bar Crawl

It's almost that time of the year again when you can drink and rage in the name of everything Irish. And with the annual Saint Patrick's Day Bar Crawl celebration, you can do that all over your jolly city. Yes, it's time to Shamrock.

Between 12 and 7 pm on Saturday, March 14th, grab your crew and head on over to the check-in bar/venue in your city - click here to see participating cities - and register for your Barcrawls.com wrist band, cup, and tour map. (Don't forget to grab a beer too to get the party started).