Fight Club Sadisco* Returns for One Final Round in June

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Ryan Wolf
A battle between bros at Fight Club Sadisco* in 2011.
When a fistfight breaks out at an ordinary club night, it's typically cause for alarm and swift intervention by security. But when such punches are thrown at a Fight Club Sadisco* party, it's just part of the usual chaos and cacophony of the combination dance fest and slugfest.

Arguably one of the more infamous events in Phoenix nightlife scene, Fight Club Sadisco* takes a page from Chuck Palahniuk and features Tyler Durden-style brawls backed by a mix of industrial music and harsh electronica sounds. It's put on by local DJ collective Sadisco* and is an often anarchistic, sometimes bloody, and definitely different sort of party.

And it's coming back for one more round this summer.

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Four Acts to See at Wet Electric This Weekend

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Melissa Fossum
Wet Electric 2013

Wet Electric, Phoenix's original water-park festival returns this weekend for two days at two locations: Saturday, April 26, at Big Surf in Tempe, and on Sunday, April 27, at Talking Stick Resort and Casino in Scottsdale.

As always, the lineup includes everything from dance music heavyweights to local legends. If you're on the fence about which day to go, or are trying to figure out the logistics of when to get there, definitely include these acts in your itinerary.

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Mad Decent Block Party Coming to Phoenix

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Timothy Norris/LA Weekly
A scene from the Mad Decent Block Party in L.A. in 2013.
If you've been into the EDM thing for more than a few minutes, you've heard about the Mad Decent Block Party the last couple years. Heard about the great performances by the label's regulars like Riff Raff, Diplo, and Major Lazer. Heard the tales of wild crowds and even wilder debauchery. And probably heard locals bitch about how the block parties only goes to big cities and never hits up places like Phoenix.

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Phoenix's DJ Lujan Gets Into the Mix at WMC 2014 in Miami

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DJ Lujan hopping into the madness of WMC 2014
Jay Lujan is fast becoming a local DJ success story. He's opened for countless big-name DJs and EDM superstars like Wolfgang Gartner and Fedde Le Grand, played last year's Groove Cruise Los Angeles and recently toured the country in support of his annual compilation CD, This Is Lujanic.

On top of planning local shows, getting things in order for the next Groove Cruise Los Angeles and playing the latest Wet Electric next month, Lujan will be representing the local dance music scene this weekend at Winter Music Conference in Miami.


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Scottsdale's INTL Hosts Trance Music Maestro Dash Berlin Tomorrow Night

Categories: EDM, Show Preview

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Relentless Beats
Dash Berlin is scheduled to perform on Wednesday, February 19, at INTL.
While trance music may not have caught on as much in America as it has in other parts of the world, the trippy, uptempo electronic dance music genre still maintains a huge following here in the states. Tomorrow night, local trance fanatics will find sanctuary at INTL in Old Town Scottsdale when Dash Berlin performs at the club.

And it's a gig that EDM fans probably don't want to miss, considering that the Dutch-born DJ/producer is arguably one of the biggest trance acts in the world right now.

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Crush Music Festival: 5 Must-See DJs at This Weekend's Event in Mesa

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CYK Media via facebook.com/excision
Excision is scheduled to perform at Crush Music Festival on Saturday at Arizona Event Center.
While Phoenicians are busy planning romantic dinners, exchanges of roses and chocolate, and other sappy Valentine's rituals, those in the local dance music scene are busy with plans of their own. The Crush Music Festival is scheduled to go down on Saturday at Arizona Event Center in Mesa, and its lineup is packed with more than a dozen well-known names in bass music and electro, not to mention a slew of local DJs and EDM artists.

So if you go, it's best to have an idea of who you'd like to see. And since the festival's lineup is quite good, we've got a few suggestions about who you definitely don't want to miss, including the following five acts.


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Handicapping the Waste Management Phoenix Open's Scottsdale After-Parties

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Courtesy of Steve Levine Entertainment
Lil Jon will tee off a DJ set at Maya in Scottsdale on Friday.
The Waste Management Phoenix Open isn't so much a golf tournament as it is a seven-day excuse to party. So much so that all the birdies and bogies being unleashed by links legends like Vijay Singh and Mark Calcavecchia on the green during "the greatest show on grass" seem to take a back seat to all the revelry and rowdiness taking place.

And that's just at the Tournament Players Club of Scottsdale itself, including such annual party monster destinations as the infamous 16th hole and the Coors Light Birds Nest.

Meanwhile, club owners and nightlife promoters throughout the city hope to draw golf fans into the stylish shindigs they're planning over the next few nights and are bringing in some marquee-level DJs and producers.

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Holy Ship!!! 2014 in Animated GIF!!!

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Photo by Ian Witlen
Have you ever seen a gingerbread man with no arms do the shimmy? What about two sharks going at it in shallow water? Seriously, who doesn't want to see a drunk dude having the time of his life, only to fall flat on his ass?

It's the simple things in life that bring the greatest joy. And luckily for LOLs, the party people of Holy Ship!!! 2014 had some weird, sexy, messy moves.

We dug through the collective footage of the entire Ship Fam universe to find the best and most hysterical dance moves the festival had to offer. Did you make the cut?


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Holy Ship!!! 2014's Ten Most Epic Moments

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Photo by Ian Witlen
After three years of raging at sea, Hard Events' Holy Ship cruise has proven itself to be the best nautical EDM adventure that money can buy. (Of course, we here at Crossfade enjoyed press accommodations, so we didn't actually pay.)

It might still be a new-ish phenomenon, but this party boat has the most loyal fans, the edgiest lineups, and the biggest surprise guests. So from the moment that we made it through customs, our Holy Ship!!! 2014 experience was awwweeeesome.

Unfortunately, the MSC Divina's capacity is about 4,000 passengers. And while that's a lot of shippers, there are tons of fans who get left ashore. So just for you, stranded ravers, we're counting down the ten most epic moments.

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Holy Ship!!! 2014 Superlatives: Drunkest Raver, Most Ratchet Dancer, and More!

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Photo by Ian Witlen
Enough about the music and enough about the giant ship -- everyone wants the good stuff!

Like, who was the most wasted asshole on the boat? Who delivered the most snooze-worthy DJ set? And who was the most ratchet dancer of Holy Ship!!! 2014?

While the rest of the blogosphere waxes poetic about the same things over and over, we're giving you the news that's LOL-worthy. Because, let's face it, PLUR is only for when we're rolling and Ship Fam is a lie.

Here is the best, worst, and weirdest of Holy Ship!!!

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