Rave in the Bass Cave: Photos of this Weekend's Epic Party in Crystal City

Categories: EDM, Snapshots

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Jon Gitchoff
Dancers felt the vibrations when Boogie Knights presented One Knight Underground: Light Up the Knight at Crystal City Underground on April 5, 2014. Thousands of party people danced to dubstep, EDM, techno and all manner of electronica in a cave and on the "Boogie Barge."

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Ultra 2014 Superlatives: Grumpiest Cat, Most Revealing Raver, and More!

Categories: EDM

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Marta Xochilt Perez

Grumpiest Cat
For a festival plump with PLUR, it was certainly odd to see a Grumpy Cat prowling amid the bubblegum-colored tutus. He was testing the saccharine smiles of kandi ravers. But nothing, not even this guy, could bring the party down with a frown. Well, maybe the stench lurking under that rubber mask might.


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The Top 20 Raver Looks of Ultra 2014

Categories: EDM

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Photo by Marta Xochilt Perez

Beats, beauties, bass, booties, brawn, bras, and some valuable life experience. That's what it takes to make an Ultra Music Festival, as far as a fashionista is concerned.

You've never seen anything like the get-ups these people wear for their get-down. Luckily, you don't need to go to Ultra to enjoy the sights. (The sounds we can't help you with.)

Here are Ultra 2014's top 20 raver looks.

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The Ten Sleaziest T-Shirts of Ultra 2014

Categories: EDM

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Photo by S. Pajot

Whoa! Bro! You got boobs!

For the last couple of years at Ultra Music Festival, male ravers have rocked increasingly explicit, sometimes anatomically correct, and often innuendo-emblazoned tees, resulting in many LOLs and WTFs.

Some are funny. Others are gross. And others still are straight-up creeeeeepy.

We've carefully tracked the trend. We've snapped some pics. And now we present Ultra 2014's ten sleaziest t-shirts.

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Ultra Ravers Answer: What's in Your Fanny Pack?

Categories: EDM

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Photo by Marta Xochilt Perez

Once ridiculed as the hilariously embarrassing accessory of choice for fat American tourists, the fanny pack is now a practical piece of party gear for hot, young EDM fanatics.

At music fests such as Miami's Ultra, it has become a ubiquitous carry-all for scantily clad ravers with no pockets. Easy, versatile, convenient -- as pouch enthusiast Andrina (pictured above) ecstatically exclaims: "What isn't in my fanny pack!"

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Ten Walking Raver Cliches You Meet at Ultra Music Festival

Categories: EDM

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Photo by George Martinez

Ravers are like snowflakes, right?

Wrong. It's actually not uncommon to find two (or twelve) who look (and sometimes behave) almost exactly alike.

In fact, we've spent a lot of time wandering around EDM fests in a state of perpetual déjà vu, encircled by thousands of party people who seem to be nearly identical human copies of specific stock types.

Here, for instance, are ten walking raver cliches you meet at Ultra Music Festival (kicking off this weekend in Miami).


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The Party People of Psychotronic 8 at Old Rock House: Photos

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Jon Gitchoff
Blindfire Entertainment hosted Psychotronic 8 on March 15, 2014, at Old Rock House. Photographer Jon Gitchoff swung by just before midnight to grab some photos of the party people in action.

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The Party People of Krewella at Europe Nightclub

Categories: EDM, Snapshots

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Jon Gitchoff
After cancelling its New Year's Eve performance at the Koken Art Factory due to inclemental weather, Chicago EDM trio Krewella made good with a performance Friday at Europe Nightclub. (Probably a good thing the show was on Friday, or else that weather cancellation situation could have easily repeated itself. This is the winter of our discontent, St. Louis.)

Despite the cold temperatures, the club was packed with EDM fans ready to party. We sent photographer Jon Gitchoff to the show to snap some pictures -- these are our favorites.

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Ten Rules of the Rave: A Guide to Underground Dance Party Etiquette

Categories: EDM

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Cassie Kohler
Don't even get us started on the glow sticks.

By Sarah Stanley-Ayre

Electronic music's recent surge in popularity comes with serious side effects for underground-party aficionados. Suddenly, Daft Punk is winning Grammys, and drunk girls (and guys) are ruining life at 4 a.m. in a warehouse somewhere.

Take this recent incident: Under a haunting pink hue Dustin Zahn tended to his machinery, hands poised above the knobs. My body was carried by the sound, hips oscillating, hair in my face, arms outstretched, at worship. I was in ecstasy, but I opened my eyes to someone shrieking, "Can you take a picture of my tits?"

She pushed her smartphone onto a bewildered onlooker. Much to my dismay, he aimed its lens directly at her protruding cleavage and snapped a series of photos. Her drunken friend laughed, peering into the phone's screen and haphazardly sloshing half of her drink onto the dance floor. In short, the magic was gone.

I could spend time being mad at these random people, but that would ultimately lead to nothing but more bad vibes. After talking to friends and other musicians who experience the same tribulations, I have assembled ten rules for proper underground dance-party etiquette.

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Holy Ship!!! 2014 in Animated GIFs

Categories: EDM

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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.

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