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October 25, 2011 | George McIntire
DJ and Hard founder Gary Richards threw the first Hard dance party at a downtown L.A. warehouse on his birthday on New Year's Eve 2007. It was the natural extension of his productions in the early '90s, when he was doing A&R for Rick Rubin at Def American and when his parties drew Robert Downey Jr., Madonna, Bjork and other celebs. But that New Year's Eve party was the first tremor of a massive tectonic shift in music culture that has since shown Richards to be something of a visionary on the electronic music scene.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 9, 2011 | By Rong-Gong Lin II and Andrew Blankstein, Los Angeles Times
The Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum Commission and the event company Insomniac were sued Thursday by the parents of a teenage girl who died of an Ecstasy overdose after attending a rave at the stadium. The suit also names former Coliseum events manager Todd DeStefano, whom Insomniac employed as a consultant while he held the stadium job, and two private companies he formed. Those companies received at least $1.8 million in payments from firms that also did business with the Coliseum.
ENTERTAINMENT
December 23, 2011 | By Charlie Amter, Special to the Los Angeles Times
For more than a decade, Los Angeles' two biggest independent dance music promoters, Go Ventures and Insomniac Events, put aside their rivalry to put on a massive New Year's Eve bash dubbed Together as One. Over the last three years, in particular, the event grew to draw tens of thousands to the Los Angeles Sports Arena & Exposition Park as Go Ventures' Reza Gerami and Insomniac's Pasquale Rotella snagged big names such as David Guetta, Deadmau5 and...
NEWS
June 26, 2013 | By Susan Denley
Melissa McCarthy, starring in "The Heat" (which opens Friday) with Sandra Bullock, is a talented comedic actress, on screens big ("Bridesmaids") and small ("Mike and Molly").  But she seems to have had to spend a lot of time talking to interviewers about her weight -- Rex Reed famously, rudely, compared her to a tractor. In the July/August issue of More magazine, she reportedly says she isn't as sensitive to the weight conversation as she once was, and used to obsess about her weight until she realized it was a waste of time.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 31, 2010 | By Todd Martens, Los Angeles Times
Tickets never went on sale and promotions were never staged, but a planned headlining concert by electronic artist Tiesto is the center of a seven-figure civil suit filed against the city of Los Angeles on Friday. Local dance promoter Insomniac Inc. claims the city breached its contract when it canceled what would have been an Oct. 30 concert by the well-known trance artist in the West Hall of the Los Angeles Convention Center. On Monday, the mayor's office referred requests for comments to the convention center, and a spokeswoman for the facility said no statement or comment would be forthcoming.
ENTERTAINMENT
December 30, 2011 | By August Brown, Los Angeles Times
As Kaskade, Ryan Raddon is at the forefront of an electronica wave that's sweeping pop music and upending underground dance culture. But after a year when he did almost everything right as a DJ and producer, he's still trying to shake the one concert that went wrong. The San Clemente-based artist was among the biggest stories in dance music this year, reportedly commanding up to six figures per gig and conquering the global circuit with a double album, "Fire & Ice," that redefined his near-decade-long career and landed in the Billboard Top 20 (with its iTunes release hitting No. 4 on those charts)
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June 25, 2013 | By Nardine Saad, This post has been corrected, as detailed below.
Holly Madison is engaged, and she has a gargantuan ring that says so. Madison, 31, one of Playboy editor Hugh Hefner's many ex-girlfriends, who had their relationship chronicled in the E! reality show "The Girls Next Door," announced the big news on her blog late Monday. "I got engaged on Sunday!" Madison wrote. "My fiancé was so wonderful in creating such a romantic night!" PHOTOS: Oddly fantastic celebrity baby names Pasquale Rotella proposed to her Sunday while riding the Ferris wheel at Las Vegas' Electric Daisy Carnival.
ENTERTAINMENT
October 1, 2010 | By Ramie Becker, Special to The Times
Between the austere atonement of Yom Kippur and the wicked debauchery of Halloween, there's a new fall holiday tradition in town: Decompression. Now in its eighth year in Los Angeles, Saturday's day-to-eve gala is set up in Los Angeles Historic State Park (previously known as "the Cornfield") and is an after-party of sorts for the yearly Burning Man Festival in Nevada's Black Rock Desert. But for a certain party populace who may have packed their glow-gear and energy drinks in preparation for a mega rave-like experience, Decom director Athena Demos wants to be clear: "This is definitely not a rave.
ENTERTAINMENT
August 6, 2010 | By Scott T. Sterling, Special to the Los Angeles Times
As recently as June, summer 2010 was looking good for event promoter Gary Richards. In just three years, Richards had built his Hard music festivals from what he calls a "career Hail Mary" into a lucrative national brand featuring eclectic lineups of emerging acts, most of which make electronic dance music. It was all about to pay off with a summer full of events, including a national tour featuring underground avant-disco duo Crystal Castles, buzzing South African group Die Antwoord and a dozen others, as well as two daylong festivals in New York and L.A., both headlined by controversial artist M.I.A.
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