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The Big Business of Fake Fans

In September 2012, a would-be pop star who goes by BAKER — one word, all caps — was scheduled to play the House of Blues on the Sunset Strip from 8 to 9 p.m. Tickets were available for $10 at eventbrite.com, a do-it-yourself event-ticketing site. Yet three months later, BAKER…
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News, The Informer The Most Bizarre Things I've Witnessed Living at Hollywood and Highland

The Most Bizarre Things I've Witnessed Living at Hollywood and Highland

The tacky section of Hollywood stretches from the Madame Tussauds wax museum on Hollywood Boulevard to the The Hollywood and Highland Center. Here you'll often see attractions that are weird, but in a charming way. There's the street performer who drums on Kikkoman Soy Sauce containers, a Spiderman character who...…
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Music, West Coast Sound Bouncers Bribed? Security Blamed For Tom Petty Concert Shut-Down

Bouncers Bribed? Security Blamed For Tom Petty Concert Shut-Down

Update: Reimbursement information at the bottom of this post Last week Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers kicked off a six-night stint at the Fonda, giving fans a chance to see the perennial favorite in a much smaller venue than he usually plays. That is, unless you went on Saturday night,...…
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No Fun Allowed: It's Damn Hard to Legally Host Live Music in L.A.

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Arts, Public Spectacle All the Clothes in This West Hollywood Store Cost 2 Dollars. So Dive Into the Pile...

All the Clothes in This West Hollywood Store Cost 2 Dollars. So Dive Into the Pile...

See also: *10 Best Vintage and Second-Hand Boutiques in L.A. *At This West Hollywood Fashion Library, the Prada Dress You Rent Could Save Your Life Nothing at the 2 Dollar Clothing store in West Hollywood costs more than $2. Not the new Marc Jacobs or DKNY tops, not the BCBG...…
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Music, West Coast Sound Los Globos Suing the City for $10 Million

Los Globos Suing the City for $10 Million

Nightlife mogul Steven Edelson, the wealthy operator behind the renovated Los Globos club, has filed a $10 million claim against the city of Los Angeles, West Coast Sound has learned. The claim comes after the LAPD stripped Los Globos of its live music permits in October, though it has since...…
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Music, West Coast Sound Controversial Promoters Raw Put Bands in Front of Audiences -- For a Fee

Controversial Promoters Raw Put Bands in Front of Audiences -- For a Fee

A Los Angeles-based company called Raw would like to give your band a show. And also, possibly, an award. In exchange, it would like a few dollars. Raw's clunky, full moniker is RAW: natural born artists -- it's not an acronym but rather references "unpolished" performers. It puts on parties...…
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Music, West Coast Sound These Christmas Songs Are Not Actually About Christmas

These Christmas Songs Are Not Actually About Christmas

Many so-called Christmas songs don't celebrate Christmas so much as the act of shopping. Other holiday tunes confuse that warm Christmas spirit feeling with that warm feeling in your pants. So, which of these songs are genuinely talking about the holidays, and which are just talking about raking in crap?...…
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Music, West Coast Sound Why Is L.A. the Most Popular City for Bands - By Far?

Why Is L.A. the Most Popular City for Bands - By Far?

You need a car, there's way too many malls, the bars close early, and the neighbors are known to tattle on house shows. But yet Los Angeles is actually the music capital of the country, according to hard data! According to the just-released study by Richard Florida -- an Atlantic...…
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News, Features Art Walk Los Angeles' Nasty War: Oops, Food Truck Ban Is Illegal

Art Walk Los Angeles' Nasty War: Oops, Food Truck Ban Is Illegal

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Arts, Public Spectacle Why Are Jared Tate Johnson's Body Harnesses Disappearing?

Why Are Jared Tate Johnson's Body Harnesses Disappearing?

Jared Tate Johnson makes body harnesses, which puts him somewhere between a fashion designer and a construction worker. He solders and welds the massive necklaces out of sterling silver. They wrap around torsos, necks, sometimes even foreheads. "I sell to everyone from brain surgeons to mothers of four to runway...…
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Arts, Public Spectacle Jay McAdams and Debbie Devine: Theater Without Taboos

Jay McAdams and Debbie Devine: Theater Without Taboos

Two of the fascinating Angelenos featured in L.A. Weekly's People 2012 issue. Check out our entire People 2012 issue here. On a Saturday night last year, 99 theatergoers sat in chairs that were a bit too small, with those flip-up school desk attachments dangling from the sides. Jay McAdams, the...…
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News, CicLAvia: Rolling Photo Booth Lets You Snap Yourself

CicLAvia: Rolling Photo Booth Lets You Snap Yourself

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Arts, Public Spectacle Bukowski Flash Mob Breaks Out at Barney's Beanery

Bukowski Flash Mob Breaks Out at Barney's Beanery

It's not every day that a random old guy announces to a group of strangers that he likes tight pussy. Actually, that happens all the time in Los Angeles. But this was different, because it wasn't an offer, but a performance. The man, actor Richard Large, was reciting poetry from...…
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Music, West Coast Sound Lana Del Rey: Why Brian Williams and Others Are Completely Wrong About Her

Lana Del Rey: Why Brian Williams and Others Are Completely Wrong About Her

See also: *Lana Del Rey - The Troubadour - 12/7/11 *The Problem With Lana Del Rey (Is You) Lana Del Rey used to be known as Lizzy Grant, and her song "Trash," a live performance of which has been viewed hundreds of thousands of times on YouTube, is remarkable for...…
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Arts, Public Spectacle <em>Portlandia</em> the Tour: Nerdy Fan Love at the Echoplex

Portlandia the Tour: Nerdy Fan Love at the Echoplex

The top groupies in the audience for Portlandia the Tour have been a gay couple from Napa that attended the Los Angeles show last night dressed in matching "Put a Bird on It" t-shirts. They've been to every show on the tour so far. Portlandia actors/creators Fred Armisen and Carrie...…
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Arts, Public Spectacle Mr. Brainwash: Our Interview

Mr. Brainwash: Our Interview

In the 2010 documentary Exit Through The Gift Shop, Mr. Brainwash hires a team of artists to create his art for him and becomes a millionaire after just one hugely successful Los Angeles show, despite the fact that other artists in the film think he's a hack and possibly mentally...…
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Arts, Public Spectacle Pancakes & Booze Showcases Underground Art in a Downtown Warehouse

Pancakes & Booze Showcases Underground Art in a Downtown Warehouse

Also check out our slideshow by Nanette Gonzales on The Pancakes and Booze Art Show Some gallery owners organizing a show might draw inspiration from their college degrees in art history. But when Tom Kirlin curated his first art show, he was inspired by college memories of drunken pancake breakfasts...…
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