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Music, West Coast Sound RIP Santa Monica Civic Auditorium: Former Punk Haven Finished Holding Concerts

RIP Santa Monica Civic Auditorium: Former Punk Haven Finished Holding Concerts

For the last 55 years, the Santa Monica Civic Auditorium has had all types of boring conventions, cat shows and craft fairs. But it's also held some amazing concerts; truth be told, its importance to the local rock and punk music scenes cannot be overstated. Due to a combination of...…
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Music, West Coast Sound The Dazzling Story of the Orpheum Theatre

The Dazzling Story of the Orpheum Theatre

The Orpheum Theatre has six floors of dressing rooms, a film projector, a world-class sound system and one of the only surviving Wurlitzer theater organs in the country. It's also one of the last independent venues in the city. Ninety years in, it continues to thrive after more than 85...…
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Music, West Coast Sound The Laurel Canyon Country Store's Interesting Musical History

The Laurel Canyon Country Store's Interesting Musical History

The Canyon Country Store has been the makeshift cultural center of Laurel Canyon for a full century. Immortalized in the Doors song "Love Street," this deli-market is not a venue, but it's got historical music importance to spare, and continues to be -- as Jim Morrison put it -- the...…
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Music, West Coast Sound The Shrine Used to Host the Oscars. Now it Hosts Steve Aoki Parties

The Shrine Used to Host the Oscars. Now it Hosts Steve Aoki Parties

The Shrine Auditorium, once home to the Academy Awards, hosted countless landmark concerts in its prime, but now is less in the spotlight than its rival up Figueroa -- LA Live. Still, the Shrine has found a second life as a hub for raves. See also: *Jack White at The...…
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Music, West Coast Sound What Happened to the Reseda Country Club?

What Happened to the Reseda Country Club?

The San Fernando Valley doesn't come to mind when you think "iconic clubs," but in the 1980s the West Valley was the place to see acts like Tom Petty, Merle Haggard, Metallica and U2. See also: What Makes the Hollywood Bowl So Perfect? The Reseda Country Club, located on Sherman...…
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Music, West Coast Sound What Makes the Hollywood Bowl So Perfect?

What Makes the Hollywood Bowl So Perfect?

Is the Hollywood Bowl southern California's most beloved performance space? Quite possibly. Where else do folks brag not just about seeing an act, but about attending a venue itself? Seating 17,376 patrons, it hosts shows six-out-of-seven nights a week --Tuesdays and Thursdays are classical, Wednesdays jazz and the weekends reserved...…
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