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Music, West Coast Sound Justin Bieber - Staples Center - 6/24/13

Justin Bieber - Staples Center - 6/24/13

Justin Bieber Staples Center 6/24/13 Better than... playing with Barbies. What does the Bieber key, an image looming on a giant screen over the audience of girls wearing matching outfits with their friends, signify? Before one could figure it out, the lights in the Staples Center went off and the...…
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Music, West Coast Sound Top 10 Reasons To Love Kate Bush

Top 10 Reasons To Love Kate Bush

Kate Bush is one of the most important female musicians of all time. As an innovator and producer of her own sound, she's sort of like the female Prince. It's about the unitard. It's about her googly eyeballs and interpretative dance moves, her music videos, and her way with a...…
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Music, West Coast Sound Babies, Lobster Balls, and Bands with Beards at the Silver Lake Jubilee

Babies, Lobster Balls, and Bands with Beards at the Silver Lake Jubilee

So the world didn't end on Saturday. And from the looks of this kid in the picture, he would have been very disappointed if the Rapture had taken place and he never got his chance to play at the Silver Lake Jubilee in around 18 years. He thought the music...…
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Music, West Coast Sound Who's the Biggest Band In L.A.? (and We Do Mean "Biggest")

Who's the Biggest Band In L.A.? (and We Do Mean "Biggest")

People like to say size doesn't matter but, come on, who are we kidding? Something big and powerful by sheer force can rock your world to another dimension. For those whose minds stray to the gutter, I'm talking about big bands, music ensembles with many members. The more the merrier,...…
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Music, West Coast Sound The Series Makes a Splash with "Experimental Pool Theatre" at The Standard

The Series Makes a Splash with "Experimental Pool Theatre" at The Standard

One often leaves The Standard Hotel questioning reality, for many reasons, which makes the hotel's Downtown rooftop an appropriate setting for experimental performance and the fashionably interested. That's what The Series is all about. This monthly party-slash-theatrical event put on its fifth "show" last night, embedding actors, musicians, and artists...…
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Music, West Coast Sound Top 9 Female Drummers in L.A. (Also the Hottest)

Top 9 Female Drummers in L.A. (Also the Hottest)

Do you like women? Do you like drums? Do you like women on drums? If you answered yes to any of these questions, then the launch of Tom Tom Magazine comes as good news. Founded in New York by Mindy Abovitz, the new magazine dedicated to female drummers heeded the...…
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Music, West Coast Sound Wanda Jackson and Jack White at El Rey Last Night: Live Review

Wanda Jackson and Jack White at El Rey Last Night: Live Review

What: Wanda Jackson (feat. Jack White) Where: El Rey When: 1/24/11 Wanda Jackson has had three major men in her life--Elvis, Jesus, and Jack White--well, four, counting her ever-loving husband, Wendell. You can't really top that. More than fifty years ago, Elvis took country singing Jackson under his wing, taught...…
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Music, West Coast Sound Top 5 Things to Do This Weekend in L.A.

Top 5 Things to Do This Weekend in L.A.

Guitar geeks and gear heads will be spending their weekend at Guitar Geek Fest and the NAMM convention, respectively, devising new ways and gadgets to wow the world with music. The rest of us need some things to see and do. We scoured the city for things that either qualify...…
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Music, West Coast Sound Tom Waits Writes a New Poem (about a Boner, Among Other Things)

Tom Waits Writes a New Poem (about a Boner, Among Other Things)

Regular old songwriting just ain't enough sometimes. A few of our favorite living legendary wrinkly musician men are exploring their creativity, venturing into forms beyond their usual mind-melting melodies. While Mike Watt's new opera is circulating Japan, today, Tom Waits posted a few pages from a new chapbook, an existential...…
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Music, West Coast Sound Guessing Game: Who said "Me and my girl Mary J. Blige about to eat these bitches alive"? And about Whom?

Guessing Game: Who said "Me and my girl Mary J. Blige about to eat these bitches alive"? And about Whom?

It isn't too early for best quotes of 2011. While the men of hip hop kick this year off in various states of prison or probation, the women are rousing up their own scandals. Can you name this angry potty mouth? I think this other bitch got a song with...…
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Music, West Coast Sound Teena Marie, LA Legend of '70s and '80s Soul and Funk, Dead at 54 (UPDATE: Watch her Last Interview)

Teena Marie, LA Legend of '70s and '80s Soul and Funk, Dead at 54 (UPDATE: Watch her Last Interview)

Born in Santa Monica and raised as the white girl with soul, Teena Marie celebrated the 30th anniversary of her recording career last year with a string of lively performances, including one at the L.A. County Fair. The Ivory Queen was Rick James' protege, starred on The Beverly Hillbillies, received...…
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Music, West Coast Sound Holy Sh*t! Top 10 Uses of Profanity in Music in 2010

Holy Sh*t! Top 10 Uses of Profanity in Music in 2010

Cuss words can be a lazy lyricist's exclamation points but, in the right hands, profanity affords a landscape of creativity and rhyme schemes that breathe new life into descriptions of coitus, anger, and self-reflection. There may not be enough amazing uses of "fuck," "ass," and "shit" in rock music, but...…
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Music, Ari Up: Punky Reggae Icon

Ari Up: Punky Reggae Icon

On Oct. 20, the music world was stunned when John Lydon posted on his website that Ari Up, singer of the legendary punk/post-punk/dub powerhouse the Slits and daughter of his partner, Nora Forster, had died at 48 "after a serious illness." Ari was a revered icon of L.A.'s thriving scene...…
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Music, West Coast Sound Top 5 Hip Hop Guest Appearances Of 2010 (All of Them Involving Gucci Mane)

Top 5 Hip Hop Guest Appearances Of 2010 (All of Them Involving Gucci Mane)

Gucci Mane has a knack for making memorable song appearances. Whenever he leaves the studio he gets arrested so it's best he keeps busy at work. See, Gucci Mane is genuine. His real name is Radric, which contains the word "rad" and sounds like an Elizabethan Romance novel character. He...…
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Music, The Birds Are Flying Elsewhere

The Birds Are Flying Elsewhere

In 1970, Linda Perhacs' Parallelograms was an acid-folk flop. It was produced by sound track composer Leonard Rosenman, after he met dental hygienist Perhacs during a routine teeth cleaning. The man who scored Fantastic Voyage and Ralph Bakshi's 1978 The Lord of the Rings took one look at the strange...…
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Music, Untangling <i>Roots of Chicha</i>

Untangling Roots of Chicha

Olivier Conan is a Frenchman from Brooklyn (as well as an avid record collector and label owner) who was trolling tiny markets in Lima, Peru, hoping to discover something new. When he stumbled upon a treasure trove of psychedelic cumbia from the 1960s and 1970s called chicha, he felt as...…
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Music, West Coast Sound Free MP3: Busdriver Goes DIY, Joins a Band and Splits a 7-Inch with ... Deerhoof?

Free MP3: Busdriver Goes DIY, Joins a Band and Splits a 7-Inch with ... Deerhoof?

About a year ago, Regan Farquhar sat in The Casbah Cafe drinking mint tea. He poked at his cake like it represented everything about his latest Busdriver album, Jhelli Beam. He'd been eating it since he was fifteen years old and it just wasn't as appetizing to him anymore. As...…
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Music, West Coast Sound Party in the Desert! Party in the Desert!: Lineup for 2010 Manimal Festival Announced

Party in the Desert! Party in the Desert!: Lineup for 2010 Manimal Festival Announced

The schedule for October 2nd is ready early but in good time to get to know some of the crazy sounds Manimal Vinyl has put together for this year's festival. Tickets are available for $18 in advance or $20 at the door on Oct 2, 2010 at Pappy & Harriet's...…
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Music, West Coast Sound Over the Weekend: Heart at the Gibson Amphitheatre

Over the Weekend: Heart at the Gibson Amphitheatre

On Wikipedia, the band Heart pops up in search results before the blood-pumping organ does. From the ecstatic beer and arm swaying rapture rattling the Gibson Amphitheater Saturday night, it's possible that over the last 35 years, Ann and Nancy Wilson have become more popular than the most precious human...…
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Music, West Coast Sound Over the Weekend: Mystery LA Supergroup The Highons Finally Play Show, Ariel Pink Might or Might Not Have Been One of Them (Possibly Not)

Over the Weekend: Mystery LA Supergroup The Highons Finally Play Show, Ariel Pink Might or Might Not Have Been One of Them (Possibly Not)

With an art exhibit dedicated to the darker forces of Los Angeles, Esteban Schimpf may have gotten what he asked for inviting a mystery band called Highons to play his closing reception. The secret Schimpf set up was that Ariel Pink would be one of the masked members irking out...…
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