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Music, West Coast Sound Top Five Metal Christmas Songs (Now With More Manowar!) \m/

Top Five Metal Christmas Songs (Now With More Manowar!) \m/

So you're looking for a way to celebrate Christmas without having to sacrifice your metalhead cred in the process? If the guys from Immortal caught you tapping your foot to Mannheim Steamroller, you'd lose all corpse paint privileges with no questions asked. So to help you save (painted) face, we've...…
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Arts, Public Spectacle 5 Revelations About L.A. Music History at the Grammy Museum's Show 'Trouble in Paradise'

5 Revelations About L.A. Music History at the Grammy Museum's Show 'Trouble in Paradise'

For some, Los Angeles' musical history fits nicely into categories: There was bouncing beach pop, Laurel Canyon folk, West Coast rap and Sunset Strip rock. But behind this shroud of notable names and iconic acts, there is a richer, more diverse portrait of music in Los Angeles. The Grammy Museum's...…
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Arts, Public Spectacle 'Bark Side' Super Bowl Ad, With <em>Star Wars</em>' Imperial March Sung by Dogs: Director Keith Schofield Explains How He Did It

'Bark Side' Super Bowl Ad, With Star Wars' Imperial March Sung by Dogs: Director Keith Schofield Explains How He Did It

Have you seen that video of the dogs barking the Darth Vader song? Chances are, if you have a pulse and an Internet connection, you have. The viral video is a teaser for a Volkswagen Super Bowl commercial, so yes, that makes it a commercial for a commercial. It's bold...…
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Arts, Public Spectacle Weegee Strips Hollywood Naked

Weegee Strips Hollywood Naked

"Hollywood is Newark, New Jersey with palm trees." So said crime photographer and full-time self promoter Arther Fellig, who was also known as Weegee. He was New Yorker to the the core, having grown up in the bitter poverty of the Depression-era Lower East Side after moving from Eastern Europe...…
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Arts, Public Spectacle <em>Rolling Stone</em> Restaurant: Beer and Loathing in the Hollywood and Highland Center

Rolling Stone Restaurant: Beer and Loathing in the Hollywood and Highland Center

Away from street performers dressed as sort of sexy cops and cardboard Transformers, the new Rolling Stone Restaurant faces the California Pizza Kitchen on the upper floors of the Hollywood and Highland Center. In front of the restaurant, tourists mosey around, mouths open, cameras out, photographing the details of the...…
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Arts, Public Spectacle 5 Best Songs From John Hughes Films

5 Best Songs From John Hughes Films

If you were alive in the 1980's, chances are that the films of John Hughes have worked their way into your memory and/or heart. Whether it was that kiss over cake in Sixteen Candles, that never ending detention in Breakfast Club or Kevin Macallister's ill-fated aftershave encounter in Home Alone,...…
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Arts, Public Spectacle Frank Gehry's Grammy Awards Poster: A Transparent Attempt at High-Brow Legitimacy? Not So Fast

Frank Gehry's Grammy Awards Poster: A Transparent Attempt at High-Brow Legitimacy? Not So Fast

Last week saw the release of the official poster for the 54th Grammy Awards, which was designed by the patron saint of L.A. architecture, Frank Gehry. At first, the poster seems to be another flailing attempt by the Grammys to maintain their relevance in a world where the value of...…
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Arts, Public Spectacle Fela Kuti's Lover and Mentor Sandra Smith Talks About Afrobeat's L.A. Origins, as <em>Fela!</em> Musical Arrives at the Ahmanson

Fela Kuti's Lover and Mentor Sandra Smith Talks About Afrobeat's L.A. Origins, as Fela! Musical Arrives at the Ahmanson

At the time of his death in 1997, Fela Anikulapo Kuti was known by many names: Afrobeat pioneer, a political instigator, husband to 27 wives, just to name a few. The Nigerian musician had spread his fiery brand of African party music around the world, serving up biting social commentary...…
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Music, West Coast Sound Flaming Lips Stir Souls (Living and Dead) at The Hollywood Forever Cemetery

Flaming Lips Stir Souls (Living and Dead) at The Hollywood Forever Cemetery

Flaming Lips Stir Souls (Living and Dead) at The Hollywood Forever Cemetery…
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Music, West Coast Sound Coachella 2011: Death from Above 1979 Drop a Party Bomb

Coachella 2011: Death from Above 1979 Drop a Party Bomb

Coachella 2011: Death from Above 1979 Drop a Party Bomb…
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Music, West Coast Sound Coachella 2011: Top 5 Dance Moves Witnessed During Arcade Fire (and How to Do Them Yourself!)

Coachella 2011: Top 5 Dance Moves Witnessed During Arcade Fire (and How to Do Them Yourself!)

Coachella 2011: Top 5 Dance Moves Witnessed During Arcade Fire (and How to Do Them Yourself!)…
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Music, West Coast Sound Coachella 2011: The Return of Zack De La Rocha

Coachella 2011: The Return of Zack De La Rocha

For years, Rage Against the Machine fans asked the question: Where is Zack De La Rocha? The frenetic RATM frontman, who once wielded words like lyrical knives, virtually disappeared from music in 2000 when he parted ways with the seminal Los Angeles band. RATM moved on without him, enlisting Chris...…
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Music, West Coast Sound Coachella 2011: 5 Reasons Nosaj Thing May Be the Next Flying Lotus

Coachella 2011: 5 Reasons Nosaj Thing May Be the Next Flying Lotus

Coachella 2011: 5 Reasons Nosaj Thing is the Next Flying Lotus…
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Music, West Coast Sound Top 33 1/3 Acceptable Reasons To (Finally!) Sell Your Record Collection

Top 33 1/3 Acceptable Reasons To (Finally!) Sell Your Record Collection

Indie Cred Test: Acceptable Reasons To Sell Your Record Collection…
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Music, West Coast Sound EXCLUSIVE: Silver Lake Jubilee Announces Confirmed Bands and Comedians

EXCLUSIVE: Silver Lake Jubilee Announces Confirmed Bands and Comedians

EXCLUSIVE: Silver Lake Jubilee Announces Confirmed Bands and Comedians…
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Music, West Coast Sound Full Warped Tour Lineup Leaked Early (Did Somebody Say Crabcore?)

Full Warped Tour Lineup Leaked Early (Did Somebody Say Crabcore?)

Full Warped Tour Lineup Leaked Early (Did Somebody Say Crabcore?)…
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Music, West Coast Sound Snoop Dogg Wants to Get You Blasted With His New Four Loko-Inspired Drink

Snoop Dogg Wants to Get You Blasted With His New Four Loko-Inspired Drink

Snoop Dogg Wants to Get You Blasted With New Four Loko Style Drink…
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Music, West Coast Sound Nightmares on Wax: Top Ten Creepy Musician Wax Figures (which You Can Buy for Your Home)

Nightmares on Wax: Top Ten Creepy Musician Wax Figures (which You Can Buy for Your Home)

Nightmares on Wax: 11 Creepy Musician Wax Figures…
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Music, West Coast Sound Here's What <em>Really</em> Happened to Nate Dogg at the East Side Motel (In Memoriam, Nate Dogg RIP)

Here's What Really Happened to Nate Dogg at the East Side Motel (In Memoriam, Nate Dogg RIP)

What Really Happened to Nate Dogg at the East Side Motel?…
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Music, West Coast Sound New Radiohead Album "The King Of Limbs" Is Out Now

New Radiohead Album "The King Of Limbs" Is Out Now

Radiohead Album "The King Of Limbs" Is Out Now…
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