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News, The Informer Chatsworth: Los Angeles' Final Frontier

Chatsworth: Los Angeles' Final Frontier

Deep in the northwest corner of the San Fernando Valley, the Santa Susana Mountains mark L.A. County's boundary with Ventura County. Chatsworth — nestled at the foot of these hills and still laced with Old West charm — is the final frontier of Los Angeles. The sounds of the city fade...…
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Music, West Coast Sound Which Has a Better Music Scene: UCLA or USC?

Which Has a Better Music Scene: UCLA or USC?

The rivalry between USC and UCLA is long and storied. Do you bleed cardinal and gold, or blue and gold? This question is usually most heated on the football field. But we wondered: Which university has the better music scene? To duke it out we brought in two of our...…
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Music, West Coast Sound The Best and Worst of Outside Lands 2013

The Best and Worst of Outside Lands 2013

Outside Lands went down at San Francisco's Golden Gate Park this weekend; it was frigid and there were transportation headaches, but the music made it well worth it. Here's the best and worst of the weekend:...…
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Music, West Coast Sound Brokechella is Back! And It's Still Damn Cheap

Brokechella is Back! And It's Still Damn Cheap

Not enough cash for Coachella this year? Too burnt out from sandstorms and empty-Daft Punk promises to try round two? Perhaps you don't care about any of that and just enjoy drinking outside. Whatever your reason, Brokechella might be what you are looking for. Now in its third year, this...…
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Music, West Coast Sound Aras Baskauskas: <em>Survivor</em> Winner Is Now a Singer-Songwriter

Aras Baskauskas: Survivor Winner Is Now a Singer-Songwriter

Aras Baskouskas, the grandson of soap opera star McDonald Carrey, won Survivor's Panama edition, which aired in 2006. He was 24 then -- he's now 31, lives with his girlfriend, model Christy Peterson, and has a career as a singer-songwriter. But there have been a lot of adventures along the...…
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Arts, Public Spectacle Comedy Living Room: It's Comedy...in a Living Room

Comedy Living Room: It's Comedy...in a Living Room

See also: *10 Best Stand-Up Comedy Shows in L.A. *12 Comedy Acts to Watch in 2013 It all started with a red curtain. Roommates Matt Lottman and Frank Chad Muniz realized that the front of their Hollywood rental house resembled a stage one morning when Muniz stood in front of...…
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Arts, Public Spectacle One Day Boyle Heights Artist Fabian Debora Tried to Take His Own Life on the I-5. That's When He Had an Epiphany

One Day Boyle Heights Artist Fabian Debora Tried to Take His Own Life on the I-5. That's When He Had an Epiphany

See also: *5 Artsy Things to Do in L.A. This Week Fabian Debora stood on the railing of a busy I-5 Freeway, just beyond Hollenbeck Park, watching the cars zoom by. Blood spewed down his mouth and onto his water-soaked shirt -- consequences of the manic escape from his mother's...…
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Arts, Public Spectacle What's It Like to Go to an Open Mic Night...on Skid Row?

What's It Like to Go to an Open Mic Night...on Skid Row?

It is midday last Thursday and Georgia Berkovich is rushing to ready the Day Room of the Midnight Mission, where she works as the community relations manager. L.A. musician Ken Perry tunes a guitar before accompanying a man wearing a reflective vest, as he sings "Dead or Alive" to a...…
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Music, West Coast Sound Skinhead Rob On His New Band Death March

Skinhead Rob On His New Band Death March

Death March doesn't give a shit what you think about them. Then again, it wouldn't be punk rock if they did. The band is the latest collaboration between vocalist Rob Aston -- better known as "Skinhead Rob" from his work with Rancid -- Freddy Zepeda, Jimmy Zepeda, and 21-year-old bass...…
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Music, West Coast Sound Classical Pianist Sets Out to Prove That Skrillex Is Actually Music

Classical Pianist Sets Out to Prove That Skrillex Is Actually Music

Skrillex Opens Grillex, the First Dubstep-Themed Food Truck Five More Girls Who Look Like Skrillex The 2012 Grammys confirmed that EDM had entered the mainstream, but Dave Grohl didn't really seem to be on board. A debate ensued. But if you ask Summer Shee-Singh Swee-Singh -- who's been playing the...…
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Music, West Coast Sound LMFAO 'Bikini Girl' Says She Was Fired For Being 'Big Boned'

LMFAO 'Bikini Girl' Says She Was Fired For Being 'Big Boned'

Stephanie Arakel shook her thang on stage with LMFAO for the better part of the year in 2009, just as they were blowing up. Only 21 years old, she quit her job, strapped on a polka dot bikini, and traveled all over the country with them. You can see her...…
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Music, West Coast Sound The Other Side: Historic Gay Piano Bar to Close This Weekend

The Other Side: Historic Gay Piano Bar to Close This Weekend

The Other Side, L.A.'s last gay piano bar, will shutter on Sunday after over 40 years in business. It has gone by several names and owners, but was long thought of as a place where folks could get a cheap drink while a lively songster tickled the ivories and took...…
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Music, West Coast Sound KCRW DJ Anthony Valadez on His New Album: "I Am Moved by Single Moms, Moved by Junkies"

KCRW DJ Anthony Valadez on His New Album: "I Am Moved by Single Moms, Moved by Junkies"

Each week as Monday night becomes Tuesday morning, KCRW DJ Anthony Valadez maintains a musical vigil over the airwaves. He mixes in everything from hip-hop to house, along with smoothly articulated descriptions of these "samples and sounds." Today, sipping Intelligentsia coffee in broad daylight at the Casbah Café near Sunset...…
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Music, West Coast Sound Coachella: What the Hell Is That Giant Flower?

Coachella: What the Hell Is That Giant Flower?

See also: *The Best Of Coachella: Sunday, April 15 *Top Ten Awkward Coachella Dance Move GIFs Coachella-goers arrived to the festival Sunday to find a giant 100 foot tall lotus flower on the grounds near the Gobi tent. Trippy! The crazy thing was that the flower swooped up and down;...…
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Music, West Coast Sound "What My SpiritHood Means To Me": Coachella-Goers Explain

"What My SpiritHood Means To Me": Coachella-Goers Explain

See also: *Spirit Hoods: The Weirdest Fashion Startup Ever *Expected Fashion Trends at Coachella SpiritHoods are back! At Coachella this year these fuzzy animal-themed head gears resembling furs (but not!) have returned with a vengeance; one's instinct remains, as always, to mock them, but this year, with heavy winds and...…
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Music, West Coast Sound Gotye Plays Coachella: First, He Tells Us His Life Story

Gotye Plays Coachella: First, He Tells Us His Life Story

See Also: *Our Review of Gotye at the El Rey Theatre, February 2, 2012 *Coachella Preview 2012: Everything You Need to Know About the Performers Raised in Australia, Gotye has a completely sold out US tour, over 140 million YouTube hits, and a single ("Somebody That I Used to Know")...…
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Music, West Coast Sound We Need a New 'Eye of the Tiger.' Here Are Five Candidates

We Need a New 'Eye of the Tiger.' Here Are Five Candidates

When I was about five, my parents decided it was time for me to become a runner. My sister, two years my senior, had already left a legacy for me to live up to as the latest Chatsworth Chief track team legend. As a somewhat-chubby sandbox dweller, I was ill-prepared...…
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Music, West Coast Sound Snoop and Bishop Don "Magic" Juan on the History of Pimp Cups

Snoop and Bishop Don "Magic" Juan on the History of Pimp Cups

See also Big Pimpin': Pimp cups have real players and white kids alike dropping cash In this week's cover story, we trace the colorful history of hip hop's most interesting accessory, the pimp cup. These bedazzled chalices, popularized by Snoop Dogg and Lil Jon, are actually prayed over by a...…
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Arts, Art Big Pimpin'

Big Pimpin'

See Also: Snoop and Bishop Don "Magic" Juan on the History of Pimp Cups At Bishop Don "Magic" Juan's cramped Mid-City Los Angeles apartment, nearly everything is green and gold: the doormat, the couches, a neon sign that displays his name, even the building itself, which the owner had painted...…
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Music, West Coast Sound Dan Wilson: From "Closing Time" to Adele's "Someone Like You"

Dan Wilson: From "Closing Time" to Adele's "Someone Like You"

Minneapolis band Semisonic are quintessential one-hit wonders. Their 1998 song "Closing Time" cracked the top ten, and lives on through movies and TV, and everyone seems to know the words when it plays. The group never topped the song; never really came very close, in fact. But the act's lead...…
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