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Music, West Coast Sound How Well Do You Know These Songs About L.A. Streets?

How Well Do You Know These Songs About L.A. Streets?

Oh, Los Angeles, how you inspire us. You could be a song! Well, the truth is, you have inspired songs, many many songs. In fact, our city and its beaches, mountains, denizens and myths have led to the creation of entire catalogs. But perhaps the most inspirational aspect of L.A...…
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Music, West Coast Sound Can You Identify These Rock Stars' Hats? Take Our Quiz

Can You Identify These Rock Stars' Hats? Take Our Quiz

These days everyone's talking about Pharrell and his wacky hat. But he's far from the only musician known for his signature head wear. Can you ID famous musicians by their hats? Take our illustrated quiz, below, to find out. The answer key is provided on the last page. 1. It's not a...…
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Music, West Coast Sound Play Coachella Bingo!

Play Coachella Bingo!

Wait, it's time for Coachella again already? If this feels like deja vu all over again, just wait until you get to the desert on Friday and see the fashions. As we reported yesterday, mall retailers are big time in the game, which means the looks will be even more homogenous than before...…
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Moot Davis: Wholesome as Rotten Apple Pie

Jena Ardell Don't be fooled by Moot Davis's twangy, charismatic drawl and country love songs. He may appear polished in his custom suit and tie, but the truth is: he's as wholesome as rotten apple pie. Judging his cock-sure gait and posture, we pegged him for an actor, and we...…
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Weezer's Rivers Cuomo's Thoughts on Sex and Celibacy

Jena ArdellRemember in the mid-00's when Rivers Cuomo decided to try being celibate for two years? We're not sure it helped Weezer's direction, but the net result seemed to be that Cuomo settled down and got married. Here's a chronological chronicle of his thoughts on having sex and not having...…
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Haim on Haim, In Illustrated Form

Jena ArdellValley-bred sisters Alana, Este and Danielle Haim have had what seems like a rocket ascent. They were recently our cover story! But theirs has actually been a long journey. Here's what they have had to say about their success, their career, and their craft...…
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Famous Musicians Talking About Being Vegan

Jena ArdellWhen you don't eat meat, and don't eat any animal products, you're a vegan. It's the right thing to do. Here's what famous musicians have to say about being vegan:...…
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Music, West Coast Sound Halloween Costumes You'll See This Year

Halloween Costumes You'll See This Year

5. Miley Cyrus Materials needed: Foam finger; fuzzy bear leotard; mini buns; tongue removed from mouth. Pros: The mini bun trend is back! Cons: Everyone else will be wearing this. Alan Thicke may grind with you...…
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Lorde on Lorde

Jena ArdellWe love Lorde, aka Ella Maria Lani Yelich-O'Connor. Ok so maybe we don't always love Lorde. But we are always interested in what the 16-year-old Kiwi has to say. Here are her things she's said, mostly from various video interviews, about her peers and her messy life. See also:...…
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Music, West Coast Sound Queen Kwong Was Discovered By Trent Reznor

Queen Kwong Was Discovered By Trent Reznor

Carré Callaway's tough-as-nails attitude is mixes oddly with her esoteric innocence. You wouldn't expect the 27-year-old, cat-toting, freckled-face singer to lead a 'visceral rock' band named Queen Kwong. Well, unless you caught a glimpse of her vintage-remake Suicide band tee and combat boots, or saw her growl into a mic...…
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Top 5 Most Expensive Band T-Shirts on Etsy

First, consider yourself lucky If you own one of the following t-shirts; then consider listing it on Etsy. These sellers are expecting hella mad cash for their rare band tees. Would you pay that price to own one a piece of tour history?...…
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Music, West Coast Sound Quit Using "Gimme Shelter" In Every Damn Movie

Quit Using "Gimme Shelter" In Every Damn Movie

The Rolling Stones' "Gimme Shelter" is the movie soundtrack song that won't die. Martin Scorcese made a cliche out of it decades ago, but since then it not only hasn't gone away, it's become more prevalent in movies and TV. Sure, it's a good song, but mango popsicles are good...…
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Music, West Coast Sound How Much Does It <em>Actually</em> Cost to Make a Song? ($8,320)

How Much Does It Actually Cost to Make a Song? ($8,320)

The Internet can be a great marketing tool, but it is ruining the livelihood of many artists. This we all know. Ventura County-based photographer John Mueller penned an insightful post titled This Photograph Is Not Free, in which he determined the actual cost of producing one of his pictures. (This...…
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Music, West Coast Sound The Best L.A. Raves This Halloween

The Best L.A. Raves This Halloween

This Halloween, who wants to dress like a trick and eat a "treat"? Haha, j/k, but seriously if you want to hit a scary electronic dance music party in the coming weeks, check out our guide, below. See also: Halloween Costumes You're Guaranteed to See This Year And then keep...…
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Music, West Coast Sound Halloween Costumes You're Guaranteed to See This Year

Halloween Costumes You're Guaranteed to See This Year

Each Halloween you see scads of folks wearing the same costumes. Last year it was the damn black swan, and meanwhile Slash and the LMFAO guys seem to turn up annually. See also: *The 13 Best Things to Do For Halloween in L.A. This Year *10 Best and Worst Music-Themed...…
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Music, West Coast Sound Pop Quiz: Can You ID These L.A. Bands?

Pop Quiz: Can You ID These L.A. Bands?

School's back in session, and we decided to give you a pop quiz that tests your knowledge of five Los Angeles-bred bands. Can you identify the following groups based on the clues and pixelated photos we've provided? Oh, just to up the ante: for every incorrect answer you provide, you...…
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Arts, Public Spectacle Marilyn Monroe Nude Photographer Lawrence Schiller: Our Interview

Marilyn Monroe Nude Photographer Lawrence Schiller: Our Interview

See also: Marilyn Monroe's Seven Never-Before-Seen Mostly Nude Photos at Duncan Miller Gallery. You're Welcome. One of the most memorable moments of accomplished photojournalist, New York Times bestselling author and director Lawrence Schiller's life was spent parked outside of Schwab's Pharmacy on Sunset Boulevard, where he sat with Marilyn Monroe,...…
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Music, West Coast Sound Open Fields! Alleys! The Five Most Overused Backdrops for Band Promo Photos

Open Fields! Alleys! The Five Most Overused Backdrops for Band Promo Photos

Ah, the band promo photo; the ultimate cliched publicist tool. Though band photos have survived into the digital age, they remain remarkably un-inventive. Sure, not every group can afford expensive props or exotic locations, but all it takes is the tiniest bit of imagination to do something unique and memorable...…
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Music, West Coast Sound Moral Defect - Howl at the Moon - 5-21-12

Moral Defect - Howl at the Moon - 5-21-12

Moral Defect Howl at the Moon 5-21-12 Overheard in the crowd: "That was the sickest cover of "In Da Club" I've ever heard!" At Howl at the Moon last night, local group Moral Defect delivered energetic hip-hop rock infused with heavy metal solos and funk guitar. A mixed crowd of...…
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Music, West Coast Sound Record Store Day 2012: Our Comprehensive Guide to Steals and Deals, Free Grub and Live Performances

Record Store Day 2012: Our Comprehensive Guide to Steals and Deals, Free Grub and Live Performances

Record Store Day is this Saturday. Because there are almost as many record stores in L.A. as there are donut shops, we compiled a handy guide to help you get your hot little hands on as much vinyl as possible. We called every record store in a 40-mile radius and...…
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