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Calendar, Archive Don the Beachcomber and the Origins of the American Tiki Bar

Don the Beachcomber and the Origins of the American Tiki Bar

Prepare for some full-on tiki immersion therapy. Don the Beachcomber and the Origins of the American Tiki Bar is an examination of the career of the legendary adventurer/entrepreneur/boozehound, presented by tiki savant/author/all-around authority Sven Kirsten, the cat responsible for Taschen must-haves Book of Tiki and the new Tiki Pop, America...…
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Golden Sombrero

The Gun Club epitomized Los Angeles' early-'80s, postpunk vortex, and while the band's lurid, posthumous mystique centers on late singer Jeffrey Lee Pierce, guitarist Ward Dotson (featured on their first two albums) was co-architect of the band's jittery, provocative trashbeat sound. A brilliant yet low-key visionary, Dotson rocked on with...…
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Music, West Coast Sound The 10 Biggest Classic Rock Douchebags

The 10 Biggest Classic Rock Douchebags

While rock ‘n’ roll is necessarily classified as a form of pop music, it is actually an idiom whose radical, destructive primitivism established a new type of socio-cultural disorder. It’s about rejection of the status quo and celebration of the dis-imprisonment it instills. Always exploited for profit, rock’s unmanageable aspects...…
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Calendar, Archive Jesika Von Rabbit

Jesika Von Rabbit

Jesika Von Rabbit is perhaps California's ultimate postmodern, intergalactic pop provocateur. First thrust upon this unsuspecting world as co-founder of groundbreaking freakno rock oddballs Gram Rabbit, the buxotic blonde vixen became such an inescapable force in her Joshua Tree–adjacent headquarters that she even has her own menu item (Nachos Von...…
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Calendar, Archive Sly & Robbie

Sly & Robbie

Rarely has any rhythm section been blessed with the electrifying natural synchronicity that has always characterized drummer Sly Dunbar and bassist Robbie Shakespeare's ineffably appealing music. The dubwise duo first joined forces a lifetime ago in Kingston, and instantly began making significant contributions to dub and reggae during the idiom's...…
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Music, West Coast Sound The Time Johnny Cash Set Fire to a National Forest

The Time Johnny Cash Set Fire to a National Forest

Johnny Cash came to Southern California in 1958 after signing with Columbia. When he arrived, his good friend Merle Travis was waiting, along with labelmate Lefty Frizzell and a legion of Hollywood-based country performers. Cash resided first in Johnny Carson's former Encino digs before heading north to Ventura, where, for...…
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Calendar, Archive Billy Eli

Billy Eli

"Don't you worry about what we've got in Texas - worry about how much of it we've got," the late, great Ernest Tubb used to say, and country-rock seditionary Billy Eli brings bales of that stylish, Lone Star braggadocio. The Austin, Texas, honky-tonk swashbuckler is capable of hard-rocking derring-do, ribald,...…
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Music, West Coast Sound Charles Connor: The Rock and Roll Original

Charles Connor: The Rock and Roll Original

One of the fascinating Angelenos featured in L.A. Weekly's People 2014 issue. Check out our entire People 2014 issue.  Charles "Keep A-Knockin' " Connor was the drummer in Little Richard's first touring rock & roll band, The Upsetters. Upon their joining forces in 1953, Richard's frenzied performances and Connor's cataclysmic...…
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Calendar, Archive Colson Whitehead

Colson Whitehead

Author Colson Whitehead has an endless capacity for penetrating, downbeat observation, and his latest tome, The Noble Hustle: Poker, Beef Jerky and Death, provides, from its opening salvo, a bounty of this dry style: "I have a good poker face," he writes, "because I am half-dead inside." The fruit of...…
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Calendar, Archive Sun Trash

Sun Trash

Sun Trash, the toxic, all-star rock & roll confection from stalwart underworld demons Sean Wheeler, Sexual Chocolate (aka Damian Edwards) and Lightnin' Woodcock, first erupted briefly in the late 2000s but has again recently burst from remission, like some ghastly virus. Break out the ear protection, kiddies, because, thanks to...…
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Calendar, Archive Stagecoach 2014

Stagecoach 2014

Country music has always been as much about audience culture as it is about the artist's contribution. Stagecoach is a gloriously accomplished reflection of both. With everything from high-gloss headliners like prefab outlaw Eric Church and thin-skinned snotball Jason Aldean, to the confessional plaints of Hank's granddaughter, Holly Williams, it's...…
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Calendar, Archive Lebowski Fest

Lebowski Fest

What is it about The Big Lebowski that triggers such devotion in its horde of acolytes? The Coen brothers' 1998 comedy has become a raging self-propelled phenomenon, and the annual Lebowski Fest celebrates all of it, from rug pee-ers to nihilists to Little Lebowski Urban Achievers. Friday's bash at the...…
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Calendar, Archive Pete Anderson

Pete Anderson

Guitar man Pete Anderson's brand of original blues is thoroughly contemporary and deeply imbued with the brawny heritage of his native Detroit. Anderson is also an acutely self-possessed perfectionist, yet those qualities never detract from the stunning musicality with which he has long distinguished himself. No ham-fisted bar-band blues rocker...…
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Calendar, Archive Just Because You're Paranoid ...

Just Because You're Paranoid ...

Our feverish culture of conspiracy angst - be it obsessions with chemtrails, the FDA and GMOs or Agenda 21 - grips millions of Americans, and with triple-threat brainstorm Hollywood, Drugs and Mind Control, expect a torrent of provocative, Freedom of Information Act - fueled, shock-and-awe revelations. Authors Daniel Hopsicker (his...…
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Calendar, Archive Little Richard Tribute

Little Richard Tribute

Screamin' Georgia peach Little Richard defined the image, sound and threat of rock &roll more than any other human, an act of rebellion completely worthy of tonight's all-Richard homage. Featuring fetching nu-folk enigma The Tennessee Walker, offbeat rock & roll superheroes The Do-Its and drastically relaxed Western rockers The Bloodhounds,...…
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Calendar, Archive Doo Wop Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony

Doo Wop Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony

With Etta James, Big Jay McNeely, Young Jessie, Johnny Otis and Little Esther leading the way, Los Angeles' mid-1950s rhythm & blues scene was one of the frantically fertile anywhere in the world, and the brilliantly sly doo-wop group The Coasters ranked among the city's very finest. With the great...…
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Calendar, Archive The Mavericks

The Mavericks

When Florida country-rockers The Mavericks formed in 1989, they developed an idiosyncratic mix of well-chilled, old-school rock influences, straight-ahead country and hot blue balladry, one perfected in down-and-dirty Sunshine state rock clubs. After the band landed their 1991 deal with Nashville juggernaut MCA, they operated as a complete anomaly, trying...…
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Calendar, Archive Monsterpalooza: The Art of Monsters

Monsterpalooza: The Art of Monsters

It's time once more for Monsterpalooza: The Art of Monsters, a richly ritualistic orgy of deliciously lurid monster worship. Fueled by a flabbergasting array of perfectly executed, often authentically larger-than-life monster figures and set pieces - expect a towering, old-school King Kong, Robbie the Robot and others - and supercharged...…
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Calendar, Archive Max Bangwell Benefit

Max Bangwell Benefit

Max Bangwell, the get-around blues drummer who has enjoyed bandstand alliances with everyone from Robert Lockwood Jr. to Muddy Waters to Willie Dixon, is fighting like a lion - and when your opponent is stage four lung cancer, well, baby, you need to kick some serious ass. The knock-down, tore-up...…
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Calendar, Archive Being Dionne Warwick

Being Dionne Warwick

From her late-'50s start as a gospel thrush to her career as a New York - based backup singer to her early-'60s Brill Building discovery by Burt Bacharach, Dionne Warwick has led an extraordinary life, one artfully examined tonight in the new documentary Being Dionne Warwick. With the benefit of...…
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