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Music, West Coast Sound The Story of a <i>Back to the Future</i>-Themed Band and Their DeLorean

The Story of a Back to the Future-Themed Band and Their DeLorean

In a small backyard in North Hollywood on a recent night, it's 1985. In between sips of Coors Light, the Flux Capacitors, the band, are turning on the flux capacitor inside the DeLorean that accompanies them at their live shows. (It's a real flux capacitor. Or at least, it’s as real...…
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Calendar, Archive Real Estate

Real Estate

The five guys behind New Jersey-born band Real Estate are heading directly toward an overtly Wilco-esque spot in the pantheon of classic indie rock, and they wouldn't balk at the comparison. In addition to the interest and influence it has found in Wilco, Real Estate recorded its newest album, this...…
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Music, West Coast Sound 10 Proudly Feminist Musicians

10 Proudly Feminist Musicians

Many musicians don't seem to know what to make of the word "feminist." Lady Gaga, for example, has both denied the label and then adopted it. Ke$ha says she's a feminist "in some ways," and Kelly Clarkson won't touch the word with a 10-foot pole. Madonna, for what it's worth,...…
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Calendar, Archive Strippin' Around the Christmas Tree

Strippin' Around the Christmas Tree

On the sliding scale between "naughty" and "nice," Santa usually ranks as sweet as the cookies he gorges himself on. But as Peep-show Menagerie plans to prove, nothing changes that quite like candy-cane G-strings -- and Martians. The monthly burlesque show-case rings in the holidays with notable names from Oklahoma...…
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Calendar, Archive A Visit to Ooo

A Visit to Ooo

Cartoon Network's popular animated series Adventure Time tracks the story of intrepid human Finn and his magical canine sidekick Jake, but the Emmy-winning result is significantly less tear-jerking and more bonkers than fellow boy-and-his-dog classics like Old Yeller. (Think less Where the Red Fern Grows and more Where Literally Anything...…
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Calendar, Archive I'll Take a Manhattan

I'll Take a Manhattan

Somehow, the Year of the Cocktail became the Years of the Cocktail -- and now the spotlight is on the classics. But before you place your bet on whether this means a renaissance or a fad, consult the experts: During an evening of hard questions and hard alcohol, a panel...…
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Amber Liu: An Androgynous K-pop Star

Alongside the four other doll-like, pitch-perfect women in her K-pop group, Amber Liu is out of place. She hails from Los Angeles, for starters. Her parents are Taiwanese. More than anything, though, it's her look. While her chic counterparts wear matching skirts and dresses, Liu sticks to shorts, muscle shirts...…
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Calendar, Archive Fairly Odd Festival

Fairly Odd Festival

Let's be real: Thanks to all the moshing, shoving, sweating and fervent, vitriolic rapping -- not to mention the sheer number of people performing -- even a regular old, run-of-the-mill Odd Future show can feel like something of a circus. But that just makes the young, acerbic collective's L.A. festival...…
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Calendar, Archive Have a Ball

Have a Ball

These days, the word "masquerade" seems to get thrown around at any event requiring even a modicum of dressing up, but when KCRW says it, it means it. The music-loving NPR affiliate's annual Masquerade Ball, now in its fifth year, combines good getups with a good cause: Every attendee will...…
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Music, West Coast Sound Lil Debbie On Leaving the White Girl Mob

Lil Debbie On Leaving the White Girl Mob

For this week's music feature, we spent some time with 23-year-old rapper Lil Debbie. The Oakland native got her start with the Bay Area trio White Girl Mob before being kicked out in 2011 during a span of public infighting. See also: Our feature profile of Lil Debbie Since then,...…
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Lil Debbie Is Ready For Her Private Jet

Lil Debbie is 30 minutes late, and she is high. This is clear because she tweets, "hella high at this L.A. Weekly interview," a few minutes after sitting down (38 retweets, 147 favorites), and because later, while telling a story, she blanks and says, "Honestly, I just smoke so much...…
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Calendar, Archive Denny Crane Does the Doors

Denny Crane Does the Doors

These days, William Shatner doesn't seem to go anywhere without doing so boldly. Through good humor and strange career choices, the former Captain James Tiberius Kirk has become a beloved household icon for even those fans who don't speak Klingon -- thanks to Emmy-winning TV roles (The Practice), fantastically hokey...…
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Calendar, Archive They Did the 'Stache

They Did the 'Stache

Most members of the Los Angeles Facial Society have chin hairs older than their new club, which just launched in July. Founded by two men and two women, all ardent stubble supporters, the group promotes what co-founder Michael Sparks calls "facial-hair awareness," with the goal of "unifying California's facial-hair community."...…
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Music, West Coast Sound The Reigning Monarchs: Call It Dad Ska

The Reigning Monarchs: Call It Dad Ska

Greg Behrendt started guitar lessons at 44; the He's Just Not That Into You author and comedian, now 50, cashed in on lessons with professional guitarist Michael Eisenstein, a birthday present from his wife. For Behrendt, the road to middle-aged surf-rocker has been paved in good advice and failed experiments...…
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Music, West Coast Sound KCon - Los Angeles Sports Arena - 8/25/13

KCon - Los Angeles Sports Arena - 8/25/13

Missy Elliot, 2AM, EXO, f(x), and others Los Angeles Memorial Sports Arena 8-25-13 KCon is a massive K-pop festival, and the 2013 edition went down this weekend at the Sports Arena. What was it? Well, it felt like a particularly fashionable church camp. America's next batch of millennial missionaries is...…
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