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MGMT

With childlike wonder permeating its quirky potpourri of decades' worth of pop influences, MGMT's 2007 debut album, Oracular Spectacular, has become a blueprint for indie-rock bands everywhere. On last year's self-titled third full-length, the Brooklynites grope for Oracular's mercurial magic, returning to that record's producer, longtime Flaming Lips knob twiddler...…
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Calendar, Archive Celebrity Autobiography

Celebrity Autobiography

For the past 15 years, Emmy-nominated writer-actor Eugene Pack and award-winning playwright Dayle Reyfel have been gathering their actor friends to read the grandiose, mundane and (often) ghostwritten words of celebrity memoirs, further proving that most stars should stick to writing autographs. Celebrity Autobiography went on to become a Bravo...…
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News, The Informer Jay Z Grand Park Concert Is Official as Mayor Plans Announcement

Jay Z Grand Park Concert Is Official as Mayor Plans Announcement

It looks like Mayor Eric Garcetti is going to officially announce that a two-day "Budweiser Made in America" festival is taking place  at downtown L.A.'s Grand Park. The mayor's office said today he " will make an announcement with Shawn "JAY Z" Carter, Supervisor Gloria Molina, City Council President Herb...…
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News, The Informer Google Glass Robbers Target Venice Man

Google Glass Robbers Target Venice Man

A man was robbed of his Google Glass and laptop near the Venice boardwalk last night, police say. The crime happened on the eve of Google's one-day release of its $1,500 product to the general public today. Cops believe the victim was robbed out in the open, Los Angeles Police...…
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News, The Informer Dodgers Celebrate Jackie Robinson Day in San Francisco, of All Places

Dodgers Celebrate Jackie Robinson Day in San Francisco, of All Places

Call it the indignity of indignities, call it a cruel twist of fate from the baseball gods, or chalk it up as a minor inconvenience: The Dodgers celebrate tonight's Jackie Robinson Day in the home of the Giants, of all places. I realize that schedule making is a thankless job,...…
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Restaurants, Squid Ink The Special Cocktails Your Coachella Wristband Will Get You

The Special Cocktails Your Coachella Wristband Will Get You

Weekend one down, weekend two coming up. How will you whet your whistle between gigs in the desert?  This year, Coachella has gone seriously uptown with a selection of craft cocktails to quench your sand-blasted thirst. And, if you aren't headed to that remote inland valley, some of L.A.'s most creative...…
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Restaurants, Squid Ink Red Med No Longer at Formosa and Why That Really Sucks

Red Med No Longer at Formosa and Why That Really Sucks

We give protected designation to buildings, to natural wonders and to battlefields. We do not, for the most part, bestow such honors on bars. This is a shame - especially in L.A., where our vintage bars hold a wealth of culture in their booze-soaked floors and sticky vinyl booths. One...…
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Arts, Public Spectacle In <i>Rest</i>, Rising Star Samuel Hunter Continues to Find Moving Stories in the Margins of Society (GO!)

In Rest, Rising Star Samuel Hunter Continues to Find Moving Stories in the Margins of Society (GO!)

Playwright Samuel Hunter writes about the overlooked, everyday common people in the margins of society, where most of us live. His ability to make his characters' struggles resonate as much as those of kings and drug addicts makes his voice unusual indeed. Questions of impending death loom large over his...…
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Restaurants, Squid Ink Michael Voltaggio, Roy Choi and Nguyen Tran Hack Their Way Into a Bag of Oreo Cookies

Michael Voltaggio, Roy Choi and Nguyen Tran Hack Their Way Into a Bag of Oreo Cookies

Wonder what your favorite chefs are doing when they're not in their actual restaurants cooking, or running said restaurants or leading otherwise normal lives? Well, some of them are dreaming of strange things to do with Oreo cookies. Like making tortilla chips with them, or coating chicken with cookie bits,...…
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News, The Informer "Compton Division" Pimps Made Millions, Cops Say

"Compton Division" Pimps Made Millions, Cops Say

A trio of local pimps forced women to work the streets from San Diego to Las Vegas and beyond, cops say, and they allegedly made millions doing so. But now 31-year-old Robert Walker, 34-year-old Daniel Gunther, and 34-year-old David Sheffey, who called their crew the Compton Division, are behind bars, says...…
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News, The Informer L.A.'s Top 10 Streets for Bicycle Crashes Revealed

L.A.'s Top 10 Streets for Bicycle Crashes Revealed

You're probably already aware that there's a hit-and-run epidemic in L.A., and that bicycling in a car-crazed capital like Los Angeles can be hazardous to your health. See also: Critical Mass Bike Ride Recognizes L.A. Hit-&-Run Victims But the nerds at the MIT Media Lab's Social Computing Group recently came up...…
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News, The Informer Bret Haller of Yo! Venice! Dead After Battling Cancer

Bret Haller of Yo! Venice! Dead After Battling Cancer

Many in Venice this week were mourning the death of Bret Haller, founder of the Yo! Venice! website. An L.A. County Department of Coroner official confirmed to L.A. Weekly that Haller, 45, died of pancreatic cancer on April 9.  His death was announced by family on his own website. Tributes poured...…
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Restaurants, Squid Ink 20 Best Restaurants in Los Angeles

20 Best Restaurants in Los Angeles

"What's the best restaurant in L.A.?" It's the question I get more than any other, the thing people most want to know from a critic. "What's your favorite restaurant? If I were to only eat at one restaurant in L.A., what should it be?" I tend to dodge these questions,...…
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Restaurants, Squid Ink Greenspan's Grilled Cheese Is Now Open, and Greenspan Is Pissed

Greenspan's Grilled Cheese Is Now Open, and Greenspan Is Pissed

Chef Eric Greenspan is running a little leaner these days. The always-quotable chef was, when we last spoke at his sky-high dining venture The Roof on Wilshire in September, working on rebuilding his empire and dropping some weight - without losing his comfort food sensibilities, mind you. As of last week, he might be running a...…
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Restaurants, Squid Ink Green Tomatoes May Build Bigger Muscles

Green Tomatoes May Build Bigger Muscles

If you think of green tomatoes only as the favorite side dish of Southern gal pals who serve up abusive exes as barbecue (H/T Fannie Flagg), think again! A new study has found that a compound in green tomatoes, tomatidine, not only boosts muscle growth and strength, it protects against muscle...…
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Arts, Public Spectacle Another Part of Hollywood Where Women Are a Minority: Lighting

Another Part of Hollywood Where Women Are a Minority: Lighting

Andrea Sachs is much more comfortable controlling the spotlight than she is underneath it. She had a hand in the light that dappled the frogs in the series of mid-'90s Budweiser ads, and in the soft, eerie glow that perpetuates Diana Ross' music video "Pieces of Ice." Sachs is a...…
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Music, West Coast Sound "Their Music Is Really Good, But They're Assholes!"

"Their Music Is Really Good, But They're Assholes!"

Plague Vendor's punkish dark rock makes you want to dance and destroy everything around you. Front man Brandon Blaine says people didn't know how to react when the four-piece from Whittier started performing in 2009. "I was really influenced by Andy Kaufman at the time," he says in a low voice...…
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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 Philip Bailey

Philip Bailey

Vocalist Philip Bailey hit the high notes on the Earth, Wind & Fire hit "Fantasy" more than 35 years ago. He joined the seminal funk/R&B/soul/jazz band directly out of college and acquired seven Grammy Awards plus membership in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, the Vocal Group Hall of...…
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Calendar, Archive Broken Bells

Broken Bells

If it wasn't already clear, Brian Burton (aka Danger Mouse) is a rather brilliant musician. In the past decade, he has famously mashed together Jay-Z and The Beatles, restarted CeeLo Green's career with Gnarls Barkley, and worked with such disparate forces as MF Doom, Gorillaz, The Black Keys and Beck...…
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