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News, The Informer 15 Instantly Recognizable Smells That Let You Know You're in L.A.

15 Instantly Recognizable Smells That Let You Know You're in L.A.

It's hard to argue that any one smell can be truly representative of Los Angeles. This city's simply too sprawling; we Angelenos and our tastebuds, far too diverse. But any number of aromas still have a way of instantly transporting us to various parts of the city — and that...…
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Music, West Coast Sound The 10 Best Young L.A. Singer-Songwriters

The 10 Best Young L.A. Singer-Songwriters

On these pages we recently took a stab at the 20 greatest singer-songwriters in history. But the exercise was frustrating at times, because we longed to include some of the younger-generation torch bearers.  So we decided to supplement that list with this one, which includes only musical scribes from L.A. who...…
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Music, West Coast Sound Is Metal Becoming Less Homophobic?

Is Metal Becoming Less Homophobic?

By Corey Deiterman  Cynic are legends in the metal scene. Their 1993 magnum opus Focus fully impacted technical and progressive metal, influencing younger bands for years to come. They repeated the feat with 2008's reunion record Traced in Air, and have been chugging along ever since as one of the most...…
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Music, West Coast Sound Worst of Coachella 2014

Worst of Coachella 2014

Coachella's first weekend was amazing this year! Except when it wasn't. Here are the parts of the festival that rubbed us the wrong way. See also: The 50 Most Beautiful People at Coachella Worst: Saturday Night dust storm (above) Conditions may not have been as bad as they were during last...…
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Music, West Coast Sound Female Artists Are Killing It at Coachella This Year

Female Artists Are Killing It at Coachella This Year

Chris Victorio By Adam Lovinus As a dusty wind whipped behind her in hazy stage light, Solange and her ultra slick backing band brought serious chops and swagger to the polo fields as nighttime fell over Coachella. And then Beyonce showed up on stage, dancing to "Losing You." It was...…
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Music, West Coast Sound Coachella: Band and Drug Pairings Guide

Coachella: Band and Drug Pairings Guide

Timothy Norris By Adam Lovinus Ever since sunshine acid saturated Woodstock back in 1969, music festivals and recreational pharmaceuticals have gone together. While we applaud those using Coachella as an opportunity to get sober, it's not for everyone, which is why below, we've recommended a fine list of musical acts and drugs...…
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Music, West Coast Sound Fanny Packs Were the Biggest Thing at Ultra This Year

Fanny Packs Were the Biggest Thing at Ultra This Year

Photo by Marta Xochilt Perez Once ridiculed as the hilariously embarrassing accessory of choice for fat American tourists, the fanny pack is now a practical piece of party gear for young EDM fanatics. At music fests such as Ultra - which ran over the weekend in Miami - it was...…
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How Mumblegore's Smart Young Misfits Are Revolutionizing Indie Horror Films

On the East Coast, a class of young filmmakers found critical acclaim directing microbudget dramas — mumblecore. But L.A.'s indie crew is carving a riskier path to lasting success with microbudget cerebral chillers. Call the movement mumblegore. By eschewing cheap kills and studio interference, these 30-somethings are making films that...…
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Podcast: Why Alfonso Cuaron's Gravity is a Near-Perfect Movie

On this week's Voice Film Club podcast, The Village Voice's Alan Scherstuhl and Stephanie Zacharek both praise Alfonso Cuarón's Gravity (starring George Clooney and Sandra Bullock), saying the director exhibits a "lovely human touch" with film, which is set in space, and that it's "so different than anything else he's…
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L.A. Film Festival 2013: The Best Films to See

See also: *L.A. Film Festival 2013: The Basics *L.A. Film Fest 2013: Documentaries About the City, From Rappers to the LACMA Rock *L.A. Film Festival 2013: Music Videos for the Sake of Art, Not YouTube Views The Los Angeles Film Festival doesn't always share the same "event" status as its...…
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Love, Actually: Our 2013 Couples Issue

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News, Stupidest Things Said by Los Angeles Civic Figures in 2011

Stupidest Things Said by Los Angeles Civic Figures in 2011

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Music, Music Picks: Amy Kuney, Whispertown, the Civil Wars, Jake Bellows, Plan B

Music Picks: Amy Kuney, Whispertown, the Civil Wars, Jake Bellows, Plan B

FRIDAY/JANUARY/7 THE MELVINS AT THE SATELLITE Although the club formerly known as Spaceland has new management and now is called the Satellite, there's still a handful of upcoming shows scheduled at the venue by the old bookers, Spaceland Productions. The company appears determined to end its 15-year run at the...…
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Music, Music Picks: Tift Merritt, Clinic, Microscopic Septet

Music Picks: Tift Merritt, Clinic, Microscopic Septet

FRIDAY/NOVEMBER/19 THE BANGLES, THE DOLLYROTS AT THE ROXY Presented by Daisy Rock Girl Guitars, tonight's benefit for Covenant House California and Nikki Sixx's Running Wild in the Night is titled "Pretty in Punk," which may seem pretty ironic since the bill is headlined by the defiantly poppy Bangles. However, the...…
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Music, Music Picks: Batusis, Interpol, Minus the Bear

Music Picks: Batusis, Interpol, Minus the Bear

FRIDAY/OCTOBER/22 MINUS THE BEAR AT THE WILTERN Who knew math rock could be sexy? When Seattle's Minus the Bear emerged in 2001, it was almost as a corollary to Dismemberment Plan's back-to-back classics Emergency & I (1999) and Change (2001). Playful and proficient, the quintet burned through an impressive debut,...…
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Music, Music Picks: Liz Phair, the Weepies, Tom Tom Club, Evan Voytas

Music Picks: Liz Phair, the Weepies, Tom Tom Club, Evan Voytas

FRIDAY/OCTOBER/8 CULTURE COLLIDE WITH CARIBOU, NITE JEWEL AT THE MUSIC BOX The Culture Collide fest (at several venues through October 10) continues with Caribou, aka Canadian electronic-acoustic alchemist Dan Snaith. The London-based artist recently put out Swim (Merge), the latest in a series of works that, while traversing droney ambient...…
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Music, Music Picks: Plastic Ono Band, Ooh La LA Fest, Belle & Sebastian

Music Picks: Plastic Ono Band, Ooh La LA Fest, Belle & Sebastian

FRIDAY/OCTOBER/1 SCHOOL OF SEVEN BELLS, ACTIVE CHILD AT ECHOPLEX When New York's School of Seven Bells arrived in 2008 with their debut album, Alpinisms, there was a lot to prove. The trio's audio mastermind Benjamin Curtis had left the successful band he was known for, Secret Machines, while twin vocalists...…
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Music, Music Picks: The Chapin Sisters, Pink Martini, Freestyle Fellowship, Mark Kozelek

Music Picks: The Chapin Sisters, Pink Martini, Freestyle Fellowship, Mark Kozelek

FRIDAY/SEPTEMBER/10 FREESTYLE FELLOWSHIP AT THE ROXY An L.A. underground rap supergroup in reverse, Leimert Park crew Freestyle Fellowship was, for its time — the early '90s — the gold standard in hard-yet-thoughtful, genre-blending hip-hop. The group's rise coincided with a Left Coast renaissance that included Hieroglyphics in the Bay Area...…
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Music, Music Picks: Phosphorescent, Bomba Estereo, Gangi, Pablo Heras-Casado

Music Picks: Phosphorescent, Bomba Estereo, Gangi, Pablo Heras-Casado

FRIDAY/JULY/23 RIVER CITY TANLINES AT WOOLY BLVD.The late Arthur Lee was backed for many years by the local power-pop band Baby Lemonade, but many fans might not realize that the longtime Angeleno formed one final version of Love after he moved back to his Memphis hometown. That lineup included River...…
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Music, Music Picks: Baaba Maal, Snuffaluffagus & Rats, Carlene Carter and Friends, Country Throwdown

Music Picks: Baaba Maal, Snuffaluffagus & Rats, Carlene Carter and Friends, Country Throwdown

FRIDAY/JUNE/18 DONNA SUMMER AT THE HOLLYWOOD BOWLIt's far too easy to write off disco, but a hard look at Donna Summer's back catalog would tempt even the stiffest critic to embrace the dark art of dance. Simma down now, boys and girls — we're not just talking about the First...…
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