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Restaurants, Squid Ink Hello Kitty's Hungry Hunt Takes Over L.A.

Hello Kitty's Hungry Hunt Takes Over L.A.

Hello Kitty fans are a voracious bunch, and her creators, the Sanrio company, are out to satiate fans in more ways than one for her 40th Anniversary. Kitty-themed cuisine is here — in conjunction with the highly anticipated Hello Kitty Convention, coming to MOCA at the Geffen Contemporary on Oct...…
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Music, West Coast Sound The Hottest Halloween Parties in L.A. (2014 Edition)

The Hottest Halloween Parties in L.A. (2014 Edition)

Two full weekends of Halloween madness? What's a party monster to do? We say, suck it up (like a vampire) and become a full blown creature of the night. Trying to keep up with the scary surplus of clubby creep-a-thons and dress-up events in L.A. might kill you, but these...…
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Arts, Public Spectacle 6 Sexiest Trends of L.A. Fashion Week

6 Sexiest Trends of L.A. Fashion Week

Fashion Week in Los Angeles may (still) lack mega-sponsors, big production values, revered couture designers or even a cohesive home base, but it offers something else that can’t be duplicated in other cities: whimsical, anything-can-happen events, stylists with a knack for sexiness1 and a diversity of aesthetics that reflects the...…
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Music, West Coast Sound Party Pick of the Week: Monsters and Mai-Tais

Party Pick of the Week: Monsters and Mai-Tais

Los Angeles’ oldest tiki bar, the Tonga Hut Tiki Lounge, knows how to scare up intoxicating fun all year ’round. This time of year, its annual Monsters & Mai Tais bash takes the usual tropical-themed revelry to a terror-ific level, with a parking-lot party featuring vendors selling Halloween-themed art, tiki...…
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Music, West Coast Sound Party Pick of the Week: Dripped

Party Pick of the Week: Dripped

Everyone looks to New York and Paris runways for fashion design and trends, but in L.A. the streets and the clubs provide a different, more raging kind of runway. Creativity, bold color statements and the high-low mix of designer and cheap-chic were perfected here, usually after dark, and this energy...…
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Music, West Coast Sound Party Pick of the Week: Spam N Eggs Festival

Party Pick of the Week: Spam N Eggs Festival

Canned-meat references aside, this fest’s lineup promises a pretty hearty party. Though small in stature, indie-electro princess Tokimonsta (who’s throwing this party with Far East Movement and Dumbfoundead) is a big talent, and obviously knows talent when she sees it, too. She’s not listed as a spinner, but here’s hoping...…
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Music, West Coast Sound Party Pick of the Week: Dublab 15th-Anniversary Celebration

Party Pick of the Week: Dublab 15th-Anniversary Celebration

Dublab DJ collective and radio innovators know how to move a party. This mega-bash will be extra epic, as it will go down exactly 15 years to the day and hour that they started broadcasting. Live music performances, DJ sets, film projections, custom T-shirt screen-printing, food trucks and art installations...…
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Music, West Coast Sound Musicians Fight Back Against Facebook's "Real Name" Policy

Musicians Fight Back Against Facebook's "Real Name" Policy

Recently, Facebook started cracking down on users who don't use their real names on their personal profiles. As a result, numerous drag queens have had their pages taken down.  Though they've fought back, it doesn't look like Facebook is going to budge. So now in solidarity a number of musicians...…
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Music, West Coast Sound Best and Worst of the Sunset Strip  Music Festival

Best and Worst of the Sunset Strip Music Festival

The Sunset Strip Music Festival took place this weekend, and it was the most diverse incarnation yet, with more DJs, dancing and funky beats than ever, including a hip-hop stage curated by Murs. Still, the festival's heart remained with the L.A. rockers.  The festival has had a troubled few years, and Sunset Boulevard...…
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Music, West Coast Sound Party Pick of the Week: <i>Rocky Horror</i> Bondage Disco 2

Party Pick of the Week: Rocky Horror Bondage Disco 2

Few films grabbed moviegoers by the fangs like The Rocky Horror Picture Show. So it’s no shock that the erotic cult classic makes for an outrageously fun club theme. September being its anniversary (it was released this month back in 1975!), it’s time to stop dreaming it and “be it,”...…
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Music, West Coast Sound Perry Farrell on Revisiting <i>Nothing's Shocking</i> and Jane's Addiction's Early Days

Perry Farrell on Revisiting Nothing's Shocking and Jane's Addiction's Early Days

While the Sunset Strip Music Festival has celebrated classic rock and metal with its illustrious headliners and honorees (The Doors, Joan Jett, Mötley Crüe, Ozzy), this year's featured band may be the first to fuse these genres in a way that was, and continues to be, all their own. When...…
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Music, West Coast Sound Party Picks of the Week: For the Record & Cat Face

Party Picks of the Week: For the Record & Cat Face

The immersive cinematic celebration known as For the Record moved from Rockwell in Los Feliz to DBA in WeHo a few months ago, and the new venue really is a perfect fit, as the club has strived to create escapist environments since it opened. FTR pays tribute to different directors...…
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Music, West Coast Sound Party Pick of the Week: Sunday À la Mode

Party Pick of the Week: Sunday À la Mode

Ladies who lunch takes on a whole new meaning as fashionista/promoter Geisha (of Dripped party fame) hosts her monthly style soiree on the outdoor back patio of Iota Brew Cafe. Dining, shopping, beauty treatments, music and more are on the menu via fashion bloggers and local brands. September’s sound stylist,...…
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Music, West Coast Sound Party Pick of the Week: Labor Day Weekend 
in Hollywood

Party Pick of the Week: Labor Day Weekend 
in Hollywood

The big dance clubs will all be poppin’ as usual with no work or school the next day, but there’s a wealth of alternative festivities going down as well, and good golly, this weekend all our faves happen in the Holly-jolly part of town. TRIBUTE TO LIPPY AT THE DRAGONFLY...…
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Music, West Coast Sound Interpol - Mack Sennett Studios - August 26, 2014

Interpol - Mack Sennett Studios - August 26, 2014

Interpol KCRW show at Mack Sennett Studios August 26, 2014 Playing several songs from their first release in four years, El Pintor, New York aught-rock band Interpol followed up a strong set at FYF Fest with an intimate show for KCRW last night at Mack Sennett Studios.  The new recorded work shows that...…
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Music, West Coast Sound Party Pick of the Week: What the Funk?! 
James Brown vs. Fela

Party Pick of the Week: What the Funk?! 
James Brown vs. Fela

With a biopic in theaters and events celebrating his music such as last week’s live tribute at the Hollywood Bowl, James Brown’s been gettin’ on up on pop culture big-time lately. This event sees some of the best soul and funk DJs tackling the sex machine’s visceral and rhythmic song...…
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Music, West Coast Sound R.I.P. Drew Bernstein, Freak Fashion Pioneer

R.I.P. Drew Bernstein, Freak Fashion Pioneer

Drew Bernstein, the creator of popular rock and roll clothing lines Lip Service and Kill City, was found dead yesterday of an apparent suicide by gunshot. His body was discovered on a hiking trail in the Hollywood Hills off of Mulholland Drive. He was 51.  The L.A. native came up...…
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Arts, Public Spectacle Tiki Oasis, a Convention for Fans of Retro Tropical Kitsch

Tiki Oasis, a Convention for Fans of Retro Tropical Kitsch

Every year, near summer’s end, thousands of people in costumes gather with like-minded collectors and enthusiasts in San Diego to show off their finery, attend presentations, enjoy live entertainment, buy stuff and party harder than any college kid on spring break. And the event is nothing like Comic-Con. While comic/sci-fi nerdism...…
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Music, West Coast Sound Party Pick of the Week: Bar Sinister's Sweet 16

Party Pick of the Week: Bar Sinister's Sweet 16

Bar Sinister knows how to celebrate! Gothly delights and great goodie bags will be on hand for the dark and decadent bash’s 16th anniversary this Saturday, including free tees designed via fan contest (Suede Souls of Carved Souls won), plus sultry swag from Medusa’s Makeup, the Stock Room, Shrine, Vampire...…
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Music, West Coast Sound Party Pick of the Week: Great Gatsby Party

Party Pick of the Week: Great Gatsby Party

Despite that disappointing DiCaprio flick, the revelry and decadence of The Great Gatsby and its lavish, liquor-fueled affairs continues to fascinate. The forbidden flair and glamor of Prohibition-era parties is unlike anything else, so much so that nightlife promoters continue to try to capture its magic. This Roaring Twenties rager...…
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