Nicholas Pell

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  • 3 months ago | Culture Wars

    Much like you, dear reader, I was shocked and astounded that Randy Newman’s delightful 1983 pop gem “I Love L.A.” was left off of our “20 Best Songs Ever Written About L.A.” list. Imagine my dismay when our new editor, Andy Hermann, informed me th...

  • 7 months ago

    Apparently there are a lot of real country fans out there. So many, in fact, that we decided to do another list of ten contemporary artists with that timeless country sound. It’s not all Jason Aldean and songs that sound like Nickelback with an ov...

  • 7 months ago | Country

    This blog recently ran down the "10 Biggest Douchebags in Country Music." That's all well and good, but it only tells half the story - country is far from a moribund, cheesed-out genre.  In fact, there are countless up-and-coming country craf...

  • 7 months ago | Bars

    "Reach in my pocket." "Huh?" "I'm not a pervert, dude. Just reach in my pocket." I'm talking with a self-described "cripple" named Wheels, in a motorized wheelchair. He can't get his own weed, so I extract it for him, along with a pipe. Wheel...

  • 10 months ago | Metal

    Is rock dead? Not at EasyRider Records, Hermosa Beach resident Daniel Hall's paean to heavy metal's golden formative days. The label began pretty inauspiciously. A friend sent him a link to some heavy psych from Salem's Pot, EasyRider's first band...

  • 12 months ago | Couples Issue

    See our entire Couples Issue 2014 here. L.A. Weekly's nightlife columnist recently named fashion designer Rio Warner one of the city's most colorful people. And as Warner sits in the gallery loft over her Hollywood shop, which for years doubled as...