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Music, West Coast Sound Murs Brings Hip-Hop to the Sunset Strip Music Festival

Murs Brings Hip-Hop to the Sunset Strip Music Festival

When it comes to hip-hop festivals, Murs has the Midas touch. In 2006, the rapper had the crazy idea to create Paid Dues, an all-day, outdoor live music event packed solely with underground hip-hop acts. Not only did the inaugural concert sell out, it spawned a 10-city tour the following...…
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Music, West Coast Sound For Rapper Hopsin, Winning Fans Is Easy. Everything Else Is Hard

For Rapper Hopsin, Winning Fans Is Easy. Everything Else Is Hard

Hopsin ran away in January. Deeply depressed, he was on tour in Fort Collins, Colorado, when he decided he couldn't perform that night. Other rappers might booze it up, pop a Xanax or bed groupies to cope. But Hopsin doesn't drink, do drugs or cheat on his girlfriend. His only...…
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Arts, Public Spectacle After Ferguson, the Play <i>Bulrusher</i> Feels Timely in Its Portrayal of Race Relations (GO!)

After Ferguson, the Play Bulrusher Feels Timely in Its Portrayal of Race Relations (GO!)

“Why do you live where they do this to colored people?” asks 18-year-old Bulrusher, who grew up one of two black people in pastoral yet progressive Boonville, California. It’s the summer of 1955, and Vera, who’s just off a train from Birmingham, has shown her new friend a magazine photo...…
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Arts, Public Spectacle 10 Best L.A. Spots for a Girls Night Out

10 Best L.A. Spots for a Girls Night Out

It's bachelorette party season, and after hours of (terribly unpleasant) research, our staff has come up with a list of great places for a night out on the town with your girlfriends. Cheers to that!10. Yamashiro Hollywood Where it is: 1999 Sycamore Ave., Hollywood, yamashirohollywood.com What is it: Historic Yamashiro restaurant...…
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Music, West Coast Sound Brooke Candy: The Rapping Provocateur

Brooke Candy: The Rapping Provocateur

One of the fascinating Angelenos featured in L.A. Weekly's People 2014 issue. Check out our entire People 2014 issue. Brooke Candy is buddies with Miley Cyrus. You may have seen the Instagram photo of them kissing. Candy is a 24-year-old rapper, and yes, that's her real name. She and the...…
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Arts, Public Spectacle Can an L.A. Kiss Arena Football Game Actually Be Considered "Theater"?

Can an L.A. Kiss Arena Football Game Actually Be Considered "Theater"?

Inside four steel, egg-shaped cages suspended from the ceiling, go-go dancers dressed in itty-bitty cheerleader skirts, silver booty shorts, red bikini tops and gleaming black knee-high boots slither around poles and whip their hair. The squeal of a live guitar pierces the air. Pyrotechnic fountains boom and spew fireworks. A...…
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Arts, Public Spectacle Amidst Donald Sterling Controversy, There's a New L.A. Play About Racism in Basketball (GO!)

Amidst Donald Sterling Controversy, There's a New L.A. Play About Racism in Basketball (GO!)

This past Friday night, an audio tape allegedly capturing Los Angeles Clippers owner Donald Sterling making racist comments against black people surfaced. His team, which has been on a wining streak, staged a silent protest at their Sunday afternoon game. Only a couple hours later, one of the leads in Amir Abdullah's college...…
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Arts, Public Spectacle "Hamlet Gettin' All Crunk": Thug Notes Mixes Classic Literature With Hip-Hop

"Hamlet Gettin' All Crunk": Thug Notes Mixes Classic Literature With Hip-Hop

Your 10th grade literature teacher announces Hamlet as the next reading assignment and the class groans. Shakespeare sucks. Like anybody can understand what's going on when the characters are practically speaking a foreign language. But then she loads a YouTube video of Sparky Sweets, PhD, a thugged-out dude with a...…
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Arts, Public Spectacle Barry Manilow Musical <i>Harmony</i> Shines Light on "the Beatles of Germany" (GO!)

Barry Manilow Musical Harmony Shines Light on "the Beatles of Germany" (GO!)

They were the Beatles of Germany. - Barry Manilow The looks, the moves, the sound, the infighting, the lust they inspired - they aren't as well known as the Beatles or New Kids On The Block or 'N Sync, but the late 1920s German group the Comedian Harmonists could be...…
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Calendar, Archive Harmony

Harmony

The looks, the moves, the sound, the infighting, the lust they inspired - they aren't as well known as The Beatles or New Kids on the Block or 'N Sync, but late-1920s German group The Comedian Harmonists could be considered the first boy band. And if the very good current...…
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Arts, Public Spectacle Christopher Durang's <i>Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike</i> Is Often Funny But More Often Infuriating

Christopher Durang's Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike Is Often Funny But More Often Infuriating

Chekhov seems a ripe target for Christopher Durang's teeth.  Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike, last year's winner of the Tony Award for Best New Play, has a promising (at least for us theater geeks) plot: middle-aged siblings named after Chekhov characters find their lives upset when they gather...…
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Arts, Public Spectacle Christian Bale Gets His Own Musical

Christian Bale Gets His Own Musical

Brittany Garms and Tara Pitt are discussing who would read the Mein Kampf book on tape. "Like, it couldn't be James Earl Jones reading the Bible. 'Christian Bale Reads Mein Kampf.' This is the beginning of a sketch. This is how it usually happens," Garms, 23, says as she and…
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Arts, Public Spectacle Best L.A. Novel Ever: Joseph Mattson's <em>Empty the Sun </em> vs. Carolyn See's <em>Golden Days </em>, Round 1

Best L.A. Novel Ever: Joseph Mattson's Empty the Sun vs. Carolyn See's Golden Days , Round 1

L.A. Weekly is determining the best L.A. novel ever by holding a tournament featuring 32 of our favorites in head-to-head matchups, until there's only one novel standing. For further reading: *Best L.A. Novel Ever: The Tournament Brackets *Best L.A. Novel Ever: More Matchups Any true rambler knows there is only...…
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Music, West Coast Sound The Five Best Los Angeles Rap Albums of 2012

The Five Best Los Angeles Rap Albums of 2012

As Max Bell noted in his round-up of L.A. rap earlier this month, it was a very good year for hip-hop in our city, with all corners of the varied scene -- from Open Mike Eagle's smart 4NML HSPTL to Odd Future's rambunctious The OF Tape Vol. 2 to Ty$...…
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In the Heights

It's July 3 in the Dominican-American New York City neighborhood of Washington Heights, and the air is sticky with more than just humidity. Nina, the brainy hope of the 'hood, has returned home for the summer with dream-shattering news. Every business owner and employee on the block is stressed over...…
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Music, West Coast Sound Power 106 Cali Christmas Concert - Gibson Amphitheatre - 12/14/12

Power 106 Cali Christmas Concert - Gibson Amphitheatre - 12/14/12

Meek Mill, Rick Ross, Big Sean, 2 Chainz, Kendrick Lamar Power 106 Cali Christmas Gibson Amphitheatre 12/14/12 Ah, the holiday season in L.A. -- a crisp chill is in the air, every twinkly light installment and bit of tinsel available has been vomited onto that particular property on Los Feliz...…
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Calendar, Archive The Gayest Christmas Pageant Ever!

The Gayest Christmas Pageant Ever!

That this campy romp falls apart in Act 2 and still gets a "Go" says plenty about Joe Marshall's knack for comedic dialogue and director Paul Storiale's casting. Rod (the terrific Adam Loyd) is the loud, proud, disaster-penning playwright (sample titles: Okahomo!, The Wizard of Odd) for a small, gay...…
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Music, West Coast Sound Hunter Beard Is a 14-Time Felon From Arkansas Trying to Make It in L.A.

Hunter Beard Is a 14-Time Felon From Arkansas Trying to Make It in L.A.

Hunter Beard is a born hustler. By the time he was 13 in Little Rock, Arkansas, he was selling drugs. When he was sentenced to adult prison at 17 for robbery, he spent his time recording songs off the radio and rapping over them until a guard hooked him up...…
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Music, West Coast Sound Clyde Carson Finally Has a Big Hit with "Slow Down"

Clyde Carson Finally Has a Big Hit with "Slow Down"

Last December, Bay Area rapper Clyde Carson recorded "Slow Down." Within a couple months, a DJ named J-12 had invented a dance specifically for the song, inspiring dozens of kids to upload their own versions to YouTube. A year later, it's inescapable, with Power 106 playing it every hour on...…
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Music, West Coast Sound Jhene Aiko Wins With the Hand She's Dealt

Jhene Aiko Wins With the Hand She's Dealt

Singer Jhené Aiko has had more than her share of setbacks and misfortune. When she was in second grade, her family's house in South L.A. burned down. She says that as a preteen no cliques accepted her because of her mixed ethnicity -- she's a blend including Japanese, Native American,...…
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