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Calendar, Archive Basement Jaxx

Basement Jaxx

Basement Jaxx got the ingredients right for their multiflavored house music seven albums ago: bumping beats, Afro rhythms, carved-out vocals. On their latest, Junto, house music is the framework but style mixture remains a Jaxx tradition. Steel drums on "Power to the People," breakbeats and ragga vocals on "Buffalo," sped-up...…
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Calendar, Archive Summer Nights in the Garden

Summer Nights in the Garden

We'll admit it: Sometimes we go to the Natural History Museum just to hang out in the garden. With the Rose Garden and the museum's own collection of California native plants, not to mention the abundance of flowers gracing the Butterfly Pavilion, we don't always make it into the museum...…
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Calendar, Archive Nick Cave and The Bad Seeds

Nick Cave and The Bad Seeds

Nick Cave has numerous ways of delivering his fire-and-brimstone sermons from atop various pulpits and stages. He's written novels and appeared in films, and these days Cave has at least two ways of propelling his music forward — he splits his time between Grinderman, whose angular aggression evokes the junkyard...…
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News, The Informer Maybe Now's the Time to Buy a House in L.A.

Maybe Now's the Time to Buy a House in L.A.

If you've been reading L.A. Weekly, you know that there's a housing crisis in Los Angeles. Rents are some of the highest in the nation, and housing prices are just ridic. See also: Owning a Home in L.A. Is a "Pipe Dream" For Most Basic bungalows are going for $1 million plus is some...…
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Restaurants, Squid Ink 6 L.A. Kickstarters That Wish They Were Potato Salad

6 L.A. Kickstarters That Wish They Were Potato Salad

Do you love potato salad? Maybe you're one of more than 4,000 backers who collectively contributed more than $40,0000 in less than a week to Zack Danger Brown's now infamous potato salad Kickstarter, whose goal was initially set at $10. With ample publicity from nearly every corner of the mainstream media...…
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Arts, Public Spectacle Podcast: Why You Should See <I>Dawn of the Planet of the Apes</I> and <I>Boyhood</I>

Podcast: Why You Should See Dawn of the Planet of the Apes and Boyhood

On this week's Voice Film Club episode, film critics Alan Scherstuhl, Amy Nicholson and Stephanie Zacharek recommend seeing Matt Reeves' Dawn of the Planet of the Apes (12:00) and Richard Linklater's Boyhood (20:00), a movie filmed over twelve years with the same cast. Follow @VoiceFilmClub...…
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Restaurants, Squid Ink 100-Year-Old Yingst Fruit Ranch Closing

100-Year-Old Yingst Fruit Ranch Closing

For more than 28 years, the Yingst family — headed by Nancy and her late husband Charles — have grown some of the finest heirloom fruit in Southern California. Sadly, due to a combination of factors, including the  family urging a move to Arizona, Mrs. Yingst, who is 80, has...…
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Arts, Public Spectacle This <i>Romeo and Juliet</i> Pits the Hearsts Versus the Chandlers

This Romeo and Juliet Pits the Hearsts Versus the Chandlers

Los Angeles has never been particularly renowned as a town conducive to festival-grade professional Shakespeare. Whether it’s the city’s proximity to Hollywood and its blind ambivalence to what is in its own backyard, the collective trauma of force-fed, high school field-trip Bard, or a simple scarcity of seasoned directors and...…
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Arts, Public Spectacle 5 Dance Shows to See in L.A. This Week: A Street Dance Troupe Turns 20

5 Dance Shows to See in L.A. This Week: A Street Dance Troupe Turns 20

This week's dance shows include the last chance to see a new Romeo and Juliet, the first chance to see a Bessie-award winner and street dance in concert. 5. Sharpening the edge The challenge of being cutting-edge is keeping that edge honed. Now celebrating its 20th anniversary, urban dance collective...…
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Calendar, Archive Twilight Concerts at the Pier

Twilight Concerts at the Pier

The Santa Monica Pier is perhaps the most iconic beachside monument in all of Los Angeles, and as a designated city landmark more than 100 years old, it certainly deserves the attention. Not only does the manmade jetty boast a 1920s carousel, aquarium, trapeze school and arcade, it's nearly as...…
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Calendar, Archive Jesika Von Rabbit

Jesika Von Rabbit

Jesika Von Rabbit is perhaps California's ultimate postmodern, intergalactic pop provocateur. First thrust upon this unsuspecting world as co-founder of groundbreaking freakno rock oddballs Gram Rabbit, the buxotic blonde vixen became such an inescapable force in her Joshua Tree–adjacent headquarters that she even has her own menu item (Nachos Von...…
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Calendar, Archive Beautiful Noise

Beautiful Noise

Before grunge and Britpop's rock-star antics took over in the mid-'90s, shoegaze was alternative music's gentle giant: soft-spoken, noncommercial and, depending on the band, unbearably loud. For fans of the era, from its inception in the late 1980s to its resurgence with newer artists, L.A. filmmaker Eric Green's new documentary,...…
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Calendar, Archive Wye Oak

Wye Oak

Wye Oak conjures an unusually full and mesmerizing sound considering the Baltimore group is just a duo composed of singer-guitarist Jenn Wasner and drummer Andy Stack. But Stack helps stack their songs with other layers of mystery when he somehow simultaneously plays drums and keyboards onstage. Wasner belies the title...…
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Is This Deceit Taken? and Selfish Allergy

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Week of July 10th

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Music, West Coast Sound Premiere: Fort King's Video Tribute to Bukowski and Hollywood Park, "Everything Falls Apart"

Premiere: Fort King's Video Tribute to Bukowski and Hollywood Park, "Everything Falls Apart"

For the video to his band Fort King's haunting "Everything Falls Apart," singer-songwriter Ryan Fuller wanted to pay tribute to two of his favorite symbols of a bygone Los Angeles: the late poet/boozehound Charles Bukowski and Hollywood Park Racetrack, which hosted its last race back in December and is being...…
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Music, West Coast Sound Henry Rollins: Diving Off the Jersey Shore

Henry Rollins: Diving Off the Jersey Shore

A few days ago I was at the Jersey Shore. It was evening, and I had a few hours for sleep before my 0430 wake-up call, for a dive class that would allow me to go deeper than I was certified for. I had just finished a long day of location...…
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Music, West Coast Sound The Best Concerts to See in L.A. This Weekend

The Best Concerts to See in L.A. This Weekend

Be sure to check out our constantly updated concert calendar! Friday, July 11 Nick Cave and The Bad Seeds SHRINE AUDITORIUM Nick Cave has numerous ways of delivering his fire-and-brimstone sermons from atop various pulpits and stages. He’s written novels and appeared in films, and these days Cave has at...…
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News, The Informer EDC Vegas Raver Montgomery Tsang Died From an Ecstasy Overdose

EDC Vegas Raver Montgomery Tsang Died From an Ecstasy Overdose

A young man who collapsed outside Electric Daisy Carnival in Las Vegas died from an ecstasy overdose, the Clark County Coroner's office announced today. Following the results from toxicology tests, coroner's investigators determined that 24-year-old Montgomery Tsang of San Leandro, California died from "acute methylenedioxymethamphetamine (MDMA) toxicity," a coroner's official told...…
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Arts, Public Spectacle Movies to See in L.A. This Week, Including Two <i>Grease</i> Sing-Alongs

Movies to See in L.A. This Week, Including Two Grease Sing-Alongs

Friday, July 11 As the World Cup rages on in Brazil, UCLA launches a celebration of contemporary Brazilian documentaries at its Billy Wilder Theater via a film series titled Cruzamentos (Portuguese for “crossings”). On Friday at 7:30 p.m., the series opens with Twenty Years Later, which follows director Eduardo Coutinho...…
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