Hollywood Boulevard during the TCM Classic Film Festival is mostly business as usual: Captain Jack Sparrow and Marilyn Monroe walk up and down the street to the delight of camera-wielding tourists, Jimmy Kimmel Live staffers give away free tickets, aspiring rappers hand out CDs before not-so-subtly ... More >>
Monday, Brad Paisley, a white man, joined hands with LL Cool J, a black man, and attempted to end racism with a song called "Accidental Racist" (below), wherein Paisley addressed the debilitating dread of being an affluent white male in America and LL panthered around in the background, high-fiving ... More >>
From revered gay UC Riverside professor and brilliant classical composer Byron Adams to Spectrum L.A. gay blog editor Stevie St. John, prominent Los Angeles-area lifelong fighters for equality were stunned by President Obama's surprise inaugural promise to bring full, unprecedented human rights to g ... More >>
Squid Ink is going back to basics with Martha Stewart's Cooking School, airing every weekend through the end of the year on PBS. Join us.
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Martha Stewart believes in studying the classics, she says, as images of Einstein, Shakespeare and Ab ... More >>
Frederick Douglas, Harriet Tubman and Abraham Lincoln are a few of the major figures people think of when it comes to the Civil War. But you won't find any of these people featured in the California African American Museum's new exhibit.
Instead, "African American Military Portraits from the Ameri ... More >>
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*Our review of Aerosmith at Hollywood Bowl, 8/6/12
*Aerosmith's Steven Tyler: "When I Took 'Idol,' There Was a Lot of Jealousy"
Song: Aerosmith's "I D ... More >>
His 2005 platinum-selling album, Retaliation, was the most successful comedy bow since Steve Martin's 1978 classic, A Wild and Crazy Guy. He's also experienced more than his fair share of backlash and personal tragedy. Now, before co-starring with Jeffrey Tambor in this fall's NBC sitcom Next Caller ... More >>
Gay Republican Fred Karger, who's based in Southern California, has been stirring things up on the campaign trail this year, seeking the Republican nomination for president. The uber-underdog Karger is not going to get it -- candidate Mitt Romney will get the nod. But he's still on the ballot for Ca ... More >>
Those Democrats. They just won't drop that ridiculous "pizza is not a vegetable" thing. Fox News reports that Rep. Jared Polis, a Democratic congressman from Colorado, has proposed legislation that would end pizza being counted as a vegetable in public school lunches. The SLICE (School Lunch Improve ... More >>
Long before studios, hippies, method actors and reality-show wannabes headed out west, the Pacific Coast was a destination for farmers, miners, prospectors and other wagon-wheeling homesteaders who were looking for a new way of life. Two years after California struck gold in 1848, it became a part o ... More >>
If the Academy Awards are a back-slapping bore, the Razzies are a bitch-slapping fun fest. Traditionally held on the eve of the Oscars, the annual awards show for the first time took place Sunday night on April Fool's Day at Magicopolis in Santa Monica, the perfect opportunity to lay into the movie ... More >>
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If you're familiar with chaos theory, which in its basic form is the attempt to find patterns in the random acts of shit on Earth, then you may understand the difficulty that comes with describing a full day at SXSW. To break down ... More >>
[Look for your weekly fix from the one and only Henry Rollins right here on West Coast Sound every Thursday, and come back tomorrow for the awesomely annotated playlist for his Saturday KCRW broadcast.]
I was just in Texas for a show. Since 1981 I've done a lot of shows in Texas.
Whenever I am the ... More >>
Matt Fong.Updated at the bottom with reaction from L.A. County Supervisor Mike Antonovich.
Matt Fong, a longtime Angeleno and onetime U.S. Senate hopeful, has died, according to the Sacramento Bee.
Fong's mother is beloved Democrat March Fong Eu, who was elected California's Secretary of St ... More >>
Cee-Lo's "Fuck You" was "leaked" a few weeks ago with an instantly popular lyrics-only video, soon followed by a much less interesting official video (and official t-shirts!). The first version spread around the Internet like wildfire and it wasn't long until several enterprising musicians, both pro ... More >>
The main thing that the major labels have going for them, and why even the most battle-scarred of them has more "value" than budding minor labels, is due to their combined back catalog. During the fat times of the 1960s, 70s and 80s, the labels weren't just selling records but buying other labels ... More >>