Sure, you had the Bill Clinton blowjob scandal, OJ, Pakistan and India going nuclear, mad cow disease, the Rodney King decision, and Titanic. But what made the '90s truly awful was its music. That's not to say that there weren't bright spots -- early Beck, say, or Ok Computer and much of hip-hop's g ... More >>
It's pledge drive time again at KCRW. twice a year, the station -- one of the pre-eminent public radio stations in the country -- interrupts regular programming to ask for money. But this isn't your typical "send us five bucks and we'll mail you a bumper sticker" pledge event. No no, this one has Co ... More >>
As musicians go, Michael Gross is a bit of a late bloomer. He didn't play music or harbor rock and roll aspirations as a kid growing up in Salt Lake City. He sang in his school choir for a year, but recalls that it "wasn't really for him." Mostly the self-proclaimed jock played sports, eventually ea ... More >>
More stories from our 2012 Fashion Issue on dressing ethically: *West Hollywood's New Fur Ban *Does L.A. Still Have Sweatshops? *Yael Aflalo's Reformation Makes Vintage Cool *Santa Monica's Main Street, a Green Fashion Hub *Three L.A. Designers Who Do Eco-Fashion Right It's not easy being green. Bu ... More >>
You've likely noticed this sun setting behind an iconic row of palms as it darted in front of you on the 405. But unless you've got one of these specialty plates screwed on your own Prius, it's unlikely you knew that it supports the state's art funding. "I had lived in California my whole life, and ... More >>
Timothy NorrisBy Maud Deitch See also: *Our tUnE-yArDs slide show *tUnE-yArDs' w h o k i l l: 21st Century Soul Music: The inside story on the best album of 2011 (so far) tUnE-YarDs The Music Box 11-2-11 Better than...that one time in college. You were just experimenting. Within moments ... More >>
As we noted earlier in the day, Forbes does not consider the Black Eyed Peas a rap group. But that's okay, because will.i.am is a scientist! No, not a "hip hop scientist" who makes beats in the "lab." And, technically, not the real kind of scientist either. But, he thinks science is very im ... More >>
Cassandra Peterson, pushing 60 and still Mistress of the Dark
LAPDBrian Alexikâ€‹Brian Alexik, the suspected counterfeiter who left a trail of intriguing clues in his Reserve Lofts apartment in April, has been arrested, the Downtown News reports.Alexik surrendered to officers who knocked on an apartment door in the downtown Arts District at about 1:40 p.m. LAP ... More >>
[See Timothy Norris' slideshow here.] Timothy NorrisFlight of the Conchords' Bret McKenzie and Jemaine Clement "Finally, comedy the way it's supposed to be--in an outdoor arena with disguised shrubs," joked Eugene Mirman, one of the three comics who opened for Flight of the Conchords at the ... More >>
By Chris Gray It's time to rank the best of what went around and came around again. BILLY JOEL The Stranger (Columbia/Legacy) As punk and disco exploded, the Piano Man's deeply unhip 1978 breakthrough proved that top-shelf Broadway/Brill Building songwriting could still sell - and, occasionall ... More >>
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