To celebrate the release of L.A. Weekly's annual People issue in May, we're inviting all our favorite people to come party with us as we transform Chinatown Central Plaza into (drum roll!) Artopia.
During this first-ever event on Thursday, May 16, drinks are on us all night, with a hosted bar from ... More >>
Are you a musician? Is your group having issues? Ask Fan Landers! Critic Jessica Hopper has played in and managed bands, toured internationally, booked shows, produced records, worked as a publicist, and is the author of The Girls' Guide to Rocking, a how-to for teen ladies. She is here to help you ... More >>
If you're someone who subscribes to the theory that food is the new rock, then you might have see last Wednesday night as a watershed moment. Umami Burger, the L.A.-based gourmet burger chain that's set to open it's thirteenth location next week, released the first of what it's calling its "artist-e ... More >>
[Editor's note: Jeff Weiss's column, "Bizarre Ride," appears on West Coast Sound every Wednesday. Be sure to also check out the archives.]
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Hang the DJ. Or don't. When Morrissey wrote the hook to "Panic," the definition of a DJ w ... More >>
Audrey Napoleon is a lot to look at: all ink black precision-cut hair, pale skin, black cat eyeliner, four inch gold heels and perfectly applied red lipstick. Sitting in front of a wall of windows a dozen floors above Hollywood on an overcast Friday morning, she's a perfectly assembled goth dream gi ... More >>
Hard Summer fest is back, this time as a two-day event, August 3-4, at Los Angeles State Historic Park.
The organizers were kind enough to share the line-up with West Coast Sound before anyone else. The EDM-focused party is headlined by this dude with a weird haircut you may have heard of named Skr ... More >>
Awkward family photosEver chock full o' surprises, organizers of L.A.'s annual Sunset Junction festival announced they've partnered with Silverlake landmark El Cid to host a new sixth stage at its 2011 festival.
The news comes on the heels of the recently-announced Hotel Cafe stage at the f ... More >>
After the madness of Coachella and Record Store Day, DJ of the week is back. This time, it's DJ De Kutt, a formidable DJ, producer, and promoter who originally hails from Nice (that's in France). At the age of 20 she headed to London, working as a manager for one of London's most notorious ... More >>
We were Venture Bros. fans long before last weekend (and have the toys to prove it), but if there was anything that reaffirmed our belief that The Venture Bros. is the animated series that everyone should be watching, it was last Sunday's finale for season four. For fans of the show, this was a hig ... More >>
via GogolBordello.comEugene Hütz of Gogol BordelloAs anybody who's witnessed their spectacles at Coachella or the Detour Festival (R.I.P.) can testify, it's all about Gogol Bordello's live shows.
Nothing esteemed producer Rick Rubin could have done on the gypsy punks' recently released fif ... More >>
By Liz Gonzales
On Saturday night in a small boxy room lit only by a dim Chinese lantern, colored spotlights and a red-bulb lamp, the air was thick with the diverse energy-bursting soundtrack courtesy of DJs Naha, Miyuki, Baseck, Skull Vomit, Tech Itch and EMU, who, combined, embrace ... More >>
DOOM, plotting.This city may not have a lot of love for the Long Island rapper known as Metal Fingerz DOOM at the moment. The notorious hip-hop villain pulled another bait-and-switch in late November, sending his goons to lip-sync in his stead for an advertised appearance at the Grand Star in ... More >>
Claude VonStroke is the prankster of dance music, a provocateur whose tracks ("Who's Afraid Of Detroit," "Deep Throat") are cantankerously groovy. While many DJs set their watches to the latest movements in club-land (minimal, nu electro, tech-trance), VonStroke is a rare spinner who has created an ... More >>
Shannon CottrellBad Meaning Bad
It's easy to become a cynical dance floor junkie in Los Angeles, especially after the celebrity DJ invasion a few years back, where an army of musicians, actors, etc. took over booths to either have the club resident ghost DJ for them or commit horrifying acts ... More >>