Gibson Amphitheatre, the mainstay mid-size concert venue at Universal City, will close its doors in September, according to its operator Live Nation Entertainment.
As announced in December 2011, the 6,200-capacity amphitheatre is expected to be demolished to make way for The Wizarding World of Har ... More >>
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$ and Joe Moses' raunchy Whoop! -- well represented ... More >>
If you were only one of the special people, you could join Janet Jackson, Kris Jenner and Apolo Ohno at the grand opening of Dylan's Candy Bar's first West Coast store on Sat., Sept. 8 at the Original Farmers Market, across from the Grove on the corner of Third and Fairfax.
The candy emporium will ... More >>
Seven weeks ago, Christopher Varnardo was homeless on Skid Row. Today, he's a YouTube sensation.
It all came together after the 40-year-old Varnardo serenaded a filmmaker with his song "Brother Man" in June. Captured on a video that can be seen below, it has gone viral, and led to a fresh start fo ... More >>
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10. Jennifer Lopez
As Eminem said (more or less), we'd have sex with this chick ... More >>
The Toledo Show
Walking into Harvelle's on a Sunday night is disorienting. The long rectangle of a lounge is lined with a row of red leather banquettes full of couples, ladies with shiny red lips and fur-collared jackets. A cocktail waitress drifts by in a black dress and possibl ... More >>
Timothy NorrisTimothy Norris' shot of Dave Grohl at a Foo Fighters performance in 2007The Foo Fighters perform at The Forum tomorrow and Friday, and while fans may be giddy, some concert photographers are less enthused. Our sister paper City Pages in Minneapolis recently published an article ... More >>
Does this remind you of anything?What a weird week it's been for fans of penises and liberal politicians alike. Last Friday, NY Democratic Representative Anthony Wiener's Memorial Day weekend plans were ripped asunder when a weird dickpic was posted to his twitter account. Weiner claimed the ... More >>
Fool's Gold, offering praiseWe here at West Coast Sound like free stuff and assume you do too. And despite the fact that we have every reason to root for a well-fed music industry (well, at least the non-bloated part of it), we especially like pointing you in the direction of free (or near-fr ... More >>
Got a hit, but need a boldface-named producer to take it to the next level? Here's your chance -- if you've got an American Express card and $1,250 to spare. You can buy time with legendary R&B producer Jimmy Jam at his Flyte Tyme Studio in Santa Monica.
Jam, whose work with producing partner Ter ... More >>
Timothy NorrisM.I.A.'s dancers: Working it harder than Maya
As I wriggled out of the teeming crowd that clotted for M.I.A, I eavesdropped on the Spalding basketball-bronzed sorority sisters speaking behind me: "If I was like a dude, I would totally want to do M.I.A." Personally, M.I.A. doesn't real ... More >>
Prince fans rejoiced when it was announced that his royal highness would be putting out a budget-minded musical trifecta at Target -- three brand new CDs packaged together for only $11.98 -- but after hearing each album in its entirety last night at an exclusive press listening event, we're thinking ... More >>
It was my third night in Austin. Devin had just blazed through an epic set that had been celebrated in the appropriate fashion , El-P was currently on-stage and I was wandering around the Def Jux party with four cups of Jack in my stomach, a head full of smoke and the strange desire to approach p ... More >>
On Wednesday morning, the subterranean temple that is the KCRW studio complex on the campus of Santa Monica College played host to a great six-song set by Grizzly Bear, of Brooklyn, New York. Broadcast live on Nic Harcourt's Morning Becomes Eclectic show, the set, which you can listen to on the stat ... More >>
The best view of the Grammy Awards from where I sat.
The coolest thing I learned last night in the media room at the 50th anniversary Grammy celebration had to do with a Woody Guthrie performance. Recorded on a spool of wire, The Live Wire â€“ Woody Guthrie in Performance 1949 was found by an old ... More >>
1. Not being just any geek off the streets
How To Avoid Being A "Geek Off the Streets: Learn how to how be to handy with the steel and earn your keep.
Best Models to Emulate: Gay steel workers, Andrew Carnegie, Iron Man
2. Not Tweaking When You See a Car Full of Girls
How To Avoid Tweaking ... More >>
1. Is it ever a bad idea for rappers to open their video with shots of them buying 40's at the liquor store?
2. Nate Dogg> a lump of aluminum foil> Akon?
3. Is the only thing better than a G-Funk classic from 1993, a video of said G-Funk classic interspersed with clips from the John Singlet ... More >>