The good thing about a Charles Dickens-themed party in early December is that, even if you don't have a costume, chances are that it will rain and you will stumble into the club bundled up in a scarf, old coat and hat, dripping wet. Instant Victorian waif. The bad thing is that you might spend most ... More >>
What follows are a few random notes on LA-based nominees for the 2009 Grammys, which were announced yesterday in downtown LA. If you're looking for thoughts on the big-ass pop categories, go elsewhere; we're going to try and wade through the rock and lesser known categories without throwing u ... More >>
Grammy AwardsHere's a running count of some of the more interesting nominees for the 52nd Grammy Awards, which were being announced Wednesday night at the Nokia Theater in downtown Los Angeles.
Song of the Year:
"Poker Face," Lady Gaga.
"Pretty Wings," Maxwell
"Single Ladies," Beyonce
"You ... More >>
It might seem hard to believe, but it's been almost 10 years since somebody in the know hipped you to this amazing electro record called The Teaches of Peaches by some crazy Canadian chick who recorded for German label Kitty-Yo. Since then, of course, Peaches has become recognized as a pop visionary ... More >>
Larry Tee has floated through contemporary club history like Forrest Gump on ecstasy, seemingly everywhere you'd want to be. Growing up in Atlanta, he hung out with R.E.M. and co-wrote fellow Atlantan Ru Paul's 1992 hit "Supermodel (You Better Work)." In 1990s New York he became a DJ on the club kid ... More >>
By Dennis Romero
For the 13th year Los Angeles promoter Pasquale Rotella and his company Insomniac are putting on one of the nation's largest dance music festivals, Electric Daisy Carnival. We say festival because rave just doesn't do it justice, even though he started off in the glowstick undergro ... More >>
By Dennis Romero
The last time we caught Danny Tenaglia at Avalon Hollywood, in 2007, the stage production was over-the-top. He was perched on a boom-box façade, a with a cartoon subway cutout nearby, that celebrated the DJ's Big Apple heritage. This time around, the soul train was gone and the se ... 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 >>
You don't need a half-wit music critic to tell you it's been a remarkable year for America, one historians will be discussing and researching for centuries to come. War, financial collapse, politics, technology: All have been dinner-table topics for many Americans. Racial barriers in 2008 were dem ... More >>
Fetishistic frocks may have abounded at MTV’s VMAs (Christina Aguilera, Rihanna, Pink), but whip cracking wearables aren’t just for the stage. We've been seeing the look everywhere lately.
We’re not even talking about all the gothic clubs, where black everything, corsetry, leather and vinyl ... More >>