Mexican rockers Maná made their mark in concrete as the foursome were inducted the Hollywood Guitar Center's Rock Walk yesterday. Like Bon Jovi, The Boss and Guns N' Roses all rolled into one (but from Guadalajara, Jalisco), Maná has garnered dozens of accolades -- including winning eleven Grammys ... More >>
Better than ... Britney Spears at selling out Staples Center. Seriously, though. With this round of concert dates Maná has now surpassed Brit's record. Staples even held an official press conference about it Thursday afternoon.
But let's talk about the show.
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Royal/T is preparing to close its Culver City digs. The popular restaurant/art gallery cultivated a unique vibe with a staff dressed in costumes inspired by Japanese maid cafes and a variety of unusual events. While the physical location is closing, there's more in store for the popular local brand. ... More >>
Redemption is what singer-songwriter Gustavo Galindo's first Grammy nomination means to him. He's something of a Mexican John Mayer type -- in both style and appearance -- and is a nominee for Best Latin Pop, Rock, or Urban Album for his 2011 Spanish-language, rock/pop debut album Entre La Ciudad Y ... More >>
kanon x kanonJapanese singer and cellist Kanon Wakeshima, who plays convention AM2 in Anaheim this weekend, is an anime fan. She watches "all kinds of anime" she said in a recent email interview with LA Weekly. And anime has been good for Wakeshima. Her first two singles-- "Still Doll" and "S ... More >>
Timothy Norris Fher Olvera Review by Erica E. Phillips
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The long-haired, tattooed, tight-pants-and-open-black-leather-vested members of Mexican pop rock group, Maná, are as legendary as their music. Flip a radio dial in any major U.S. city and ... More >>
Ashley Conyers is a cosplayer who has undertaken the seemingly daunting task of transforming herself into rock star and fashion icon Mana for Seattle's anime convention Sakura-Con. Not only has she tackled the artist who popularized gothic Lolita, but she chose one of Mana's more elaborate costumes- ... More >>
For more photos from Tune in Tokyo, check out Timothy Norris' photo gallery "New Year's Eve 2009 Downtown Crawl."
New Year's Eve, we made our way to Little Tokyo for Tune in Tokyo's party at Second Street Jazz. Though we were impressed by the mix of club regulars and local party-hoppers and complete ... More >>
Though anime has had some sort of presence in the US for decades, it wasn't until the turn of the century that we've seen so many titles hit the domestic market. Combined with the increasing number of conventions and other related events, this could be considered the decade when anime became almost ... More >>
Photo courtesy of Sony Music ArtistsKanon Wakeshima live at Royal/T
It was a 6:30 p.m. show on an unbearably hot weeknight in the heart of Culver City and yet the line for Kanon Wakeshima's free show and record signing extended out the door of maid cafe Royal/T and out onto Washington Blvd. Not on ... More >>
Shannon CottrellAuncia Live at Second Street Jazz
From performances by major Japanese recording artists like Moi dix Mois and Morning Musume, to Anime Music Video competitions, to karaoke battles and the annual AX Idol contest, music is just as important as animation at Anime Expo. Many Japanese co ... More >>
Moi dix Mois with Mana in the center
When visual kei artist Mana's global legion of fans refer to him as Mana-sama, it isn't just a cute nickname. The Japanese honorific is a term of respect more than endearment. After reading and listening to scores of devotees invoke his name, it might be a sign ... More >>
View more photos in the "D1 Grand Prix: Exotic Cars, Lolitas and Drifting" slideshow.
Shannon CottrellHector Esquivel, president of Nokturnal Car Club Los AngelesHector Esquivel has spent the better part of the last two years transforming his 2005 Chevy Avalanche into a work of art. The truck has ... More >>
Bjorn Littlefield-Palmer of Kawaiietly Please
Inside the living room of a rambling West Adams house, underneath a ledge boasting a massive collection of My Little Pony dolls, Bjorn Littlefield-Palmer stood slightly slouched in thick-soled Mary Jane shoes waiting for the lights to fade. She was dres ... More >>