Since unleashing his metal-themed 666 mix and DJ set on June 6, 2006, Stones Throw chief Peanut Butter Wolf has spent the last half-dozen years watching the signs of the beat.
July 7, 2007 brought forth his 777 spiritual podcast mix, following by performances on seven consecutive nights in seven c ... More >>
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Song: Rick James' "Super Freak"
History: This was the song that Bobby Flynn performed on Australian Idol 4! Also, Rick James sang it in 1981.
p.s. HOLY FUCK, ... More >>
Rebecca HaithcoatDam-Funk always comes prepared. As L.A.'s ambassador to the funk gods, he's always equipped with the booty-rotation essentials he's acquired from years of digging in the crates. (You can bet his show tonight at the El Rey Theatre will be no exception.)
The man reigns so sup ... More >>
Last week we brought you pictures of jazz players with presidents. It was pretty awesome, particularly Duke Ellington and Richard Nixon. But now, something even better: Pictures of rappers' cats!
Fact is, while canines are a common subject (and metaphor) in hip-hop songs, felines don't appea ... More >>
By Dan Hyman
Early Friday morning Tyler, The Creator took to Twitter to inform his followers that -- despite his crew's 'no outsiders' policy -- Odd Future's new label under the Sony/Red Distribution umbrella had signed a rapper. The first artist off of Odd Future Records? Someone called You ... More >>
Ben WesthoffDJ Quik and Gaslamp Killer
Better Than...A day in the life of a player not named Quik.
Long lines and folks trying to get the valet to park their Bentleys circled outside of the Cabana Club in Hollywood yesterday. It was Sunday afternoon and time for the weekl ... More >>
The Ivory Queen Of SoulBorn in Santa Monica and raised as the white girl with soul, Teena Marie celebrated the 30th anniversary of her recording career last year with a string of lively performances, including one at the L.A. County Fair. The Ivory Queen was Rick James' protege, starred on Th ... More >>
Lina Lecaro At Redbury, turntables come with directions, iPod docks don't. Chocolates on the bed, fruit baskets, iPod docks, free porn... yada, yada. Special little touches like these are nice when staying in a hotel, but after our tour of grand new Redbury in Hollywood last week, we think it ... More >>
KDAY is the L.A. radio go-to when you want to pump the old-school jams, (we love that on their website they tell us, "On Air Now: All your favorite back in the day hits. Next Up: All your favorite back in the day hits.") but our favorite thing about listening to the station is the oh-my-God-I-totall ... More >>
The Summer tour co-headlined by Kelis and Robyn is called "All Hearts" but Friday night, when the tempestuous twosome thumped and pumped it up at the Music Box, it was more like, "all boys," the ratio of male to female appearing to be about 90% (gay) male and10% female. The place was a sweatpit of m ... More >>
Eric ColemanGrammy-nominated crooner Bilal will drop his third album in September, but the esteemed indie label Plug Research has delivered a hot, fresh taste of what's to come.
On "Free," Bilal borrows a record from the roller rink jukebox and delves into that classic sound and swagger of ' ... More >>
Alfred Lomas.Los Angeles has its star maps, Starline Tours of actors' homes, even "The Real Black Dahlia" bus tour. Now our fine city has L.A. Gang Tours, a journey that promises "a true first-hand encounter of the history and origin of high profile gang areas and the top crime scene location ... More >>
Chromeo is one of those '80s-crazed dance music acts that makes the cool kids in empty Ray-Ban frames go off the Richter like a South Pacific earthquake. It was Chromeo that was about to take the stage when dozens of fans climbed down an Inglewood Forum balcony to get a closer look, prompting cops i ... More >>
By Annie Zaleski
Pop music often gets a bad rap for being disposable or vapid, and in many cases that's true. (Katy Perry, Danity Kane and the Pussycat Dolls, step right up!) But every year, a few irresistible bits of innovative ear candy rocket up the charts and seep into our subconscious. The ... 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 >>