Sure, we have our share of romantic places, from Santa Monica Pier to Griffith Observatory, Malibu to the Old Bank District. But if you said Los Angeles was one of the most romantic travel destinations in America, we'd have to do a double take. Miami, Manhattan, Sleepless in Seattle, and the shores ... More >>
Prepare for shocking news from a dating site that looked at different American cities' online courtship rituals: Los Angeles is superficial. So says WhatsYourPrice.com, which checked Google Analytics and surveyed 3,401 of its L.A.-based members to measure its users' habits. What's really surprising ... 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 >>
[Look for your weekly fix from the one and only Henry Rollins right here on West Coast Sound every Thursday, and come back tomorrow for the awesomely annotated playlist for his Saturday KCRW broadcast.] It is a night off. I am in Boise, Idaho, sitting in the Crux, a coffeehouse on Main Street. No ... More >>
As musicians go, Michael Gross is a bit of a late bloomer. He didn't play music or harbor rock and roll aspirations as a kid growing up in Salt Lake City. He sang in his school choir for a year, but recalls that it "wasn't really for him." Mostly the self-proclaimed jock played sports, eventually ea ... More >>
The Santa Barbara Spot prawns we picked up recently at Santa Monica Seafood, inspired by Michael Cimarusti's salt cooking technique, set us back $13.95. For two. Not exactly a cost-cutting shopping stop, though they were fantastic (and our luck, still in season). The bargain consolation prize: A $4. ... More >>
Last week my wife and I rented an absurdly large all-wheel-drive vehicle, and hit the backroads of southern Utah, a trip we make every year or two when the grim tug of professional life starts to feel like a pit we can't crawl out of. Instead, we crawl into pits and gullies, slot and box canyons, i ... More >>
[Look for your weekly fix from the one and only Henry Rollins right here on West Coast Sound every Thursday.] Henry Rollins doesn't keep his political opinions quiet; in a column last fall about the Occupy protesters he recounted how senator Rand Paul "made a fool of himself trying to compare them ... More >>
Updated at the bottom with crowd estimates. First posted at 5:30 a.m. Alfonso Ribeiro of The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air might do the nerdiest, preppiest dance of all time. But that didn't stop hundreds if not thousands of followers from joining him yesterday at Universal CityWalk and other locales in ... More >>
What exactly is a Mormon cookbook? Yeah, we wondered, too. And so we requested a copy of The Essential Mormon Cookbook by Julie Badger Jensen from the Deseret Book Company, a publisher in Salt Lake City (the book was originally published in 2004; the Kindle edition was just released earlier this yea ... More >>
A midnight fire on the grounds of the Los Angeles California Temple -- the gargantuan Mormon structure that can be seen from all over the city -- has given the Los Angeles Fire Department's arson investigators their highest-profile job since the Hollywood car-fire debacle. Awesomely, the department ... More >>
What a fine way to kick off 2012: with some apocalyptic gas prices to sucker-punch an already battered economy. Over the last three weeks, California company Lundberg Survey Inc. finds that gas prices have risen just over 12 cents across the nation. And Lundberg's president tells Bloomberg Business ... More >>
Anne Fishbein Last night Food & Wine announced their awards for this year's Best New Chefs. The ten winners, picked from around the country, included one chef from Los Angeles: Ricardo Zarate of Mo-Chica, who can now add this award to his accolades, which include showing up on Coca-Cola billb ... More >>
We are sad to report the death of former Alice in Chains bassist Mike Starr, whose body was found earlier today in a Salt Lake City home. Via TMZ: Police tell us Starr's body was found in a Salt Lake City home today. Cops say they were called to the house at 1:42PM. Formed in 1987 by ... More >>
Another survey yet again confirms that Los Angeles may be one of the worst places to live in the nation. L.A. is ranked the 2nd most stressful city among the 50 largest metropolitan areas, according to Portfolio.com. These results follow last month's findings by Forbes, which also gave L.A. ... More >>
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Andres Martinez, late of the L.A. Times and currently at the New America Foundation think tank, opens a piece for Poder 360 with this tart observation about the state:"Californians never tire of pointing out that if their state were a separate country, it would rank among the 10 largest economies of ... More >>
Los Angeles has always been about water and real estate. Now, as the city runs out of the latter, and the state runs out of the former, crises may loom. Today's New York Times runs a piece on public drinking fountains, having asked eight illustrators from around the country to sample and judge the l ... More >>
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Almost lost amongst the lurid media tumult over Jacko and Farrah's passing, the death on Thursday morning of Seeds frontman Sky Sunlight Saxon was the day's genuine stop-the-presses newsflash, a gloomy finale that closed the book on one of rock & roll's most influential and misunderstood figures. W ... More >>
America prepares to shutter the infamous prison camp, and jihad looms
Kevin Bronson over at Buzzbands has reprinted an email sent from Henry Clay People, who have been touring with the Airborne Toxic Event. Seems ATE kingpin Mikel Jollett is sidelined with laryngitis, and while the two groups are awaiting his recovery, shit's going down with HCP.
A messy new alliance tag team for intolerance
It's one of those odd twists that leaders of the Mormon Church probably never saw coming. Whenever opponents of Proposition 8, the ballot measure that eliminates the right of gays and lesbians to legally marry in California, protest outside a Mormon temple, they effectively stop church members from ... More >>
Corn vs. flour: Cual es mas masa?
Dear Mexican: Why do so many of my peers assume I must have low self-esteem just because Iím dating a Mexican guy?
Gen Art turns 10 and BOXeight Random Notes
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Jared Goldís runway spectacle competes with Smashbox shows as Bobby Trendy says he never took money for interviews about Anna Nicole Smith and disses Howard.
It was billed as "the wildest front row in all of Fashion Week." You sometimes get a tranny or two in the audience at Smashbox Studios, site of L.A.'s official Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week, but never in the numbers or caliber of the sparkling array of gorgeous cross-dressers in falsies and heels that ... More >>
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This time, it was impersonal
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