LL Cool J can do no wrong lately. Actually, strike that, LL Cool J does everything wrong lately. Last year there was his trend-hopping track "Ratchet," dubbed one of the worst of 2012. More recently there was his duet with Brad Paisley, "Accidental Racist," in which he more or less forgave the sin o ... More >>
I was a little nervous about attending USC and UCLA's joint annual Transmedia Hollywood Conference, whose focus this year was on how social media and storytelling are changing the face of digital marketing and philanthropy. Sure, I'm interested in web entertainment, but am I eight-hours-of-panels in ... More >>
We all have our favorite things that, implicitly or otherwise, reveal a little bit of ourselves. Thus it makes sense that Fraulein Maria would love whiskers on kittens and bright copper kettles, and that Oprah would have many, many favorite things. Which brings us to restaurants that you may consid ... More >>
Ahead of West Coast Sound's 20 Worst Albums of the '90s poll next week, let's talk about the Barenaked Ladies. When I tell people I love Barenaked Ladies, the first thing they usually say is, "I'm sorry." This is because I typically only bring it up after one of my friends has launched into a mini-r ... More >>
[Editor's note: Weekly scribe Jeff Weiss's column, "Bizarre Ride," appears on West Coast Sound every Wednesday. His archives are available here.]
Cassandra McGrath is telling me the saddest story I've heard in a while. We're in the dining room of the 28-year-old folk singer's Echo Park house and sh ... More >>
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 >>
Friday, August 10
LEVITT PAVILION, MACARTHUR PARK
Bomba Estéreo draw upon traditional styles of music like cumbia and champeta, but the Colombian quintet is too musically restless to be strict revivalists. Instead, band leader Simón Mejía pumps up their folkloric influences with h ... More >>
More stories from our 2012 Fashion Issue on dressing ethically:
*West Hollywood's New Fur Ban
*Does L.A. Still Have Sweatshops?
*Yael Aflalo's Reformation Makes Vintage Cool
*Santa Monica's Main Street, a Green Fashion Hub
*Three L.A. Designers Who Do Eco-Fashion Right
The trees lining Santa Monica ... More >>
Erika Brechtel's kid is only 3 years old, but she knows the perils of being raised by a fashion blogger. "Mom, put your iPad down," she'll say. Or rather, scream: "Mom! Put! Your! iPad! Down!"
Brechtel, 38, is a mom, homeowner and full-time graphic designer married to "a workaholic architect husban ... More >>
Judith Klausner's Oreo CameosGenerally we're of the seen one Oreo cameo, seen 'em all camp. Not in the case of Judith G. Klausner's collection. The artist's series of relief portraits carved in Oreo cream reflect more than just wonder and goodness, they make a statement about the relationship ... 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 >>
Andrea DomanickPatrick Wolf
Hollywood Forever Masonic Lodge
September 13, 2011
Better than... midnight mass.
Patrick Wolf has never been one for moderation, whether invoking his howling namesake on 2003's electro Lycanthropy or a lovestruck schoolboy on 2007's orchestral The Magic Position. ... More >>
Lina LecaroBirthday Girl Miss Barbie-Q (here hosting last week's Artwerq); see Shhh Sunday. LA will be in-FEST-ed this weekend. The Sunset Strip Music Fest in West Hollywood and the Mad Decent Block Party downtown are the banner events, but those looking for something more intimate -- yet st ... More >>
flickr user atle brunvollJust Add Denim
It was only a matter of time before the L.A. taco truck craze collided with our penchant for denim. Lucky us. But hey, free jeans and tacos are involved. Sort of.
Gap is launching a new nationwide marketing campaign for its 1969 denim line that focuses ... More >>
Peanut Butter Wolf talks about his earliest vinyl purchases ahead of the Stones Throw 10-10-10 blowout.UPDATE: Due to permit restrictions, Stones Throw's 10-10-10 event is no longer taking place at The Sex. The location has been changed to downtown's Club 740.
New flyer after the jump.
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Since the closing of the original Santa Monica Place in 2008, passers-by near the south end of Third Street Promenade have been wondering at the dark and mysterious tarp-covered space. The first week of August, the tarp will be lifted to reveal a newly constructed Santa Monica Place featuring a roof ... More >>