"Yo!" A black man in a filthy, yellow, collared shirt lies sprawled out in the middle of the Sixth Street sidewalk, out cold. No more than four inches from his face is a Business Improvement District officer, who shouts again: "Yo!" "Is he breathing?" asks a woman passing by, worried...
On Saturday, spectators of all ages were out in multitudes on a beautiful summer night in Glendale to celebrate the 21st annual Cruise Night. Brand Boulevard, one of the main streets through downtown Glendale, was closed to traffic and lined with over 250 classic, pre-1979 cars. There was plenty of food to be had and many of the businesses on Brand stayed open late for the festivities The evening ended with fireworks and a 50th anniversary concert from The Kingsmen, who performed their ultimate party hit, "Louie, Louie." All photos by Jared Cowan.
The World Cup has taken Los Angeles by storm. With viewings beginning at 9 a.m., soccer fans have congregated at some of the best bars in the city including The Village Idiot, Goal, The Parlour on Melrose, Big Wang's and more. Whether they're cheering for their native country, favorite players or mourning the USA's loss, Angelenos have paid close attention to the Cup, showing that soccer is becoming more than a fad. All photos by Daniel Kohn.
The 11th annual "hybrid vision" New Original Works Festival at REDCAT debuts eight new pieces, a varied batch of multidisciplinary works by mostly early-career artists intent on shaking up creative traditions. For the first weekend of three, the festival kicks off with a bill featuring choreographer-dancer Wilfried Souly in Saana/The Foreigner, a solo to live music by multi-instrumentalists, while the Rosanna Gamson/World Wide dance troupe's Still interprets "the neuroscience of dreams." Finally, with a 20-member cast, a choir and chamber orchestra, Overtone Industries' ICELAND is an experimental opera/work of musical work conceived and directed by company main man O-Lan Jones in collaboration with singer-songwriter Emmett Tinley. REDCAT, 631 W. Second St., dwntwn.; Thu., July 24-26, 8:30 p.m.; festival continues through Aug. 9; $20, $16 for REDCAT members/students, $14 for CalArts students/faculty/staff; three-weekend festival pass $40. (213) 237-2800, redcat.org/event/nowfest-2014-week-one.More
Best known as the NOW Festival, the 11th annual celebration of new original dance and other performing arts opens with dancer Wilfried Souly collaborating with Senegalese Kora player Amadou Fall and multi-instrumentalist Tom Moose, choreographer Rosanna Gamson and her troupe World Wide with Still, and contemporary opera from Overtone Industries. Next Thursday, program II opens with Carole Kim’s multi-media work with dance by Oguri and Roxanne Steinberg, table-top puppetry by Marsian De Lellis and new dance and music by d. Sabela grimes. Program III closes the series with a new theatrical work by John Fleck and new dance by Ate9 dANCEcOMPANY.More
She is considered by many to be the reigning ballerina dancing today and he is equally stellar. Established stars in Russia, they left to guest with American Ballet Theater and others, mostly in the classical ballet. Originally scheduled for January with a classical emphasis, in the interim the program took on a more contemporary mode with works by big-name modern choreographers Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui, Ohad Naharin and Arthur Pita. On a prior visit, Osipova and Vasiliev were ferocious in a contemporary pas de deux. They don't just do tutus.More
Grab your dancing shoes and head downtown to join choreographers from So You Think You Can Dance for this year's National Dance Day. Founded by SYTYCD's Nigel Lythgoe and Dizzy Feet Foundation, its free events will have feet flying in several U.S. cities. In L.A., the Music Center is a co-sponsor for an all-day event inviting everyone, no matter their age or agility, to enjoy the chance to dance as the action moves from Grand Park to the fountains to the Music Center Plaza. But first! Go online (musiccenter.org/ndd) to learn the routines, which range from easy to advanced. Then on Saturday, starting at 10 a.m., join the dancing throngs in Grand Park led by Lythgoe and SYTYCD choreographer Chris Scott. At noon, cool down at the Grand Park fountain as Baby Loves Disco hosts a family-friendly dance party, or mosey over to the Music Center and spend the afternoon learning repertoire in specific styles from top-notch local companies including CONTRA-TIEMPO (urban Latin, from 12:15 to 1 p.m.), Lula Washington Dance Theatre (contemporary/Afro-Cuban, from 1:15 to 2 p.m.), and Culture Shock (hip-hop/street dance, from 2 to 3:15 p.m.). Now in its third year, the day brings so much fun, it's easy to forget that its goal is to highlight the health and wellness benefits of exercising through dance. Dancers know that already; National Dance Day lets the rest of us in on the secret. Grand Park, 200 N. Grand Ave., dwntwn., and the Music Center Plaza, 135 N. Grand Ave., dwntwn.; Sat., July 26, 10 a.m.-3 p.m.; free. musiccenter.org/ndd.More
fri 7/25 Dierks Bentley GREEK THEATRE For the better part of the past decade, Dierks Bentley has helped usher in a new era of country music. His catalog has spawned seven No. 1 hits on Billboard's Hot Country Songs charts and cemented his status as one of mainstream country's superstars...
The fifteenth-annual Gathering of the Juggalos kicked off on Wednesday, July 24, 2014 at Thornville, Ohio's Legend Valley Music Venue, marking a move away from the more remote setting of Cave-In-Rock, Illinois for the Pyschopathic Records-sponsored festival that attracts Insane Clown Posse fans ("juggalos") from all walks of life. Headlining the opening night was Tech N9ne. Photos by Nate "Igor" Smith.
It has all the elements of a tall tale told in a Mississippi barroom: Have you heard? Bob's wife went out to Los Angeles and says a restaurant there is serving Hoppin' John for $14!! Can you imagine? Naaaw. It couldn't be. Hoppin' John: that murky side dish found at...
Milo's Kitchen, a part of California-based Big Heart Pet Brands, is taking its homestyle dog treats on the road this summer with the "Treat Truck." The dogified food truck is making stops all over the country, ending up in New York early September. The truck stopped at Redondo Beach Dog Park Friday morning entertaining the pups with treats, a photo-booth and play zone. Milo's Kitchen Treat Truck offered samples of the line's six flavors, all with chicken or beef as the first ingredient, and all made in the U.S.A. with no artificial colors or preservatives. All photos by Nanette Gonzales.
On June 28th, more than 40 of L.A. and Mexico's hottest taco makers gathered at El Pueblo de Los Angeles downtown to showcase the best of Southern California's taco scene. Curated by the World's First Tacorazzo, Bill Esparza, Tacolandia attendees enjoyed music, drinks, a tequila tasting and of course, plenty of taco goodness. All photos by Anne Fishbein.
Prominently squatting near the head of a long bridge connecting an archipelago of four small islands to the mainland, Panama City's new Biomuseo looks from a distance like an abstract turtle painted in bright colors. As you draw nearer to the building, the fragmentation of the design becomes clearer, and...
The first Queer Biennial is a national survey focusing on the current moment in out/queer/LGBT visual culture — a salient idea, and one that's sure to be expanded upon in the future. Though its curator, Ruben Esparza, and its first venue, Coagula Curatorial, are both L.A. institutions, the Biennial has elements planned for New York, Mexico and Europe and includes artists from the American West, East and Mid, and even a little bit of Canada. Contributions come from bondage-friendly photographer and director Rick Castro; jewelry designer and metalworker Angela Gleason; filmmaker, writer, photographer and mixed-media artist Bruce LaBruce; photocollagist and neon sculptor Lili Lakich; and portraitist, muralist and illustrator Miguel Angel Reyes. Musicians and performers include Themegoman, Crystal Powers and Devan M, along with photographer and indie-erotica provocateur Dave Naz; Austin Young, champion of transgender fabulosity in photography, performance, film and public spectacle; and conceptualist and curator Esparza, whose pun-laden mixed-media work mashes up commercial and alternative cultural signifiers. As you might expect, the exhibition (and related happenings both at the opening and during the July 26 Perform Chinatown festival) is provocative in its ideas and inclusive in its style, with artists sharing only a sensibility that Esparza describes as "not shying away from sexuality, identity, the body and all-around queerness." What you might not have anticipated? The familiarity and accessibility on display here. After all, the show is fundamentally just about the human experience. Coagula Curatorial, 974 Chung King Road, Chinatown; Sat., June 28, 7-11 p.m.; free. Exhibition continues Wed.-Sat., noon-5 p.m., through July 26. (424) 226-2485, queerbiennial.com.More
The July Kamikaze Exhibits at downtown studio gallery PØST are a staple of the summer season for art lovers attracted to places and practices that are still somewhat off the beaten path. Although the neighborhood around this industrial side-alley venue has seen exponential changes as the Arts District moniker attracted fancier denizens, its doggedly independent character has remained intact — and another full month of its now-infamous, artist-curated, one-night shows is in the offing. On 31 consecutive nights, the space hosts 31 different solo or group shows organized by artists who are given free rein to be as minimal or ambitious as they want to be, as long as they can manage to install, open and de-install in the course of a single day. The results are every bit as eclectic and insane as that sounds. While the curators aren't showing their own work, their organizing efforts surely provide insight into their creative practices. The diverse crew of artists in charge includes installation/performance artists JEFF&GORDON (July 1), painter Jay Erker (July 8), sculptor and installation artist Margaret Honda (July 11), painter and video artist Annie Wharton (July 14), illustrator and collagist Sarajo Frieden (July 16), sculptor Eric Johnson (July 20) and cosmic interdisciplinary conceptualist Dani Tull (July 28). Don't think about it, just do it. PØST, 1904 E. Seventh Place, dwntwn.; receptions nightly, Tue., July 1-Thu., July 31, 7-9 p.m.; free. (213) 488-1280, postlosangeles.org.More
Ambassador of Americana Charles Phoenix and Dominic's Moonlight Rollerway in Glendale hosted a jubilee featuring skating stars and world champions performing in a variety of costumed musical acts. The best part? An post-show all-skate party! All photos by Star Foreman.
Philip Seymour Hoffman is an island of rumpled calm in Anton Corbijn's urgent A Most Wanted Man, a glum-out-of-principle espionage story based on a John Le Carré novel. The role demands that Hoffman be quiet, steady, occasionally frustrated, and that he hold secrets — often from us, which is a...
"The heart wants what it wants," Woody Allen has taught us, and apparently what his heart wants these days is not to have to bother with writing second drafts of film scripts. His latest, Magic in the Moonlight, plays like a sumptuous vacation, its stars larking about in 1920s finery...
Mainstream country music gets an unfair rap as being universally over-polished and formulaic, a notion that artists like Kacey Musgraves and Eric Church obliterate every time they strap on their guitars. But there's a granule of truth to the stereotype, and a particularly damaging sub-genre - known as "bro-country" - is lending it far too much credibility right now.
Booze, chicks, jacked-up pickups, extreme redneck sports, spring break - artists like Luke Bryan, Florida Georgia Line and even Blake Shelton are leaning way too heavily on such themes in their music these days, and the entire trope can be summed up in one word: douchey. Yet bro-country isn't the only brand of 'baggery currently afflicting Nashville. No, douchebags are a diverse lot, and here are the 10 biggest 'bags currently cranking out (s)hits in Music City today:
Punk and country are generally considered opposite ends of the music spectrum, but they have more in common historically than most people realize. Long before event the emergence of alt-country a couple decades ago, amphetamine-popping, whiskey-gulping, pot-smoking badasses like Waylon Jennings and Willie Nelson played the roughly same role in Nashville that The Ramones, Iggy and the Stooges, and others were filling in New York.
That outlaw spirit has faded since back in the day, but Country Lips might be the pick-me-up line of speed country needs to start kicking ass again. They have a Wu Tang-sized lineup (eight members, including accordion and fiddle players) and they have steadily rocked the shit out of every venue and festival in the greater Seattle area since releasing their debut Touched on 10-inch vinyl in 2012. Now they have a proper LP - Nothing to My Name - and have embarked on their first West Coast tour with a stop Sunday night at The Overpass in Silver Lake.
After two weeks of Coachella came Stagecoach, held this past weekend at the Empire Polo Club in Indio. Attendees dressed in their finest Western-meets–Forever 21 attire — ass cheeks hanging out of Daisy Dukes, their legs coming to an abrupt end in cowboy boots.
Men sported a uniform of jeans, Stetsons and bare chests.
There was the ferris wheel turning slowly against the evening sky, and American flags rustling gently in the breeze.
At one point a flannel-clad bro-dog with a green John Deere trucker hat emerged through the metal detectors, high-fiving a security guard once he made it inside. "Go hard or go home, motherfuckerrrrs!" he yelled.
The 2014 edition of Southern California's biggest country music festival has come and gone. Here are the highlights and lowlights.
I went sky divin'
I went rocky mountain climbin'
I went 2.7 seconds on a bull name Fu Manchu
And I loved deeper
And I spoke sweeter -Tim McGraw, "Live Like You Were Dying"
It was a normal Thursday afternoon about ten years ago. My dad was driving me home from high school in his big red Chevy Avalanche. The truck rolled up to the stoplight and my father reached for the volume knob. His hand hovered over it for just a moment as he looked at me.
"Remember," he said. "I want this played at my funeral." Then he turned it up. The massive opening piano chords to Tim McGraw's "Live Like You Were Dying" rang through the cabin, a string section and guitar arpeggios joining the mix.
Have you heard of country music? Apparently it discusses the lives and times, hopes and aspirations, heartbreaks and tragedies of people who live in the "country." Truth be told, most country fans actually live in "exurbs," but really country is a state of mind. And a profitable one at that! So much so that those paragons of trendiness at Rolling Stone are even opening a Nashville office.
Nashville, the epicenter of country, is often accused of employing a cookie-cutter formula with the songs it churns out. Well, I personally love cookies, and in fact aim to pick up some part-time work at one of those big ol' hit factories down there. So, ahead of them there Country Music Awards in a few months, here are my ideas for country songs. They're just titles, and some are a bit rough, but they all speak to deep, human truths, or at least would still be understandable if sung over the roar of an ATV engine.
I never set out to be a music journalist. If it hadn't been for a bizarre series of events -- including, um, the urging of Taylor Swift -- you wouldn't be reading this now.
It happened like this: During my senior year at the University of Arizona in 2011, I began writing about music for my school paper. Three articles into my time at the Arizona Daily Wildcat, I wrote a piece called "Why Bros Love Taylor Swift." Though my friends thought it was funny, it didn't exactly set the internet on fire.
For the better part of four decades, Lucinda Williams has been one of the best songwriters going. Over the course of ten albums, Williams has moved from earthy blues and folk to jangly country/pop. What has remained consistent is her breathtaking vocal delivery and unflinching honesty.
A propos of, um, nothing except for our love for her (and the fact that she lives in L.A.!), we took a shot at listing the 11 best songs in her catalog.
Shut up, everybody, because I have HUGE news: Billy Ray Cyrus is teaming up with HomeTown Buffet!
Buffets, Inc.® is proud to announce its latest tie-in with country music, this time with the singer/songwriter/actor Billy Ray Cyrus and his 13th studio album, Change My Mind. Beginning April 11, guests can pick up Cyrus' latest CD at Ryan's®, Country Buffet®, HomeTown® Buffet, Old Country Buffet® and Fire Mountain® for a special $8.99 price, while supplies last. Proceeds from the CDs will support the Armed Services YMCA® for Operation Outdoors, a camp program that assists the children of military personnel during deployment.
Count me in! What could be more sublime than listening to a Billy Ray Cyrus record in its natural habitat, pairing each song with authentic HomeTown cooking? Almost everything! But it's also a fine opportunity to combine two iconic American traditions (doofus pop country and shoveling food into my fat face) into one gravylogged bacchanal of sensual hillbilly excess.
When I first sat down to type out this post, it was with the full intention of tearing the piss out of Babymetal. This trio of precocious teenage girls — average age is 15 — has become one of the hottest forces in metal thanks to techno-infused J-pop layered over metallic...
For the last several days, I have been in and out of Philadelphia, working on the show that never ends, 10 Things You Don’t Know About. We started about 80 days ago and are over 40 shooting days in, with a ong way to go. I get off easy compared with...
White Fence's latest album, For the Recently Found Innocent, took Tim Presley out of the isolation of his bedroom and into the studio — well, into Ty Segall's one car garage with a foot of soundproofing on each wall, a space so tight Presley says your drink would knock over...