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Wednesday, November 26, 2014

Wednesday, November 26, 2014

Los Angeles Concerts

The Best Concerts to See in L.A. This Weekend

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Wed, Nov 26, 2014 at 5:15 AM
Dustin Wong and Takako Minekawa bring their experimental pop to Pehrspace on Friday. - PHOTO BY HIROMI SHINADA
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  • Dustin Wong and Takako Minekawa bring their experimental pop to Pehrspace on Friday.
Be sure to check out our constantly updated concert calendar!

Friday, November 28

Ariel Pink
THE REGENT THEATER
Despite earning headlines for slamming Grimes and hailing Taylor Swift’s pop prowess, local psych-pop strangeman Ariel Pink wants to wipe his slate clean and drop his “most hated man in indie rock” title, along with the name of his former band, Haunted Graffiti. Pink’s newest release, pom pom, adds 17 songs to the decade of erratic experimentation he has under his belt, ranging from the ’70s-evoking “Put Your Number in My Phone” to the haunting “Picture Me Gone.” Pink kicks off his international tour at the newly opened Regent Theater, stacked with presenters Spaceland, KCRW and DoLA, for a night that just might include his new BFF, Angelyne. — Britt Witt

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PHOTO BY HEIDI MAY
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[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 Sunday KCRW broadcast.]

For the last few days, I have been living in hotels, spending nights onstage and seeing up to three airports a day. I had two shows in Iowa, Des Moines and Iowa City, and one in Stoughton, Wisconsin.

They were my last three shows of the year and were to be my last major obligation, but then things changed.

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Davis Duong aka Skittles at the first International Gloving Championship. - COURTESY OF PLURLIFE.COM
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  • Davis Duong aka Skittles at the first International Gloving Championship.
Originating in the early rave days, the first well known instance of gloving could be credited to Hermes, who put 10 Rav'n lights into a pair of white gloves. Few could've guessed that the simple act of making his fingers dance in the darkness would be the beginning of an entire scene in today's EDM culture.

Today, companies like EmazingLights sell millions of gloves, orbits, poi and other light show related items in a plethora of colors with much more advanced variations and modes. Aside from bringing gloving in the hands of consumers, Brian Lim (EmazingLight's CEO) and his company are pioneering the gloving movement into the skillful expression of art and dance that it is becoming today.

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Girlpool - PHOTO BY ARTEMIS THOMAS-HANSARD
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Monday, December 1
Girlpool
The Echo
Minimalist punk darlings Girlpool return to Los Angeles after touring Europe this month to kick off their Monday night residency at the Echo throughout December. Since we profiled them back in April, the duo's star has been on the rise — though catapulted may be more accurate — opening for Jenny Lewis and nabbing a deal with Wichita Recordings for the re-release of their self-titled debut EP. Trust us, these girls are kicking ass and taking names, and this may be your last chance to see them so that you can say "I knew them when..." 

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Tuesday, November 25, 2014

Tuesday, November 25, 2014

Last Night

Justin Timberlake Seduced Everyone at the Forum Last Night

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Tue, Nov 25, 2014 at 9:40 AM
Justin Timberlake - PHOTO BY TIMOTHY NORRIS
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  • Justin Timberlake
Justin Timberlake
The Forum
November 24, 2014


In the well-oiled machine that is an arena pop show, it's rare that a performer really drops his facade and lets the audience get a sense of his actual personality. Last night at the Forum however, amidst the choreography, the lasers, the band, the detachable stage that glided over the audience, and the rollout of more than a decade's worth of mega-hits, Justin Timberlake also gave us some moments that felt spontaneous and real. 

"It's your birthday? Today?" JT at one point asked a woman in the audience. "What's your name? Cassidy? Are you driving? Did you Uber? No? You're not driving? Imma get you a shot then."

The crowd went wild, although probably not as wild as Cassidy. 

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Bob Dorough looks back on the last 60 years. - PHOTO BY CHRISTINA LIMSON O'CONNELL
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  • Bob Dorough looks back on the last 60 years.
Bob Dorough Presents: Schoolhouse Rock!
The Echoplex
November 24, 2014


Better than…paying attention to the real world for a few hours.

Songwriter Bob Dorough will be 91 years old in less than a month. Has anyone older ever headlined the Echoplex? If they have, they certainly weren’t performing for audience members 85 years younger than them.

For more than two and a half hours, Cinefamily’s Animation Breakdown took over the cavernous Echoplex with a seated, all-ages show dedicated to children’s educational program Schoolhouse Rock!, with Dorough front and center for much of the evening.

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Cozz - PHOTO BY LUCAS FARRAR
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Cozz emerged from anonymity with dreams of getting rich and a pair of loaded dice.

The warning shot was his first video, “Dreams,” set on the nocturnal streets of South Central, surrounded by pit bulls, liquor stores and police helicopters. In 200 seconds, the 20-year-old catapulted into the elite ranks of young L.A. rappers.

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Putting the finishing touches on the Regent Theatre's signage - PHOTO BY L.J. WILLIAMSON
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  • Putting the finishing touches on the Regent Theatre's signage

Woof. Woof. Woof. Woof. Woof.

Mitchell Frank's barking ringtone is at it again.

Tonight Frank is hosting a private party at the Regent Theater, his newly renovated venue on Main Street, in the Historic Core section of downtown Los Angeles. Outside, a painter is still delicately putting finishing touches on the red R's that adorn the windows. Inside, a large crew scurries and hustles, cords here, ladders there. There's still crumpled paper and masking tape on the doors that will be thrown open to friends and family in just a few hours.

In 24 hours, the newly revamped theater will host its first "real" audience for the aptly named Downtown Festival. L.A. indie-pop group YACHT will headline.

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Monday, November 24, 2014

Monday, November 24, 2014

Bars

10 L.A. Bars That Will Be Open on Thanksgiving

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Mon, Nov 24, 2014 at 4:30 AM
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  • The Frolic Room
L.A. is a city full of transplants. Every Thanksgiving, a few pack their bags and head back to the Midwest for Turkey dinner at grandma's house. Locals hunker down, save the dog sitter expense, and drink an exorbitant amount of cheap booze with their takeout. Football is how Angelenos give thanks — that, and occasionally a food drive at the L.A. Food Bank.

For many, Thanksgiving in L.A. is just another excuse to get drunk after eating a supermarket turkey. Usually a bar within walking distance will do. After all, DUI crackdowns are expected, and Uber's surge prices are becoming a bit much.

Then again, it's Thanksgiving, and some of the town's best watering holes will be closed; yes, even bartenders have families.

But not to worry. We found the local bars that are actually open for business!

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Chris Robinson Brotherhood - PHOTO BY MATT MENDENHALL
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  • Chris Robinson Brotherhood
To celebrate Record Store Day this Black Friday — and just in time for their Friday night headlining gig at the El Rey — the Chris Robinson Brotherhood (CRB) are releasing a limited-edition vinyl EP, Try Rock 'N' Roll. Below, L.A. Weekly offers an exclusive track from the all-covers set, a rollicking version of "Hello L.A., Bye Bye Birmingham."

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