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The Echoplex on a typically packed evening.; Credit: Carl Pocket

Mitchell Frank: Not Much Will Change with Live Nation's Acquisition of Spaceland Presents

In a move that will undoubtedly have a great impact upon Los Angeles’ live music scene, it was announced today that Live Nation has acquired Spaceland Presents, along with the Echo and EchoPlex. The multimillion dollar deal, which took eight months to consummate, gives Live Nation a stake at the ground level, something they’ve long sought. The acquisition can also be interpreted as a shot across the bow of the Goldenvoice/AEG ship, Live Nation’s main competitor. Live Nation and AEG can be likened to the King Kong vs. Godzilla of the concert industry, with almost 400 combined venues between them....
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Remembering the L.A. Riots

This week brought with it the 27th anniversary of the Los Angeles Riots, when our city was on a razorโ€™s edge after four LAPD officers stood trial for the horr...
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Susan Slaughter Is Causing Mayhem in Movies and the Metal Scene

Los Angeles–area venues showcasing doom, war, grindcore, pagan, Viking, thrash, death, speed and black metal are few and far between, so the recent Slaughterhouse event at Teragram Ballroom was a much-anticipated bout of good, not-so-clean fun. And who was the manly hairy metal beast that organized this thrashy affair? Why, it wasn’t a manly beast at all. Enter one Susan Slaughter (aka Nee Noelle)....
Barker Hangar; Credit: Roy Jurgens

Photo L.A. Contact Sheet

Twenty-seven years alive and still kicking, Photo L.A. remains the preeminent show for the photographic arts in Los Angeles. This year’s event at Barker Hangar featured international galleries and dealers, individual artists, collectives, leading nonprofits, museums, art schools and global booksellers. (If you were in the market for a rare coffee-table book to brag about, this was the place to find it.)...
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How an Ambitious Group of L.A. Veterans Transformed a Hollywood Landmark

American Legion Post 43, housed in a beautiful and ostentatious Egyptian Moroccan revival building on Highland Avenue a stone’s throw from the venerable Hollywood Bowl, had grown decidedly stale and woefully analog in recent years. But with a new generation of combat veterans coming into the fold, the opportunity for a rebrand and remodel presented itself, leading to a full-scale refurbishment led by a group of post-9/11 veterans with the smarts to realize what a gem they had....
Tame Impala; Credit: Roy Jurgens

Desert Daze: A Look Back

Desert Daze 2018 in Moreno Valley was full of highs and lows. Friday, Oct. 12, saw vehicles trapped in lines for as long as three hours, and then a rare Southern California thunderstorm rolled in during Tame Impala’s set, scuttling the Aussies and sending concertgoers fleeing the festival grounds amid a torrential downpour. But the performances!...