Courtney Lear

Best Place to Stop and Smell the Roses

Just a couple of miles down the road from the towering buildings of downtown, on the wide expanse between the city’s Natural History Museum and California Science Center, there is an urban oasis — the Exposition Park Rose Garden. From midspring through December, the color-filled garden has been a haven......
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Brothers in Arms

On Men’s Needs, Women’s Needs, Whatever, the Cribs — a toe-tapping, holler-along trio from Wakefield (you’ve never heard of it for a reason), U.K. — meld their small-town influences and punk-rock heart with pop sensibilities. Aided by Franz Ferdinand’s Alex Kapranos, who produced their third release (first stateside), the result......
LA Weekly