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St. Vincent; Credit: Timothy Norris

St. Vincent – Wiltern – March 21, 2014

St. Vincent Wiltern Theater 3-21-14 The sound that started the show was pretty painful. A punishing, chest-rattling scourge of bass dragged on for several seconds after the house lights went down, pumping momentary anxiety into the hearts of those who'd misplaced their earplugs. But it was just Annie Clark, the......
From Hanni El Khatib's "Family" video (below)

Hanni El Khatib Outtakes and His New Video (NSFW)

This week for our music feature we profile local guitar hero Hanni El Khatib, whose sophomore album, Head In the Dirt, came out Tuesday on the heels of some cherry licensing placements (hello, Super Bowl commercial). See also: Hanni El Khatib: The hard-partying singer is sexy, raw, wild and, hopefully,......
Binki Shapiro and Adam Green; Credit: Cristina Black

Adam Green and Binki Shapiro – Bootleg Theater – 1/29/13

Adam Green and Binki Shapiro Bootleg Theater 1/29/13 Better than... hanging out with two people who are in a crappy relationship. When news that Adam Green and Binki Shapiro were working together surfaced, it was exciting in the way it is when two of your favorite friends start dating each......
Girls' Christopher Owens; Credit: Credit: Ryan McGinley

How Can You Be Relevant When You Grew Up in a Religious Cult?

With the recent release of his solo album Lysandre, much is being made (again) of former Girls singer Christopher Owens' uncommon upbringing in the Children of God cult, which disallows exposure to mainstream culture. Owens still seems a little bitter about it. "Show me any American movie about the high......
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