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Hadley Tomicki

R.I.P. Pirate Radio

R.I.P. Pirate Radio Welcoming us to “the jungle,” Axl’s scream shredded Los Angeles’ Martika-dominated airwaves in 1989. Pirate Radio 100.3 FM gave us our Iron Maiden, our Ratt and our Dokken in healthy doses of head-banging heroism. We eventually got our Jane’s Addiction and Nirvana, while meeting Bubba the Love......
(Illustration by Ronald Kurniawan)

The Last Days of Debauchery

A ruthless juggernaut of religious conversion, the monks of the Franciscan Order occupied an area of land claimed by the Spanish government and Mexican people, forcing natives to spurn pagan ceremony in acceptance of a Christian God. As any Southern California grade-school student who ever did a “mission report” can......

Best News-Hound Hangout Turned Buccaneer Bar

Best News-Hound Hangout Turned Buccaneer Bar Yo Ho Ho, and a bottle of top-shelf, Xeres–casketed Bacardi 8. The downtown boom echoes with cannon fire at Second Street’s buccaneer-themed Redwood Bar and Grill, following its September opening in the space of the legendary Redwood House. This chamber of gorgeous walnut, redesigned......
(Illustration by Ronald Kurniawan)

Best Sunken Lair For Techno-Geeks

Best Sunken Lair ?For Techno-Geeks The small crew of Chinatown pirates rock more eyeglasses than eye patches, more bald spots than wild manes, and more ironic mustaches than black beards. The marauders present are skinny, not barrel chested, and probably more prone to collecting comics than skulls. They wield microphones......
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Killah on the Road

Hip-hop has reached the dubious plateau where a mediocre Houston rapper named Mike Jones can score enough cheddar for platinum teeth and titanium rims just by bellowing his name a few dozen times. That’s why the return of a real MC — one who can work “amoxicillin,” “spiced-out Calvin Coolidge”......

Friday Night at the Races

How does Inglewood’s Hollywood Park, long a haunt of gamblers, gangstas and hucksters straight from central casting, pack in the “still have all their teeth” set? Promising $1 beers and hot dogs along with free concerts to complement the pounding hooves and high stakes certainly helps. And so the scene......
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