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The Allah-Las; Credit: Jennie Warren

Five Local Bands Who Will Be Huge in 2012

Remember new love, that burbling feeling of excitement you feel upon playing a new group and realizing you can't live without them? "Who is this?" your friends exclaim. "Make me a copy!" Here are our five favorite upstart local bands who released EPs in 2011 that made us feel all......
My Morning Jacket; Credit: Molly Bergen

My Morning Jacket and Sharon Jones – Gibson Amphitheatre – 12-01-11

My Morning Jacket and Sharon Jones and The Dap-Kings Gibson Ampitheatre 12-01-11 Better than...any ride at Universal Studios. Past the gauntlet of Universal City Walk with its seizure-inducing lights, blaring Christmas pop remixes, and downright oppressive wafts of popcorn and cologne, there was a damn fine show last night in......
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Not a Gypsy Night: The Malabomba! Party

Every fourth Wednesday beneath the red glow of twinkling Christmas lights at La Cita Bar you can find Malabomba!, the city's finest Gypsy night, although you really shouldn't call it a Gypsy night. Attendees wear three-piece suits, cravats, harem pants, elaborately stitched peasant skirts and feathered hats. The chic, sharp-tongued......
Joseph Gordon Levitt discussing the nature of love with Neil Patrick Harris; Credit: Timothy Norris

Joseph Gordon-Levitt – Orpheum Theatre – 10-10-11

Joseph Gordon-Levitt hitRECord Fall Formal The Orpheum Theatre October 10, 2011 See also: Our slideshow of the performance. No one was really quite sure how this was going to work. All people could be sure of was that Joseph-Gordon Levitt had built a production company around a beautiful idea. Harnessing......
The Asteroid Galaxy Tour; Credit: Sigurd Grunberger

Culture Collide Festival Preview: Let's Get International

See also: *Culture Collide Festival review: Liam Finn, Rainbow Arabia, Guineafowl, The Awkwards perform on October 6, 2011 *Culture Collide Festival review: The Death Letters and Cameras perform on October 8, 2011 *Culture Collide Festival review: Chad VanGaalen & Gang Gang Dance perform on October 9, 2011 One of the......
Bon Iver; Credit: Timothy Norris

Bon Iver – The Shrine Auditorium – 9-19-11

Bon Iver and Other Lives The Shrine Auditorium September 19, 2011 Better than... Monday Night Football Last night around 8pm most of the crowd in the Shrine Auditorium was under the crystal chandeliers in the lobby fighting for a drink and trying to forget that Monday had even happened. The......
Robin Pecknold of Fleet Foxes; Credit: Leslie Kalohi

Fleet Foxes – The Greek Theatre – 9-14-11

Fleet Foxes with The Walkmen The Greek Theater 9/14/11 Better than... contemplating the stars by yourself. Last night was one of those rare evenings when it was worth doing battle with rush hour traffic to get to the Greek before 7:30pm. The scarring that came from racing across town was......
Cold Cave; Credit: Leslie Kalohi

Cold Cave and Austra – The Ukrainian Cultural Center – 7/27/11

​ Cold Cave, Austra, and Prurient July 27, 2011 The Ukrainian Cultural Center Better Than ... your college '80s party The walls of the Ukrainian Cultural Center were dripping before the first band even started. Whether the pitifully small vents in the ceiling were even open is up for debate......
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