Over the weekend Los Angeles seemed obsessed with one thing and one thing only: Radiohead's Thom Yorke, who, after a surprise DJ gig at the Roosevelt on September 15, L.A. Weekly learned would play an exclusive gig at the Echoplex on October 2 in addition to two gigs at downtown's Orpheum Theatre on October 4 and 5. The shows sold out quickly and if you couldn't afford a $3,500 ticket on eBay, look to our photo and video coverage for what you missed. In news unrelated to Thom Yorke, we also spent some time this weekend at the Long Beach Comic-Con, Eagle Rock Music Festival, Man One's “Graffiti Spirits” opening at Crewest Gallery, and more.
So. There was a lot of hype surrounding this show. That's inevitable when you toss Los Angeles, Thom Yorke, Flea, Nigel Godrich, and two percussionists into a 600-capacity club in the middle of Echo Park. This whole Flea and Thom Yorke thing was the musical equivalent of Mickey Rourke doing a buddy comedy with Jude Law. Read more in Randall Roberts' “Thom Yorke, Flea, Godrich, Waronker, Refosco at the Echoplex: Strictly Rhythm” and check out photos in Timothy Norris' slideshow from the Echoplex and Orpheum.
Whereas evolution in the art world often moves at snail's pace, graffiti and street art transforms in dog years. By its very nature, graff art is ephemeral; scrawled on the wall, just to be painted over as new techniques cannibalize the old, recording graffiti's history in layers of paint like rings in a tree. For artist Man One, “Graffiti Spirits,” his solo exhibition and retrospective at the Crewest Gallery reveals the multimedia evolution that shaped his street art-styled works from the last 22 years. Read more in Drew Tewksbury's “Man One Channels “Graffiti Spirits” at Crewest Gallery.”
Check out photos in Timothy Norris' Eagle Rock Music Festival slideshow featuring No Age and The Happy Hollows, plus plenty of people watching and free hugs.
For fans, part of the allure of heading down to a convention is having the chance to meet your favorite stars and perhaps snag a photo or have them sign a comic book or DVD for you. However, this privilege often comes with a price tag on top of the entrance fee. Is it reasonable to charge for a signing or is it asking too much from people who have already supported your comic books, films and TV shows? View photos from the Con and read Liz Ohanesian's “Fan Interviews from Long Beach Comic Con: How Much is an Autograph Worth?” for answers.