“I don’t want to be president. I just want to be a nice person,” Katy Perry announced midway through her concert Monday night at the Theatre at Ace Hotel. “I just want to make people happy,” the L.A. singer added at the close of an energetic and unabashedly joyous 16-song set, and she clearly succeeded with an adoring crowd that filled the cavernous old theater’s balcony.
English post-punks Killing Joke celebrated their milestone 40th anniversary with a sold-out show at DTLA's Regent Theater on Wednesday, Sept. 5. The Laugh at Your Peril world tour began its first leg this month with four of the band's founding members: frontman Jaz Coleman, guitarist Kevin "Geordie" Walker, bassist Martin "Youth" Glover and drummer Paul Ferguson at the helm.
Opening the evening was PIG, the solo project of industrial rock artist Raymond Watts.
All photography by Hannah Verbeuren.
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“This is what an American looks like!” Emilio Estefan, producer extraordinaire, husband to Gloria Estefan and Cuban immigrant, shouted this to a record executive in the 1980s when he was told that his last name wasn’t American enough. Thirty years later, the same phrase is still unfortunately being shouted by Latino immigrants (but now it’s to the “leader of the free world” rather than to the leader of a record company).
Rapper, producer and designer Chief Keef threw an exclusive listening party for his newest album, Mansion Musick, on Tuesday, July 10, in Hollywood. The project, which drops on Friday, July 13, features Playboi Carti and productions from K.E. on the Track.
South Side Chicago native Chief Keef received worldwide acclaim at the age of 16 for the tracks "I Don't Like" and "Love Sosa."
Guests were invited to check out the collaboration between Glo Gang and King Ice Jewelry, while Arabe Cannabis and Grizzly Boyz kept everyone medicated with premium blunts, joints and cartridges.
All photos by Tyler Hagen. @t_hagenphotos.
As part of their summer 2018 tour, Primus and Mastodon took over the Greek Theatre on Thursday, July 5, for a night of Vikings and goblins.
Primus, who recently released their ninth studio album, Desaturating Seven, have garnered a massive following. Primus feature legendary bassist/vocalist Les Claypool along with Larry LaLonde on guitar and Tim Alexander on drums. Fun fact: Primus are behind the theme song for South Park.
Grammy-winning metal band Mastodon opened the night with a wild performance, inspiring headbanging and general insanity across the Greek. The band features Troy Sanders (bass/vocals), Brent Hinds (guitar/vocals), Bill Kelliher (guitar) and Brann Dailor on drums.
All photos by Tyler Hagen. @t_hagenphotos.
The art of celebrity photography — especially rock and movie star portraiture — is finding balance. On the one hand, you’ve got fascinating personalities to work with and be inspired by: creative, adventurous people who might be game for anything. On the other, you’re seeking to capture unique, inventive images of some of the world’s most photographed and familiar faces. It’s a negotiation between individual artistry and editorial context, boundary-pushing and respect for the brand. The best celebrity photographers in the world are the ones who consistently turn it out on all those levels, without compromise.
One such talent is the inimitable Scott Lipps, whose storied and multifaceted career behind the camera has seen his work splashed across the pages and screens of Flaunt, Spanish and Italian Vogue, Vs. Magazine, Citizens of Humanity and more. Yet somehow, last night’s one-night-only popup exhibition at the Sunset Tower Penthouses was his first show of prints from his eclectic personal and professional portfolios.
“Rock's Not Dead!” was presented by Diesel and featured photos of Anthony Kiedis, Brandon Boyd, The Kills, The Struts, Keanu Reeves, Cassie, Wild Belle and, perhaps most notably, Courtney Love.
Actually Lipps is currently the drummer in Love's new band. It’s a long story. But in fact it was precisely his early career as a rock drummer (as a teenager in the ’80s, he was a member of Black Cherry) that led to what became Lipps’ exceptional career as a photographer.
Although last night’s event was invite-only, prints from the collection remain on sale at the artist’s website, with all proceeds being donated to a pair of charities close to Lipps’ heart. Adopt the Arts is a nonprofit that funds art and music programs in public schools, and Animals Asia works to promote compassion and respect for all our planet’s animals.