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Taking Back Happy Hour

July 20, 2012 in Entertainment, Filmmaking/Filmmakers, Music

As someone who would like to make it illegal to call a bartender a “mixologist,” the genius crew who embedded “It’s Gettin’ Real In The Whole Foods Parking Lot” into my own personal lexicon, have turned their laser sights on and taken dead aim to marvelous effect at the increasingly pretentious side of the cocktail biz. Drink it up!

Say Hello To Tickets To Glen Campbell’s Goodbye Tour At The Hollywood Bowl June 24

June 18, 2012 in Entertainment, Events, Hollywood, Music

“Are you related to Glen Campbell?” I got that question on a pretty regular basis from classmates first in elementary school and then again (to really date myself) for a second wave in junior high when “Rhinestone Cowboy” was all over the airwaves and atop the charts. I used to deny it, but when I got tired of fending off their disbelief at the truth I’d just shrug and tell ‘em “Yeah. He’s my dad.”

Growing up without a father, there was a part of me that wished he was.

“Really!? What’s he like?” And I’d tell ‘em that I don’t get to see him as much as I want — which as a fan of his music for as long as I could remember wasn’t a total lie.

Well, thanks to Filter magazine, a lucky reader and a guest will get to see Glen Campbell at the Hollywood Bowl this coming Sunday night in what will most certainly be a poignant night of both revelry and retrospect. Diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease last year, this stop of Campbell’s Goodbye Tour will be his final Los Angeles performance as he winds down his storied and award-winning career as a singer/songwriter who produced unforgettable hits such as “Wichita Lineman,” “Gentle On My Mind,” “Southern Nights,” and many others. Scheduled to be on hand to tip their hats to this true icon of American music include Dawes, Jackson Brown, Kris Kristofferson, Rilo Kiley’s Jenny Lewis, The Dandy Warhols’ Courtney Taylor-Taylor, and Lucinda Williams.

The first half of the concert will begin with California-based roots rock band Dawes, joined by those other special guests performing original songs as well as selections from Campbell’s repertoire that have been of special influence. The concert will close with Campbell performing his most memorable hits as well as selections from his newly released and highly acclaimed album “Ghost On The Canvas” (title track after the jump).

For your chance at a pair of tickets enter your name and email address in the comments. I’ll randomly pick a winner Wednesday at 2 p.m. and contact that entrant for their name and phone number that I’ll forward on to Filter who’ll then contact you with info on how to pick up the tickets. Good luck!

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Cinco de Mayo starts early in my corner of L.A.

April 26, 2012 in Art, Entertainment, Food & Drink, Music, San Gabriel Valley, Seasonal

Monrovia does things a little different.  In this case we turn Cinco de Mayo into a big street fair that is family friendly and hold it before the actual day.  We’ll be doing it Sunday April 29th to be precise.  The event is full of activities for kids, music and art featuring local artists.  It will even include a food drive for the Foothill Unity Center so bring a non perishable canned goods you can donate while you are there.

Details: Sunday April 29, Noon-9PM, Coloradao and Myrtle Avenue, Monrovia CA WEB SITE  MAP HERE



Vox Femina LA Ticket Giveaway: St. Paddy’s Day Special

March 12, 2012 in Entertainment, Holidays, LA, Music

LA may not be the first city you think of when it comes to Irish-Catholic heritage, but that doesn’t mean there are no Angelenos interested in celebrating the man who single-handedly drove snakes from the Emerald Isle. Vox Femina LA, a women’s choral ensemble “dedicated to the performance of quality choral literature from a world perspective with an emphasis on music by women composers,” is celebrating St Pat’s day in style with music inspired by some old playwright from England. Here’s some info from the press release:

Vox Femina Los Angeles, the almost 40-member women’s choral ensemble, continues its 15th anniversary season with From Shakespeare to Shamrocks, a spring concert celebration that brings the English and Irish together in song on St. Patrick’s Day, March 17, 2012 at the Zipper Concert Hall in the Colburn School of Music in Downtown LA.

In this bi-cultural evening, Vox Femina will unite classic Shakespeare sonnets with authentic Irish music sung in Gaelic. From classical works to folk songs, traditions new and old from England, Scotland and Ireland will be celebrated at the event.

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Video Of The Day: I’m On A Motherf—king Bike!

March 8, 2012 in Entertainment, Music

This foul-mouthed NSFW-ALNWH* video by Sons of Science was brought to my attention by SFist via the fine folks at LAist. The clip may be situated in San Francisco, but its message is universally hilarious — at least to those of us on bikes who can laugh at such all-too-recognizable stereotypes:

Check out this spot-on verse:

Sharing my aggression is what that I do
Every day I’m riding the ‘Tour de Fuck You’
Banging on hoods and kicking in fenders
a right-of-way-aholic on a permanent bender

*At Least Not Without Headphones

Wu Tang Clan ain’t nothing to Trifle with. Win Tix!

January 19, 2012 in Contests, Downtown, Entertainment, LA, Music

Do you remember the movie Airplane?

Remember the two gentlemen who spoke “Jive?” Remember the subtitles at the bottom that translated what they were saying? Remember whenever one of them would say a certain word, the subtitle always translated it as “Golly?”

Such fun.

It’s in this spirit I would like to remind you, one and all, that The Wu-Tang Clan Ain’t Nothin’ to Trifle With!

(And if you haven’t seen Airplane, get your golly together and watch the trifling thing.)

In Any Case, I’m giving away Tickets to see The Wu on Saturday, Jan 21st! Wanna Go?

Email your Full Legal Name as it appears on your Legal Driver’s Licence or State ID card to [email protected]

Winners will be notified and will show said ID at the Will Call booth the night of the show to claim tickets. Protect your neck.

Wu-Tang Featuring All Original Members: RZA, GZA, Method Man, Raekwon, Ghostface Killah, Inspectah Deck, U-God and Masta Killa
Saturday January 21, 2012
Club Nokia
Los Angeles, California
Show time: 9:00pm
Door time: 8:00pm
Age: All Ages+

Step to the Wu.

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And Now A Metaltastic Review Of Our Regional Mass Transportation System Shredfully Brought To You By It’s Casual

January 12, 2012 in Mass Transit, Music, Transportation

“The Red Line (The Freeways Are Not So Nice),” by It’s Casual. Found at LA Taco

Does this Clash Clash with my Bridge?

November 27, 2011 in Art, ICME, Music, West Side

StrummerIn the area of Marina del Rey known as Grand Canal Lagoon stands a foot bridge that locals use to get from this sleepy part of the neighborhood to the relatively empty beach south of the Venice Pier. However, observant strollers will notice that, on the south wall of the bridge, a pensive Joe Strummer stares off into the distance, towards the beach.
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Rockaway Beach to Venice Beach: Marky Ramone Hawks his Sauce at Whole Foods

November 9, 2011 in Celebrity, Entertainment, Events, Food & Drink, Music, West Side


Marky Ramone getting some California Sun

East Coast vs. West Coast rivals laid down their Glocks and picked up spoons last Saturday, as Marky Ramone, former drummer of the Ramones, flew in from Brooklyn to the Venice Whole Foods to promote his new pasta sauce. The sauce is called Marky Ramone’s Brooklyn’s Own Pasta Sauce, a fittingly complicated name from someone whose job it was to keep time for the rapid Ramones.

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Win Tix to The Lemonheads Thursday Night!

October 26, 2011 in Contests, Entertainment, Music

The Lemonheads will be performing the album “It’s a Shame About Ray” in its entirety,

And I’m Giving Away Tickets!

Send an email with your Full Legal Name as it appears on your Legal ID*, and I’ll pick Winners at Random. I need them by Right Away! So send me an email and then watch your Inbox!

Send Email To [email protected]

The Lemonheads
performing It’s A Shame About Ray
With The Shining Twins and Street Chant
Thursday October 27, 2011
El Rey Theatre
Los Angeles, California
Show time: 9:00pm
Door time: 8:00pm
Age: All Ages+

*See, you show this ID at Will Call when you Pick up your Tickets. Makes sense, huh?

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Win Tix to Cyndi Lauper’s November 4 Club Nokia performance.

October 21, 2011 in Contests, Entertainment, Music

Its “Showvember” over at Golden Voice and they have really hooked us up this time.

I have 4 pairs, yes FOUR PAIRS of tickets to Cyndi Lauper’s November 4, 2011 show at Club Nokia.  What to do to win a pair so you can see her in the Memphis Blues Tour?  Simple, tell me why you want to go and the best 4 answers that I pick at random will each win a pair of tickets.  Please be sure to enter a legit email addy so I can contact you for your tickets.  I’ll announce winners Monday afternoon (10/24).

What to do if you aren’t a lucky winner or want to have prestige seats up in the balcony level?  Simple visit Golden Voice and purchase your own set.

Tip o the hat to our own Queequeg for finding this video for me.

Last Minute Opportunity: Grammy in the Schools Programs

October 19, 2011 in Education, LA, Music

GRAMMY in the Schools websiteWho doesn’t love music? And who doesn’t love stories about band camp? Well, the fine folks over at the GRAMMY Foundation are offering a couple band camp options right here in Los Angeles in the coming year for high school students interested in learning more about having a career in the music industry. (You know, for students who aren’t able to find drugs in their own high schools.) Read the rest of this entry →

Win Last Minute Tix! See Morris Day with The Original 7ven!! (The Band Formerly known as “The Time.”) TOMORROW!

October 18, 2011 in Contests, Entertainment, Music

This is the Real Deal!

Morris Day, Jimmy Jam, Terry Lewis, Jesse Johnson, Jerome Benton, Jellybean Johnson, and Monte Moir.
That’s right, the Original Seven Members of The Time. (Hence the name.)

But I need names, NOW!! Show is tomorrow, Wed. Oct 19th. Wanna go?

Send an email with your Full Legal Name as it appears on your Legal ID*, and I’ll pick Winners at Random. I need them by Right Away! So send me an email and then watch your Inbox!

Send Email To [email protected]

*See, you show this ID at Will Call when you Pick up your Tickets. Makes sense, huh?

The Original 7ven:
The Band Formerly Known as The Time
Wed October 19th
Club Nokia
800 West Olympic Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90015
Doors at 7:30

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Foo Fighters – YES! – October 14th – If you compel me….

October 4, 2011 in Entertainment, LA, Music

Just to give you a little peek behind the curtain, the nice people at Goldenvoice often grace us with delicious bundles of free tickets to their events, in hopes that we will write about them and increase attendance.

We love this – and I have to say that I love it in particular because

a. I’m too cheap to buy tickets to things, and
b. I like to feel like a bigshot.

Most of the time there are tickets a-plenty, which means the person who blogs the story gets two, and everyone who wins the contests we run gets the rest. Nice deal.

Except now. When we only get ONE PAIR of Foo Fighters tickets!

That means I have to be generous and groovy and give YOU these tickets, without even getting to go myself! Think of it! The horror!


The contest is this: You tell me why YOU deserve to go more than I do, and you get a pair of tickets to FOO FIGHTERS AT THE FORUM ON THE FOURTEENTH.

Simple, right?

So get creative. Because I REALLY dig this band.

Win Tickets to see OMD at Club Nokia on 10/7!

October 2, 2011 in Announcements, Contests, Entertainment, Music

Update: Winners have been notified! Congratulations!

I’ve got a secret that I can’t explain…actually, it’s not a secret now. We’re giving away TWO PAIRS of tickets to see OMD (Orchestral Manoeuvres in the Dark) this coming Friday, October 7th at Club Nokia. I was excited when I learned earlier this year that OMD was still performing. I admittedly hadn’t thought of them in a good while, but I do have fond memories of their music I had some nice emo times listening to them and pining for a certain young man, before emo was even a thing.

If you are also nostalgic for some great 80s synth-pop and would like to see OMD live, leave a comment below (be sure to sign in with a legit email address) no later than Noon on Tuesday, 10/4.

More details on the show here.

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