Posts Tagged ‘ los angeles ’

Interview: Petra Haden

February 4, 2013
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For the ECONOMIST: PETRA HADEN, an American musician, has earned attention for her sweet and somewhat cheeky a cappella covers of classic pop songs by The Who and Michael Jackson. By layering tracks of her vocal recordings, she is able to recreate the instrumentation on hits such as Journey’s “Don’t Stop Believin’”. In 2005 she […]

Ray Bradbury: Dirty Shirt and All

June 7, 2012

For the ECONOMIST: THE sadness I first felt upon hearing the news of Ray Bradbury’s death soon gave way to a grin as I recalled how lucky I was to have met him in person. Bradbury died on Tuesday in Los Angeles after a lengthy illness. He was 91. He is credited with bringing science […]

We’re All Street Artists Now

February 18, 2011

In London, you can take classes on how to make graffiti. On weekends, street artist Andy Seize gives graffiti lessons to children and adults who pay between £35 and £150 per session. Since he works in pre-approved spaces, Seize doesn’t have to worry about London’s active graffiti clean-up crews. “[Graffiti] will always have people who […]

Juliette Lewis: “Come on people, this isn’t a fucking movie.”

May 22, 2009

Juliette Lewis was covered in sweat by the time she finished her first song at East London’s Hoxton Bar and Grill, and dove off-stage half-way through the second. Her band (drums, two guitars and bass) is super-tight, but almost too tight. The group is a well-oiled machine that sticks to the script and plays polished […]

Abe Vigoda’s Done With Tropical Punk

March 7, 2009

After moving to Los Angeles, the band’s sound continued to ferment at The Smell, downtown L.A.’s much-hyped noise and experimental music venue. “We just played the shit out of it,” Velazquez says. “It’s where we met our friends, how we learned to book a tour, and how to be in a band.” Rolling snare hits, […]

L.A. Punk Has a Sense of Humor, Too

November 15, 2007

Los Angeles was a haven for punk rock in the early 80s. The city is at it again. HERE is my blog post from

Review: Dum Dum Girls

Review: Reeps One and DJ Qbert

Opening Bands vs Headliners

African Artists: Searching for a New Sound

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