Results tagged “Ali Miller”

Paradis: Ice Cream You Should Try Now

To be honest, there aren't many frozen indulgent foods that would get this writer to leave her cozy apartment in the wintertime to travel 20 miles north up the 2 freeway to Montrose. Yet the small community town, nestled in the foothills of the Angeles National Mountains, happens to be home to a new Danish ice cream export that just may have expanded that threshold of what it means to trek for food. Paradis...

Three Sheets Saved!

Remember back in December we had posted a story about Three Sheets host Zane Lamprey, the international party connoisseur that filmed his exploits traveling the world, learning about the drinking habits of various cultures? Late last year, fans of the show were distraught when home network Mojo HD went under, leaving Zane and his arsenal of drinking knowledge without a home on cable television. A New Year’s Eve party at the Knitting Factory in...

Nintendo DSi Launch Event, Universal City, 4/4/09

With two cameras, a highly entertaining photo editing feature, an online game store, and a music player, Nintendo lovers have been waiting with baited breath for the latest installment of one of the world’s most popular handheld gaming consoles. Last weekend LAist was invited to Nintendo’s official launch party, where hundreds lined up at the GameStop at the Universal City Walk to be among the first to get their hands on the new DSi. Images...

Local Video Game Company D3 Publisher Launches 2009 Lineup

D3 Publisher is an L.A.-based video game company that just seems to know what’s up. By refusing to pigeonhole themselves into any particular genre, the developers have projects that range anywhere from cartoon franchise spin offs to sexy heroine hack n’ slashers, all of which cater to any and all gamers alike. Perhaps best known for their intergalactic-themed Puzzle Quest series, D3 is churning out a few fun titles that simply shouldn’t be overshadowed....

Rock Band to Unleash The Beatles in September

It was announced today that Harmonix and Electronic Arts, developer and publisher of the hugely successful Rock Band series, will be releasing the Beatles edition of the record-breaking music game on September 9th of this year. The game will feature tracks from every era of the band's lifespan thanks to Apple Corps., who recently opened up their catalog for the game's development. There will be a limited number of special edition hardware options, including...

Prepare for the Zombie Invasion: Donate Blood to the Red Cross

The much celebrated co-op zombie-killing franchise Resident Evil has a new installment releasing this month, and to celebrate RE5 developer Capcom is teaming up with the American Red Cross to organize a blood drive at World of Wonder in Hollywood. On March 13th from 11-5 pm, fans of the game can trek over to WoW for the event, and those who donate some blood will receive special edition collectibles as well as a chance...

DJ Q-bert to Play Street Fighter IV Launch Party

If there's anything this writer loves more than the release of one of the most anticipated video game sequels of the year, its the fact that one of the finest skratch DJ's around is scheduled to perform the launch party. That being said, Street Fighter IV is a pretty big deal. Celebrating its 20th year as a Capcom franchise, developers went above and beyond to offer fans a completely unique 2d fighting experience for...

When Did Punk Rock Become So Safe?

NOFX mosh pit/Ian Dickinson for LAist After twenty-five years of punk rock, PCP and hippie bashing, Fat Mike and the boys of LA-born NOFX haven't stopped their fight to uphold the tenets of the punk ethos. Having played three shows at the Henry Fonda last week, the band highlighted songs from every era of their history, never once failing to entertain the crowd with their signature hilarious, immature and oftentimes bigoted banter. But Mike...

Afro Samurai: The Coolest Cartoon on Television

Samuel L. Jackson may have chosen a few questionable roles in recent years (we're looking at you, Snakes and Jumper), but there's no denying his involvement in the latest anime-inspired project Afro Samurai is downright awesome. Upon receiving immediate praise after its first season aired in 2007, the follow up full-length feature (Afro Samurai: Resurrection) is finally slated to release this week, alongside a highly anticipated video game of the same caliber. LAist was invited...

Farewell Indie 103.1

Indie's new show logo If you turned your radio dials to Indie 103 this morning and overheard a stern, visceral message of immediate termination between each song, then you’re already aware of the fate of one of LA’s most popular alternative stations. The 5-year-old radio station, once named the best by Rolling Stone, will be changed to "a format called 'El Gato' -- playing regional Mexican rhythmic and cumbia music," explained Mike Schneider at...

Save 'Three Sheets'!

Have you ever been channel surfing when suddenly, out of the blue, you find a network you had no idea you were paying $80 a month for? Usually it'll turn out to be something completely lame like an extra division III high school football channel or C-Span 5, which are total write-offs (unless you're into that sort of thing, and if so, more power to you). But other times you may find something like Mojo,...

LAist Gift Guide: Video Games!

With a name like "Black Friday", its no wonder that shoppers all around the country are whipped into a frenzy of consumerism mere hours after a tryptophan-induced coma. We here at LAist know what its like to descend upon a day full of lines, sales, coupons, and toy-nabbing, so that's why we've got your back. There's no doubt that you or the gamer in your life is just itching to play with some of the...

LAist Interview: Street Drum Corps

Los Angeles-based trio Street Drum Corps are living proof that the Hollywood rock star dream can never die. Widely recognized as the "punk rock Stomp" group that plays every stage from drum circles to huge arenas, the boys of SDC are right where they want to be; opening for LA metal gods Motley Crüe. With the show coming up this Friday, we got a chance to speak with front man Bobby Alt about the bands...

'A Cross the Universe' Premiere @ Nike Sportswear at the Montalbàn

It should come as no surprise that we here at LAist are huge fans of French DJ duo Justice. When they weren't rocking the jam-packed Shrine for this year's inaugural Hard Haunted Mansion, Gaspard and Xavier happened to be hanging out in Hollywood this past week promoting their latest documentary "A Cross the Universe" with help from their pals at Flux.net. Fellow Ed Banger Records artist Busy P was also on hand, celebrating a limited...

Social Networking + Video Games = Win

Photo courtesy of_lenee_ via Flickr The entertainment industry is arguably the most dynamic and kinetic facet of pop culture. While the Internet may have turned everyone into a critic, the blogosphere (by way of technology) has turned everyone into a producer, and for those who wish to tell a story can do so without worrying about high profile book publishers or intimidating movie studios. While the entertainment industry may not be as affected by the...

Midnight Club LA Launch Event Feat. Eagles of Death Metal

So its pretty much obvious at this point how excited we've been about the latest installment of Midnight Club taking place in our beloved city. Well the date has finally arrived, and what better way to uphold the Rockstar name than having Hollywood's quintessential rock n' rollers Eagles of Death Metal performing at the game's midnight launch event at the Virgin Megastore? The group has long stated its passion for establishing themselves as LA's...

Pre-Holiday Gaming Tour: Namco Bandai

Photo courtesy of Namco/Bandai We gotta love when our pals in the gaming industry invite us to check out their latest suite of titles. Since the season is creeping slowly upon us various companies like to invite the press to various events to check out some games for a pre-holiday push, and with free booze and food you can bet LAist was there. This week's event was held at the Standard in Hollywood by our...

DLC is Fine By Me

Yep, its just about that time folks. Its quarter three, and in the video game world that means some of the coolest titles of the year will start to be fully stocked in store shelves in time for the holidays. While the availability of highly anticipated games is enough to get even the most frugal gamer excited, with the economy the way it is, $60 per game is starting become way too much of a...

Hangin' out with Nintendo at Dodger Stadium

This past Wednesday, LAist was lucky enough to head over to Dodger Stadium to party in Nintendo's VIP suite in celebration of Mario Super Sluggers, the latest sports release for Wii. With dodger dogs and Wii-motes in tow, various media gathered to check out how Nintendo would answer their last successful Mario-related soccer game, Mario Strikers Charged. Product developers and PR reps went through the motions of how to negotiate all our favorite Nintendo characters...

Midnight Club LA: Official Trailer

Back in April we did a short preview of the latest installment of Midnight Club, one of the most popular arcade style racing games on the shelves. Like we said before, Midnight Club is published by the same guys that give us Grand Theft Auto, Bully, and Manhunt, so we're pretty sure that entertainment won't be an issue. As you can see in the trailer, the star of the game is Audi's latest super...

Soul Calibur IV: Holding You Over Until Christmas

Screenshot courtesy of Namco/Bandai Earlier last month, LAist got to head over to E3 to check out the latest and greatest that the video game world had to offer. Sure we got to get our hands on some great demos like Little Big Planet and Mirror's Edge, but it is in this blogger's opinion that 2008 is the year of the fighting game. While the Internets have been abuzz with videos and screen caps of...

TRV$DJ-AM @ The Roxy, 7/30/08

If you happened to find yourself pushing your way through throngs of vintage Nike-clad hipsters and fedora-and-vested ladies on the Strip Wednesday night then you were probably caught up in the hype surrounding the joint performance between world class DJ-AM and former Blink 182 drummer impresario Travis Barker. With three concerts this summer at the Roxy under the alias TRV$-AM, the unprecedented alliance between rock and dance has forced LA to its knees with...

E3 2008 Roundup

Photo courtesy of Julie Wolfson. Another E3 has come and gone, another three-day whirlwind of games, lounges and lights passed onto a proceeding year of digital bliss. Sure E3 isn't what it used to be, what with all the booth babes and swag bags and throngs of gamers huddled outside the LA Convention Center chomping at the bit for a taste of the next Soul Calibur or Resident Evil or Final Fantasy. But that isn't...

5FDP @ Mayhem Fest, Glen Helen Pavilion, 7/13/08

If you noticed the faint smell of burning plastic mixed with dust and Rockstar energy drink this past Sunday, then you were probably hanging around San Bernardino where metal gala Mayhem Fest was in full swing. Gearing towards the Hot Topic and KROQ generation, thousands of oppressed youth and the seemingly browbeaten citizens of the Inland Empire gathered to take part in the manufactured anger fest to support bands like Walls of Jericho, Suicide Silence,...

This Month in Rock

Photo courtesy of Polyfoto via Flickr You know its officially summer when the Hollywood Bowl schedule is in full swing and your local Whole Foods boast empty shelves of wine and cheese. Yes, the sun is out later and perfect temperatures always serve as a pleasant compliment to any night of music, but that isn't to say that there's nothing going on in your favorite sweaty rock venue. July happens to be a jam-packed month,...

3rd Annual Marijuana Policy Project Fundraiser

Photo courtesy of Zach Behrens/LAist What can we say? The Playboy mansion loves LAist. After a highly amusing bout at Spike TV's Guy's Choice Awards afterparty, we were invited back to check out the 3rd annual Marijuana Policy Project fundraiser. With Perry Farrel of Jane's Addiction at the turntables and celebrities swarming the grounds, hundreds flocked to the Mansion with the sole intention to raise awareness about the importance of marijuana legalization. Well that, and...

Tonight In Rock: Let's Play Outside

Photo by Sakurako Kitsa via Flickr With a comprehensive line-up beginning to take shape, the Hollywood Bowl re-opens its summer gates for some fantastic shows. More and more press keeps flooding into the pipeline about the 10 year anniversary of KCRW's World Music Festival kicking off on June 22, so your schedule is bound to be packed with outdoor music bliss. Tonight Peter Murphy @ HOB Sunset The Chapin Sisters @ Silverlake Lounge Dilated Peoples...

Hollywood and the Video Game World

Strewn across local news stations and gaming websites alike, film titan Steven Spielberg is gaining relatively high momentum regarding the lending of his name to Boom Blox, the newest children's release title from Los Angeles-based EA Games. LAist recently got a chance to play around with the cute little block-shaped animals in what's called in modern tech parlance, the "casual entertainment" sector of the gamersphere. Stepping out of the hardcore gamer paradigm, its quite apparent...

Midnight Movie: 'Stress' by Justice

Just a mere week old on the Interwebs, this video by French DJ team Justice has already managed to cause serious controversy throughout the French media, meaning said controversy will undoubtedly cross the pond upon further exposure. The video's nascent beginnings can be traced back to Kanye West's blog, wherein he claims to be the first to have shared it on May 1st. First or not, this video is pretty cool....

Universal Signs Gore Verbinski to Direct Bioshock

Today news broke that Pirates of the Caribbean director Gore Verbinski is slated to direct the film adaptation of Bioshock, widely heralded as the best video game of 2007. This comes at an especially interesting time considering parent company Take Two Interactive (also parent to Rockstar Games, which just released a little title called Grand Theft Auto IV) turned down a multi-billion dollar buy-out offered by LA-based Electronic Arts earlier this year. Verbinksi notes in...

E3 Returns to Convention Center

Image courtesy of gfixler via Flickr Last year, to the chagrin of thousands of gamers nationwide, the LA-based Electronic Entertainment Expo (popularly known as E3) was massively scaled down to exclude the public in what was widely considered one of the biggest industry flops of the year. While the gaming masses were offered an alternative convention in October called E for All, industry professionals (specifically press) were none too pleased with the scattered layout...

Midnight Movie: The Pig's Legacy Lives On

This video, like many others, was taken during Roger Water's set at Coachella this past weekend. Despite the quality of the vid, it's easy to see why the set blew everyone away. Pyrotechnics? Check. Classic rock legends? Check. Pig-shaped dirigibles? Check. Previously: Lost: Giant Inflatable Pig Found: Giant Inflatable Pig Coachella Pics Part One Coachella Pics Part Two Video taken by Ali Miller for LAist...

GTA IV: A Modern Masterpiece

There's nothing like three days of music and partying to distract a gamer from the release of one of the most anticipated games of the year. This dedicated LAista got back from Coachella in style; straight to my local GameStop to pick up my pre-ordered copy of Grand Theft Auto IV. After about 5 hours of solid playing time, its pretty much safe to echo the sentiments heard all across the internets; GTA IV...

The Sword, El Rey Theatre 4/18/08

Image courtesy of Paul Graham Raven via flickr Just when you thought stoner doom metal was dead, Austin natives the Sword have stormed onto the scene with some of the darkest riffs and sickest solos since Sabbath. With their sophomore release entitled "Gods of the Earth" in their arsenal of show material, the Sword took the stage at the El Rey and just started destroying ear drums one song at a time....

Midnight Club Tackles Los Angeles

Via blogging.la | Video used with permission courtesy of IGN.com From the publishers that have brought us such high profile games as Grand Theft Auto, Bully, and Manhunt comes the fourth installment of Midnight Club from Rockstar Games, now taking on the City of Angels in death defying rice rocketeering. I don't know about you, but there's something about driving down Sunset at Doheny when there's no traffic that's pretty titillating, even if its...

Warped Tour Press Conference, 4/11

This past Friday LAist got to hang out with some of the bands playing at this year's Warped Tour. Assembled at the Plush lounge downstairs at the Key Club was a crowd of cameras and microphones vying for the attention of some choice bands as Reel Big Fish, The Aggrolites, and Katy Perry. The bands played a show signifying the kick off of Warped Tour, making it generally awesome that the show starts and ends...

For Those Who Can't Wait to Buy an iPhone...

Have you had enough of people whipping out their iPhones as a blatant symbol of status and coolness? Sick of grumbling under your breath "soon...soon I'll have an iPhone...blast that Verizon two-year contract!"? Well today's your lucky day. This week, at Las Vegas' CTIA convention, AT&T Mobility CEO Ralph de la Vega has unofficially announced that a 3G iPhone will come to the hands of consumers in a matter of months. So what does...

New LA-based Gaming Company Uses Hollywood as Bottom Line

Interesting news in the gaming world this week. The Hollywood Reporter's Paul Hyman notes that video game power house publisher 3D Realms Entertainment has announced the inception of two subsidiary companies called Radar Group (Scottsdale, AZ) and Depth Entertainment (Los Angeles, CA), both focusing on publishing titles that will ultimately become specs for TV and film. CEO Scott Miller uses the concept of the "storyverse" as a logical reason to homogenize the two markets...

Wake Up LA: Eat Well

For those of you who find Urth Caffe on Melrose way too much of a scene, might I suggest a quick, delicious, nearby alternative? Eat Well on Santa Monica at Harper (in West Hollywood in between Crescent Heights and La Cienega) is a simple neighborhood joint that serves a mean breakfast, not to mention lunch, dinner, and cocktails. With a menu that gives Jerry's a run for its money, Eat Well is the perfect...

Photo Essay: Game Developers Conference

This past week, LAist got a chance to travel up to San Francisco to check out the Game Developers Conference. GDC is universally known as one of the most fun and exciting of the industry's gatherings, where publishers, press, and lecture attendees convene to discover the latest in gaming technology. This year we got to see a ton of kickass stuff, including an exclusive look at the new Street Fighter title from Capcom and...

This Week in Video Games

Another week in February, another Q1 with not many greatly anticipated games. But at least there's always news. This week around the internets, we've learned a few cool things that may pique some interest out there. Check out some news, game releases, and other info for this week after the jump....

Super Smash Brothers Brawl Tournament This Saturday!

Just in time for the release one of the most anticipated titles for the Wii this year, the folks over at Nintendo are staging a regional tournament for fans of Super Smash Brothers Brawl, the game that just recently shattered Wii sales records in Japan. According to our sources, the first 256 people who show up at the Orpheum theater downtown will have a chance to fight to the finish in an attempt to...

This Week in Video Games

Today marks the beginning of the 2008 race towards raising the standard of gaming. As we mentioned previously, 2007 was a monumental year for the world of video games. Take a look at a selection of some of the highly anticipated games of the year, in stores today....

I Paid $64.12 For This?

With so many epic video game titles making their debut last year, 2008 has some pretty big shoes to fill. Several titles released in 2007 undoubtedly rank the highest among several industry top 10 lists; Bioshock, Call of Duty 4, and Mass Effect to name a few. These games have proven and will continue to prove that they will be quite difficult to surpass in quality. Such competition is exactly what makes the gaming...

LAist Interview: Marc Canter, Author and Best Friend of Guns n' Roses

LAist recently got the opportunity to sit down with Marc Canter, author of "Reckless Road; Guns n' Roses and the Making of Appetite for Destruction." Not only is he still best friends with Slash, but his family owns the infamous Canter's Deli on Fairfax. Over a cup of coffee and some delicious treats from the bakery, we talked with Marc for almost three hours about L.A. in the 80's, his amazing collection of memorabilia,...

Free Sprinkles Cupcakes Today!

Can't muster up the incentive to pay $3.25 for a cupcake? Then head on over to Sprinkles in Beverly Hills to get one for free! For today only, Sprinkles is teaming up with FOX's Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles for a promotion. The first 1000 customers will get a free "red eye red velvet" cupcake and according to the store, cupcakes are still available and probably have a "couple hours left" until they hit...

Tattoo Artist Kat Von D's Guinness Record Attempt

One of the many tattoos done by Kat Von D This past Friday night, The Learning Channel's LA Ink tattoo artist vixen, Kat von D, attempted to break the world record for most tattoos done in a 24 hour period. With lines forming almost 48 hours in advance, people flocked from as far away as Ohio to be apart of tattoo history. At about 3:30 in the morning on Friday, we decided to head...

Wanna Look Like A Rockstar?

Fashion in Los Angeles is arguably one of the most dynamic aspects of our city. While what typically is considered "LA style" may be snuffed by our east coast and European counterparts, there is no question that fashion is one of LA's primary economies, consistently flourishing thanks to globalization, our ports, and obviously our innate coolness. The great thing about LA is that nobody cares how you dress. Anything can be fashion here. Doesn't...

USC vs.UCLA Rivalry Week: Hotness Edition

In the spirit of Rivalry Week, it would be only appropriate to compare any and all aspects of LA's two premier universities, no matter how mundane. Academics? Endowment? Bah, lets talk about what's really important: Attractiveness. There is no question that any normal strapping, virile, young 18 year old (guy or girl) considers the quality of the opposite sex when mulling through their prospective colleges. As a USC female alum, there's obviously some bias...

Industry Parties: A Growing Epidemic

There's been a lot of LA bashing around the blogosphere lately, and I have to admit, its really getting me down. I'm sure you've read articles or reader comments about how someone spent a week in LA and subsequently decided that it was like visiting the depths of hell, what with the superficial/unintelligent/unfriendly populace and a geography that leaves something to be desired. We get it. All 3.8 million of us are uneducated douchebags...

My Reasons to Give Thanks in LA

In no particular order... 1. Secret Shows at the Viper Room 2. La Taquiza on Figueroa 3. Saturdays with the USC Trojans 4. The Henry Fonda Theatre 5. A short hop over Laurel Canyon to see my family 6. Friday Nights at the Rainbow Room 7. Using Venice Blvd. to get from work to play 8. The newly built lane at the 405/101 interchange 9. Amoeba Music 10. Some of the most eclectic, intelligent,...

Elliott Smith Featured in P.T. Anderson Short?

Just surfacing amongst the depths of the Pitchfork servers comes the prospect of an unreleased P.T. Anderson short film featuring our beloved Elliott Smith. From the article: "In this film, wrote Wholphin [the one who linked to the story on Cigarettes and Red Vines,] Smith plays a Rastafarian basketball player. While Smith's publicist confirmed said short film exists, further details on it are scant at best. We don't know its title, for one, nor...

The Hives @ The Avalon, 11/7/07

Last night garage-punk rockers the Hives got to show off their new stuff for the LA crowd at the Avalon. Armed with new material from their new CD The Black & White Album, the Hives broke down the walls and rocked the hell out of the crowd. Dressed in their typical 50's style getups, the band enters the stage without any opening acts. Resembling more of a Southern Baptist preacher than a rock star,...

Santa Monica Blvd. Halloween Parade, 10/31/07

Every year, hundreds of thousands of people migrate west to check out the West Hollywood/Santa Monica Blvd. Halloween Parade. Spanning from La Cienega Blvd. to Doheny Drive, the parade holds concerts, DJ sets, food vendors, and costume contests to the LA masses. While closing down Santa Monica blvd. may have screwed up everyone's commute last night, nothing compares to the pure elation of dressing incredibly skanky/scary/complicated. And don't worry, while you never know what...

Vegoose Music Festival, Las Vegas, 10/27-10/28, Pt. 2

By now you've probably heard that this year's Vegoose was a smashing success. Pretty much everything about the show was great; plenty of booze, food, facilities, and the availability of televised sports (for the adamant college football/NFL/World Series fans willing to miss their favorite bands to catch the score.) The crowd seemed highly content throughout the whole show, save for a few rumbles between Red Sox and Rockies fans. Lucky for us, LAist got...

Battles @ The Henry Fonda, 10/30/07

I have an interesting story involving Battles, New York's new experimental tech-rock sensations. It was March of this year, and I had traveled to Europe to film a project that I had been working on. My travel cohort and I made a stop in Amsterdam, where I decided that it would be a great idea to combine various hallucinogens that the city had to legally offer. I'm a relatively tranquil individual, so I naturally...

Vegoose Music Festival, Las Vegas, 10/27-10/28 Pt. 1

This past weekend, Vegas's own Sam Boyd Stadium was home to the 3rd annual Vegoose music festival which featured a few small-time bands you may have heard of, like Rage Against the Machine, Daft Punk, Muse, Iggy and the Stooges, and more! LAist made the obligatory road trip out to Sin City to bring you some coverage on one of the more succsessful new music fests, (which, by the way, is brought to us...

Los Angeles and the Electronic Music Scene

It should be quite apparent by now that electronic music has officially made a comeback in LA in the past couple years, if not more recently than that. While supergroups such as Daft Punk and the Chemical Brothers have maintained a steady stronghold on the genre since their inception, it would be easy to argue that electronic music never left. However, being an electronic music fan in Los Angeles seems to be slightly different...

Video Games Live @ The Nokia Theatre, 10/19/07

Flashy graphics and superfuturistic weapons aren't the only things grasping the attention gamers near and far these days. Riding along with the success of this past weekend's E for All video game expo, LA was home to this year's premier of Video Games Live, an orchestrated performance of some the gaming world's top musical scores. With renditions of everything from Tetris to Halo, this concert was definitely not as geeky as it sounds....

CD Review: The Hives - "The Black and White Album"

The year 2007 has been good to the Hives, what with a TV commercial, a collaboration with Timbaland, and the recent announcement that they'll be opening for Maroon 5 at the Staples Center in November. The Hives, a Swedish garage-rock outfit that spent a majority of musical discovery on small-time labels, had officially struck gold with their last album, Tyrannosaurus Hives. It was at this point that they signed to Interscope, and the punks...

Ed Banger Records show (+ Special Gues†s) @ the Viper Room, 10/8/07

Once this flyer made its rounds across the LA blogrings and email groups, fans of the French-born electronic act known as Justice flocked, nay, stampeded to the Viper Room Monday night to see if the renowned DJ duo would indeed make an appearence as insinuated by the cross in the word "guest". Due to my house being in fortunate proximity to the VR, I was able to see a line of tapered-jeans-and vest-clad scenesters...

Turbonegro at the Henry Fonda, 10/7/07

"Man, ya'll smell like Kush!", said the security guard, as he waved us through with his flashlight towards the entrance of the venue. While I normally wouldn't indulge myself with too much green before a punk rock show, paying $13 for a redbull/vodka at the Fonda has become quite tiresome. Nevertheless, no daunting cocktail prices would keep me from enjoying my virginal Turbonegro experience, which expectedly blew me away. When it comes down to...

Are You Ready For Vegoose?!

Pack your costumes a bit early this year and plan your 15 freeway adventures towards the LV, because Vegoose is coming soon! From the website: "Vegoose is a Halloween festival extravaganza that draws inspiration from its Las Vegas location and, of course, the spirit of Halloween. In addition to an eclectic group of music performers, there are interactive attractions, performance artists, and art installations - including elements of the Las Vegas entertainment and performance...

Interview: LA's Own Peanut Butter Wolf

Leave it to one of LA's premier DJ's to perform eight times in our fair city within a matter of months. We recently got a hold of PB Wolf and asked a few questions involving everything from LA's best source for vinyls to DJ ice cream habits. Check out PB Wolf's show this Wednesday, September 15th at the Roxy on Sunset....

LA Erotic Film Festival: The Afterparty

After a weekend of such incendiary adult films as "Give Piece of Ass a Chance" and "Spiders in Love: An Arachnogasmic Musical" premiering at this year's XFanz LA Erotic Film Festival , it seemed only logical to bring to you the excitement and decadence of the festival afterparty. The Knitting Factory in Hollywood was packed Saturday night with industry folks, Mutaytor performers, and Cirque Berzerk dudes, not to mention a brief appearance by Mr....

This Week In Sex Music

In the last segment of TWISM, we mentioned a few tracks that may (or may not, let me know!) have set the mood for an evening of glorious love making. This week we're raising the bar a little bit. Oh hell, I'll just be blunt and get to the point; this week we're gonna talk about music to fuck to. Now we all know that music is one of the more subjective mediums of...

WIRED NextFest Kicks Off Today

Starting today and running through Sunday, WIRED magazine is kicking off NextFest, a four day festival of technology, business, and innovation at the Los Angeles Convention Center. The festival will feature a series of exhibitions and events featuring all things tech. From the website: "WIRED's vision of a new World's Fair, WIRED NextFest is a four-day festival of innovative products and technologies that are transforming our world. This year's NextFest in Los Angeles features...

CD Review: Strung Out, "Blackhawks Over Los Angeles"

When you think of Fat Wreck Chords, you may instinctively think of such household punk acts as NOFX, Me First and the Gimme Gimmes, or Less than Jake. Then there's Strung Out, who have been rocking the LA punk scene since 1992, but where's the love? The boys of the Simi Valley quintet have been fusing metal riffs with punk rock speed and thoughtful, melodic vocals since 1992. With their 7th full length album...

Talking Smack: Online Sports Communities

Dont you just love all this Web 2.0 stuff? Theres no question that online communities are partitioning themselves into more varied, specific subject matter, and sports communities are undoubtedly at the forefront. What better way to boost team (or even a city, for that matter) morale than to trash talk rivals? Looking beyond communities started by ESPN or Sports Illustrated, its becoming quite apparent that start-up sites are gearing mainly towards the college football...

This Week In Sex Music

Sex music is great, but lets face it. How many times have you turned on your radio or playlist during your most intimate moments, only to have that insufferable "Neil with the Deal" blaring across the room or that random Dead Kennedys song you forgot to uncheck from your iTunes? It can happen to the best of us. However, sex music can be a very technical science, what with tempos, vocals, and segues to...

The Reason to Get a Wii: Mario Strikers Charged

It seems like only yesterday when those few lucky thousand were unwrapping what would soon be the new standard in video games. All the excitement and glee surrounding the Nintendo Wii was phenomenal; wireless, infrared-sensored controls? Amazing! I know I had to show everyone who came over how much cooler it was to play tennis on a screen rather than in real life. However, a few weeks later, the thrill sort of died down,...

Why I Didn't Like The Simpsons Movie

I am a huge Simpsons fan. I still Tivo the 6:00, 7:30, and 11:00 episodes even though I have all the DVD's. One of my best friends and I have entire conversations based on Simpsons quotes. My background image on my computer is a screen capture of Marge holding a box of the "number three cracker company", Allied Biscuit. And yet, at the risk of sounding pretentious, I just couldn't get into the movie....

Fonejackers > Crank Yankers

Did you know that our friends across the pond, in all their subtle humored-glory, have a prank phone calling show all their own? I think Crank Yankers could learn a thing or two from these guys. Or its quite possible that its only funny if you're high. Either way, give it a look and tell us what you think....

Giant Village Presents Armin van Buuren, 7/14/07

This past weekend, five thousand people traveled from all over to attend Giant's Summer Block Party featuring the world renowned DJ Armin van Buuren. LA's awesome downtown skyline only added to the fantastic ambiance of lights, smoke, and beautiful summer weather. Check out a few pics and another video from the show after the jump....

Erotica LA: Kind of a Bust

And I'm not talking about the good kind of of bust. It all started on that fair day in April when I noticed the seductive billboard just west of Coldwater Canyon on Ventura blvd. You know, right next to that sketchy Days Inn that's so awkwardly placed in between the trendy Il Tramezzino and 24/7 Twain's? Anyway, it advertised a vague yet intriguing event known as Erotica LA. Naturally I felt it to be...

Sgt. Pepper Celebration, Cont'd...

Lisa already beat me to the Sgt. Pepper punch, but here is yet another celebratory homage to one of the most incendiary albums in rock history. So, in the spirit of the times, sit back and enjoy the following Sgt. Pepper facts and trivia. I got all this information from a Beatles class I took my senior year in college, so I just dusted off the old notebook and chose some of my favorites....

"Entertainment for All" Expo Comes to LA

Attention all gamers: Guess what, there's a new video game expo in town. No, I'm not talking about the enormously underwhelming downsized version of E3, but an aptly titled "E for All" convention. Amidst the drug-infused connotations of the show's title, E for All will be a more consumer-based spectacle geared directly towards nerdy and sexy gamers alike. From the E for All website: "Entertainment for All™ Expo (E for All) is the event...

Electric Karma: Insert "Hollywood Meets Bollywood" Cliché Here!

Let's be real. Finding good Indian food in LA is kind of like finding good Mexican food north of LA. You all have that friend from some Midwest town, who swears that King Taco has nothing on the burritos he knows back home, where the closest he's had to a Mexican experience is watching Ricky Ricardo on I Love Lucy. No matter what ethnic fare strikes your own palette, you'll inevitably suffer through at least...

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