Results tagged “Melissa Moore”

Comic-Con: Through The Eyes Of A Child

Comics! They tell us about the creative world and are imagination in drawing. They're a place for creatures, super heroes, or even talking turtles. That's where Comic-Con comes in! This convention is where my people roam.

Teddybears, Win Win, Physical Forms @ the Echoplex 09/15/11

After interviewing a member of the Teddybears camp, we knew we had to see their live show to become completely indoctrinated.

A Park a Day: Poinsettia Park and Recreation Center

July is National Parks & Recreation Month, and all month long LAist will be featuring a hand-selected park a day to showcase just a few of the wonderful recreation spaces--big or small--in the Los Angeles area.

Black Lips, Cerebral Ballzy @ The Music Box 06/24/11

The "Bad Kids" of the Black Lips were back in LA last Friday night in support of their Mark Ronson-produced full-length, Arabia Mountain. After a particularly rousing set by Brooklyn-based hardcore punk outfit Cerebral Ballzy (not since shooting GWAR have we had to protect our camera and selves from stage shenanigans, but within the first three songs we'd been covered by projectile beer splatter twice), the Lips took the stage and showed there ain't no...

Buddy Society Party @ Highland Park Ebell Club 05/21/11

The pre-show party for the Buddy Society event was a blast, introducing us to a beautiful old building in a part of Highland Park we've not yet explored. The boutique had a little something for everyone - teddy bear-adorned denim, event t-shirts, albums, pins, and more - and the opening DJ (Hyasynth) set kept the mood relaxed and intimate.

Buddy Society: Fashion and Music and (Teddy) Bears, OH MY!

Puro Instinct will be performing at Buddy Society on Saturday, May 21. (Photo by Melissa Esterby for LAist) Initially conceived as a gift for a child, Violet Valen decided to develop her own line of custom teddy bear-themed one-of-a-kind sweatshirts after the adults went batty for the designs. Since forming Buddy Society in 2004, she's expanded into all manner of items to adorn yourself with, including denim jackets, jeans, and t-shirts. Where does the...

LAist @ SXSW: The Finale - Big Freedia, Fresh & Onlys, Blaqstarr, Davila 666, Surfer Blood, Thee Oh Sees, Bubble Puppy

The last "real" day of SXSW was full of mini festivals, secret shows, hot and windy weather, and raves held at the local mall (we didn't go, but we were shown a photo of 18 year olds dancing in front of a Wet Seal so we know it was true). Feeling a little homesick, we decided to head to the Mess With Texas event, hosted by our good friends and LA locals of FYF. The...

LAist @ SXSW: Day 4 - Das Racist, Deerhunter, Ty Segall, DEV, Slaughterhouse, Glasser, EPMD, Far East Movement, Tune-Yards, DJ Quik

The past three days have been a complete blur of street food (not to hate, but the Korean BBQ taco truck we hit up last night had NOTHING on LA's Kogi), drink specials (Free Guinness!?), and bands (the good, the bad, and the DEAR GOD PLEASE TAKE THE MIC AWAY FROM HER MY EARS ARE BLEEDING). Friday daytime was marked by a lot of walking back and forth between venues, but only catching the lineup...

LAist @ SXSW: Day 3 - Dominique Young Unique, Spank Rock, La Sera, Dum Dum Girls, Boys Noize, Gary Wilson

Having readjusted to the the shock of so many people and bands and free drink specials packed into a few square miles, we thought ourselves prepared for Thursday's festivities - finally in our SXSW stride. We totally forgot that Thursday was St. Patrick's Day. The sea of green that met us as we walked down Lavaca to 6th was a tip off, but it wasn't until we ran into some U of T kids (student...

LAist @ SXSW: Day 2 - Bad Brains, Duran Duran, OFF!, Trash Talk

One of the best parts of the festival is the general air of conviviality - is that Austin or SXSW? Either way, impromptu meet-ups and recommendations (bands, food, clubs, directions) have been flowing freely, which means you can throw out your preconceived notions of where to go and what to see. We're thinking this trip is going to be about uncovering the special. Sort of like last night - our favorites were Trash Talk, OFF!, Bad Brains, and Duran Duran.

Sebadoh @ The Echoplex 02/25/11

Well, folks, it seems we're reliving the 90s this week: Yo La Tengo at the El Rey this past Wednesday, followed by Sebadoh at the Echoplex Friday night. While the former's show went off without a hitch, Sebadoh, on tour for Bakesale and Harmacy re-releases, had a smattering of technical difficulties. As with Yo La Tengo, I was transported to the Bay Area, circa mid 90s, for the original Bakesale tour - which was fraught...

Yo La Tengo @ El Rey 02/23/11

Yo La Tengo is the band that keeps on giving. Since forming in the early 80s, Ira Kaplan (guitars, piano, vocals), Georgia Hubley (drums, piano, vocals), and James McNew (bass, vocals) have done pretty much everything a band can do and then some: Record amazing music (I suggest Electr-O-Pura, I Can Hear the Heart Beating as One, and And Then Nothing Turned Itself Inside-Out as introduction), cover amazing music (Fakebook, Yo La Tengo Is Murdering...

Cake @ The Troubadour 02/18/11

One thing is for certain, Los Angeles loves Cake. With four back-to-back sold-out Troubadour shows, the band that gave us any number of rock anthems ("Jolene", "The Distance", and "I Will Survive" come to mind) is back on tour in support of their latest full-length, Showroom of Compassion. Last night the band started their mini LA residency to a packed house of diehard fans, proving that the band is all that we remembered - irreverent,...

Les Savy Fav @ the Echoplex 01/28/11

I realize I say this with regularity, but it is especially true in this case: IF YOU HAVE NOT SEEN/HEARD LES SAVY FAV PLEASE DO SO AT ONCE. I've always been a fan of theirs, but hadn't caught them live until last night when they blew into the Echoplex courtesy of Aquarium Drunkard, and proceeded to do a whole number of shenanigans, half of which I can't really mention. Suffice it say I sincerely hope...

Pictureplane @ the Echoplex 01/11/11

The Check Yo' Ponytail (CYP2) crew must be doing something right if they can pack the Echoplex on a Tuesday in January. We suspect it has to do with curating an amazing line-up, which featured Pictureplane and openers Terminal Twilight and Teengirl Fantasy. DJs kept the atmosphere enthusiastic between sets, building the dance vibe to a roar midway through Pictureplane when audience members, photogs, and backstagers bum rushed the stage to shake what their mama...

Little Dragon, Sister Crayon @ The Natural History Museum 01/07/11

First Fridays is back at the Natural History Museum! This past friday, lucky ticket holders were treated to Little Dragon and Sister Crayon as the first bands of the 2011 Nostradamus Edition kickoff....

LAist Interview: Michele Morrow from the Foam Weapon League

I've been obsessed with the concept since I clicked on a Facebook link to the first round of photos; if you're not at least curious about the goings on of the recently instituted Foam Weapon League, perhaps a pulse-check is in order. Brought to life by Scream Queen and artist Michele Morrow and friends, FWL is Dungeons & Dragons on steroids with a side of Civil War Reenactment thrown in for good measure. Booze, bands,...

Faith No More @ the Palladium 11/30/10

To quote Peaches and Herb, or Mike Patton doing Peaches and Herb as the opener, fake-limping in his Leisure Suit Larry red get-up and angrily wielding the mother of all canes at the photogs: "Re-u-ni-ted and it feeeeeeeels so gooooood." Uh, like...EPIC (ahem). On behalf of 90s rock fans everywhere, LA welcomes (back) Faith No More. (P.S. Word on the street/Palladium is that tonight's show is NOT sold out.)...

Moving Units @ the Troubadour 10/29/10

Wondering where Moving Units have been since the release of 2007's Hexes for Exes? Rather busy, it appears, between touring and brainstorming new material in preparation for a forthcoming EP. You'll be happy to know the boys haven't missed a beat in the past few years, their new songs reminiscent of the much beloved and highly danceable Dangerous Dreams, albiet a bit edgier. The maturity of the new material didn't dissuade the mostly youngish crowd...

Azure Ray, Tim Fite @ the Troubadour 10/22/10

The ever-beautiful Azure Ray took the Troubadour stage last Friday in support of Drawing Down the Moon, their 4th full-length album. Minimal and dreamy, the duo of Maria Taylor and Orenda Fink (and back-up band) kept the crowd mellow but enthralled. Tim Fite and The Whispertown2000 opened....

Superchunk, The Vaselines, Telekinesis @ the Fonda 10/19/10

Last week, Superchunk brought out LA’s contingent of old school indie rock fans to celebrate their new full-length, Majesty Shredding. Besides playing new songs, Mac and crew made sure the crowd were satiated with the old stuff, which sounded as fresh and new as if put out today. For those of you who maybe missed Superchunk among the Pavements and Sonic Youths of that decade, do yourself a favor and grab No Pocky for Kitty...

Warpaint @ the Sky Bar for Mondrian Sessions 10/15/10

While the parking is always unsettling on the Sunset Strip, there's no bias here against a band playing amidst the backdrop of a beautiful hotel pool, like Warpaint did at the Mondrian's Sky Bar last Friday night for iAMSOUND's free "Mondrian Sessions".

Miike Snow, Mark Ronson & The Business International, MNDR @ Club Nokia 10/14/10

When Swedish/American trio Miike Snow rolled into town late last week for their Club Nokia and Wiltern gigs, they brought with them Mark Ronson & The Business International, who were out in support of their recently released Record Collection (featuring Q-Tip, MNDR, Miike Snow's Andrew Wyatt, Boy George, and others). MNDR kicked off the somewhat early first night, talking of "connection" in between her one-woman electrodance songs. She stayed on as a major force in...

FYF 2010

Scorching heat and long line issues aside (shouldn't we be used to this for festivals anyway?), our friends at FYF did not disappoint in 2010. With an amazing lineup featuring an indie rock dream roster, the entire day was a chaotic party of three stages, VIP tents, food trucks, Sailor Jerry rum drinks, and all the bands you could want to see. Per usual, the photo pits were packed, the fans were rabid, and the...

Jon Spencer Blues Explosion, Jail Weddings, Haunted George @ the Troubadour 09/30/10

With the big four (Pavement, Sonic Youth, Spoon, and Jon Spencer Blues Explosion) making a stop in LA, pre-Matador 21, Thursday night meant spinning the "Which 90s Band Do I See?" wheel and not really caring where it landed. While it could be argued that the only choice was the Pavement/Sonic Youth/No Age show at the Bowl, for those of us who caught Pavement in Pomona pre-Coachella for their reunion debut (and have seen Sonic...

Darker My Love, Wounded Lion @ The Bootleg Theater 08/17/10

LA favorites Darker My Love played an intimate set for friends and fans at the Bootleg Theater a few weeks ago to celebrate the US release of their third album, Alive As You Are. Wounded Lion opened....

Steve Cooper Tasting Dinner @ Redwood Bar and Grill Recap 08/26/10

The opportunity for haute cuisine served in a pirate-themed bar was too much for us to pass up, so I made my way to Redwood Bar and Grill last Thursday to try Steve Cooper’s second go at a four course tasting menu with wine pairing provided by Bar Covell’s Matt Kaner and dessert courtesy of Jessica Koslow at the Village Bakery....

Tasting Dinner by Steve Cooper @ the Redwood Bar and Grill 08/26/10

If you think back, it probably started with those delicious looking Facebook pics of multi-course meals. Designed and executed in the company of friends, each dish looking decidedly more appetizing than the last, this culinary update was a welcome respite from the usual self-aggrandizing social networking fare (especially if you like to cook and are in the habit of thinking you cannot create anything of real note in the confines of a tiny LA...

Here We Go Magic, Beach Fossils @ the Troubadour 07/29/10

One of my favorite LA venues, The Troubadour, has been killing it with booking excellent bands as of late. First we were treated to Stars doing all of The Five Ghosts a few weeks ago, and then Beach Fossils and Here We Go Magic as a double bill? Great summer line-ups for lazy days....

The New Pornographers, The Dodos, Imaad Wasif @ The Fonda 07/20/10

If you were fortunate enough to have caught one (or both!) nights of The New Pornographers, on tour with The Dodos and Imaad Wasif, you were treated to an eclectic evening of beautiful music that had fans singing along to every song. We're hoping more headlining bands pick their accompanying acts as carefully as The New Pornographers did, allowing music-goers to arrive early and stay late. The Dodos performance alone was worth the price of...

Summer Darling, The Monolators @ Spaceland 07/19/10

For those of you living under a rock, Silver Lake's Spaceland has been doing a Band-in-Residence program for some time now. The idea is pretty straightforward: A headliner plays each Monday of the month, with rotating supporting acts, all put on by a local promoter. Oh, and did we mention it was FREE?...

Sloan @ House of Blues 07/01/10

Oh, Canada! In honor of Canada Day, Canadians Abroad put on a party at House of Blues Sunset Strip for those well-mannered folks from the Great White North. Canadian comedians warmed up the red-and-white clad crowd early on, but from the "SLOOOOOO-OOOOAAAAN!" chants that filled the venue it was clear that the Sloan boys were the real draw. (If you're not familiar with the band, think Pavement and early Spoon; underrated but killing it since...

Gogol Bordello @ The Mayan 06/22/10

Part gypsy punk, part Cirque du Soleil, part strip tease, all entertainment, Gogol Bordello is the live show you want to see again and again. On tour to celebrate their new album Trans Continental Hustle, the troupe hit Downtown LA's Mayan this past Tuesday to a sold out crowd. Fans threw shirts and water bottles with the hopes that front man Eugene Hütz would bring out his bottle of red wine (he did) and get...

Eagle Rock Yacht Club Announces Summer Dodgeball Series!

As a child, I tried to avoid any activity whose goal was to bean your opponent as hard as humanly possible with a completely unforgiving red rubber ball. Never in my wildest imagination did it seem possible that the merciless game that is dodgeball would made its way off the elementary school blacktop and into the hearts and sweatbands of the twenty-something set. Thankfully, the sport has become more fun than frightening, with leagues...

Har Mar Superstar @ Bardot 05/22/10

Oh, Har Mar, our little Superstar. After a long day of photographing bands at the Silver Lake Jubilee and Synchronicity, there are very few people that could get us to brave the traffic and parking nightmare in Hollywood at midnight. But as soon as we said the secret word at the door (thanks Facebook!), we were whisked into Bardot's tiny stage area for the strip-tease soul train that was Sean Tillman and Jacob Cooper....

Vampire Hands, Daughters of the Sun @ Synchronicity 05/23/10

Minneapolis bands Vampire Hands and Daughters of the Sun rolled into town last night to play a quick set at Synchronicity before heading off to another leg of their early summer tour. Vampire Hands kicked things off with melodic rock to an enthusiastic crowd before Daughters of the Sun, fresh off their stint at Austin Psych Fest, blew the doors off the tiny gallery with their reverb-laden wall of sound. Adorable kids worth checking out.

Roky Erickson and Okkervil River @ the Eagle Rock Center for the Arts 05/19/10

Our lovely friends at FYF have done it again. In the tradition of Kidrockers, Sean and Phil and associated mates understand that us aging indie rockers want our kids to like and experience (until the teen years at least) the same bands that we do. Their kick-off event in their free kids + bands + ice cream social series was this past Wednesday, with headliners Roky Erickson (backed by Okkervil River) bringing songs old and...

Spirit Animal, Kozmonaut @ the Echo 04/09/10

I realize there are a million choices on a given weekend night, but I think it's worth your while to play a little "LAist's Tonight In Rock Roulette" once in a while. Close your eyes and jab your finger at the screen - whatever you land on is what you attempt to attend....

Fol Chen @ the El Rey 04/10/10

All you really need to know is that Fol Chen's Part I: John Shade, Your Fortune's Made was one of my favorite albums of 2009 and the Liars know a thing or two about what it means to perform live. The El Rey was packed for both bands on Saturday night (I can't remember the last time it was that crowded for the opener) and I'm 100% sure that the rumblings of a dance rock...

Surfer Blood @ the Echoplex 03/27/10

It seems like everyone we speak to has a hankering for the baby-faced band that is Surfer Blood. We loved them at The Village Voice party at SXSW and decided to check them out locally for the Aquarium Drunkard presented-Waved Out last Saturday. Of course, any band claiming Pavement and Yo La Tengo as influences is on the right path, but it's a really good thing Surfer Blood have got the musical chops to back...

SXSW 2010 Through Our Lens: Day Three

SXSW Saturday was a slow descent into Hell GWAR. As LAist's Molly Bergen probably mentioned, the weather dropped about 30 degrees from the night prior, startling the hung-over 90% of us that were completely unprepared clothing-wise. (Not like I own a truly warm coat, anyhow). While this might have shaped the musical choices for some (the Twitterverse was full of the indoor show lineup times), we decided to bundle up as many layers as we...

SXSW 2010 Through Our Lens: Day Two

Ok, party people. I've got two words for you: Superchunk (and) Hole. Showing the new kids how things are done, both bands rocked the house in their entirety. Even Courtney declaring, midway through her 1 am set, “Listen, folks. I’m an elderly person. It’s 1:30 in the morning. I just want to get my blow job on and go to bed,” couldn’t detract from her screaming through a ballsy rendition of a "Doll Parts." And Superchunk’s energy was so frenetic that it instantly brought me back to their three-night run at the Fillmore over 10 years ago, with Mac’s bounce as pogo-y as ever. As for bands I haven’t followed for a decade or more, French Miami, An Horse, Bear Hands, and Rumspringa all pulled me in from the street for an enjoyable listen. Surfer Blood, the Pains of Being Pure at Heart, and the xx all gave good performances and rounded out my Friday at SXSW - don’t forget to check out Molly Bergen’s recap for a more in-depth perusal of the good, the bad, and the downright ridiculous. As for me, I’ve got to get to GWAR. Pics to follow - if I survive it, that is.

SXSW 2010 Through Our Lens: Day One

First of all, it’s more madness this time around than I remembered. Maybe it’s because I’m getting older and lamer and my half-Irish liver can’t quite swing St. Patrick’s Day with as much gusto as it once did. Or maybe it’s because Molly and I, in an effort to bring recommendations, recap, and (SXSW) reality to those of you who couldn’t make it this year are trying to see as many bands as humanly possible each 24 hour period.

FMLY Bicycle Ride (Eastside Meets Westide!) 03/13/10

I love me some Los Angeles (born, bred, and back again), but one of the things I miss the most about my time in San Francisco is the traffic-stopping, bell-ringing, cyclist rights-asserting celebration that is Critical Mass. Sure, LA has their own regional chapters, but with the city spread out as it is, the full impact of our cyclist army isn't felt as heartily as in our sister city to the North. Until now,...

First Fridays @ Natural History Museum 02/05/10

The Natural History Museum brought out the big guns for their second installment of 2010's First Friday's series. All musical talent aside, it was like the Pitchfork version of Maxim's Hot 100 List with the beautiful ladies of Warpaint opening for the handsome gents of Yeasayer. An intense amount of excellent genetics in one room upstaged only by key picks from their respective oeuvres. (Speaking of which, you should really grab the latter's Odd Blood...

Chris Cornell @ the Troubadour 01/29/10

How is it possible, after all these years, that the signature growl, hair, and impressive catalog of rock anthems can still seem so fresh and so clean, clean? The Troubadour's small stage was home to Chris Cornell's intimate second solo show in his Songbook series (the first having been a stint at Hotel Cafe back in December), which meant an acoustic journey down memory lane....

Years, The Happiness Project, Do Make Say Think @ Troubadour 02/01/10

We realize it can be a pain to juggle your main band, your side project, and your side project's side project. The various tour schedules alone could spell breakup in even the best of situations. There is a solution, however, and the folks of Years, The Happiness Project, and Do Make Say Think have got it on lock-down. Tour the entire lot on the same bill. Genius! The night kicked off with Years, the solo-guitarist...

Glass Hat Opening Reception Tonight @ Gallery 1988

Those who made their way to Golden Apple yesterday for the latest comic release would have found neighbor Gallery 1988 in full swing preparing for tonight's Glass Hat opening reception. The exhibition of artists from Portland's Grass Hut Art Collective will feature works from Grass Hut members Bwana Spoons, Martin Ontiveros, Le Merde, Apak, Justin "Scrappers" Morrison, and Arbito, as well as affiliate artists Shanggs, Shawn Wolfe, Gargamel, David Horvath, Kiyoshi Nakazawa and John Black....

First Fridays @ Natural History Museum 01/08/10

You're encouraged to "have a drink with the dinosaurs" at the Natural History Museum's First Fridays showcase, which is a helluva lot more exciting than you'd think. It's not just dioramas and deciphering Latin genus-species information, folks. First Fridays, running monthly from January 8th through June 4th, kicked off its sixth season No Place like Home: The Science of Southern California last week with special tours, music, and discussions that kept the museum open until...

Metric and Cage the Elephant @ Gibson Amphitheatre 12/13/09

Sometimes, concert going does not go as well as one would hope. For instance, this reviewer had high hopes of bringing LAist readers the entire line-up of the KROQ Acoustic Christmas Night 2. Instead, I was kicked out for not having the right photo pass after Cage the Elephant's set. As the melodic sounds of Phoenix carried me unceremoniously out of the photo pit (seriously, I have the worst luck trying to shoot them), I...

Rooney @ the El Rey 11/27/09

LA locals Rooney kicked off their Fall tour in support of their Wild One EP, exclusively available all special-like at the merch table at each show. Rooney is the perfect blend of catchy and cute, like cotton candy without the sugar coma. I found myself digging their California rock even though screaming girls almost drowned out vocals and guitar in their entirety. What I'm saying is, were I to draw a Venn diagram of the...

English Beat @ the Troubadour 11/28/09

In an effort to get the 2009 shows on the 2009 books, we're having a bit of a yard sale on post-show galleries. It's a mixed bag, but all the more fun! The English Beat, for example, were in town at the end of November at the Troubadour, cranking out an impressive and beloved catalog. It's great when a band can tear through a Greatest Hits list and still make you feel like you're hearing...

They Might Be Giants @ Royce Hall 11/14/09

Did you know that They Might Be Giants records albums for kids? That are educational? And still rock? If it was inevitable that all the long-standing indie music fans would grow up and have kids, it would follow that all the long-standing indie bands would grow up and have kids, too. And why should either group have to resign themselves to a life of mind-numbing Kidz Bop or Wiggles tunes?...

Gossip, Men @ the Henry Fonda Theater 10/26/09

OK, OK, OK. We know that this is long overdue. But we couldn't pass up the opportunity to share the night that the illustrious Beth Ditto took the Fonda stage in what we assume was her pre-Halloween take on the ever charming Wilma Flintsone. It was all cat moves and throaty swagger, or what we've come to expect from the Gossip. No one works a crowd like this crew, and they had the fans singing...

Final Fantasy, Mountain Goats @ the Henry Fonda Theater 11/15/09

Attention violin students everywhere: Hang in there, kids. It is possible to parlay those Vivaldi exercises into a musical career with a fan base of near-hysterical young women. Just ask the dreamy Owen Pallett of Final Fantasy, whose austere synth and drum-accompanied strings nearly brought the house down last Sunday. The profound beauty of the headlining Mountain Goats, on tour to promote their latest full-length, The Life of the World to Come, followed, and the...

Tim Biskup + MFG Opening Reception @ De La Barracuda 11/13/09

We hope you came out and enjoyed the I Hate Everyone But You opening reception last night at De La Barracuda. Matt Goldman, aka MFG, and Tim Biskup were in good form, welcoming guests and discussing their old and new work. If you weren't able to make it last night, not to worry! The show will be up through the end of next month, with tons of goodies of various price ranges to buy before...

Tonight: Tim Biskup + MFG = I Hate Everyone But You

Longtime friends and Los Angeles locals, fine artist Tim Biskup and graphic designer/event promoter Matt Goldman (aka MFG), team up together to bring us "I Hate Everyone But You", a collection of new and past work. Tonight marks the opening reception, with DJ Dirty Dave and DJ Alphabeast spinning all sorts of ridiculous, plus Colt 45 and Red Bell shucking out complimentary drinks. The whole thing goes down from 7-9 pm at De La...

The Bravery @ the Wiltern 11/05/09

On tour to pre-promote their December 1st release of Stir the Blood, NYC's The Bravery took to a packed house at the Wiltern Thursday night. Once the band took the stage, it was clear from the feverish enthusiasm of the The Bravery fans that there was no other place to be, despite the fact that the concert calendar for November 5th also featured Pixies, Dinosaur Jr, Neon Indian, and Avi Buffalo within a 10 mile...

Kid Sister, Flosstradamus @ the Echoplex 10/24/09

Don't get me wrong, I love me some indie rock. Dark stages populated with a handful of plaid-shirted and bespectacled gents with questionable hygiene pulling perfect amounts of distortion and fuzz out of a banged up Fender is my definition of a good time. But a girl needs variety to keep things interesting, and sometimes that means packing rap, sass, and style into 5 feet of lovely, aka Chicago's very own Kid Sister. Touring with...

YΔCHT, Bobby Birdman @ Temporary Spaces 2 10/23/09

Not 24 hours after the Twitterverse was abuzz with YΔCHT's stellar CMJ performance, the Portland, Oregon duo of Jona Bechtolt and Claire Evans could be found delivering their manifesto-driven laptop-pop to a sweaty crowd at last night's MFG-curated Discotheque party held at the newly opened Temporary Spaces Two....

A Place to Bury Strangers, Darker My Love, All the Saints @ the Echoplex 10/16/09

The Echoplex, complete with its leather-couched cozy enclaves and dim lighting, was the perfect venue for Brooklyn-based A Place to Bury Strangers, LA's own Darker My Love (opening for White Lies' European shows as of tomorrow), and Atlanta's All the Saints (currently on tour with APTBS). After the openers primed the claustrophobic and moody atmosphere, APTBS took the darkened stage for their electronic noise rock. Murky projected images and an over-active fog machine accompanied the...

Circlesquare and Junior Boys @ the El Rey 10/14

In a city with a penchant for dress up, it took a bit of time to realize that Wednesday night at the El Rey was in fact themed for the Junior Boys Halloween Tour. (The dude dressed as Jesus only confused the matter; it was the carved pumpkins that finally did it.) Vancouver duo Circlesquare took the eerily back lit stage first with their not-really-dance-music dance music, described on their album website as "opiated rave-ups,...

Treetop Productions Presents Serendipity - Saturday Downtown

Even though the prevailing attitude is that it's impossible to be surprised in Los Angeles (been there, seen that, done it times three), it doesn't mean we've stopped searching for the unexpected. Enter multi-tasking creative Leila Fakouri and her newest endeavors to knock our socks off. Both her event planning outfit, Treetop Productions, and her design firm, Madera Design, are natural extensions of a varied and successful career that includes building an art- and music-centric...

Har Mar Superstar @ The Echo

In these fiscally responsible times, it's all about the size of the bang relative to the buck. While the days of blowing cash on the trendy, half-assed, and all-around mediocre are long gone, I'm inclined to see this as an opportunity for those who do more with less to garner our attention and our paychecks, because, quite frankly, it feels good to promote a thoroughly good time....

Mutant Chronicles Premiere @ The Mann Bruin Theater April 21st

Photo by Rachael Porter via Flickr/used with permission I'm a sucker for the general reappropriation of sci-fi narratives by the big screen, and Magnolia Pictures' Mutant Chronicles fits that bill. If you're not a purist, you can freely enjoy the costumes, overacting, and all around ass kicking that often hallmarks these larger-than-life endeavors without feeling disparaged by directorial liberties and script deviations. On the other hand, if you were the original owner of the...

Cut Copy @ Club Nokia March 11th

An ever-increasing workload, the recession’s effect on one’s monthly Amoeba habit, a rapidly approaching membership into the “mid-thirties” club - a million and one reasons to stop seeing live music as frequently as my liver could once withstand. But last year’s SXSW/Coachella springtime juggernaut left its indelible mark and a few bands moved to the top of the “must see again and again” list, Cut Copy’s electropop/dance rock eking out the top spot. Who doesn’t...

Planned Parenthood Los Angeles Food Fare Today!

Photo by GarySe7en via the LAist Featured Photos pool on Flickr With the recession in full swing, it's hard to reconcile our love of food and booze with our dwindling bank accounts. Suddenly, dinner out at our favorite pricey restaurant seems overindulgent amidst rising unemployment and falling stock prices. So what's a socially responsible foodie to do? Thankfully, the good people at Planned Parenthood Los Angeles have decided to continue their annual Food Fare,...

ScientIST: No Butts About It

His lungs are unhappy, we promise. | Photo by Rachael Porter via Flickr/used with permission This month, the ScientIST has been focusing on how to make you better in 2009, whether it’s changing your eating habits or getting yourself to the doctor for a checkup, and this week’s column is no different. Face it kids, it’s finally time to quit smoking....

ScientIST: Women's Health Week - Get Your Lady Parts To The Doctor!

Photo by Rachael Porter via Flickr/used with permission When was the last time you had someone give your lady parts a good once-over? And by “someone,” I mean an individual with a medical degree from an accredited university. That’s right; it’s time for us ladies of Los Angeles to schedule our yearly gynecological appointment, affectionately known as “the Annual”. Since we’ve dubbed January “New Year’s Resolution Month”, it’s only fair we take week 2...

ScientIST Resolution: Eating Healthy A to Z

Photo by Foodwoolf via the LAist Featured Photos pool on Flickr The holidays are over, the merriment has ceased, and that means that reality now rears its ugly head. It's time to make resolutions to be better this year than we were last year, or any other year, or ever will be in the future. For a lot of us, this means promises to get healthy. Well, LAist believes in you, and so for...

ScientIST: Can I Have Another Drink?

Photo by Melissa Moore | LAist What is a New Year’s Eve without an alcoholic binge? (Bringing a bright and shiny New Year’s Day rife with a pounding migraine, vomit-flecked party clothes, and the dim recollection of hooking up with a few ne’er-do-wells, of course.) Booze may have found its humble beginnings in the Neolithic period 10,000 years ago, but scientists are just now getting a handle on the mechanism of action for its...

LAist Staff New Year's Resolutions: 2008 Can Suck It!

I resolve to find more gluten-free pastries | Photo by Melisa Moore/LAist The new year marks an official "do-over" in the collective consciousness of the world. It's a time to realize our shortcomings, assess our weaknesses, and take stock of the glaring absences (or over indulgences) in our life that need tending. In short, the new year provides us with a clean slate to do more and be more, with 365 fresh and exciting...

A ScientIST Christmas: At Least It's Not Crabs!

Photo by Melissa Moore/LAist Honestly, at 31 years of age, I'm not afraid of too many things. Those that struck fear in my heart as a child - heights, for instance - have been supplanted by the wondrous world of science. If I'm on the balcony of a holiday party located on the 10th floor and g = 10m/s2, ignoring air resistance, when I fall off because I'm on my third vodka soda (extra lime)...

ScientIST: Staying Healthy While Traveling

Photo by ZigZagLens via the LAist Featured Photos pool on Flickr With gas prices dropping, it seems likely that people will ramp up their holiday travel plans in an effort to reconnect with far-away family and friends (or a tropical island and a Mai Tai). While we are disappointed to see more cars on the road as we move farther and farther away from $4/gallon, December will surely be about planes, trains, and automobiles,...

GOOD Magazine Launches its LA Community Space

Photo by ~db~ via the LAist Featured Photos pool on Flickr GOOD (named in a fit of unwarranted self-deprecation?) is all sorts of adjectives more grandiose than its namesake. Think Awesome, Impassioned, Rad, Staggering, Inspiring...well, you get the gist. Created in 2006, GOOD is "a collaboration of individuals, businesses, and nonprofits pushing the world forward" through a magazine, blog, videos, and community events. The people at GOOD stand as lighthouses among the seemingly insurmountable...

Today's the 75th Anniversary of Repeal Day, Where Will You be Drinking?

Remember when the manufacture, sale, or transportation of alcohol was illegal? Yeah, neither do we, and thankfully so. Around the turn of the 20th century, booze started to get a seriously bad rap as the beverage of the unsavory folk, so the 18th Amendment went into effect in 1920. While this "Noble Experiment" didn't specifically outlaw consumption, it sure as hell made it difficult to procure, and public saloons were effectively disseminated. But one man's...

ScientIST: 20th Anniversary of World AIDS Day

It's hard to believe, but December 1, 2008 marks the 20th anniversary of World AIDS Day. Today we come together as friends and family, as a city, as a state, as a country, and (most importantly) as a global community to educate and inform on the world AIDS epidemic. While others will (and should) debate the politics of this crisis, we here at the ScientIST feel it's our duty to share some basic Health 101...

Kidrockers: Where Mom, Dad & the Kids Listen to Local Indie Bands

Black Friday, Schmiday. Even with the impending recession, we know you dragged/dragging/will drag your kids to the various malls and outlets in the LA area the whole damn weekend. While you may enjoy the thrill of sabotaging your neighbors shopping cart in hopes of snagging whatever Elmo incarnation is hot this year (call me when he can do my taxes and empty the cat box), your poor offspring cannot be placated with more than...

ScientIST: Eat Well

Photo by S.C. Asher via the LAist Featured Photos pool on Flickr This year, with the official start of the holiday season tragically mired in a financial fiasco, the fires and soaring temperatures feeling more Summer than Fall, and Prop 8's passage reminding us all we've still a long way to go, it's enough to think drowning your sorrows in gravy and cheese balls is the answer to all of life's problems. So, as...

ScientIST: Dr. Mom Knows Best about Chicken Soup

As the saying goes, "Mom knows best". This is especially true when we're under the weather, and though there are but few PTA members with legit science and medical degrees, it seems like most Moms could whip up an acute care clinic from the trunk of their Volvo if pressed. We turn to them for tummy aches and acne, scrapes and sunburns, chickenpox and colds (and nearly everything in between), and though their specialized mixture...

ScientIST: The Flu!

Photo by Melissa Moore/LAist Now that it's November and the fall is officially here LA-style (the rain this past weekend totally counts), we feel that it's our ScientIST duty to gently put aside the upcoming holiday season to focus on YOU. To that end, we hope you'll join us each Monday this month to discover ways to keep you healthy and sane through butter-laden pecan pies, overbearing relatives, and the seasonal flu. Well, Angelenos,...

ScientIST: Breast Cancer Organizations in LA

Photo by Melissa Moore/LAist We conclude our ScientIST series for October focused on Breast Cancer Awareness. As we bring our special ScientIST series on Breast Cancer Awareness to a close (you can find earlier articles here and here), we encourage you to remember that October was getting the message out; the fight to find a cure (or cures) to this disease continues in laboratories and hospitals and homes year-round. Check out the following local...

ScientIST: Breast Cancer Facts

Like, totally cellular | Photo by Melissa Moore/LAist We continue our ScientIST series for October focused on Breast Cancer Awareness. Last week, we kicked off Breast Cancer Awareness month by highlighting the pioneering work of UCLA's own Dr. Dennis Slamon in the field of breast cancer therapy and his fight to bring Herceptin to market. In doing so, we likened cancer to a weed overgrowing a garden, diverting vital nutrients and resources away from...

ScientIST: Dr. Dennis Slamon and Herceptin

I heart D&A | Photo by Melissa Moore/LAist LAist's freshly minted Ph.D., Melissa, is stepping out of the lab to bring you Scient-IST. Our resident expert will give you the inside scoop on health, science and breaking research. In honor of Breast Cancer Awareness Month, our kick-off columns will focus on the latest in breast cancer studies, activism and more. Who says scientists can't be celebrities? They've got cool gear (PET scanners), adoring fans...

Kidrockers Present: The Deadly Syndrome and Afternoons at The Echo

The Deadly Syndrome hamm(er)ing it up via their MySpace page It was only a matter of time before hipster boys and girls grew up to have boys and girls of their own, and were left with the dilemma of how to reconcile a live music obsession with a dearth of available babysitters. Presto chango diapero! Kidrockers to your rescue! Beg, borrow, or reproduce - all you need is a little one and a sense...

LAist Interview: The BSE

Everyone loves a mystery. But Mondays turn into Fridays turn back into Mondays and it's not long before you arrive at the sobering realization that the last time a good, old-fashioned whodunit inundated your methodical lifestyle was during a chance encounter with the collected works of Agatha Christie. Imagine your surprise, then, when going about your normal A.M. routine - coffee, toast, LAist (ahem), MySpace status update (mood: exanimate!) - you happen upon a peculiar...

Body Worlds' Inventor Dr. Gunther von Hagens Gives Lecture

Photo by Christine N. Ziemba/LAist It has long been held that the mysteries of the human body be revealed to a select group of degree laden individuals, physicians and scientists alike, whose rigorous scholastic upbringing served as an all access pass to our anatomy and physiology. The layperson, meanwhile, was left to entrust his or her precious and vastly complicated system to the aforementioned guru or, more often then not, lay awake at night...

Greenopia LA for Mother's Day

Ranunculus and Anemones | Photo by pink_fish13 via the LAist Featured Photos pool on Flickr Is it too much to ask that all businesses, big and small, have a Green rating associated with them? Something akin to LA's restaurant classifications, where the average consumer is clued into the eco-friendliness of establishments and in turn, companies vie for the buyer's dollars through a public showing (or shaming) of their carbon footprint? While the complications and policing...

LAist Interview: Jessica Denay of The Hot Mom's Club

Not knocking the strictly stay-at-home soccer moms of yesteryear with their mom jeans, feathered bobs and tuna casseroles, but Baby, we've come a long way. The sea change of the last decade has made Mom cool again, and not just because hipsters have appropriated their high-waisted pants and MILFs are TV plotline de rigueur (30 Rock's "MILF Island," anyone?). Parents in general and mothers specifically are throwing away the old books with their outdated rules...

Coachella Overheard

Love 'em or hate 'em, music festivals are the dim sum of the concert-going experience; try a little of everything and go back for more of what you like (or ditch out on what you don't). This year's Coachella was no exception, with acts like country crooner Dwight Yoakam vying for time against dance-rock lovelies Hot Chip, or Prince breaking down the funk for the masses after a particularly breathtaking Portishead set. With the...

Audra Mae at Hotel Café 04/22/08

Tuesday nights in LA can be slow in the Spring; the energy of activation to get prettied up and brave the slick streets is much higher than that required to crack open a beer and settle on the couch. But when a heat wave hits with its concomitant restlessness, suddenly a weeknight outing is not only desired but sorely needed. It was in this fitful state I found myself making my way down a...

Tales from the 720

Each year for the past four, I've picked a few months to forgo the parking pass that my work necessitates and couple LA's public transportation system with my trusty bicycle to make the 15 mile round trip each day. One late night, when I didn't want to chance the Wilshire corridor without reflective gear and happened to have my crap digital camera in tow, I took some photos of the commute on the 720 Metro...

Loteria! Grill at 3rd and Fairfax

Even though the Farmers Market at 3rd and Fairfax isn't really a farmers market at all, Loteria! Grill alone stands out among the labyrinth of tchotchke-filled stores and food stands that make up this misnomer (and trend setter?) as a viable reason to brave the parking lot at the Grove. Named after Mexico's answer to Bingo, Loteria!'s Zagat-rated and highly lauded open-air stand seems to belie its moniker; consistently excellent food here seems anything but...

Workout Wednesday: Ohm Optional

Liberation Yoga | Photo by Melissa Moore/LAist With as many gurus of yoga available as the personality types frequenting their classes, finding a studio and a style as a beginner can be daunting. But one need look no further than the local newsstand and their dizzying array of yoga journals to see that the health (and other) benefits of the practice run far and wide. Originally envisioned as a way to physically prepare the body...

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