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After Successfully Bringing Sexy Back, Justin Timberlake Sets His Sights on MySpace

Remember back in 2006 when sexy had fallen on hard times, and then Justin Timberlake came along and rescued it from obscurity? That must have been what MySpace had in mind when they called up JT and asked him to help bring the social networking site back from the brink.

Myspace Acquired by Online Ad Network Specific Media

After months in search of a buyer, Beverly Hills-based Myspace has finally been acquired. In an email to employees late Wednesday morning, CEO Mike Jones broke the news to employees in an email late Wednesday morning.

Identity of Schwarzenegger Spawngate Staffer Revealed

Mildred "Patty" Baena (via MySpace) In a "world exclusive" report, tabloid site RadarOnline has revealed the identity of the staffer with whom former California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger had a son. Her name is Mildred Patricia Baena, she goes by the name Patty, she is 50 years old, and her son was born about 14 years ago. Baena was employed for 20 years as a housekeeper in the home Schwarzenegger shared with his wife, Maria...

Rumors True: MySpace Reduces Staff by 47%

Turns out the MySpace rumors were true. The Beverly Hills-based social networking company will give roughly 500 employees the heave ho, according to Mashable. The site relaunch and logo rebranding wasn't enough to stop the declining traffic and revenue woes that have plagued MySpace for some time and CEO Mike Jones acknowledged that "today's tough but necessary changes were taken in order to provide the company with a clear path for sustained growth and...

MySpace Faces Major Layoffs, Possible Sale

Newly redesigned MySpace as entertainment hub A cheeky new logo, a revamped site and new account integration with Facebook may not be enough to keep Beverly Hills-based MySpace afloat and 50 percent of its employees could face layoffs, according to All Things Digital. It's not a secret that MySpace has struggled long and hard to re-establish revenue and traffic dominance in the social networking game. On a November earnings call, News Corp's COO said...

Britney's Snacks, Paris' Tweets, and the Idea of Hollywood: An Interview with 'Starstruck' Author Elizabeth Currid-Halkett

Welcome to Los Angeles, known to many as the place where dreams come true. While we might be in line for a Frappucino next to Miley Cyrus one day, then seeing a paparazzi shot of a Twilight star pumping gas ("They pump their own gas!") on a glossy page of a gossip rag while waiting at the doctor's office, here we live in a curious world of celebrity, no matter how distant the proximity....

MySpace or Yours? New Logo Draws a Blank

It's a good time to be a logo. Or is it? After clothing retailer The Gap unveiled their "new look," came the news Friday that Beverly Hills-based social networking site MySpace has a new logo, too. The result, as unveiled at the Warm Gun Design conference in San Francisco, replaces the all-lowercase "myspace" next to three cylindrical body-like shapes with the word "my" in black Helvetica followed by...a space. The "space" is symbolized with...

LAPD Release Photo of MySpace Predator

The LAPD are hoping more victims will come forward following the arrest ths weekend of Samuel Francisco, a 35-year-old being held for the alleged sexual assault of a 13-year-old girl. Francisco befriended the middle schooler on MySpace, then enticed her away from campus on Friday afternoon, according to a press release. Authorities released this photo of Francisco hoping more victims will come forward, as well as more information regarding last week's kidnapping and assault....

How has the Online Dating Game Changed?

This Thursday night in Manhattan Beach we'll hear what the online dating game was, is, and what it can be from five distinct points of view. From shameless social media oversharing to sexting, twittercrushes and swingers socials, there's another world of possibilities for all you disgruntled JDaters and eHarmonists.

Lori Drew Verdict Thrown Out in MySpace Case

A Los Angeles federal judge tentatively threw out a jury's verdicts against a Missouri mother who used MySpace in a hoax directed towards a teenage girl who eventually killed herself. The trial about the out-of-state incident happened in Los Angeles because MySpace servers are located here. Judge H. Wu's decision will become final once it's in writing. Wu overturned the jury's decision because if Lori Drew were convicted of illegally accessing a computer, anyone...

MySpace Lays Off 30%

About 500 employees were slashed from MySpace's company roll call, CNET reported today. "Simply put, our staffing levels were bloated and hindered our ability to be an efficient and nimble team-oriented company," Owen Van Natta, CEO of the News Corp.-owned social site, said in a release. "I understand that these changes are painful for many. They are also necessary for the long-term health and culture of MySpace. Our intent is to return to an...

I Kid Thee Not: M.I.A.'s Kid is Named Ikhyd. Explanation, Please?

M.I.A. at the Grammys, ready to give birth (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill) The impending birth of her first baby didn't keep British-Sri Lankan rapper diva M.I.A. from hitting the stage at this year's Grammy's, and just a couple of days later she delivered her son. Although plans to roll the new mom onstage at this year's Academy Awards show didn't pan out (thank goodness?), she has just been added to the line up for...

Seven Questions with...Diana Miller, Talent Executive - 'Last Call with Carson Daly'

LA has a diverse cast of characters. Whether it's the characters with stirring stories or interesting occupations or the people who are just simply characters, this town has them all. In an effort to get to know some of those characters a little better, we've created "Seven Questions with..." Our first subject is Diana Miller. LA is one of only two cities in the country where you can run into someone who earns a...

The LAist Comedy Gift Guide

The holidays are here. Don't f*cking remind me. Photo courtesy borrowed via LAist Featured Photo pool on flickr. So much of this holiday season is about giving 'gifts'. It's all so commercialized, bro. You've got gifts for kids, gifts for drinkers. You've even got gift ideas for people who sure as hell can't afford to buy you a gift in return. Thanks but no thanks, douchetards. This year, it's all about getting people shit...

Verdict is in for Lori Drew in the 'MySpace Suicide' Case

Lori Drew, left, and her daughter Sarah, arrive at federal court | AP Photo/Nick Ut Lori Drew was cleared of felony charges today in Los Angeles. However, she has been convicted of three misdemeanor counts in the "MySpace suicide" case. Drew had plead not guilty to all counts. She now faces up to three years in prison and a $300,000 fine. It is believed that Drew's invention of a fraudulant MySpace profile used to...

T.I. @ Key Club, 10/3/08

T.I. performs at the Key Club in West Hollywood | Photo by Michael Park courtesy of MySpace Music Just like many of his peers, T.I. has a roster of nicknames as long as the chain around his neck. One of the most popular of those nicknames is "The King of the South," but on Friday night, at the Key Club T.I. was simply the King. T.I. could have easily mailed this show in. His latest...

MySpace Announces Local Secret Shows

MySpace is throwing two "secret" concerts, one at The Echo on Friday with Spiritualized and another with Trivium on Monday at the Whisky A Go Go. You have to befriend the Secret Shows profile to get the announcements via the bulletin board and usually they ask you to bring a printout of your profile with Secret Shows as one of your top friends. This time, they don't say it, but you might want to play...

Uh Huh Her @ Nettwerk's The Sync, 6/25/08

Last month, the local electropop duo Uh Huh Her (MySpace), consisting of Leisha Hailey, formerly of The Murmurs, and Carmila Grey, formerly of Mellowdrone (MySpace), performed at Nettwerk's The Sync in Hollywood. Their MySpace page has been visited a whopping 1.1 million times, no doubt due to Hailey's popularity on The L Word, which she readily acknowledged has provided their music with a great amount of visibility. And the pair recently completed a month-long...

Midnight Movie: Yo, Yo. Facebookin' Gangsta Rap Stuff. Yeah.

by the Facebook Gangsta And below is the classic "MySpace" song by the local comedy band, The Fresh. (Also: check out The Fresh's version of Gnarls Barkley's "Crazy" done in a Polka/Klezmer way). On Sunday, they play at Tangier....

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...

The Damn Sons, BlackBlack & The Like @ 6th St. Warehouse, 5/30/08

On Friday night, The Damn Sons (MySpace), BlackBlack (MySpace), and The Like (MySpace) performed at the 6th St. Warehouse in Downtown LA. By the time BlackBlack went onstage, the warehouse air was hot and heavy, reeking of cigarette smoke, and the restroom was out of toilet paper. But that didn't deter the all ages crowd, nor The Cobrasnake, from enjoying the show and taking photos. Speaking of photos, during The Like's set, the number...

Lori Drew Indicted in MySpace Suicide Hoax

According to AP, as reported on CNN, Lori Drew was indicted today in the case of the MySpace hoax. Lori Drew and cohorts allegedly set up a fake MySpace profile that romanced and then dumped 13-year old Meghan Meier. These actions are believed to have led to her suicide on October 16, 2006. Drew was charged with one count of conspiracy and three counts of fraudulently gaining access to someone else's computer. Each count carries...

MySpace Founder's Home Robbed

No, it was not Tom. MySpace founder Brad Greenspan's $2.9 million home was discovered burglarized on Saturday. Police say it may be related to all the recent cat burglaries in the Hollywood Hills. Greenspan's home is located at 2177 Sunset Plaza Drive. Other recent Hollywood Hills home robberies include Charlize Theron, who became victim to it in December, Tim McGraw & Faith Hill in February and Duran Duran's John Taylor in March. In 2006, the...

Ashley Grills Confesses to the "Myspace Suicide" Hoax and Implicates Lori Drew

On Tuesday, 19 year-old Ashley Grills, who was involved in the Myspace hoax that allegedly led to the October 2006 suicide of Megan Meier, confessed to her participation on Good Morning America. Ashley Grills also stated during the interview that Lori Drew was much more involved in the hoax than she is admitting. Grills stated that Lori Drew said it was a "a good idea" when Drew's daughter and Grills suggested they invent a fake...

LAist Interview: Jeffree Star

It's hard not to notice when Jeffree Star enters a room because he is wearing high heels, has bright pink shoulder length hair, is heavily tattooed from head to toe, and carries a large Louie Vuitton purse. And it was apparently just as difficult not to notice him when he bust onto the internet scene (and into our hearts) in 2003. Recently, and without any marketing or ads, he has been blowing doors on the...

Largo to Close? What's Happening to Fairfax Village?

First Nova Express Cafe? Now Largo? The good news, however, is that Largo's alleged closing is about opening a new space on La Cienaga according to bulletin board threads on www.fairfax-avenue.com and the Ditty Bops' website. A February 21st post on Fairfax Avenue repeated what Sara Watkins (of the Watkins Family Hour) wrote on a MySpace bulletin: "Largo will be closed and moving to a great new location during May (to open in June) so...

Soundcheck: The Ditty Bops & Jesca Hoop @ McCabe's Guitar Shop, 3/1/08

Part of an ongoing series. On Saturday evening, local green-minded band (and Go Magazine covergirls) The Ditty Bops (MySpace), with Jesca Hoop (MySpace), John Reynolds, and Kaveh Rastegar (MySpace), performed at McCabe's Guitar Shop in Santa Monica. The shows also celebrated the release of The Ditty Bops' third full-length album, Summer Rains, with Hoop singing backup on three tracks: "Skinny Bones," "What Happened To The Radio," and "Feel From The Outside In." The Ditty...

Soundcheck: Midnight Movies @ The Echo, 3/2/08

Part of an ongoing series. On Sunday evening, local band Midnight Movies (MySpace) performed on Part Time Punks (MySpace) at The Echo (MySpace), opening for Spectrum. Also on the bill was Chicago's Grimble Grumble (MySpace). Midnight Movies also sold at the show advance copies of their new Nights EP (which streets on iTunes next Tuesday), which includes two versions of the title track "Nights In White Satin" as well as "Should Have Known," "Stormy...

Tonight in Rock: HAIM, Let's Go Sailing, theSTART, Howlin Wolf

Van Hunt plays the Temple Bar tonight, the third and last in a series of LA shows | Photo via his MySpace page The Guide to March Rock Music Residencies has been updated with a few more listings -- it seems as if residencies are catching on, which is a good thing. Meanwhile, Howlin Rain plays their last LA concert before a tour promoting their new album, Magnificent Fiend, that was released yesterday. Nicole...

Tonight in Rock: Hackensaw Boys, Foo Fighters

The Hackensaw Boys | Photo via their MySpace Our brain is going to explode with all the great choices tonight. From friggin' amazing jazz (see, we're not swearing) at UCLA to folk-punk sensibilities of The Hackensaw Boys at Tangier in Los Feliz (video after the jump), tonight is a bounty of gold. Also, Jim Bianco will be at Amoeba and it's the first night for Wednesday night March residencies. Howlin' Rain @ Spaceland Jim...

Guide to March Rock Music Residencies

Test Your Reflex plays this month at Hotel Cafe on Wednesdays | Photo by Luke Wooden via their MySpace Despite SXSW starting up this week with 100+ Los Angeles based bands heading over there, residencies are growing stronger and more venue-diverse across the line, especially on Monday nights where the volume makes it hard to choose from. Here's to a great month of residencies, rock on. Mondays The Chapin Sisters @ The Echo (Free),...

Tonight in Rock: Reeve Oliver, Mountain Goats, Jeffrey Lewis

Reeve Oliver plays Tuesday nights at the Key Club this month | Photo via their MySpace Tuesdays are usually slow nights in LA for music and as bands prep to head Texas-way for SXSW, we'll probably see even fewer choices like tonight. But fewer doesn't mean worse. Mountain Goats and Jeffrey Lewis (great video below) play at the Troubadour tonight (and tomorrow), Working For A Nuclear Free City is back with another concert, this...

Tonight in Rock: Homeless Benefit, Spaceland Turns 13

The Magnetic Fields play tonight and tomorrow | Image via their MySpace Some may know that there is the LA Homeless Blog, written by the CEO of People Assisting the Homeless (PATH). Tonight, the Hotel Cafe is hosting a benefit concert for the organization called Rock and Run for Charity. The name is not merely because the Marathon happened this morning. Sara Radle from Calamity Magnet and Chris Radle from Supersport both ran it...

Tonight in Rock: Ditty Bops, SambaLá, Aceyalone

Spaceland is A Place To Bury Strangers | Photo by Redboy via the band's MySpace. More great concert photos by Redboy here SambaLá @ Blue Cafe (Long Beach, Upstairs Room) The Ditty Bops @ McCabe's (Santa Monica) Pigeon John @ Malibu Inn (Malibu) Grizzly Bear @ Walt Disney Concert Hall (Downtown) Aceyalone @ Temple Bar (Santa Monica) Bad Religion @ House of Blues (West Hollywood) Holy Fuck, A Place to Bury Strangers, In Waves...

'The Bad Luck Betties' Release Party @ Redwood Bar & Grill, 2/21/08

Last Thursday evening, photographer/director Octavio "Winkytiki" Arizala (MySpace) celebrated the release of his Vivid-Alt (MySpace) movie The Bad Luck Betties at the Redwood Bar & Grill in Downtown LA. Also in attendance, besides Bad Luck Betties' "Smoking" Mary Jane (MySpace) and Mika Tan (MySpace) and newcomers Sochee and Mika, were Vivid-Alt head Eon McKai (MySpace), photographer/director Dave Naz (MySpace) and his girlfriend Ashley Blue, and director Vena Virago (MySpace). The party was presented in...

Soundcheck: Jesca Hoop @ Temple Bar, 2/19/08

Part of an ongoing series. Last Tuesday, local singer/songwriter Jesca Hoop (MySpace), whose album Kismet was number one on Nic Harcourt's Top Ten Albums of 2007, performed a solo acoustic show at Temple Bar (MySpace) in Santa Monica, opening for Van Hunt (MySpace). Hoop's next local show will be with the Hotel Cafe Tour (MySpace) on April 12th at the Henry Fonda Theatre in Hollywood, alongside Meiko (MySpace) who was mentioned by LAist last...

'Interviewer Picks The Wrong Obama Supporter to Try To Railroad'

We couldn't pick a better headline than Think On These Things did with this video. The blog, that talks itself up to be "research, commentary, and news on the 2008 Presidential Election with a Pro-Obama Slant" show us this video that has made Derrick, the savvy Obama supporter being interviewed, practically a political YouTube Star. Going by the sobriquet DNA, his locally based "Afropolitan Fusion" style band is Soulfège (check out 'To Be Free'...

Tristan Prettyman & G. Love @ House Of Blues, 2/15/08

Earlier this month, San Diego-based singer/songwriter Tristan Prettyman (MySpace) and G. Love & Special Sauce (MySpace) performed a two-night stint at the House of Blues in West Hollywood as part of their current tour. The duo collaborated on the song "Beautiful", from G. Love's album Lemonade, which was performed last year on Late Night With Conan O'Brien. Prettyman, who has been referred to as "the female Jack Johnson," also collaborated on the Lindsay Lohan-themed...

TV Junkie: Tuesday - From the Incredibly New to the Incredibly Old

A few months ago LAist interviewed writer/creator/director Marshall Herskovitz about his web series Quarterlife, and lo and behold, the series debuts on NBC tonight! MySpace, which showcased Quarterlife has a new show of the hidden-camera comedy variety debuting this week as well, "Special Delivery", which will have episodes twice weekly. From these new media developments we turn to television's ancient past on today, Jackie Gleason's birthday, JackieGleason.com has been launched with rare stills and clips...

Tonight in Rock: Robert Francis, The Helio Sequence, Correatown

Robert Francis | Photo via his MySpace page As we said yesterday in this column, Robert Francis fell ill earlier this month, prompting the cancellation of his Monday night residency at the Silverlake Lounge. Good news, though, the new favorite local artist of ours is playing tonight at El Rey at 8:45 p.m. with the Australian Missy Higgins performing after. There's no better way than letting you get to know Francis via a few...

Soundcheck: Electrocute @ Spaceland, 2/17/08

Part of an ongoing series. Last Sunday, local electronic pop duo Electrocute (MySpace), perhaps best known for their song "Bikini Bottom" on the SpongeBob SquarePants Movie soundtrack, concluded their February residency at Spaceland (MySpace) in Silver Lake. The lineup included Totally Radd!! (MySpace) and Har Mar Superstar (MySpace). This month, the artists who've shared their stage include Punk Bunny (MySpace), ARP (MySpace), Laco$te (MySpace), The Lady Tigra (MySpace), and B.R.A.M (MySpace). Tonight, Electrocute performs...

Soundcheck: The Pity Party @ Spaceland, 2/4/08

Part of an ongoing series. Speaking of local rock duos (and also tonight), The Pity Party (MySpace), who were interviewed here at LAist earlier this month, conclude their February residency at Spaceland (MySpace) in Silver Lake. This month, the artists who've shared their stage include The Happy Hollows (MySpace), Light FM (MySpace), Rademacher (MySpace), Twilight Sleep (MySpace), The Human Value (MySpace), Karin Tatoyan (MySpace), What Made Milwaukee Famous (MySpace), Ladies And Gents (MySpace), and...

Tonight in Rock: Tracy Spuehler, Killsonic, PB Wolf

Boom Bip will be at The Roxy Tonight | Photo by Charley B via Boom Bip's MySpace page Yay for Monday nights, there's lots of quality to choose from. If you're looking for something crazy and fun, then watch this video we recently took of Killsonic, who plays at The Bordello tonight. LA Weekly picks Tracy Spuehler at the Hotel Cafe as their pick and What Made Milwaukee Famous plays once again, for free,...

A-Trak & Kid Sister @ The Natural History Museum, 2/1/08

Earlier this month, A-Trak (MySpace) and Kid Sister (MySpace) performed as the co-headliners of First Fridays (MySpace) at the Natural History Museum in Exposition Park. Meanwhile, Dublab (MySpace) DJs Frosty (MySpace) and Take (MySpace) spun tunes in the African Mammal Hall. When Kanye West appeared at their show a week before at the American Museum of Natural History in New York (West is featured on Kid Sister's song "Pro Nails"), there was speculation that...

Soundcheck: The Airborne Toxic Event, The Deadly Syndrome & Castledoor @ Spaceland, 1/31/08

Part of an ongoing series. Three weeks ago, The Airborne Toxic Event (MySpace) concluded their January residency at Spaceland (MySpace) in Silver Lake with a show that included The Deadly Syndrome (MySpace) and Castledoor (MySpace). It was a chance to see all three of Kevin Bronson's bands to watch on the same stage in a single night. So many people (including Kiefer Sutherland, who had recently completed his DUI prison sentence) descended to Spaceland...

Tonight in Rock: Pinback, West Indian Girl, Entrance Band

West Indian Girl plays The Troubadour tonight | Photo by Ty Parker via their MySpace LA Weekly points us to some hot picks for tonight. About Girl in Coma: "Joan Jett knows a thing or two about rock & roll, and her latest protegees, Girl in a Coma, on her Blackheart label are one of the best and most interesting bands to come out of Texas in a long time," writes Falling James. They...

Tonight in Rock: The Kevin Eubanks Group

We seemed to have missed Santa Monica based Krandon as a Wednesday night resident at Molly Malone's. The lightly meditative and chill alternative indie band's name comes from an abandoned James Joyce play written in collaboration with physicist Neils Bohr according to the band's MySpace page. If that's a little too esoteric for you, our Wednesday night pick this month is a little more down home folk style, but with a loud presence -- Brian...

Tonight in Rock: Everest, Malea McGuiness, Iron Maiden

Everest at The Echo | Photo by Shayna Peveler via their MySpace page Last night we checked out What Made Milwaukee Famous playing to a small crowd at Spaceland. Simply put, amazing. We're shocked that more people were not there. Lucky for us, luck for you, they have four more shows within the next nine days here in LA starting Thursday at the Silverlake Lounge. "Sultan" - What Made Milwaukee Famous &righticonhover=0x333232&text=0x333232&slider=0xF2F2F2&track=0xFFFFFF&border=0xFFFFFF&loader=0x838383&soundFile=http://aprodxn.com/laist/zfiles/sultan.mp3"> "Resistance" -...

Tonight in Rock: Van Hunt, Grand Ole Party, St. Vincent

Van Hunt plays the Temple Bar tonight, Feb. 19 and March 6 | Photo via his MySpace page In an e-mail early, early, early this morning, McCabe's announced something unexpected: The Swell Season will be playing tomorrow night in the guitar shop's intimate performance space. You may not recognize the band's name, but you know them as Irish singer Glen Hansard and Czech pianist Marketa Irglova from the movie Once. The gig got booked...

LAist Interview: Alex & Sam, Tangier's February Residency

Samantha Sidley and Alex Silverman at their Silver Lake rehearsal space | Photo via their MySpace page Alex & Sam may be a duo in title, but their fairly large band, sometimes up to twelve-members on stage, is quite a force of music that just puts a smile on your face. You can't really corner them into a jazz-blues rock or straight rock category. All we can say is that on stage, they've got...

Need a Date? How About a Crazy Blind Date?

Back in 2004, two Harvard graduates decided to make a dating website with the vision that dating should be free. Since then, OkCupid.com has gained 525,000 active users (meaning active within the last 8 weeks), climbing their way up to the top of the online dating empire, possibly freaking out Match.com, which has an estimated 1.3 million users. In Los Angeles alone, OkCupid has 54,000 registers users (including Tom from MySpace... maybe that's him, maybe...

Tonight in Rock: Charlie & The Valentine Killers*

Mellowdrone | Photo by Todd Becker via their MySpace page UPDATE, 12:10 P.M.: We forgot to remind you that Sia is playing this afternoon in Santa Monica for free. 2:00 p.m., Starbucks, random (see first bullet in Extra, Extra list). Maybe you're going on a rock n' roll date tonight with one of these bands. Or maybe you're going to the launch party of RocknRollDating.com. Or maybe Valentine's Day sucks and you'll be joining...

'Not Another Porn Movie' Release Party @ Beauty Bar (2/8/08)

On Friday night, pornstar and director (as well as recent Howard Stern Show guest) Joanna Angel (MySpace) celebrated the release of her Burning Angel movie, Not Another Porn Movie, with a party at Beauty Bar in Hollywood. It's also the debut release from Adam & Eve's new Independent Adult Cinema (IAC) imprint. In attendance, besides Angel, were several Burning Angel girls, including Nico and Taysha, with her boyfriend Jeremy, as well as AVN photographer...

Tonight in Rock: Folk, Soul-Grass & some Punk Dub

Jordan McConnell of The Duhks | Photo via thir Myspace page Willie Nelson may be playing downtown tonight, but if you want some folk rock that's local and amazingly fresh, go hear Brian Wright and the Waco Tragedies. We heard them last week at their first show of their Hotel Cafe February residency and it was in-your-face and beautiful. But you've got a tough choice if you like this kind of music because when...

Tonight in Rock: Din Caliber, North Mississippi Allstars

For a band of two 16-year-olds and one 17-year-old, Din Caliber has a huge sound that's quite exciting. And Linda Perry, record label owner/producer (credits include Gwen Stefani, Pink, Alicia Keys, Christina Aguilara), has her eye on them. The home schooled trio practices four to five nights a week for four hours and has played the House of Blues and a few shows at the Whiskey A Go Go. Tonight they play the Knitting Factory...

Tonight in Rock: Santa Monica, Los Feliz or Long Beach?

This is the 'cute' part of Electrocute. They play at Spaceland tonight | Photo from their MySpace page On Friday we interviewed Jay Babcock of Arthur Magazine -- he books a series on Sunday nights at McCabe's Guitar Shop in Santa Monica. More Eastwardly, Alex & Sam will play their second show of the Sunday residency spot at Tangier in Los Feliz (for all February residencies in LA, check out our guide). Last week...

Tonight in Rock: Cowboy, Blues & Rock

We've never been to the Celebrity Center for a concert, but we can vouch for Cowboy (not Country!) musician Dave Stamey if you're into that kind of thang. Still, for those inclined to roots music, The Arthur Adams Band will be at the Baked Potato in Studio City playing blues. The Arthur Adams Band @ The Baked Potato Editors, Hot Hot Heat, Louis XIV @ The Wiltern Manic Hispanic, Death by Stereo, GG Elvis &...

DineLA: The Happy Ending Restaurant and Bar

The Happy Ending is the perfect place for your bachelor party to grab a bite to eat on the way to the strip club. It's also the perfect place for your divorced dad to park you in front of the video trivia game while he drinks too much and hits on a waitress half his age. I couldn't believe it the first time I saw the name of this restaurant. I thought perhaps it was...

Lucha Va Voom: Feb. 12, 13 and 14

Lucha VaVOOM is "Mexican Masked Wrestling and Spicy Striptease" | Left Photo from their MySpace, Right Photo by upeslases via Flickr Maybe you're sick and tired of being all serious, what with this "presidential primaries" junk weighing heavy on your heart and mind. Maybe you're looking for the perfect place to take that special someone on Valentine's Day. Or maybe you're like me, and you've just always really, really, really wanted to see the...

Guide to February Rock Music Residencies

Smash Fashion plays Monday nights at Crash Mansion | Photo via their MySpace page Month-long residencies are one of the best ways to catch up-and-coming bands in Los Angeles. You have at least four times to catch a band, and each time, if they are gaining popularity over each show, it will be harder to see them. Last Thursday at their final residency concert, The Airborne Toxic Event played a sold out show with...

Tonight in Rock: Mardi Gras!

Aimee Mann will play tonight and tomorrow night at Largo. Dinner is booked, but they say come down early for drinks | Photo via MySpace Usually Tuesday nights are slow for music in this town. Not tonight -- the spirit of Super Tuesday and democracy must have rung clear to bookers. Of course, LAist is having a party too, starting at 7:00 p.m. at Seven Grand. Choices, choices. If there's a show you do...

Indie Pop Explosion In Your Ears, Tonight @ The Scene in Glendale

If you're like me and you hate pro football, or if you're looking for something to do after Football Team A defeats Football Team B in the field of Superbowly Combat, go to The Scene in Glendale tonight, and see NYC based Indie Pop Band Murder Mystery, along with LA's The Tartans and Oxnard's Maria. So why should you brave the rain and the perils of Glendale? Well if you're like me, you're in need...

Tonight in Rock: Alex & Sam, Winter Flowers, Dimitri From Paris

Alex & Sam will play the first show of their residency at Tangier tonight | Photo via their MySpace You might recognize the girl above. Locally, that's Sam from the band Alex & Sam who is playing at Tangier all this month every Sunday night, but for those who are more pop-culture oriented (rather, American Idol obsessed), that's Samantha Sidley who got a pass from all three judges for a "Welcome to Hollywood" (she's...

Tonight in Rock: Will Kanye West Crash a Museum Tonight?

The Cuban Cowboys, who were profiled on NPR last October, play tonight at the Temple Bar | Photo from their MySpace page Last Friday when A-Trak and Kid Sister played at New York City's Natural History Museum, Kanye West made a surprise visit. Neither Flavorpill or the Natural History Museum list Kanye for tonight's version of the NYC event, First Friday, but rumors are afloat, as they're bound to happen. Nevertheless, the evening looks...

Tonight in Rock: Shelby Lynne Sings Dusty Springfield

Shelby Lynne will be performing songs recorded by Dusty Springfield (of 'Son of a Preacher Man' fame) tonight at Amoeba at 7 p.m. It can get bit tight and uncomfortable over there, so if you just want to watch from the comfort of your home, well, there'll be a webcast. Here's Lynne playing at a live session on KCRW back in October. &righticonhover=0x333232&text=0x333232&slider=0xF2F2F2&track=0xFFFFFF&border=0xFFFFFF&loader=0x838383&soundFile=http://aprodxn.com/laist/zfiles/shelbylynnekcrw.mp3"> Shelby Lynne @ Amoeba Music Drug Rug @ Spaceland Johnny Polanco y...

Meiko & Priscilla Ahn @ Hotel Cafe, 1/23 & 1/24/08

Local singer/songwriters Meiko (MySpace) and Priscilla Ahn (MySpace) share similar qualities -- they are part-Asian (Meiko is quarter-Japanese and Ahn is half-Korean), and originally from back east (Meiko from Georgia and Ahn from Pennsylvania). So perhaps it was coincidental that both were booked in back-to-back shows last week at the Hotel Cafe in Hollywood, with Meiko onstage last Wednesday and Ahn last Thursday. Meiko, a one-time Hotel Cafe waitress, became a favorite of controversial...

Tonight in Rock: Piel, Fred Armisen, Petra Haden

Electro rockers, Piel, will play tonight at Crash Mansion | Photo from their MySpace page Last chance to catch bands in their Monday night January residencies. That, plus Fred Armisen, who LA Weekly says "does Prince better than Prince." Fred Armisen, Petra Haden, Chelsea Peretti @ The Troubadour Bloodcat Love, The Growlers, Sons & Lovers, Idyllists @ The Viper Room The Parson Red Heads, Idaho Falls, The Monolators, Papercranes @ Spaceland Piel, Odd Modern...

Tonight in Rock: The Blue Mask, Uprock-77, Talib Kweli

It's the last Saturday of the month and that means The Blue Mask at Mr. T's Bowl in Highland Park is back after a little holiday break. LA Weekly describes the all-night music party put on by fellow musicians of Motorcycle Black Madonnas as a venue to catch "some of the city's most respected underground punk, hard-rock and bent-jazz musicians... Best of all, there's almost no chance that the faux-rock glitterati (or celebrity trash like...

Ingrid Michaelson: Troubadour

Last night, as steady rain drenched West Hollywood, Ingrid Michaelson rocked out to a sold-out Troubadour. The mood was light and the in-between-song bantering was charming and quite often hilarious. Ingrid sings with with her mellow innocence and fragile vulnerability in full effect and is backed up beautifully by Ms. Allie Moss, her backup singer and guitarist. The enthusiastic audience managed to tease her back out for a two song encore, a melodic version...

The Hollow Trees: You, Your Kids, This Morning

Here at LAist, we really love local folk music, especially The Hollow Trees. In fact, we love them so much that we've interviewed them three times: a little ">over a year ago, then in May about Stagecoach (the roots version of Coachella) and this last December. We'll spare any in depth analysis this morning, but will just say if you're looking for things to do late this morning, whether your a parent or babysitting some...

Ingrid Michaelson: Thurs. Troubadour

Prominently featured in Grey's Anatomy and Old Navy ads, Singer-Songwriter and independent music wonder Ingrid Michaelson's music comes to the Troubadour this Thursday night. Tickets are all gone, but photos will be forthcoming here on LAist. Born in Staten Island, Ingrid started piano lessons at 4 and graduated from State University of New York at Binghamton with a degree in theater. She wrote the songs for her first album while on the road touring...

LAist Interview: Stephy S. From Yelp

Last Friday night at Bordello, Elite Yelpers gathered for drinks and music to wish Stephy S, Community Manager of Yelp.com for Los Angeles (she's like Tom of MySpace, but goddess style), a farewell adieu as she takes on a larger responsibility for the website up at its San Francisco HQ (sister site SFist should feel so lucky). Since May 2006, Stephy has been leading the way for Yelp.com, bringing in the energy for a site...

Tonight in Rock: Harry Perry Band!!!

It may be a holiday, yet Mondays are always a guaranteed good night for music with all the residencies in addition to tonight's appearance of Venice local Harry Perry (pictured right) in WeHo We Barbarians, The Morning Benders, Rio Bravo @ Silverlake Lounge Idyllists, The Movies, Light FM, C.R.A.F.T. Club @ Viper Room Radar Bros., Tigers Can Bite You, Kárin Tatoyan, Holloys @ The Echo The Parson Red Heads, The Shaky Hands, Francisco The Man,...

Tonight in Rock: OM, Kinetic Stereokids & More...

For Westsiders, two bands of note at The Good Hurt tonight: Atomatique (powerpop) and Kinetic Stereokids (DJ/Rock/Ecclectic). Downtown, check out The Smell for experimental trip-hop etherealsim with All Neon Like. Popular Seattle singer/songwriter/rocker Jeremy Enigk will be at the Troubadour and there's a great mix of psychobilly, Spanish ska and surf at The House of Blues. Get fresh with some down South banjo fiddlin', mandolin fingerin' and jew harpin' at The Hotel Cafe as Ray...

Sea Wolf @ The Natural History Museum, 1/4/08

Two weeks ago, locals Sea Wolf (MySpace), whose album Leaves In The River was number six on Nic Harcourt's Top Ten Albums of 2007, performed as the headliner of First Fridays (MySpace) at the Natural History Museum in Exposition Park. Opening for Sea Wolf were the Afternoons (MySpace), while DJs Allen (MySpace) and Hoseh (MySpace) spun tunes in the African Mammal Hall. Sea Wolf will open for Peter, Bjorn, and John (MySpace) at the...

The Bird And The Bee @ Detroit Bar, 1/5/08

Two weeks ago, local singer/songwriter Inara George (MySpace) and her band The Bird And The Bee performed as the headliner at Detroit Bar (MySpace) in Costa Mesa. Opening for The Bird And The Bee were Two Guns (MySpace) and Charlie Wadhams (MySpace). On Wednesday, The LA Times' Kevin Bronson confirmed that The Bird And The Bee will be performing at Coachella the weekend of April 25th-27th. More photos and a video of "Again And...

Tonight in Rock: War Tapes, KRS ONE, Elaine Brown

KRS ONE, one of the greatest rappers out there, will play The Roxy tonight | Photo from his MySpace Two highly recommended Hip-Hop shows take place tonight. Experience the powerful Gospel of Hip-Hop with KRS ONE at The Roxy or explore some electronic Hip-Hop with Sole and the Skyrider Band. And we mean no disrespect to Peanut Butter Wolf who is playing at El Rey with Chromeo, but we know for sure that show...

Extra, Extra: Now What Are We Going to Do?

Red Shoes makes for a nice contrast with the distinctive blue tile floor of Silver Lake's Intelligentsia CoffeeVan Nuys is real nice, isn't it, Senator Obama? Today the Democratic presidential nominee hopeful held a roundtable discussion in the residence of supporter Mimi Vitello in beautiful Van Nuys. Today's visit is part of Obama's local campaign efforts and his desire to meet with those who have fallen victim to the country's tough economy. And speaking of...

Soundcheck: The Airborne Toxic Event @ Spaceland, 1/3/08

Part of an ongoing series. Two weeks ago, locals The Airborne Toxic Event (MySpace), declared one of three bands to watch by The LA Times' Kevin Bronson, performed the first of five shows for their January residency at Spaceland (MySpace) in Silver Lake. The artists that are sharing the spotlight with them are a veritable who's who of rising stars on the indie music scene. Thus far, they have included Canon Blue (MySpace), The...

Rocket @ The Viper Room, 1/3/08

Two weeks ago, local band Rocket (MySpace), recently profiled by The LA Times' Kevin Bronson, performed at The Viper Room in West Hollywood. Later this month, they will embark on a West Coast tour, and open for The Horrorpops (MySpace) and The Pink Spiders (MySpace) in February. Locally, Rocket will be at the House Of Blues in San Diego on February 15th, the H.O.B. in Anaheim on February 16th, and Club Underground (MySpace) at...

Miss Derringer @ The Viper Room, 1/14/08

On Monday night, local artist and Downtown resident Elizabeth McGrath (formerly of Tongue) and her gothic country band Miss Derringer (MySpace) performed as the headliners of Indie 103.1 (MySpace)'s Check One Two Mondays at The Viper Room in West Hollywood. Opening for Miss Derringer were James Wilsey (MySpace) and Linda Strawberry (MySpace), with The Idyllists (MySpace) performing afterwards. Later this month, Miss Derringer will embark on a West Coast tour, and open for Bad...

WHY? to Rock Tangier Tommorrow!

It's uncommon that a rapper takes the name he used for over 6 years and transforms it into an indie-rock band, but founder Yoni Wolf is known for breaking the rules and getting great results. Operating within the Anticon collective Why?'s sound is self described as "smart, shimmering, sweetly soured" and front man Yoni's delivery as a "candytime-dissonant, singsong-suicide style". Anyways, this is a special intimate performance previewing material from the band's forthcoming album,...

The Social Networking Dream Has Died: Facebook Spam!!!

I logged into my email this morning to find five Facebook Wall posts from old friends -- many of whom I haven't spoken to in a while. "Hm, what is this spontaneous outpouring of love? How is it that so many have been moved to reach out to me this morning?" I clicked on over to my Facebook account, only to find -- I'D BEEN SPAMMED!!! Actually, I was the spammer, and every single...

Extra, Extra: Hey! Thx for the Add!!!

The general consensus about last night's one-hour Golden Globes "Awards Show" (quotation marks make for great sarcasm indicators, yes?): Less than stellar. The snorefest reading-of-the-nominees and "the winner is" naming was about as thrilling as the reading of a will, with Time's Richard Corliss declaring in his post-mortem that the reporters delivering the news "all sank into a sea of blandness and blondness." Local Latino politicians are endorsing Barack Obama in his Democratic Presidental...

Jesca Hoop @ Hotel Cafe, 1/8/08

Last Tuesday, local singer/songwriter Jesca Hoop (MySpace), whose album Kismet was number one on Nic Harcourt's Top Ten Albums of 2007, performed at the Hotel Cafe in Hollywood. Opening for Hoop were KS Rhoads (MySpace), Rie Sinclair (MySpace), and HoneyHoney (MySpace), featuring Wendy Wang from The Sweet Hurt (MySpace). Hoop was scheduled to again perform tonight at the Hotel Cafe, but according to the venue's website, "Due to illness, Jesca Hoop has postponed her...

How Would You Like Your Rock Tonight?

When Tony Pierce began as editor of LAist in June of 2006, he brought in a new genius noon column called Tonight in Rock. It was needed, this town is most definitely a music town and you can't avoid it. If you have a favorite band, it's just a matter of when they'll be visiting next. Yet flipping through pages of LA music listings, so many bands feel so anonymous. Great band name, but who...

Tonight in Rock: Coby Brown & The 11:11's, GIANT, Rocky Dawuni, Minnie Driver

It's the biggest dance club night in Los Angeles over at The Vanguard and tonight is a special one -- GIANT is having its eighth-anniversary party. Join Steve Aoki, Glycerin and others along it 1500 clubbers. Metromix has the low down. And speaking of anniversaries, the monthly Dragstrip 66 at Safari Sam's is celebrating its Quinceanera! 15 years ago, January, L.A.'s queer/mixed underground have been eagerly descending upon the club night every second saturday...

MySpace Suicide Case Raises Legal Questions

The law has always struggled to keep up with the fast-paced, ever-changing world of the internet. A federal investigation of fraud involving MySpace could set important legal precedents. The case brings up issues of first ammendment rights versus prosecution of harassment and other cybercrimes, as well as the question of jurisdiction in cyberspace. According to the Los Angeles Times, a federal grand jury in Los Angeles has issued subpoenas to MySpace and related parties in...

Greg Proops Headlines the Hollywood Improv This Weekend

The always dapper Greg Proops is at the Hollywood Improv 8:00pm on Friday; Saturday at 8:00 & 10:00pm. Whose Line Is It Anyway? was the mass media vehicle to inform all of us that Greg Proops is a gentleman and a scholar but that show and his innumerable appearances on shows like Ugly Betty, Last Comic Standing, Just Shoot Me, and all the late night talk shows require that Proops corral his wit and personality...

Tonight in Rock: Shwayze & Cisco Adler...

Cisco Adler protégé and collaborator, Shwayze (seen to the left), is hitting up Redondo Beach tonight with his happier sounding indie hip-hop. He grew up in a trailer park... a trailer park in Malibu that is. "To me, it was the nicest trailer of all time," the 22-year-old musician says. He and Adler play at the Venezia Italian Grill and you can start your night in Malibu, riding the bus down with the gang (RSVPs...

Extra, Extra: Your Space or Mine?

A different kind of web-server: Los Angeles based social networking site MySpace is getting served with subpoenas in the case of the teenager who committed suicide following a friend fake-out that was allegedly helmed by a classmate's parent. All I wanna do is BANG BANG BANG BANG! and take your...Fritos? Two Lancaster gang members have been convicted for killing a kid over his junk food. Laquane Keith and Reno Williams shot and killed 18-year-old LeMarcus...

Extra Extra: Nobody Here But Us Primary-Trackers

Oh L.A. and your crazy kooky vagrants! Please meet Crazy Doll Lady (as we are calling her), pictured in the photo above. She and her scary puppet friends hang out around Sunset and Vine every day, and wait outside the Hollywood Public Library every morning for food handouts. Say hi to her if you see her...or drive by real real fast like I do! Even if the Globes are cancelled, Academy Awards organizers are...

Bank Heist on Fire in North Hollywood*

No, there was not a bank heist today in North Hollywood, as there was 11 years ago, the old bank building turned into restaurant/club on Lankershim Blvd., near the NoHo Red/Orange Line stops, is on fire. At 7:13 a.m. this morning, the fire was reported. One firefighter suffered smoke inhalation.The fire burned between floors and in the attic area, said Ron Myers of the Los Angeles Fire Department. After about 40 minutes, firefighters determined...

KGRL's Top 10 Artists To Watch Out For In 2008

Earlier this week, KGRL, "...a [Southern California-based] non-profit non-commercial internet radio station that plays the freshest and the best ALL QUALITY female artist / fronted acts in a wide variety of genres," presented their List of Influential CDs of 2007, which included local residents Inara George (The Bird and the Bee), Charlotte Martin (MySpace), Sara Bareilles (MySpace), and Carina Round (MySpace). Their list of Top 10 Artists To Watch Out For In 2007 featured,...

The Pity Party @ Little Radio, 12/31/07

The New Year's Eve celebration at Little Radio in Downtown LA featured locals The Pity Party (MySpace), Fatlip (formerly of The Pharcyde), and Restaurant (MySpace), as well as DJ Lady Michelle Sinclair (MySpace). Not to mention free alcohol (after a $20.00 admission fee). Local music bloggers in attendance included Amateur Chemist and Rock Insider. Monday night was also "...the last event at Little Radio for about 4-5 months while [they] renovate the entire 10,000...

Tonight in Rock: Swamphouse, International Farmers, Jimmy Gnecco

Venues are still recovering from New Year's Eve as not many concerts are happening tonight. But that doesn't mean there's good music to check out. Local organic hip-hoppers, Swamphouse (a mixture of R&B, rock and jazz), open up at Temple Bar in Santa Monica tonight at 9:30 p.m. They are followed by the Manhattan Beach based reggae band -- International Farmers -- at 11 p.m. Over in Hollywood at the Hotel Cafe, find East Coast...

Pencil This In: Wednesday

It's the first day of work for many of us -- and it pretty much sucks. Thank God it's a short week. If you haven't gotten enough going out for the New Year, here's what's going on around town tonight: PARADE REMNANTS If you want to see the Rose Bowl floats before they go off to the big parade in the sky, you have until 4 pm today. Noon to 4 pm // Post...

Tonight in Rock: Giddy Up! It's A Different Ride.

If tonight's slim pickings in the music scene had an official theme, it would fall into Western/Country. In mid-country, House of Blues, Sunset Strip, is hosting a night of insane Psychobilly (punk, meet rockabilly). The Southlands of Long Beach finds the baritone country rock sounds of Brad Johnson at Cowboy Country and to the north in the Valley, the straight ahead country rockabilly Jeffrey Michaels visits The Cowboy Palace Saloon. Of other interests and...

Hellboy 2 Trailer is Online Right Now!

Only Bryan Singer has directed a better superhero movie than Guillermo del Toro's original Hellboy. It was one of the real surprises of 2004 and starting next July the whole gang is back for Hellboy 2: The Golden Army. Early details about the film have been sparse (expect Del Toro compadre Harry Knowles to have the lion's share of exclusives), but today at noon the first trailer for the film rolls out simultaneously on...

CD Review: DJ Bitman's "Latin Bitman"

Artist: DJ Bitman Album: Latin Bitman Label: Nacional Records Release Date: November 6, 2007 Listen to the track "My Computer Is Funk": DJ Bitman is Chilean Jose Antonio "Toto" Bravo who has also gone under the name of Bitman & Roban. Latin Bitman is his second release in the US following last year's Musica Para Despues de Almuerzo and while I didn't hear that debut I really like this "sophomore" effort. You may have heard...

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