Author: August Brown

At Disco Dining Club, Versailles-level indulgence with the heart of an after-hours club

When Courtney Nichols set out to throw the dinner party/rave/immersive theater project that became Disco Dining Club, she had role models. Among her influences: Indochine, the New York Asian-fusion joint and clubhouse that once catered to the Warhol crowd. Peak-era Formosa Café in Hollywood, back… Source: Entertainment

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Arrow de Wilde's Starcrawler dives into the L.A. indie scene like it was born to rock

Arrow de Wilde never had much of a choice in her young life other than to be a rock star. The 18-year-old grew up in Echo Park at the dawn of the L.A. indie rock boomlet. Her parents — photographer Autumn de Wilde and drummer Aaron Sperske (who has played alongside Ariel Pink, Father John […]

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Young rappers are getting honest about doing battle with depression, drug addiction and suicide

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Black Eyed Peas, after years of pop dominance, talk about the radical turn of 'Street Livin''

In a backstage trailer behind the politically charged Into Action gallery show in Chinatown on Friday, three members of the Black Eyed Peas prepared to walk onstage with new music for the first time in seven years. The gallery was packed with young left-leaning activists, radical-chic paintings… Source: Entertainment

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How Barry Cole captured the sound of a city on Showtime's 'The Chi'

When music supervisor Barry Cole signed on for Lena Waithe’s show “The Chi,” about the intersecting lives of black Chicagoans on the city’s South Side, he had two distinct jobs. One, he had to authentically showcase a huge range of music from the city’s history and present. That could mean sounds… Source: Entertainment

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The Misfits greet their tribe with the treasured mayhem of old-school horror-punk

In the main concourse of the Forum in Inglewood on Saturday, Carlos Toro hiked up his shirt to show off a near full-sleeve tattoo of the Misfits’ grinning skull logo. “I’m in the Fiend Club for life, so I put it on my body,” he said, referencing the punk band’s sinister version of an old-school… […]

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AC/DC founding member Malcolm Young dies at 64

Malcolm Young, the AC/DC co-founder whose brash guitar riffs, tight songwriting and live-wire personality defined an era of rock ’n’ roll, has died. He was 64. AC/DC announced his death on its official Facebook page on Saturday. The exact time, location and cause of his death were not immediately… Source: Entertainment

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Lawrence Rothman's genre-hopping 'The Book of Law' explores many personalities

When you walk into Lawrence Rothman’s house, the place just keeps on going. Rothman — a gender-fluid, genre-agnostic L.A. singer-songwriter who uses neutral pronouns — lives deep in the Cahuenga Pass, in a three-story Midcentury stunner filled with metal skulls under glass, floor-length fur coats… Source: Entertainment

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Escape into music's dark side with this weekend's Cloak & Dagger festival

If the real world already feels too much like an unremitting sea of bleakness punctuated by violent, howling noise, perhaps this weekend’s inaugural Cloak & Dagger festival in downtown L.A. isn’t for you. But what if two nights of heavy, goth-inspired music (a category that today transcends any… Source: Entertainment

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Interpol makes an emotional return to 'Bright Lights' and 9/11-era anxiety

It’s hard to believe that the New York indie boom of the early 2000s already feels like classic rock. But, well, we’re as far away from 2001 as the mid-’80s were from the Summer of Love. We have oral histories, reissues and reunions aplenty documenting a time when the Lower East Side wasn’t just… Source: […]

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