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Swamp Dogg, Bobby Patterson, Vera Lee

Jan 9 2015
Swamp Dogg and Bobby Patterson are two wild cats whose tag-team billing represents a funk-soul summit of rare and arousingly apocalyptic proportions. Swamp Dogg, of course, has been flipping lids since the late 1960s with his brilliant, biting brand of psych-funk philosophizing, while esteemed Texas soul shaman Patterson has been... by Jonny Whiteside Swamp Dogg and Bobby Patterson are two wild cats whose tag-team billing represents a funk-soul summit of rare and arousingly apocalyptic proportions. Swamp Dogg, of course, has been flipping lids since the late 1960s with his brilliant, biting brand of psych-funk philosophizing, while esteemed Texas soul shaman Patterson has been raising temperatures and stopping hearts for just as long.…

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Audacity

Jan 9 2015
In years to come, when the history of the New Garage Rock Revival is being written — or listicled, more likely — somebody needs to make sure Fullerton’s Audacity get their rightful place at the front. For years now, they’ve been the good stuff incarnate, and their newest 45 on... by Chris Ziegler In years to come, when the history of the New Garage Rock Revival is being written — or listicled, more likely — somebody needs to make sure Fullerton’s Audacity get their rightful place at the front. For years now, they’ve been the good stuff incarnate, and their newest 45 on Suicide Squeeze is one more worthy slice of wax: A-side “Counting the Days” is like Bleach-y Nirvana and Milo-era Descendents with a Thin Lizzy twin-guitar break in the middle, and the B-side is a cover of Delta 5’s “Mind Your Own Business,” done like Le Shok’s vicious year-2000 version.…

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Twoloud

Jan 9 2015
Twoloud have begun making a name for themselves in 2014, with support from big names like Tiësto, Dada Life, Nicky Romero, and more. They’re the newest signees of Tiësto’s label, Musical Freedom, and although the progressive house producers rang in the New Year for Italy, we’re sure to be seeing... by Sarah Purkrabek Twoloud have begun making a name for themselves in 2014, with support from big names like Tiësto, Dada Life, Nicky Romero, and more. They’re the newest signees of Tiësto’s label, Musical Freedom, and although the progressive house producers rang in the New Year for Italy, we’re sure to be seeing a lot more of them in the states in 2015.…

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Gloria, Minnie and Moskowitz

Jan 9 2015
The Egyptian’s tribute to Gena Rowlands continues with Gloria and Minnie and Moskowitz, both on 35mm. Arguably our greatest living actress, the two-time Oscar nominee is set to take part in a discussion between the films. In Gloria, she becomes an adoptive mother to a boy whose family was offed... by Michael Nordine The Egyptian’s tribute to Gena Rowlands continues with Gloria and Minnie and Moskowitz, both on 35mm. Arguably our greatest living actress, the two-time Oscar nominee is set to take part in a discussion between the films.…

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Josh Johnson

Jan 9 2015
For Los Angeles to have a jazz scene on par with New York, it first must keep its promising young musicians from moving there. Alto saxophonist Josh Johnson is a welcome addition here, after a prodigious start to his career in Chicago was followed by an invitation to UCLA to... by Gary Fukushima For Los Angeles to have a jazz scene on par with New York, it first must keep its promising young musicians from moving there. Alto saxophonist Josh Johnson is a welcome addition here, after a prodigious start to his career in Chicago was followed by an invitation to UCLA to be one of seven musicians in the prestigious Thelonious Monk Institute of Jazz.…

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Jucifer

Jan 9 2015
A couple of years ago, a set of photos showing bands using hollowed-out amps and cabs as stage props went viral. This husband-and-wife sludge-metal duo answers the question of what it would sound like if all those amps were really plugged in. The duo’s albums are quite heavy in their... by Jason Roche A couple of years ago, a set of photos showing bands using hollowed-out amps and cabs as stage props went viral. This husband-and-wife sludge-metal duo answers the question of what it would sound like if all those amps were really plugged in.…

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Henry Rollins: No One Cares That You Saw The Interview

Jan 8 2015
[Look for your weekly fix from the one and only Henry Rollins right here on West Coast Sound every Thursday, and come back tomorrow for the awesomely annotated playlist for his Sunday KCRW broadcast.]

There is nothing like the Christmas holiday to remind me just how strange things can be. No, scratch that.…

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Jazz Pianist Alfredo Rodriguez Escaped Cuba for L.A. — Now He's a Grammy Nominee

Jan 8 2015
Cuban jazz pianist Alfredo Rodriguez fled Cuba for Los Angeles six years ago to chase his dream of becoming a successful musician. He came with no more than the clothes on his back, his music sheets, and a commitment from his mentor Quincy Jones that they would make music together.…

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Elvis Presley 80th Birthday Bash

Jan 8 2015
With big beat barrages from more than 30 musical acts, Hollywood’s annual Elvis Presley tribute bash is a richly ritualistic rock & roll variety show. This year’s edition, a special matinee show marking the King’s 80th birthday — on a stage where Presley himself once performed (on The Milton Berle... by Jonny Whiteside With big beat barrages from more than 30 musical acts, Hollywood’s annual Elvis Presley tribute bash is a richly ritualistic rock & roll variety show. This year’s edition, a special matinee show marking the King’s 80th birthday — on a stage where Presley himself once performed (on The Milton Berle Show) — should be a high-octane thriller.…

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Monica Nouwens

Jan 8 2015
Curated by KCRW’s Frances Anderton, the Annenberg Space for Photography’s current exhibit, Sink or Swim: Designing for Sea Change, focuses on architecture in coastal areas in North America, Europe, Africa and Asia. Dutch-born, L.A.-based Monica Nouwens’ contribution to the exhibit includes a photograph of the restored Malibu Lagoon. Having photographed... by Siran Babayan Curated by KCRW’s Frances Anderton, the Annenberg Space for Photography’s current exhibit, Sink or Swim: Designing for Sea Change, focuses on architecture in coastal areas in North America, Europe, Africa and Asia. Dutch-born, L.A.-based Monica Nouwens’ contribution to the exhibit includes a photograph of the restored Malibu Lagoon.…

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Robert Lee Watt booksigning

Jan 8 2015
Robert Lee Watt, the first African-American French hornist hired by a major symphony in the United States, signs his new book, The Black Horn: The Story of a Classical French Hornist. Watt was born into a musical family in New Jersey — his father was a jazz trumpeter — and... by Siran Babayan Robert Lee Watt, the first African-American French hornist hired by a major symphony in the United States, signs his new book, The Black Horn: The Story of a Classical French Hornist. Watt was born into a musical family in New Jersey — his father was a jazz trumpeter — and he learned to play the French horn at an early age.…

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Jeff Swimmer

Jan 8 2015
Jeff Swimmer signs his new book, Documentary Case Studies: Behind the Scenes of the Greatest (True) Stories Ever Told. In his how-to, the documentary filmmaker and associate professor at Chapman University breaks down the process and business of creating a non-fiction movie from development and fundraising to pre- and post-production... by Siran Babayan Jeff Swimmer signs his new book, Documentary Case Studies: Behind the Scenes of the Greatest (True) Stories Ever Told. In his how-to, the documentary filmmaker and associate professor at Chapman University breaks down the process and business of creating a non-fiction movie from development and fundraising to pre- and post-production.…

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Avatar and Aether: Visionary Women and the Cinematic Occult

Jan 8 2015
The organization behind L.A.’s longest-running experimental film series, Los Angeles Filmforum, presents "Avatar and Aether: Visionary Women and the Cinematic Occult," a program of short films by and about visionary female occultists, from trippy dance visions to hallucinatory collage animations and a lot of unusual stuff between. Auteurs include avant-garde... by Tanja M. Laden The organization behind L.A.’s longest-running experimental film series, Los Angeles Filmforum, presents "Avatar and Aether: Visionary Women and the Cinematic Occult," a program of short films by and about visionary female occultists, from trippy dance visions to hallucinatory collage animations and a lot of unusual stuff between. Auteurs include avant-garde filmmaker Chick Strand as well as Betzy Bromberg and Amy Halpern.…

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Alan Ferber Big Band

Jan 8 2015
Big bands supposedly met their demise in the 1940's when Americans turned to pop singers and jazz musicians embraced bebop and the small combo, yet they have survived and maintained an important presence within the music industry. Recent years have seen an influx of innovation regarding the genre, with the... by Gary Fukushima Big bands supposedly met their demise in the 1940's when Americans turned to pop singers and jazz musicians embraced bebop and the small combo, yet they have survived and maintained an important presence within the music industry. Recent years have seen an influx of innovation regarding the genre, with the new generation of composers led by Darcy James Argue and Alan Ferber, whose bands were both nominated for a Grammy this year.…

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Comeback Kings: 10 Veteran Metal Bands That Have Stayed Relevant

Jan 8 2015
One constant in every musical genre is the turnover of acts that come swinging out of the gate, but then go through a commercial and/or creative slump. Music’s most truly enduring acts are able to “weather the storm” and come out the other side.

The heavy metal genre is certainly no exception to that constant.…

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The Best Concerts to See in L.A. This Weekend

Jan 8 2015
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Friday, January 9

Swamp Dogg, Bobby Patterson
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Swamp Dogg and Bobby Patterson are two wild cats whose tag-team billing represents a funk-soul summit of rare and arousingly apocalyptic proportions. Swamp Dogg, of course, has been flipping lids since the late 1960s with his brilliant, biting brand of psych-funk philosophizing, while esteemed Texas soul shaman Patterson has been raising temperatures and stopping hearts for just as long.…

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Time-Travel Puzzle Predestination Should Try Again From the Start

Jan 7 2015
Without dropping spoilers right and left, how do I explain that I'm completely baffled by the Spierig Brothers' retro-futuristic thriller Predestination? So the she that's really a he is the earlier version of the he we meet later on, and the later version of the she who shows up near... by Stephanie Zacharek Without dropping spoilers right and left, how do I explain that I'm completely baffled by the Spierig Brothers' retro-futuristic thriller Predestination? So the she that's really a he is the earlier version of the he we meet later on, and the later version of the she who shows up near the beginning?…

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Cartoons and Responsibility: Readers Respond

Jan 7 2015
How Dare She Hate Jail? Elena Pritchard’s Dec. 31 drawings and first-person account, “When a Cartoonist Landed in L.A. County Jail, She Drew What She Saw, Using Only a Golf Pencil,” split readers between those who were appalled that she did not address her culpability for landing in jail and... by L.A. Weekly readers How Dare She Hate Jail? Elena Pritchard’s Dec. 31 drawings and first-person account, “When a Cartoonist Landed in L.A. County Jail, She Drew What She Saw, Using Only a Golf Pencil,” split readers between those who were appalled that she did not address her culpability for landing in jail and those who loved her art and message.…

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Early Retrospective Finds Swedish Director Ruben Östlund on the Verge of a Great Career

Jan 7 2015
A canny portrait of marital catastrophe that's equal measures Raymond Carver bitter quietude and late Ingmar Bergman striptease, Ruben Östlund's Force Majeure surprised grown-up moviegoers, starved for mature meat ages after such psychodramatic pressure cookers were common in arthouse theaters. But it wasn't a terrible stunner for Swedes and dedicated... by Michael Atkinson A canny portrait of marital catastrophe that's equal measures Raymond Carver bitter quietude and late Ingmar Bergman striptease, Ruben Östlund's Force Majeure surprised grown-up moviegoers, starved for mature meat ages after such psychodramatic pressure cookers were common in arthouse theaters. But it wasn't a terrible stunner for Swedes and dedicated festival patrons, for whom Östlund has been a burgeoning force ten years running, since his first feature The Guitar Mongoloid (2004).…

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Black November Unearths Corruption in Nigeria

Jan 7 2015
Nigerian director Jeta Amata's Black November is at once passionate and cynical, a smash-up of tones that fits its story about a politicized, American-schooled 21-year-old girl from the Niger Delta who returns home to head a local uprising — and soon is sentenced to hang. Ebiere (Mbong Amata, the filmmaker's... by Amy Nicholson Nigerian director Jeta Amata's Black November is at once passionate and cynical, a smash-up of tones that fits its story about a politicized, American-schooled 21-year-old girl from the Niger Delta who returns home to head a local uprising — and soon is sentenced to hang. Ebiere (Mbong Amata, the filmmaker's wife and a real talent) is a polarizing pacifist, one part Joan of Arc to two parts Martin Luther King.…

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Authorities Seek to Bar Seller of Pirated Music From DTLA Fashion District

Jan 7 2015
Over the last 12 years, Leopoldo Lara has been arrested seven times for selling pirated CDs or counterfeit sunglasses in downtown's Fashion District. He has been to jail four times, and has been served with 12 cease and desist letters.

None of it seems to have slowed him down.…

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Foie Gras Is Legal Again in California: L.A. Chefs Throw a Twitter Party

Jan 7 2015
And lo, there was much rejoicing. A U.S. District Court ruled today that the law banning imported foie gras from being served in restaurants goes too far.…

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Odys + Penelope, Karen and Quinn Hatfield's New Churrasco, To Open Monday on La Brea

Jan 7 2015
Less than two weeks after closing their Melrose Ave. fine dining restaurant Hatfields, Karen and Quinn Hatfield are poised to open Odys + Penelope, a "contemporary, casual churrasco and grill" on La Brea Ave. 

The restaurant will be centered around cooking over fire, with a Brazilian churrasco, a wood-fired smoker and an open grill. Located in an old printing press, the name is inspired by the building's history, paying tribute to the couple Odysseus and Penelope of Homer’s Greek epic, The Odyssey.…

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Reward Offered in Horrific Murder of L.A. Area Newborn

Jan 7 2015
The L.A. County Board of Supervisors this week approved a $25,000 reward for information leading to the arrest and conviction of whomever murdered Long Beach newborn of Eliza Delacruz.

The 3-week-old's body was discovered in a dumpster outside a strip mall in the 600 block of Palm Drive in Imperial Beach over the weekend. That San Diego County community abuts the U.S.-Mexico border.

Her parents were shot and wounded and the baby was kidnapped in Long Beach on Saturday, police said.

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10 Reasons We're Excited About the Coachella Lineup

Jan 7 2015
To hell with the naysayers. Coachella 2015 is going to rock.…

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