SCILLA SIEKMANN was the first act that lured me into Skinny’s Lounge in the NoHo Arts District. Once in there, her interpretation of JANIS JOPLIN's “Piece Of My Heart” had me convinced and convicted (like a religious conviction) and I became a huge booster for this multi-faceted vocalist.
On a Monday morning, in June 1979, a limousine pulled in front of Tower Records in West Covina, where I worked at the time. A man and two women exited the vehicle. The trio wore identical black t-shirts with white lettering. As they approached the entrance, I noticed the man carried several albums under his arms.
Avengers: Age of Ultron has plenty of fireworks, as befits a movie with no fewer than seven superheroes, a few more superheroes in waiting, some minor bad guys, and one very major villain at the core.
Ever heard the saying "a good TV show never really dies?" We all know that a beloved show can forever live on in the heart of its fans. Well it turns out, cult classic Community has found a new life itself, this time a part of Yahoo! Screen's new channel. You heard me correct, Yahoo! is making original TV shows now.
Near the end of her recent concert at the Hollywood Masonic Lodge, the British singer Rumer (Sarah Joyce) told the audience that “there are billions and billions and billions of amazing people in the world, and hardly any evil people. It’s just that we hear about them more often.”
Noah Baumbach’s While We’re Young is at its best in the early going, as it explores the emerging relationship between a middle-aged, childless couple (Ben Stiller, Naomi Watts) and an affectionate, energetic younger couple (Adam Driver, Amanda Seyfried).
Jogging down Cahuenga Blvd. for a bit of exercise and a browse at The Iliad Bookshop when the Cahuenga General Store was espied beyond Chandler Blvd.
Tammy Johnston is a freelance writer with a passion for music. One of her favorite pastimes is discovering local music treasures. She looks forward to sharing them with you!
With so many cool venues to choose from in NoHo Arts District, a series of three articles is planned to feature a few of those that have stood out. There are several that have a distinct ambiance about them and seem to reflect a specific atmosphere.
Kenneth Branagh’s Cinderella (I never thought I’d use those three words in tandem) turns out to be a visually sumptuous, beautifully scored (Patrick Doyle), and altogether enjoyable rendition of Charles Perrault’s well-known fairy tale, as adapted by Chris Weitz and fairly light on the Grimm.
Meet the Huangs, network television's first Asian-American family in over 20 years. Much like ABC’s other hit family comedy “The Goldbergs,” "Fresh Off The Boat" (FOTB) is based in the past and is narrated from the childhood experience of show creator Eddie Huang.
On February 19 Granville Morrow's ashes were taken up to the Hollywood sign so he could have a brush with the fame and glory that so many people have achieved since his birth on this date in Hollywood in 1945.
Music plays an intricate role in all martial arts. One popular image is seen in the 1970’s TV series “Kung Fu”. Chinese Monk, Kwai Chang Caine (David Carradine) travels by foot across the Wild West. In between adventures he is seen playing the bamboo flute.
Every year the music market gets more and more oversaturated with tons of new music and we are inundated with so much, dare I say, "crap" that it becomes easy to miss the real music gems that are waiting to be discovered. Now this by no means is a comprehensive list but a short compiling of a few records that are worth revisiting before moving into 2015. So get all those iTunes gift cards you got as stocking stuffers this year and head over to iTunes and support good music!
I met STEREO LOVE during a show at Universal Bar & Grill and was quickly taken with their music;
If you thought the Virgin Mary was the only account of immaculate conception to be told, then you haven't been watching the CW Network recently. Based on Venezuelan telenovela "Juana la Virgen," comedy-drama "Jane The Virgin" follows a young pragmatic Latin woman (played by Gina Rodriguez) who makes a virginity vow at a young age. Unfortunately, Jane is accidentally artificially inseminated and impregnated with semen meant for someone else, thus the make believe story begins.
The Universal Bar and Grill is a well-known, family owned business established over twenty years ago in North Hollywood. It has a reputation as a wonderful place to relax, enjoy good food, a full bar and great service.
Shonda Rhimes Does It Again.
If you don’t know that name then chances are you may have lived under a rock for the past few years or simply don't watch TV. But in case you don't know, Shonda Rhimes is a screenwriter, director and producer extraordinaire most known for highly rated shows such as medical drama series “Grey’s Anatomy” and breakthrough political thriller “Scandal.” Her unique brand of storytelling has made her a television force unable to be reckoned with. Rhimes’ newest endeavor, “whodunit” mystery “How to Get Away With Murder,” presses new boundaries, giving us that familiar Shonda “OMG” factor we’ve come to love, while still showing us something entirely new. It’s edgier, sexier, and darker compared to most criminal law shows on network television, making it stand out amidst the pack.
I first heard The Chimpz at a house party in LA and was hooked! Their mixture of intense energy and catchy lyrics never fail to put a smile on my face and get me grooving to the beat.
Recently voted the Best Open Mic in the Los Angeles area.
One little store front on Laurel Canyon Boulevard is home to one little funky music spot. Kulak’s Woodshed is a professional recording studio/listening room and one of the Valley’s best kept secrets. Its eclectic setting has a vibe that is all its own and is a great place to hear both up-and-coming artists as well as the music of seasoned professionals.
Jazz in the 21st Century is in an interesting time, not necessarily stuck in a rut, but no one really knows what exactly is the next big step is for jazz, or where it should be going.
Few would argue that in American popular culture, New York dominates theater, and Los Angeles dominates film, despite the rise in runaway production.
But not so with rock music from the 1950s, 1960s, and early 1970s, for which several cities can make a claim for No. 1. In Detroit, they will boast that you can’t do much better than the Contours — the greatest pure rock and roll band on Motown — Mitch Ryder, the MC5, Bob Seger, and, yes, Grand Funk Railroad.
Under the name Godson, Aaron Johnson’s new EP has already been seen in stores online and on radio stations all over the world since its official release on May 13th, 2014. The album ‘Chilled Coffee’ is an all digital, instrumental acid jazz/hip hop EP with 10 original songs. His current work has over 20k plays, 275+ fans in over 40 countries with a strong base primarily in Europe and South America on Soundcloud alone.
We’ve been talking about Silver Snakes for a few years now, and if you’re already familiar with what they do you’re ahead of the learning curve. Featuring members of Horse The Band, the SoCal rock group have made quite an impression on the music scene with the 90s-inspired jams captured on their latest album Year of The Snake.
When Paul McCartney first noticed John Lennon and Mick Jagger first ran into Keith Richards, these chance encounters changed pop music and popular culture. When Steve Boone first met John Sebastian and Zal Yanovsky, it was like the rock and roll version of eharmony.com.
‘Last Dance’, depending on the time you decided to sit down and listen to this album, it was either a joyous occasion to hear two great jazz masters put their heart and soul into rejuvenating old jazz standards and bringing them back to life. Or it was an album of mourning when you realise that this was Charlie Haden's last recording before his untimely death, July 11, 2014.
In mid-August 1965, while thousands of young black people, tired of being harassed by the Los Angeles Police Department, staged a rebellion in the southern part of the city, a song written by a white, Jewish folk/rock and roll performer started its unlikely ascent to number one on the Hot 100 charts.
In today's modern popular electronic music, musicality is thrown out the window and replaced with only how loud and aggressive a producer can make their track. It’s nice to know we still have producers trying to save and create electronic music with the intentions of actually making music.
Among Baby Boomers, Bob Dylan occupies a position not unlike that of Ronald Reagan with conservatives. The singer is not only admired by his original fan base, but revered, to the point where his defects, artistic and personal, are either dismissed or ignored. This attitude brings to mind the millions of Reagan lovers of all ages who conveniently forget that their political hero increased taxes and grew the deficit.