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January 18, 2018

Ultra Violet; 2018 Color of the Year

by Christopher Porikos
January 17, 2018

Pappy and Harriet in Pioneer Town

by Caroline McElroy
The Post - Tom Hanks and Meryl Streep
January 12, 2018

The Post; Molly’s Game; Wonder

by Mike Peros
January 09, 2018

Full of Thanks - Healthy Body and Mind

by Connor Coman
January 02, 2018

Inflation -- The Subtle Thief of Your Purchasing Power

by Lillian Appleby
December 29, 2017

Art Exhibition - SAMPLED Y SURVEYED

by Raleigh Barrett
December 26, 2017

Free Monthly Horoscopes - January 2018

by Maya White
December 20, 2017

Working off your partner.

by Fran Montano
December 14, 2017

Keeping Your Dog/Cat Safe and Happy during Christmas!

by Nancy Bianconi
December 12, 2017

AMAs - BTS; Bruno Mars; Pink and the winners and losers

by Caroline McElroy
December 08, 2017

Credit where credit is due

by Jessie Marcus
December 07, 2017

A Dog Isn’t Just for Christmas - It’s for Life

by Nancy Bianconi
December 06, 2017

Measuring Your Retirement Plan's Success

by Lillian Appleby
December 04, 2017

How to decorate for the holidays 2017

by Christopher Porikos
November 30, 2017

Walton Ford - Calafia

by Raleigh Barrett
Friday, 27 March 2015 19:29

Courage and Kindness: Cinderella; Insurgent

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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.


The Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel is worth a trip, but you really need to avoid interacting with its proprietor—but more about that later.

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.

Monday, 09 March 2015 10:31

RIP Granville Morrow

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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.

Wednesday, 11 February 2015 13:39

Empire: Hip Hop’s Newest Royal Family

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In Hip Hop there has always been a long obsession over who is king or queen. Every music label perceives itself as familial and dynastic in nature, trying to secure itself as top and the fans take sides by pledging their undying allegiance to their favorite label, at least till the best new thing comes along. Until recently television has never captured the epic drama that is Hip Hop but Fox’s innovative new show “Empire” created by Lee Daniels, (“The Butler” & “Precious”) is the first of its kind. 

Wednesday, 04 February 2015 13:05

THE MARTIAL ARTS MUSIC CONNECTION

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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.

Monday, 05 January 2015 10:57

4 Underrated Albums from 2014

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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!

Monday, 29 December 2014 12:48

STEREO LOVE Rock And Roll Family

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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.

Friday, 05 December 2014 10:16

Universal Bar & Grill is the ultimate dive bar!

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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.

Tuesday, 18 November 2014 07:52

How To Get Away With Murder - TV Show Review

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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.

Thursday, 13 November 2014 12:07

The Chimpz Music featured on Sons Of Anarchy

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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.

Monday, 20 October 2014 08:37

Black-ish TV Show Review

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“The Mythical and Majestic Black Family Returns to Television”

Recently voted the Best Open Mic in the Los Angeles area.

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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.

Tuesday, 16 September 2014 08:48

Music - Danilo Perez ‘Panama 500’

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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.

Thursday, 04 September 2014 08:37

Book Review - When Los Angeles Was Top of the Pops

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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.

Tuesday, 26 August 2014 10:16

NoHo's Aaron Johnson Releases New EP

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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.

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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.

Thursday, 07 August 2014 11:57

Music - Lovin’ The Spoonful

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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.

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‘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.

Wednesday, 02 July 2014 08:44

There’s Nothing the Matter with P.F. Sloan

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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. 

Friday, 27 June 2014 10:08

Music - Taylor McFerrin "Early Riser"

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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.

Thursday, 12 June 2014 08:34

A New, Irreverent Biography of Bob Dylan

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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.

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Speaking to Rolling Stone Last year vocalist Yukimi Nagano of Little Dragon explained that for this record the band started with nothing, no ideas, no vision, no plan. “We dove into different worlds and new spaces we haven’t been before”said Yukimi. And upon listening to this album what she says is true, they manage to bring in new flavors into the mix while still maintaining certain elements that make their music so great.

Wednesday, 21 May 2014 09:20

Rolling Stones: "Ain't It Time We Said Goodbye."

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The first section of Robert Greenfield’s short, engaging book about the Rolling Stones, “Ain’t It Time We Said Goodbye,” feels like a mistake. The author, who during the early 1970s worked in the London bureau of Rolling Stone magazine, provides readers with a day-by-day account of the Stones’ March 1971 tour of their native England.

The NoHo art community is a creative hotbed filled with talented singers, musicians, actors, dancers and visual artists. Over 50% of the people living in the district are under 35 years old. Every month, nohoartsdistrict.com will be highlighting one or two NoHo artists. If you are an artist and live or work in NoHo, please submit your bio for consideration. Today, we interviewed Joe Little, one of the most multi-talented music professionals I have seen for a while.

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Tell us about your experience at Rock & Roll Fantasy Camp?
Rock and Roll Fantasy Camp was one of those experiences where I was sitting there for a moment saying to myself, "I'm actually getting paid for this?" This was probably around the time I was asked to start a blues jam with Mark Farner, Gary Hoey, and Billy Sheehan or after I helped out Alan White and his band perform the song Dream On with Steven Tyler surrounded by news cameras. Although, there were many long days and always tons of obstacles to dance around I can defiantly say that my couple years with the camp was an amazing time.

Ben Henriques

The NoHo Arts Community has grown into a creative hotbed for musicians from around the world. Both new and established musicians frequent our 30+ recording studios with AMP Rehearsal & Recording Studios leading the way with clientele such as Prince, Katie Perry and Black Eyed Peas to name a few. Today, we are spotlighting a Canadian jazz saxophonist, Ben Henriques - Captain Awesome

‘Captain Awesome’ is the second studio album from Vancouver, BC based saxophonist Ben Henriques...one of the many rising stars in the Canadian jazz scene. Ben Henriques, composer and group leader puts a much needed spin to contemporary modern jazz with his own unique compositional voice.

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Unlike most saxophone players who choose to play with a abrasive, screaming in your face, tear paint off the walls tone. Ben Henriques chooses to play with a soft, rich in dynamics tone. Not only does this make his solos more musical, it also helps bring out the most in his composition and create a organic liveliness within the music. The music is less fatiguing, easier to listen to and much more enjoyable. It feels less like a marathon of music that you force yourself to finish. Much like his tone, his compositions are created with the same ideas in mind. With the use of vibrant colorful melodies and fun playful rhythms, he provokes the imagination and takes you on a musical journey inspired by comics, movies, and imaginary worlds. Alongside Ben Henriques is the support of other great Canadian jazz musicians with Dave Liang on Drums, Josh Rager on Piano, Kenny Bibace on guitar and Fraser Hollins on Bass. Within the group they help aid Henriques in developing the musical storyline that is heard throughout the album.

If you would like to hear more from Ben Henriques you can purchase his album ‘Captain Awesome’ at http://www.chronographrecords.com/releases.php?album=36
-Written by Kaeman McDonald

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Review by Kaeman McDonald,
Born and raised in Calgary, Alberta , Canada. Kaeman McDonald is an aspiring musician who wants nothing more then to play, promote and support jazz around the world.

Tuesday, 22 April 2014 08:49

Soul Train - The Hippest Trip in America

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I would strongly recommend that you watch VH1’s 2010 documentary on “Soul Train,” called “The Hippest Trip in America,” before reading the new book by Nelson George of the same title. George, a longtime pop music critic who has written histories of Motown and rhythm ‘n’ blues, does his best to convey through words the dance moves made famous by the program—waacking, popping, the boogaloo—but visualizing is not nearly as compelling as is actually seeing.

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