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October 2016

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The Ugly Architect at Hotel Cafe: Artist on the Rise

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Photo by David Chan

There’s a beauty to La La Land that only its locals know, and it’s that you can walk into just about any concert venue and discover a secret gem yet to be uncovered. Such was the case last night while in route to watch David Wax Museum. I arrived a mere fifteen minutes early and caught the tail end of The Ugly Architect, whose raw authenticity was immediately palpable. It’s not often one gets to see an impressive artist at the beginning of their rise, and this magical moment reminds me of the first time I saw Aaron Embry perform. Check out The Ugly Architect below.

Tuesday

18

October 2016

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Lady Gaga Talks Her Toned Down New Image

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Just who is Lady Gaga these days, and what can we expect from the singer who once donned a meat dress, walked the red carpet inside an egg, channeled Julie Andrews, and randomly toured with Tony Bennett? The singer has amassed a huge following, but it’s not without controversy, and her over-the-top image has always sent tongues wagging. She’s been honest about her bouts of depression and mental illness, and at times I’ve questioned not only her identity, but her ability to sustain the barbs that come along with this business. But does she have an actual brand, or is she an ever-changing artist that will break through any box the public is so eager to provide? It’s hard to say, but one thing is for sure, and it’s that she’s stripped of all accoutremants for her new album.
In an interview with the London Times’ Culture, Lady Gaga finally took us inside her toned down new look, explaining that she would “just prefer to go through this album cycle and talk about [her] music instead of it “becom[ing] about everything else,” which was “what I [once] wanted.” She furthered, “You can’t make music with a bunch of boys who are staring at a lobster on your head.” Is it a good move, or will the public tire of what might otherwise be an identity crisis? Time will tell.

Monday

17

October 2016

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Tabloid Gossip: Your Week of News

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Azealia Banks had a fight with Russell Crowe. E! Online

Lindsay Lohan was spotted kissing another man. Contact Music

Ginger Spice is pregnant. MSNBC

‘Divergent’ star Shailene Woodley got arrested. Yahoo!

Shia LaBeouf and Mia Goth got hitched in Vegas. Just Jared

Hoda Kotb and her boyfriend are going to live in sin. RTVW

Melania Trump is standing by her man. Jezebel

Billy Bush was officially ousted from The Today Show. Refinery29

Jennifer Lawrence might be secretly dating director Darron Aronofsky. Daily Mail

Joe Jonas lost his virginity to Ashley Greene. Too Fab

Olivia Wilde and Jason Sudeikis had their second child. Wonderwall

Jillian Harris’  post-baby-bod-pic is very real. Wet Paint

Glee’s Dianna Agron married a Mumford & Son. Brides

Monday

17

October 2016

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‘Meet The Regulars’ — New Book Reveals Brooklyn’s Hidden Treasures

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The world-famous borough of Brooklyn holds many secrets, and the doorway to that trove of hidden treasures was seemingly impenetrable for anyone but its inhabitants . . . until now. ‘Meet the Regulars‘ takes readers inside Brooklyn through the eyes of its insiders, with colorful anecdotes that deliver snapshots into the lives of others. We are all silent voyeurs that have secretly eavesdropped on coffee-shop conversations for fresh insight without the mandatory introductions. Thanks to author Joshua D. Fischer, we no longer have to prove our value to sit at another’s table, because he has brought us, “the blogger who fixes her hair and heart at her cherished salon; the lady so loyal to her local bar she has its logo tattooed on her arm; and the burgeoning filmmaker who walks twenty blocks for sage advice from a legendary bartender at a bowling alley bar.”

Monday

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October 2016

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Celebrities Dumped Via Text Message: He Said/She Said

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Katy Perry & Russell Brand

She Said: “He’s a very smart man, and I was in love with him when I married him. Let’s just say I haven’t heard from him since he texted me saying he was divorcing me December 31, 2011.”

He Said: We did work it out, she’s happy, I’m happy. I was really, really in love with her, but it was difficult to see each other, it mostly didn’t work for practical reasons.

Perrie Edwards & Zayn Malik


She Said: “It was horrible, the worst time in my life. A four-year relationship, two-year engagement ended by a simple text message. Just like that. Even though things in my career were going really well, it was incredibly difficult for me.”

He Said: “I have more respect for Perrie than to end anything over text message. I love her a lot, and I always will, and I would never end our relationship over four years like that. She knows that, I know that, and the public should know that as well. I don’t want to explain why or what I did. I just want the public to know I didn’t do that.”

Kevin Federline & Britney Spears


His SOURCE said: “He had no idea it was coming. In fact, he had been looking into a possible divorce. She beat him to the punch.”

She said: ‘I think I married for the wrong reasons. Instead of following my heart and doing something that made me really happy, I just did it for the idea of everything.’

Terri Seymour & Simon Cowell


He said: Terri decided to dump me… [She] sent me a text.”

She said: “You’re with someone for six years and you end it with a text message? I don’t think so! No, it wasn’t ended over the phone and it wasn’t ended by text.

Taylor Swift & Joe Jonas


She said: “It’s all right – I’m cool. You know what, it’s like, when I find that person that is right for me, he’ll be wonderful When I look at that person, I’m not even going to remember the boy who broke up with me over the phone in 27 seconds when I was 18.”

He said: “For those who have expressed concern over the ’27 second’ phone call, I called to discuss feelings with the other person. Those feelings were obviously not well received. I did not end the conversation. Someone else did. Phone calls can only last as long as the person on the other end of the line is willing to talk.”

Carrie Underwood & Chace Crawford


She said: “We broke up over text so… it’s like ‘peace out'”

His SOURCE said: “He flew to visit her, went on tour with her—he did everything he could for this girl. But in the end, Crawford “is the one who said, ‘Enough is enough.’ He was upset, but he also had to make the decision that it wasn’t meant to be anymore.”

Monday

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October 2016

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Fitz and the Tantrums Live at The Greek: Full Review

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Fitz and the Tantrums had a fast ascent in comparison to other indie-pop groups, and after seeing them for the first time at The Greek, it makes complete sense. Founded by Michael Fitzpatrick in 2008, the group includes saxophonist James King, singer Noelle Scaggs, drummer John Wicks, bassist Joseph Karnes and keyboardist Jeremy Ruzumna.

Perhaps my ignorance of this group’s on-stage prowess served as an advantage while watching the show, as my opinion was not perverted by some super-charged fandom. Upon taking the stage, it became immediately clear that they had an impressive catalog of hit tunes with catchy melodies, along with an infectious energy that remained consistent throughout the show. They were also some of the tightest, most polished musicians I’ve seen, which makes sense since many of them began their career as session players. Lead singer Michael Fitzpatrick’s vocals felt effortless, matched only by Noelle Scaggs, with an eye-catching glitter jumpsuit and well-timed percussion.

My experience at The Greek reminds me of seeing Coldplay at the University of Miami. I wasn’t a fan going in, but became a fan going out. It’s obviously that Coldplay is a great band, but much like Fitz and the Trantrums, they won me over with their live performance.

Friday

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October 2016

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Smoke Season Releases Cover of Talking Heads’ “Psycho Killer”

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Halloween is around the corner, so it’s the perfect time for indie-electronic duo, Smoke Season, to introduce a new version of Talking Heads’ “Psycho Killer.” Directed and edited by Scott Fleishman, the cinematic take has a dose of androgyny I appreciate. In the slow-paced, moderately creepy video, Smoke Season artists Gabrielle Wortman and Jason Rosen are joined by Megan Duffy (who was scalped by Elijah Wood in the Cannes Film Festival lauded film, Maniac), Max Landis (notorious screenwriter of Chronicle, American Ultra, Bright, and new BBC show, Dirk Gently), Charley Feldman (Changeling), Tybee Diskin (Fallout: Nuka Break), Shane Carpenter (The League of S.T.E.A.M.), Liza Tsark and Chelsea Elizabeth. The track is available for streaming on Spotify and Soundcloud and for viewing on YouTube. Add this to your Halloween playlist while carving pumpkins under eerie candlelight. You’ll enjoy it. Watch below.

Thursday

13

October 2016

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Corey Feldman Returns to The Today Show — Is This Morally Sound?

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Following up his much-talked about performance of “Go For It” on ‘The Today Show’ the Goonies star is back for what’s been billed “Corey’s Comeback,” and this time he’s performing “Take a Stand” from his new album, ‘Angelic 2 the Core.’ When Feldman first performed “Go For It,” he was met with heavy online criticism, and Feldman subsequently cried in response. Stars and fans quickly came to his defense and the public’s conversation turned to questions about twitter trolls and the mean-spirited hatred we see so often with online bullying. Though I feel sorry for Feldman for many reasons and wish him the absolute best, my take on this is much more complex.

Los Angeles is latent with an insane entitlement from both deserving and undeserving celebrities. When the world caters to your every need and want, you become a spoiled infant. Such is the case, I believe, with Corey Feldman. Maybe he’s a nice, kind person, but his music is not good enough to be featured on ‘The Today Show,’ and the only reason he got there is because of his former fame, and because the producers obviously knew what they had on their hands. They knew he would be laughed AT (not WITH), but they booked him regardless. They got greedy, wanted extra eyeballs, and got them at Feldman’s expense. Had Feldman been in on the joke, I’d have been happy to join his party, but I won’t point my finger and laugh at someone. There are thousands of indie artists dying for exposure (I can name 100 of them off the top of my head) that are more deserving of a slot, and they should be booked instead. Lastly, shame on ‘The Today Show’ for booking Feldman AGAIN. They can mask it as a kind gesture for the guy that had his feelings hurt the last time around, but I know the truth. And the truth is they once again got greedy.

If Feldman wants to make money, perhaps he should go back to school or learn a trade. Maybe he should get a desk job and work a 9 to 5 like the rest of us. He had his time in La La Land, and not everyone gets to continue their most-desired career for eternity. The idea that Hollywood or the music industry is readily accessible for any and all artists that once reigned supreme brings me back to my original point about entitlement. Sometimes jobs don’t work out. Like every other person in America, send your resume out and see who bites.

Monday

10

October 2016

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In Defense of Billy Bush

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The rise of social media has brought justice upon individuals that would otherwise go unpunished, but it has also brought unjust punishment to those who would ordinarily get a slap on the wrist. When Billy Bush engaged in “locker room” talk with Donald Trump, who led a conversation about how his advances toward the then-married Nancy O’Dell went unrequited, and how he attempts to kiss women whether they like it or not, the public viewed Bush as complicit. He should have spoken up. He should have said, “Donald, don’t talk that way. That’s uncalled for, and I won’t tolerate it. Women deserve to be respected, and you should not hit on married women.” Most importantly, he should not have laughed.

The entire event reminded me of a recent lunch I experienced with a friend of a friend, who made a comment I deemed racist. I did speak up. I said it wasn’t cool, and I wouldn’t tolerate it in my presence. The conversation quickly came to a halt, and things got awkward. Those who know me are well aware I am not afraid of confrontation. I am not easily intimidated by authority, and there’s no amount of money, fame, or recognition you can offer that would make me sacrifice my integrity. But I am a rare breed. Most people do not want confrontation. Most people can remember those “locker room” moments where they don’t want to be the odd man out, and they participate in deplorable behavior even though it does not reflect their character. They vow to be better people the next time around, and they feel silently ashamed.

I don’t know Billy Bush. Perhaps he is a misogynist. Perhaps he does not respect women. Perhaps he is personally friends with Donald Trump and agreed with his off-color, offensive comments. But to repeat my original point, I don’t know him, and neither do you. We all make mistakes in the workplace and don’t get fired for them. We all do things of which we’re ashamed and silently correct them without the world watching. And if the world wasn’t watching, would Billy Bush be suspended? Or would he simply be privately admonished? Before you judge him, take a long, hard look in the mirror and ask yourself whether you too would like to be forgiven for your own mistakes.

Monday

10

October 2016

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SCORSESE: American Crime Requiem: Full Review

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I’ve long been a fan of the For the Record series, having already seen their Tarantino and John Hughes shows, but SCORSESE: American Crime Requiem solidified their status as one of the best shows to see in Los Angeles. The series previously played at a Hollywood bar, offering a unique in-the-round experience that made me feel as if I’d discovered something small, yet magical, fulling knowing that others might soon join the party and ruin what felt like an underground, hidden secret. Sure enough, what the LA Times called a “renegade little troupe” has now made it’s way to a 500-seat experience at the Wallis Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts in Beverly Hills. It’s no longer a secret, but last night’s show made me feel like that’s a good thing.
The Scorsese show is now a co-production between For the Record and the Wallis, and the cast includes Tony Award-winner John Lloyd Young (“Jersey Boys”), Tony nominee Carmen Cusack (“Bright Star”), Pia Toscano (“American Idol”) and two-time Grammy-nominated singer-songwriter B. Slade. Directed by Anderson Davis, who also co-created For the Record with Shane Scheel and Christopher Lloyd Bratten, the show offers four decades of Martin Scorsese, with mash-ups of unforgettable scenes from each film set against familiar songs from the movies. The movie moments are not necessarily connected for one, solid narrative, but that adds to the excitement, because each nostalgia-inducing scene also offers the audience a fresh take on their favorite movie moments. This show is not to be missed, and I’d encourage everyone to see it before the ticket prices skyrocket.