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  • 1 year ago | Feature Stories

    Back in September, on the set of the N.W.A biopic Straight Outta Compton, cameras rolled in the parking lot of the Santa Monica Civic Auditorium as actors playing prudish protesters hoisted signs ("Crap Rap N.W.A") and ran over a pile of the group...

  • 2 years ago | Columns

    Oakland resident Kimchi Truong was 24. She passed out on the Coachella grounds last weekend, likely due to an overdose. Her death, Thursday, was shocking. But what's really shocking is that this kind of thing doesn't happen more often.&n...

  • 3 years ago | Commentary

    Motley Crue's going on tour again, and the band promises it will be its last. Of course, as everyone knows, these hype-inducing, ticket-sales-generating promises are made to be broken. And Motley Crue know everyone knows that. And so, on Tuesday i...

  • 3 years ago | Commentary

    flickr/adam_jonesAn actual old personDetroit rapper Danny Brown has a new album, called Old. Brown's occasional boasts about receiving in-show fellatio aside, just about everyone who likes good rap music likes him, and this new work does not disap...

  • 3 years ago | Festivals

    Timothy NorrisMain StageIt's the last day of Coachella. Your last chance to smuggle in drugs, possibly get caught, possibly make things easier on yourself in court later, and possibly be out on bail in time to see some more good shows. But which s...

  • 3 years ago | Festivals

    It may be a bit early, but Coachella 2013 seems to be the Year of the Bro. For the ladies, it's business as usual, but the bros are really bringing it, from humorous neon t-shirts to costumes to all-around chiseledness. But there's more to being a...


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