CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 11, 2012 |
I was drinking at King Eddy's, the skid row dive that's being made over into a hipster bar, when I overheard people say that a web of old bootlegger tunnels lay under downtown. A labyrinth, running from the old speakeasy beneath King Eddy's to Pershing Square and points beyond - even San Pedro? They had me at "tunnel. " I had to know more. The Los Angeles Department of Public Works didn't know about the tunnels. Map librarian Glen Creason of the Central Library told me that they were never mapped, for obvious reasons.
October 2, 2012 |
Americans downloaded nearly 760 million songs using the BitTorrent file-sharing network in the first six months of this year -- surpassing the number of digital tracks purchased over that same period, according to a new report. BitTorrent's technology allows Web users to share large files by downloading small pieces from many computers at once. Although not all music available on BitTorrent is pirated the majority of the songs delivered through the network are not licensed. The findings of London researcher Musicmetric suggest that turning to the courts to block access to sites that facilitate illegal downloads -- as happened earlier this year in Britain, where Internet service providers were ordered to block access to the Pirate Bay -- is doing little to deter piracy.
September 18, 2012 |
It must be quite a feeling to be 17 and realize your band is really, really good. That's probably what drove Chloe Chaidez to climb on top of the Bootleg's bar top and howl at the moon while her band Kitten tore off another round of shoegazy post-punk during its packed Monday night residency. While most hyper-young artists are working at the bleeding edges of dance music, Kitten's rich and atmospheric rock is surprisingly ageless. The quintet's sound pulls from the punk-funk rhythms of Public Image LTD with Smiths-y yearning and the blissfully brutal distortion of Ride and Slowdive.
September 1, 2012 |
Twenty years ago Billy Ray Cyrus was feasting on the fruits of his debut album, “Some Gave All,” which spawned the hit single “Achy Breaky Heart” and became the biggest-selling disc of 1992. On Friday night the country singer played a concert for approximately 200 people at the Bootleg, a funky indie-rock club near Echo Park. Yet this wasn't a case of a has-been music star sopping up the dregs of his residual fame. (Or at least it wasn't that entirely.) Cyrus, 51, was launching what he referred to as a world tour with his new band, Good Bad Habit, in front of a rowdy crowd populated by friends and family, including his daughter Miley.
August 19, 2012 |
MEXICO CITY - First there were four of them, lined up against the subway platform wall. Then five, then six, then 11 - all of them blind, all with retractable canes, all with bulging backpacks strapped to their torsos. Socorro Jimenez was among them, waiting her turn. The unwritten rule is one per train. Soon, hers came. This is how it always works on mornings such as this one: Few of the strap-hanging housekeepers or half-asleep students or impassive office workers will pay much mind to the 55-year-old, or her cane, or her nondescript black backpack.
July 11, 2012 |
Forget cinema, David Lynch's current passion is artist development. On Aug. 2, Lynch will step into his new role as a master of ceremonies, hosting a concert from Chrysta Bell, whose 2011 debut CD the filmmaker-musician produced. Even Lynch fans ignorant of Bell's full-length "This Train" are likely already familiar with her work. Bell and Lynch composed the song "Polish Poem" for the director's most-recent full-length feature, the mysterious and experimental 2006 film "Inland Empire.