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July 19, 2012
MUSIC Three years ago, Ishmael Butler of Digable Planets reemerged as Palaceer Lazaro, enigmatic frontman for Seattle's Shabazz Palaces, a Sub Pop-signed duo dedicated to deconstruction and dismantling "all that dying and dust. " If Digable Planets felt like a primordial daydream, the Palaces approach genre like Eric Dolphy or Albert Ayler did — free associative, raw and radical. Following a pair of brilliant EPs, Shabazz attacks with "Black Up. " Think Def Jux Records' sound meets dubstep with African hand drums, skittering xylophones and enough bass to suffocate the asthmatic.
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ENTERTAINMENT
March 8, 2014 | By August Brown
Bradley Hanan Carter feared the worst about his future. The New Zealander singer-songwriter had spent much of the 2000s with his rock band, Steriogram, that was on a major label and had a track in an Apple commercial. Since landing in L.A. though, his music career had fallen off. He wondered if he'd have to pack it all in soon. FOR THE RECORD: Echo Park's NO: In the March 8 Calendar section, a profile of the Echo Park band NO said that its record label, Arts & Crafts Records, is based in Montreal.
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ENTERTAINMENT
August 30, 2012
The new pride of Sub Pop Records, Niki & the Dove, formed in Stockholm and certainly inherited that country's knack for perfect, effortless pop. But the duo's production skills make their breezy melodies stick around — they've been championed on BBC tastemaker Annie Mac's electronica show. The Echo, 1822 Sunset Blvd., L.A. 8:30 p.m. Fri. $13. attheecho.com.
ENTERTAINMENT
March 6, 2014 | By Ryan Faughnder
Spotify, the Swedish streaming music service, is buying The Echo Nest, a data company that has analyzed more than 35 million songs.  With the acquisition, Spotify will improve the ways users discover new music, the company said Thursday. The move comes as Spotify, founded in 2008, faces increasing competition from rivals such as the heavily promoted Beats Music, launched in January by headphone company Beats Electronics.  INTERACTIVE: Discover songs of L.A. "We are hyper focused on creating the best user experience and it starts with building the best music intelligence platform on the planet," Daniel Ek, Spotify's chief executive, said in a statement . " With The Echo Nest joining Spotify, we will make a big leap forward in our quest to play you the best music possible.” Financial details of the transaction were not disclosed.  The purchase of Somerville, Mass.-based  Echo Nest will also make it easier for third-party developers to build applications for Spotify, which completed a funding round of about $250 million in November.
ENTERTAINMENT
January 18, 2013
You might have loved watching Jack, Janet, Chrissy and Furley on "Three's Company" when you were a kid. And once it went off the air you were glued to its reruns. Today those reruns have gotten a little, well a lot, stranger thanks to Sock Puppet Sitcom Theater, which is committed to reviving classic sitcoms through the use of sock puppets. This week at the Echo, the sitcom being revived features your favorite threesome. The Echo, 1822 W. Sunset Blvd., L.A. 7 p.m. Sat. $10. (213) 413-8200, http://www.theecho.com .
ENTERTAINMENT
July 22, 2013 | By August Brown
One of the more interesting things happening at the fringes of dance music right now is that artists are re-defining what it means to be dancey. In one corner, you've got artists like Nicolas Jaar and Maya Jane Coles who play all the big tents at mainstream dance music festivals, but who also feel free to lose that throbbing four-on-the-floor template to play around in weirder, atmospheric musical spaces. And on the other end, you've got a band like Soft Metals, an experimental L.A. duo who use all the basic tools of dance music - hard, repetitive kick drums and tangles of arpeggiated synths -  but the end result is moody and punky and definitely un-celebratory.
ENTERTAINMENT
March 16, 2013 | By Randy Lewis
An all-day punk-rock bill scheduled for March 30 at the Echo in Los Angeles has been called off because club officials were concerned about it attracting skinhead fans, according to a statement issued by one of the organizers of the Insta Fest show for which Channel 3, Old Firm Casuals, Toughskins and Custom Fit were among more than a dozen acts that had been booked. “ The Echo at the last minute realized that some of the bands playing Insta Fest had band members and fans they referred to as 'the skinhead element' and they do not want those types in their establishment.,” Joseph Gaughan of Inst Fest co-sponsor Durty Mick Records label posted on the event's Facebook page . “They now have decided to cancel this show two weeks before it was meant to happen.” Echo management has declined to comment, and the club's Web site is now advertising only a weekly “Funky Sole” soul music promotion on that night.
ENTERTAINMENT
April 21, 1986 | CRAIG LEE
Echo & the Bunnymen hopped into Irvine Meadows on Saturday night, offering a healthy retrospective of their career. These formerly strident and determined harbingers of post-punk Angst have increasingly drifted toward ethereal, expansive romanticism.
ENTERTAINMENT
May 19, 2011
POP MUSIC Echo & the Bunnymen rose to the top of the pile of black-clad UK pop chart doomsayers with their epochal albums "Crocodiles" and "Heaven Up Here. " The band will reprise each at this stand, which should remind today's crop of sad-sack indie rockers that melodrama can be expertly crafted and anthemic as well. Club Nokia, 800 W. Olympic Blvd., L.A. 9 p.m. Sat. $33-$42.50. clubnokia.com. Also at House of Blues Anaheim, 1530 S. Disneyland Drive, Anaheim. 8 p.m. Sun. $32.50.
NEWS
July 1, 1993 | AURORA MACKEY, TIMES STAFF WRITER
It's frightening sometimes, this generational echo that reverberates through my home. It comes, billowing through the decades, at the breakfast table. While dinner is on the stove and the kids are arguing outside. At nighttime, while talking from the edge of my sons' beds. It is an echo in words: The same ones my father or mother once used to me or my siblings. "Because I said so, that's why.'
BUSINESS
March 6, 2014 | By Roger Vincent
A long-vacant office tower in a complex on Sunset Boulevard designed decades ago by famed Los Angeles architect William Pereira is being transformed into an upscale 96-unit apartment building known as the Elysian. The sparsely occupied stretch of Sunset on the eastern edge of Echo Park was perhaps best known as the office headquarters of the Metropolitan Water District, which provides drinking water to six southern California counties, until it moved downtown in 1994. The tower has been vacant since the MWD moved, said Leonard Hill, a partner at Linear City Development.
OPINION
February 6, 2014
Re "Locos no longer locals," Feb. 4 As The Times notes in its article about gentrification and gangs in Echo Park, L.A. City Atty. Mike Feuer did address the Greater Echo Park Elysian Neighborhood Council (of which I am a member) on the subject of supporting a gang injunction. What the article doesn't report is that the council voted against the injunction. Seeing this as an attempt by developers to market the community as "hipster ready" to potential buyers, the council was convinced that the injunction promised great harm, including racial profiling and guilty-by-association policing.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 3, 2014 | By Marisa Gerber
Sgt. Victor Arellano drove slowly through the hills of Echo Park, cruising by the places where he had seen the guys hanging out in the past. There was the market painted bright yellow with large green letters spelling out "BEER WINE" and the hidden staircase nearby. The graffitied stretch of pavement along Preston Avenue and the house where a known gangster lives. A few hours into his evening shift and the LAPD gang officer still hadn't spotted any members of the Echo Park Locos.
HOME & GARDEN
February 1, 2014 | By Lisa Boone
1. Ouli , 1505 ½ Echo Park Ave., www.ouli.us 2. Beatrice Valenzuela , 1547 Echo Park Ave., (213) 986-8914, www.beatricevalenzuela.com 3. Cookbook , 1549 Echo Park Ave., (213) 250-1900, www.cookbookla.com 4. Chango , 1559 Echo Park Ave., (213) 977-9161, www.changoechopark.com 5. Valerie Echo Park , 1665 Echo Park Ave., (213) 250-9365, www.valerieconfections.com 6. Neighborhood Salon , 1838 Echo Park Ave., (323) 284-8609, www.neighborhoodsalon.net 7. Echo Park Pottery/Peter Shire Studio , 1850 Echo Park Ave., (323)
HOME & GARDEN
February 1, 2014 | By Lisa Boone
Like the Echo Park Lake that reopened last June, the neighborhood surrounding Echo Park Avenue has experienced a sense of renewal with the addition of several new retail stores and restaurants. "We're in a golden moment right now because the neighborhood has changed, but not too much," said artist Peter Shire, who has lived north of Sunset Boulevard for more than 60 years and worked there for several decades. Chango and Fix Coffee have been joined by chef Miles Thompson's restaurant and bar Allumette and the new tea house and retail space Valerie Echo Park from popular pastry chef Valerie Gordon of Valerie Confections.
ENTERTAINMENT
January 16, 2014 | By Todd Martens
In 2013, films such as "The Wolf of Wall Street," "Spring Breakers" and "Pain & Gain" showed us the corrupting power of cash. The just-scraping-by stress articulated by New York rock band the Parquet Courts, on the other hand, captures the souls who just can't get a break - a soundtrack for twenty- and thirtysomethings who graduated college and have found dead-end jobs rather than a career. There's humor, but it isn't always pretty. Stoned, starving and facing a meal that's little more than a bag of Swedish Fish, the souls that populate the Parquet Courts' most recent full-length, "Light Up Gold," are all on a mission of sorts, but what they're searching for often isn't clear.
ENTERTAINMENT
January 26, 2011
A list of upcoming concerts across the Southland, with on-sale dates in parentheses. Empire Polo Club The Big 4 with Metallica, Anthrax, Slayer and Megadeth, April 23 (Fri.) Gibson Amphitheatre Janet Jackson, April 16 (Fri.) Club Nokia Chris Young and Gretchen Wilson, Feb. 15; Dierks Bentley, April 1; Echo & the Bunnymen, May 21; the Script, May 27 (Fri.) Music Box Psychedelic Furs, April 30 (Fri.) Nokia Theatre Wisin & Yandel, June 9; Katy Perry, Aug. 5-6 (Fri.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 26, 2013 | By Matt Stevens
Nancy Smith and her family were strolling around Echo Park Lake on Thursday when they noticed an odd, brown patch in the water. Smith visited the lake as recently as August and recalled that back then, its bright green lotus plants shot into the air. But on the day after Christmas, the wilted bed of bronze flowers before her drooped onto the water like a sea of broken miniature umbrellas. "I've walked around this park in the winter and I don't remember it ever quite looking like this," said Smith, 56, a lawyer from La Crescenta.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 26, 2013 | By Matt Stevens
When Echo Park Lake reopened earlier this year after a $45-million makeover, locals flocked to see the newly installed lotus plants, which were making their return to the lake after a mutiyear absence.   So this winter, some passersby have looked at the lake and become alarmed. For weeks now, the bright green lotus leaves that once shot into the air have become brown and wilted. The bed of flowers now droop onto the water like a sea of broken miniature umbrellas. The scene has left some residents and visitors wondering: Did the plants die again?
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