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March 25, 2011 | By August Brown, Los Angeles Times
Danny Preston of Rainbow Arabia has the rare day job that might actually inspire his songwriting. By night, he mans the production duties for the global-noise electronica duo with his wife, Tiffany. But on weekdays, he charters private planes for the world's wealthy, shuttling them to urban enclaves and distant paradises with no need for a frisking at the gate. "I can hop on a plane whenever it's empty," he said over banh mi sandwiches at Xoia, a Vietnamese restaurant in Echo Park, last month.
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March 29, 2014 | By Todd Martens
In 2010, Foster the People's Mark Foster lived the dream for an aspiring songwriter. Buoyed by a light-stepping danceable beat, "Pumped Up Kicks" was electronic bubble gum pop with a dark lyrical undercurrent and a carefree tone that quickly went viral and was inescapable in summer 2011. It would go on to sell 5.3 million downloads in the U.S., according to Nielsen SoundScan. Then came the fear. "I have been afraid of the sophomore slump since before our first record even came out," Foster says.
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February 1, 2011 | By Ramie Becker, Special to The Times
Los Angeles nightlife lost a fetish fixture Friday as Miss Kitty's Parlour closed forever after nine years of parties -- but not before throwing a final fete sure to leave a permanent lipstick stain on L.A. club history. With a line of cars at the valet stopping traffic on Santa Monica Boulevard as early as 9:30 p.m., the Dragonfly was bursting by midnight with cross-dressers in towering headresses, drag queens, goth gamines and would-be NYC club kids of every (legal) age, size, gender and sexual orientation.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 13, 2014 | By Jessica Garrison and Kim Christensen
A Northern California metal-plating business and its owner were charged Thursday with felony violations of state hazardous waste laws, including storing cyanide near acid in a way that could have triggered a deadly accident. Electro-Forming Co. and Marion Ingrid Patigler face 11 felony counts and 12 misdemeanor charges related to the alleged illegal disposal, storage, treatment and transportation of hazardous waste. The alleged crimes - which include storing cyanide and other toxic substances in an unpermitted, 6,900-gallon tank at the Richmond site - occurred over a two-year period beginning in March 2011, according to a criminal complaint filed by the Contra Costa County district attorney's office.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 28, 1987
Thomas Amlie's diatribe against radar (Editorial Pages, May 14), "Our Radar Laden Weapons Attract Their Own Doom," is just what we in the defense community need fewer of: A technocrat masking his zeal with a veneer of plausibility, which he believes will be accepted by an uninformed public. Amlie is a well-known advocate of passive electro-optical systems in preference to radar systems. Instead of presenting a balanced view in which both radar and electro-optical systems have vital roles, he chooses to bad-mouth radar through exaggeration, innuendo, and inaccuracies.
ENTERTAINMENT
January 7, 2010
The electro trio the Glitch Mob is doing its level best to make techno-centric live sets as physical and involving as possible. Pairing the richness and headiness of the best dance music with the head-nodding backbeats of hip-hop, they only aim to move you, and they by and large succeed. El Rey Theatre, 5515 Wilshire Blvd., L.A. 9 p.m. Sat. $22. (323) 936-6400.
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January 31, 2010
Pop & Jazz Previews by August Brown Stand With Haiti Benefit The cheeky pomp-rockers Tenacious D might be unlikely headliners of any show benefitting more than their chick-pulling ambitions, but they get top billing at this Haiti benefit with The Shins' James Mercer, Frank Black and comedian Patton Oswalt. The Wiltern, 3790 Wilshire Blvd., L.A. Tue., 7 p.m. $39.50-$74.50. (213) 380-5005. Laura Marling The young Marling has such startlingly articulate insights into love and loss that one pities the scads of loutish teenage boys back in her native Eversley who surely tried and failed to stir her heart.
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September 6, 2011 | By Charlie Amter, Special to the Los Angeles Times
Paris has been burning brightly for over a decade now as electronic music's luminary dance music factory, spawning chart-toppers such as David Guetta. Many from France's ripe scene find a spiritual and actual home in L.A. and it's not just the mainstream names that take root here. Southern California is developing as a fertile ground for the darker, more experimental side of house and electro (see new L.A. resident Quentin Dupieux, a.k.a. Mr. Oizo) put out by labels such as Ed Banger. One of that label's more interesting affiliated artists, Sebastian, drops by Hollywood's Avalon on Friday night.
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June 3, 2007 | August Brown, Times Staff Writer
IF there's a concert tour with a more appropriate title than TGT's forthcoming "The Shirts Off Tour," we haven't heard it. A meeting of the minds (and glistening abs and chiseled jawlines) of R&B pinups Tyrese, Ginuwine and Tank, the trio recently joined forces as a super group with a single mission -- to please all the ladies, all the time. "It's going to be the ultimate female experience," an obviously giddy Tyrese Gibson said about the group's fall tour.
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May 15, 2008 | Pamela Chelin
IT MAKES no difference to Swedish singer Robyn (Robin Carlsson) when fans discovered her -- in the late 1990s as a mainstream teen pop star or 13 years later as an independent electro pop artist. "I don't feel like I have to have everybody remember what I did before, and I don't feel like I have to detach myself from my previous albums either," the 28-year-old singer-songwriter says from Montreal, where she is on tour. "It's not about then and now. It's about the whole thing coming together."
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 12, 2013 | By Jessica Garrison
A judge has ordered a metal plating company in Richmond, Calif., to remove large quantities of hazardous waste, including potentially deadly cyanide, after state officials argued that it poses a health threat to nearby residents. Contra Costa County Superior Court Judge Judith Craddick gave Electro-Forming 14 days to dispose of some waste and 30 days for others. "This company has failed to comply with the rules that protect public health of the neighborhood," said Reed Sato, the chief counsel for state Department of Toxic Substances Control, which sought the order.
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October 17, 2013 | By Steve Appleford
British electro-rock pioneer Gary Numan got an unexpected welcome when he moved from England to Los Angeles last year. Nine Inch Nails leader Trent Reznor, who calls Numan a crucial early influence, wrote a personal testimonial for his immigration application, and soon welcomed Numan into NIN's larger musical circle. "I had been here only a week and he got in touch and invited us over and introduced me to all of his friends, all kinds of really cool people, and gave me a social life immediately," Numan says of Reznor's welcome upon his family's arrival.
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July 20, 2013 | By August Brown
The members of the electro-pop group the Postal Service have slightly different recollections about what exactly they were doing just before playing this year's Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival. But they each remember the night clearly. Keyboardist and arranger Jimmy Tamborello was "lying down trying not to think about it. It was the most stressful show I've ever played, but it was almost a relief right before going onstage, because it was so close to being over. " Vocalist Jenny Lewis said she was "backstage looking at Ben [Gibbard]
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March 7, 2013 | By Reed Johnson, Los Angeles Times
In the video for their hit single "Ciervos" (Stags), members of the Chilean electro-pop band Astro wave spears and romp around in furry pelts and animal skulls as if part of some Bronze Age lost tribe. It's intended to be the last word in low-budget primitive cool, Andean style. But for viewers of a certain demographic profile, the imagery may summon surreal memories of Peter Gabriel, his face camouflaged like an African mask, making tortured connections with shrieking simians. No doubt the similarities between "Ciervos" and Gabriel's "Shock the Monkey," an early '80s cry of inter-species angst, are inadvertent.
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March 16, 2012 | By Carla Rivera, Los Angeles Times
Santa Monica College's plan to offer some high-demand classes at a premium cost received a boost Thursday with the announcement of a $250,000 donation to support scholarships for students who qualify. The donors are businessman Daniel Greenberg and his wife, attorney and civic activist Susan Steinhauser, two longtime supporters whose previous giving has centered on the Broad Stage of the Santa Monica College Performing Arts Center. The two-year college approved a plan last week, believed to be the first of its kind in the nation, that would offer core education classes such as English and math at a cost of about $200 per unit, alongside state-funded courses.
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September 6, 2011 | By Charlie Amter, Special to the Los Angeles Times
Paris has been burning brightly for over a decade now as electronic music's luminary dance music factory, spawning chart-toppers such as David Guetta. Many from France's ripe scene find a spiritual and actual home in L.A. and it's not just the mainstream names that take root here. Southern California is developing as a fertile ground for the darker, more experimental side of house and electro (see new L.A. resident Quentin Dupieux, a.k.a. Mr. Oizo) put out by labels such as Ed Banger. One of that label's more interesting affiliated artists, Sebastian, drops by Hollywood's Avalon on Friday night.
BUSINESS
September 18, 2009 | DAN NEIL
If you think all hybrid cars are like the Toyota Prius -- mirthless, ugly hair shirts of green conscience -- BMW would like you to meet its Vision: A stealth submarine of a car, lower than a boxing foul, all folded geometry and LED tracer lights. The signature BMW grille glows blue like a reactor cooling pond. The transparent doors open like dragonfly wings. The all-wheel-drive Vision sport coupe is the Usain Bolt of hybrid cars: 0-60 mph in under 4.8 seconds, top speed of 155 mph, 356 horsepower, and handling and braking comparable to the company's brain-melting M3 coupe.
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September 7, 1986 | JOHN VOLAND
CD OR NOT CD? Compact discs are the biggest thing to hit the audio world since stereo. At least that's what millions of Americans think. They're turning away from traditional vinyl records in favor of these small plastic-and-aluminum discs that hold up to 74 minutes of music ... and deliver it--proponents say--with incredible clarity. The technology involves a laser beam in the CD player that translates digitally encoded "pits" on the disc.
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August 26, 2011 | By Nate Jackson, Los Angeles Times
It's been two years since DJ Dave Nada spawned a dance genre that propelled him from Washington, D.C., nightclub fixture to unwitting sire of a rhythmic revolution. Since 2009, moombahton — Nada's woofer-rattling concoction of Dutch house and reggaeton — has become a rapidly mutating force in DJ culture, collecting piles of fans and eclectic sub-genres. So, when Nada decided to relocate to Los Angeles in 2010 to further his DJ career, the monstrous music movement he hatched in D.C. wasn't far behind.
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March 25, 2011 | By August Brown, Los Angeles Times
Danny Preston of Rainbow Arabia has the rare day job that might actually inspire his songwriting. By night, he mans the production duties for the global-noise electronica duo with his wife, Tiffany. But on weekdays, he charters private planes for the world's wealthy, shuttling them to urban enclaves and distant paradises with no need for a frisking at the gate. "I can hop on a plane whenever it's empty," he said over banh mi sandwiches at Xoia, a Vietnamese restaurant in Echo Park, last month.
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