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April 2, 2008 | Randy Lewis
Having allowed fans to decide how much its latest album is worth, Radiohead is now allowing them to shape how its new single, "Nude," will sound. The British band, which let fans name their price for downloading "In Rainbows" last fall, is posting five component tracks, or "stems," from the single for purchase on iTunes. That will let them remix the stems, add beats, instruments or audio effects of their choosing. Fans then upload finished remixes to, where other Radiohead fans can listen and vote for a favorite.
April 5, 2014 | By James Barragan
By the time two of the L.A. KISS' star players were lowered from the Honda Center ceiling during introductions for the team's home opener, the team's fans were ready to rock and roll all night and party every down. Behind four touchdowns from wide receiver Donovan Morgan and a league-record six sacks in one game for Beau Bell, the KISS won its first game at its home venue in Anaheim, 44-34, in front of 12,045 fans. The victory improved the KISS' record to 2-1 while setting a league record of 11 team sacks in one game.
June 7, 2012 | CHRIS ERSKINE
Beered up but suddenly benign, disappointed Kings fans poured out of Staples Center on Wednesday night. "Why couldn't we win it here?" rang out across L.A. Live after the Kings' loss. "We're still up 3-1," assured Dan Sine. "We have to win one, they have to win three," mathematician Debbie Eskenazi explained. And so it goes, this improbable season is frozen for at least a few more days. "I'm not worried, I'm disappointed," said Tommy Nast, summing up the feelings of most fans as they spilled out of Staples Center, still a little shell-shocked.
April 4, 2014 | Mike Hiserman
A capacity crowd will be ready for some baseball as the Dodgers play their home opener Friday afternoon against the San Francisco Giants. Whether the Dodgers were ready for all of those fans will be determined by what happens before, during and after the game. Along with spending for the product on the field -- the richest collection of talent in baseball history -- the Dodgers have invested more than $150 million the last two seasons on the ballpark itself, upgrading the infrastructure and adding some fan-friendly features.
Christy Brink had every intention of going to work Tuesday, though she had warned her boss she'd be a little late because she had some "personal business" to attend to on the way in. But with second-round Anaheim Angels playoff tickets going on sale at 9 a.m. and the playoff opener on television at 5 p.m., Brink decided to call in from the Edison International Field ticket line to say that her personal business was taking a little longer than she'd...
April 17, 1989 | Scott Ostler
It was a chilling moment, in the dawn of a new age. It was midway through the second period of the Kings' Saturday night mega-win at the GW (Gretzky Wayne) Forum. Responding to a note flashed on the message board, the frenzied, frothing Forum fans broke into a chant. "Luck-y butt! Luck-y butt!" Not Shakespeare, perhaps, but any chant is a welcome replacement for America's most shopworn chant, the one referring to the opposing team or star player inhaling by creating a vacuum with its (or his)
This is life that should exist on the other side of the moon with no chance of ever being seen down here. Forget the United Way campaign. Support NASA and a one-way space shuttle capable of jettisoning the get-a-life-challenged people here, who willingly spent $15 a day to be demeaned and disappointed at the Isuzu Celebrity Golf Championship.
March 4, 2014 | Bill Plaschke
If you're a Dodgers fan, you know somebody like Brian Gadinsky. Chances are, you may even be like Brian Gadinsky. The TV producer moved to Los Angeles on an October day in 1988. The next night, Kirk Gibson hit the home run, and Gadinsky has been hooked ever since. He has season tickets on the reserved level. He is neither famous nor entitled, he is just an average guy with a powerful passion about a team that has come to represent his love for his city. When Frank McCourt's regime began to slowly burn, Gadinsky angrily canceled his tickets.
June 3, 2013 | By Meredith Blake
Fans of the HBO fantasy series “Game of Thrones” are unleashing more fire than Daenerys Targaryen's dragons over the bloody climax of Sunday's penultimate Season 3 episode, “The Rains of Castamere.” Needless to say, there are spoilers ahead. If you haven't caught up on your DVR, then venture no further. In case you have repressed the memory, allow us to refresh you: the so-called “Red Wedding” episode ended with the brutal, graphic murders of three of the remaining members of the Stark clan - mom Catelyn, son Robb and his pregnant wife Talisa - along with several dozen or so wedding guests.
December 21, 2012 | By Carolyn Kellogg
Author Lee Child created a killer character with Jack Reacher. A brutal ex-military officer with a thirst for justice, he's a force - a massive force. Six-foot-five, 220-250 lbs., with a 50-inch chest is specified on Child's website . For months, fans of the books - 17 so far - have been anticipating the film "Jack Reacher," which opens this weekend, with comments such as: "hope it flops. " They are not looking forward to seeing Tom Cruise, not known for his bulk, portray the hero of Child's novels.
April 4, 2014
L.A. has great sports fans. Uniquely loyal, yet never to be had. If Time Warner Cable thinks the notion "I need my" even remotely resonates, they're advised to go back and review "I need my Rams & " Anthony J. Moretti Lomita :: I realize that this full-page ad for Dodgers baseball on SportsNet L.A. is big money, but, I, for one, don't want my cable bill to go up, even one more dollar, in order to pay over-salaried players. To my TV provider, I'm willing to "miss this" and attend a few games in the season at Chavez Ravine instead.
April 4, 2014 | By Kevin Baxter
Few dates on the baseball calendar can match a home opener for pomp, ceremony and excitement. Or, in the case of Dodger Stadium on Friday afternoon, for long lines, crowded concourses and Wi-Fi snafus. But for the legions of blue-and-white-clad loyalists, what happened in the stands likely rated as nothing more than minor inconveniences compared to what happened on the field, where sloppiness fueled an 8-4 loss to the division-leading San Francisco Giants. On the reserved level, some in the sellout crowd of 53,493 waited in concession lines for as long as 45 minutes.
April 4, 2014 | By James Barragan
Tom Umberg still remembers the Ducks' inaugural game at Honda Center in 1993. The Arrowhead Pond, as it was then called, was packed with more than 17,000 fans, all using their duck calls to accompany a Dixieland band in its rendition of "When the Ducks Go Marching In. " At one point during the pregame show Wild Wing, the team's greater than life-sized duck mascot, flew into the arena from the rafters. Umberg was in awe. So much so that almost 21 years later he remembers the pregame more than the final score.
April 4, 2014 | Steve Lopez
The dreaded Giants were in town and Dodger fans were out in force on opening day, tailgating, wearing the blue and turning Elysian Park into a giant latrine. Chad Kline of Echo Park was walking his dog, Lola, early Friday morning when he saw fans hiking up into the bushes between Scott and Academy Roads to water the plants. "I went up to these three motorcycle officers … and informed them about 15 gentlemen were urinating in the park and I said, 'I think it's illegal, what are you going to do about it?
March 30, 2014 | By Frank Shyong
Screams rang out Saturday night across the Los Angeles Sports Arena as Taiwanese band Mayday brought its brand of Asian stadium rock to an all-Chinese audience for a show celebrating its 15th anniversary. "We don't usually do anything on our anniversary, but this year, it seems like things are different - because you guys all came," said Chin-Hang Shih, the lead guitarist, to screams and cheers. With matching outfits and a yellow submarine gracing the cover of their press kit, the members of Mayday are sometimes described as the Beatles of Asia.
March 29, 2014 | By Kevin Baxter
Even in today's economy you'd think $1.4 billion would be enough to buy love. Or at the very least, indifference. But that hasn't been the case with the Glazer family, whose debt-driven purchase of English soccer team Manchester United a decade ago has brought them five Premier League titles, three League Cups, a Champions League crown, a FIFA Club World Cup - and a death threat against Malcolm Glazer, the billionaire patriarch of the family....
September 21, 2012 | By August Brown
Lynyrd Skynyrd wasn't bothered by Watergate , but now they're sheepish over their use of the Confederate flag. The Southern rock band has long been known for its '70s-era hits like "Sweet Home Alabama" and defiant embrace of Old Dixie imagery. But the group's lone surviving original member, Gary Rossington, recently told CNN that the band, recognizing the stars-and-bars flag's offensive and racist undertones, will cease using it as a stage decoration at concerts supporting its new album "Last of a Dyin' Breed.
May 20, 2013 | By August Brown
Coachella fans may still have grass in their hair from this year's edition, but the festival is already revving up for 2014. Promoter Goldenvoice announced Monday morning that next year's festival is scheduled for April 11-13 and April 18-20. The first round of advance ticket sales is to begin Friday at 10 a.m. at For those already budgeting, this round of ticket sales is the only one for which fans can use Coachella's installment payment plan. PHOTOS: Concerts by The Times Coachella 2014 will be the first edition under Goldenvoice's new deal with the city of Indio , with the festival expected to expand to nearly 100,000 fans per day. The country music festival Stagecoach is expected to expand to 75,000 per day. The arrangement locks in the festival at its current site until 2030, with a per-ticket fee of $5.01 going to Indio.
March 28, 2014
Not sure which game Bill Plaschke was watching when he wrote such glowing compliments of UCLA's Sweet 16 performance against Florida. Defense wins games in the tournament, and the Bruins' defense, absent for much of the season, was AWOL as Florida nailed jump shot after jump shot. But at least Steve Alford made great halftime adjustments .... oh, wait. UCLA lost to a less-talented, better-prepared, better-coached team. But they did beat the 12th and 13th seeds to get there. Another Steve-16 for UCLA ... just with a different Steve.
March 28, 2014 | By Vincent Bevins
RIO DE JANEIRO - As you roll into this urbane beach city you can easily understand why most soccer fans will choose to be based here, if possible, during the FIFA World Cup, the sport's premiere international competition that begins June 12. Brazil's former capital and a resurgent cosmopolitan city, Rio has most of the urban offerings you would expect in a major destination, such as museums, restaurants and night life. But it's really the city's natural beauty and bright blue skies that make the trip worthwhile and make visitors more likely to forgive the high prices, lackluster service and spontaneous logistical breakdowns.
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