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February 7, 2008 | Richard Rushfield, Times Staff Writer
As the "Idol" audition tour wound itself up in Atlanta on Super Tuesday night, we pored over the last returns in "American Idol's" own primary season and had some thoughts on a looming, potentially huge demographic battle shaping up -- one that could spell R-E-A-L-I-G-N-M-E-N-T for seasons to come and bring millions of disenfranchised voters into the "Idol" system. Long considered by many the sleeping giant of "Idol" voting blocs, this may be the year when the goth vote at last awakens.
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September 6, 2013 | By Amy Benfer
Those thoroughly satiated with beach days and summer blonds can seek refuge of a darker sort in two new novels for young adults in which classic 19th century Gothic novels get a postmodern, post-punk makeover influenced by the aesthetic of their 20th century pop culture counterpart, Gothic rock. Australian poet and fantasy novelist Alison Croggon starts her novel "Black Spring" with the plot skeleton of Emily Brontë's "Wuthering Heights," then grafts on witches, wizards and a little contemporary feminist theory.
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November 2, 2002 | Steve Baltin, Special to The Times
Edgar Allan Poe died more than 150 years ago, but as arguably the father of modern Goth, he never goes out of style. To celebrate that legacy, music producer Hal Willner assembled an eclectic array of talent including rock singer Lou Reed, actors Karen Black and Howard Hesseman, and comedian Will Ferrell for "Never Bet the Devil Your Head," his fifth annual tribute to Poe and his second at UCLA's Royce Hall.
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July 2, 2013 | By Christie DZurilla
Rockers Avril Lavigne and Chad Kroeger are married after tying the knot Monday at an estate in the south of France. And the bride wore black. "I wanted to make sure it's a crazy vacation and an experience of a lifetime for our guests,” said Lavigne, 28, speaking with Hello magazine. About 110 guests attended the candlelight, Gothic-themed ceremony at the Chateau de la Napoule medieval castle near Cannes, People said. Lavigne walked down the aisle in a black tulle Monique Lhuillier number.
HOME & GARDEN
October 25, 1997 | ROSE APODACA JONES, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
On a drive-by, Ilene and Bill Graney's Monarch Beach cottage resembles a number of quaint, humdrum homes in this cookie-cutter community off Pacific Coast Highway. But once inside the modest, gated courtyard and through the pine front door, you realize the truth to that adage that real beauty is found within. To mitigate the bland exteriors of this 22-year-old tract, the Graneys decided to go goth. Windows were covered in fabric with medieval motifs and punctuated with tassels.
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October 3, 2009 | David A. Keeps
Not all Halloween decorations need to be ghoulish or garish, especially when these economic times are frightening enough. Simple and witty alternatives can add a dash of goth or glamour. While not quite Edgar Allan Poe's fabled raven, these black crow candles have an eerie presence (especially as the wax melts); they also could fit the bill as part of a fall harvest tablescape. They're $10 each at Pottery Barn. The birds can be paired with CB2 Noir vases, $21.95 each, which have a matte black iron finish and a polished nickel interior.
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March 22, 2011 | By Shan Li, Los Angeles Times
Beleaguered teen retailer Hot Topic Inc. announced the resignation of Chief Executive Betsy McLaughlin amid continuing weak sales and earnings. Board member Lisa Harper, a former CEO of children's retailer Gymboree Corp., is to take the helm of the City of Industry-based company, which operates 653 Hot Topic stores and 151 Torrid stores. McLaughlin, who became CEO in 2003, will stay three months to assist the transition, the company said Monday in a statement. Hot Topic has posted year-over-year revenue declines for seven straight quarters.
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October 6, 2011
The pop-punk titans Blink-182 have a new album in the works, but here they take their snotty three-chord skate rock to the rarer airs of the Hollywood Bowl. Their Goth-inclined heirs My Chemical Romance and the effervescent Matt and Kim come along. Hollywood Bowl, 2301 N. Highland Ave., L.A. 7 p.m. Sat. $30-$87.50. hollywoodbowl.com.
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May 24, 2012
MUSIC Glenn Danzig is one of the most iconic names in punk and goth music, and he finally brings all of his ensembles (including Samhain, Danzig and, yes, a reunion with his legendary Misfits) into one workhorse night. You'll never see so many mono-bang haircuts in one place again. Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre, 8808 Irvine Center Drive, Irvine. 7:15 p.m. Sat. $13.13-$69.50. livenation.com.
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February 1, 2011 | By Paul Brownfield, Special to the Los Angeles Times
Full disclosure: Comedian Patton Oswalt, author of a new book of personal essays and other flights of whimsy called "Zombie Spaceship Wasteland," once invited me to his birthday party at the Lot, the former Warner Bros. studio in West Hollywood. Oswalt was showing "The Warriors," director Walter Hill's disco-era-scented 1979 cult classic about New York City gang warfare. That he would screen "The Warriors" as though it were "Citizen Kane" tells you much about the cineaste's passion with which Oswalt approaches pulp, both offstage and in his stand-up act. And so we arrive at the first chapter in his book, Oswalt taking us back to the summer of 1987, when as a teenager he worked at the Towncenter3 movie theater, a triplex in the Washington, D.C., suburb of Sterling, Va., near where Oswalt grew up. "That was my Lapin Agile," he declares of the Towncenter3.
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November 1, 2012 | By Sheri Linden
The unlikeliest of road trips, "This Must Be the Place" puts a retired Goth rocker, played by Sean Penn, on the very cold trail of a Nazi war criminal. If the movie doesn't entirely get past its hard-to-buy premise, director Paolo Sorrentino does have the courage of his convictions, not just embracing every contradiction but spinning many of the story's contrivances into moments of strange, aching beauty. The loopy events concern the dazed but knowing Cheyenne, with Penn striking a tricky balance between eccentricity and childlike honesty.
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May 24, 2012
MUSIC Glenn Danzig is one of the most iconic names in punk and goth music, and he finally brings all of his ensembles (including Samhain, Danzig and, yes, a reunion with his legendary Misfits) into one workhorse night. You'll never see so many mono-bang haircuts in one place again. Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre, 8808 Irvine Center Drive, Irvine. 7:15 p.m. Sat. $13.13-$69.50. livenation.com.
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March 4, 2012 | By Randall Roberts, Los Angeles Times Pop Music Critic
It takes a supreme level of confidence to begin an album with the line, "I'm a broken record, you have heard this before," as Ramona Gonzales, who makes music under the moniker Nite Jewel, does on her new release, "One Second of Love. " She sings it with deep, exasperated, melodramatic emotion, understanding that to do so is to introduce complications — the bummer of repetition, for one. Equally gutsy and way more labyrinthine is how fellow Angeleno, kindred spirit and occasional Gonzales collaborator Julia Holter begins her exquisite new "Ekstasis" with the song "Marienbad.
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January 26, 2012
MUSIC The young electronica producer Skrillex is as divisive as they get, with fans flinging themselves at the feet of his skittish, bass-heavy tracks, while detractors deem him "bro-step" and mock his sideswept goth haircut. But over a rash of purposefully smallish club shows in L.A. he'll underline the one thing everyone can agree on — he is really, really popular and entirely embodies this moment in dance music. Hollywood Palladium, 6215 Sunset Blvd., L.A. 9 p.m. Sat. $53.50.
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December 18, 2011 | By Melissa Magsaysay, Los Angeles Times
It couldn't be further from the conventional period drama with the nipped-waist bodices and ostentatious accessories that frequently garner award show attention for costuming. Nonetheless, "The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo," the American film based on the first book of Stieg Larsson's popular Millennium trilogy, is likely to attract some attention with its hard-hitting looks that reflect a darker side of contemporary street fashion. The producers of the film, which opens Dec. 20, put together a style dream team to transform actress Rooney Mara into Lisbeth Salander, a waifish, goth-punk heroine who becomes an unlikely ally for a journalist involved in a twisted mystery.
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October 6, 2011
The pop-punk titans Blink-182 have a new album in the works, but here they take their snotty three-chord skate rock to the rarer airs of the Hollywood Bowl. Their Goth-inclined heirs My Chemical Romance and the effervescent Matt and Kim come along. Hollywood Bowl, 2301 N. Highland Ave., L.A. 7 p.m. Sat. $30-$87.50. hollywoodbowl.com.
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August 23, 2009 | Image staff
"Serendipity," a multimedia event, filled a downtown L.A. warehouse space recently with a combination of atmosphere and theatrics that promised at least a touch of the unexpected. Against an "enchanted forest" backdrop by Leila Fakouri and her design company Madera Design, the visual arts, percussionists, aerialists and the Stilt Circus bumped molecules and entertained. The audience? Actors, musicians, yoga instructors, a "goth Judy Jetson" type. Just the crowd for a serendipitous encounter or two. -- Image staff
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January 26, 2012
MUSIC The young electronica producer Skrillex is as divisive as they get, with fans flinging themselves at the feet of his skittish, bass-heavy tracks, while detractors deem him "bro-step" and mock his sideswept goth haircut. But over a rash of purposefully smallish club shows in L.A. he'll underline the one thing everyone can agree on — he is really, really popular and entirely embodies this moment in dance music. Hollywood Palladium, 6215 Sunset Blvd., L.A. 9 p.m. Sat. $53.50.
BUSINESS
March 22, 2011 | By Shan Li, Los Angeles Times
Beleaguered teen retailer Hot Topic Inc. announced the resignation of Chief Executive Betsy McLaughlin amid continuing weak sales and earnings. Board member Lisa Harper, a former CEO of children's retailer Gymboree Corp., is to take the helm of the City of Industry-based company, which operates 653 Hot Topic stores and 151 Torrid stores. McLaughlin, who became CEO in 2003, will stay three months to assist the transition, the company said Monday in a statement. Hot Topic has posted year-over-year revenue declines for seven straight quarters.
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February 1, 2011 | By Paul Brownfield, Special to the Los Angeles Times
Full disclosure: Comedian Patton Oswalt, author of a new book of personal essays and other flights of whimsy called "Zombie Spaceship Wasteland," once invited me to his birthday party at the Lot, the former Warner Bros. studio in West Hollywood. Oswalt was showing "The Warriors," director Walter Hill's disco-era-scented 1979 cult classic about New York City gang warfare. That he would screen "The Warriors" as though it were "Citizen Kane" tells you much about the cineaste's passion with which Oswalt approaches pulp, both offstage and in his stand-up act. And so we arrive at the first chapter in his book, Oswalt taking us back to the summer of 1987, when as a teenager he worked at the Towncenter3 movie theater, a triplex in the Washington, D.C., suburb of Sterling, Va., near where Oswalt grew up. "That was my Lapin Agile," he declares of the Towncenter3.
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