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May 31, 2012
COMEDY A long way removed from a puzzling early career that found him sarcastically hosting the frat-tastic MTV dating show "Singled Out" in the '90s, Chris Hardwick has developed into a solid comic talent with his popular Nerdist blog and podcast, which made the leap to television on BBC America earlier this year. This live podcast taping will deliver more nods to comic books and further tributaries of nerd culture with guests Jonah Ray and Matt Mira. Nokia Theatre, 800 W. Olympic Blvd., L.A. Sat. 7:30 p.m. $16.50-$26.50 http://www.ticketmaster.com .
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February 17, 2014 | By August Brown
The crowd that waited under the neon red glow of the Ace Hotel's "Jesus Saves" sign came to see the experimental rock band Spiritualized. But as they filed into the Theatre at Ace, they became part of a different sort of resurrection. Nestled in the 1920s-era building on Broadway that once housed Gene Scott's televangelism empire, the Theatre at Ace's Friday night opening was part of a rebirth for downtown Los Angeles' music scene. Live music was once a focal point of the area's revival.
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April 1, 2010
Fresh off wins at the Golden Globe, SAG and Academy awards, talk show host and comedian extraordinaire Mo'Nique is bringing her spring show to Los Angeles. This bold, brassy stand-up show is perhaps the exact opposite of her role in "Precious." She will be joined by cast members from her BET show, including Rodney Perry and Tone-X. Nokia Theatre, 777 Chick Hearn Court. 8 p.m. Fri. $39.50 - $69.50. (213) 763-6030. www.nokiatheaterlalive.com.
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December 22, 2013 | By Randy Lewis
The raison d'être of Stevie Wonder's annual holiday concert is the collection of toys for needy children in the Southland, something he's done enthusiastically for 18 years now, each edition featuring a different lineup of friends, musical colleagues and family members. Saturday's installment of Wonder's House Full of Toys at the Nokia Theatre, however, may have given the biggest gift of all to the audience of about 7,000: the first-ever performance of his landmark 1976 double album “Songs in the Key of Life” in its entirety.
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December 1, 2011
Pop radio takes a victory lap at the KIIS FM Jingle Ball, a round table of dance-friendly hit makers with David Guetta, Lady Gaga, Sean Paul and other FM staples. Bring earplugs for all the screaming. Nokia Theatre, 777 Chick Hearn Court, L.A. 5:30 p.m. Sat. $80.25-$150.25. nokiatheatre.com.
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November 3, 2012 | By Mikael Wood
R. Kelly had already been onstage for half an hour Friday night at Nokia Theatre when he announced that it was time to say what was on his mind. “I [conceived] three kids listening to my own music,” sang the R&B star in apparent improvisation over a midtempo vamp by his eight-piece band. “You did it," he sang. "Why can't I?” The idea: If Kelly's audience has used his music as an aphrodisiac -- a service he's been providing for 20 years without interruption -- then shouldn't he be entitled to the same privilege?
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March 12, 2008 | From the Associated Press
The Emmy Awards are moving from the venerable Shrine Auditorium to the new Nokia Theatre in downtown L.A. The Academy of Television Arts & Sciences signed a 10-year deal with Anschutz Entertainment Group to stage the annual Emmys show at the 6,500-seat Nokia, starting with this year's show on Sept. 21. The Emmys' after-show Governors Ball will be held next door at the Los Angeles Convention Center.
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August 25, 2012 | By August Brown
Pity the hapless dude who thought he was getting a lap-dance from Dara of the South Korean pop group 2NE1 on Friday. The singer dragged him up from the audience onto the Nokia Theatre stage during the single “Kiss,” and plonked this twentysomething white guy -- who looked as if he might actually crumple from petrified delight -- in a chair facing the stage. Dara, with her Skrillex-inspired haircut and pixie-thug getup, leaned come-hither close, surely about to crib a classic R&B stage-seduction move.
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December 15, 2013 | By Mikael Wood
Over the summer, as his song “Blurred Lines” was entering its second month atop the Hot 100, Robin Thicke recalled a time when his music was making a different impact. “ 'Lost Without U' played on the Wave,” the singer told me with a touch of regret, referring to the feather-light ballad of his that in 2007 became a staple on L.A.'s KTWV-FM (94.7). Also known as the Wave, the easy-rolling radio station broadcasts what it calls “smooth R&B,” but for Thicke that appellation signified a problem.
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December 7, 2013 | By August Brown
The line between respectable pop music and its gauche, teenage-courting offspring had a physical address on Friday night: Chick Hearn Court in downtown L.A. That's the street that divides Staples Center and the L.A. Live complex, where the KIIS-FM Jingle Ball and the Grammy nominations concert offered two very different, but occasionally overlapping, schools of Top-40 success. At Nokia Theatre, the Grammys lent their imprimatur to rising stars offering messages of austerity. The teenage New Zealand electro-pop singer Lorde had a smash with the bling-mocking “Royals,” and hip-hop duo Macklemore & Ryan Lewis offered a jollier riff on a similar theme with “Thrift Shop.” But at Staples Center, Jingle Ball celebrated the tarter, girlier yet often still great stuff that the Grammys rarely acknowledge -- the '90s-frizzy dance pop of Fifth Harmony, Ariana Grande's featherweight R&B, and yes, Miley Cyrus licking a Christmas tree.
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December 7, 2013 | By Mikael Wood
The Grammy Awards may be "music's biggest night," to quote the Recording Academy's dogged branding effort, but they no longer represent its center. You got a firm sense of how haphazard the awards can seem, particularly as the record industry continues to fragment, during the cobbled-together concert that surrounded the announcement of this year's Grammy nominations Friday night at the Nokia Theatre in downtown Los Angeles. Hosted by LL Cool J, "The Grammy Nominations Concert Live!"
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November 25, 2013 | By Randall Roberts, Los Angeles Times Pop Music Critic
A toast to Imagine Dragons for snagging the award for alternative artist at the American Music Awards. The band's rendition of "Demons" at the annual show, best described as a combo dubstep-rock-Blue Man Group tribute, was truly alternative -- part Nickelback, part Vegas spectacle. The entertainment and the song suggested a brand of rebellion akin to ordering a McRib at McDonald's instead of a Big Mac. Their gig during Sunday night's broadcast of the worst music award ceremony of the year -- no small feat -- offered ample evidence.
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November 25, 2013 | By Mikael Wood
"I will love you unconditionally," promised Katy Perry in the opening number of the American Music Awards. Wrapped in a kimono amid an Orientalist fantasia straight out of "Kill Bill," the singer was using her appearance on the awards show, broadcast Sunday night on ABC from L.A.'s Nokia Theatre, to bring attention to her current single, "Unconditionally. " The song about finding love after divorce is part of her plan this year to age up her image. But that line from its chorus might also describe the audience loyalty that pop stars on Perry's level once enjoyed, back when fans pledged allegiance to artists and could be expected to stick with them through the occasional misstep or hiatus.
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November 18, 2013 | By Mikael Wood
Katy Perry will hit the road next year in support of her album " Prism ," the pop star announced Monday. The news came in a wee-hours tweet from Perry, who wrote that she was "ecstatic" to reveal the initial dates of what she's calling the Prismatic World Tour. Set to launch May 7 in Belfast, Northern Ireland, the trek is to wind its way through England and Scotland before ending up at London's O2 Arena for three shows May 27-30. Perry's support act for the British run will be Icona Pop, the Swedish duo responsible for the shouty stadium-rave hit " I Love It . " PHOTOS: Concerts by The Times Icona Pop will be busy: Last week Miley Cyrus announced that she'd selected the group to open a string of upcoming North American arena shows (including a Feb. 22 stop at Staples Center)
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October 29, 2013 | By Gina McIntyre
Inside Studio Della Morte, the Los Angeles compound where Danny Elfman spends much of his professional life, antique dolls, skulls and leering puppets coexist with deranged fairy tale paintings by Mark Ryden and mesmerizing Diane Arbus photographs. The haute sideshow décor might be an effective visual representation of Elfman's gleefully ghoulish sensibility, but it also serves as a catalog of the inspiration and influences that have helped shape his prodigious musical output. What you won't see, though, is a shrine to his own creative past.
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October 21, 2013 | By David Ng
Film composer Ennio Morricone, who has been nominated five times for an Oscar and who received an honorary statuette in 2007, is scheduled to conduct concerts of his movie music at performances in Los Angeles and New York in March. The L.A. concert is set for March 20 at the Nokia Theatre at L.A. Live; the New York performance is scheduled for March 23 at the Barclays Center's Cushman and Wakefield Theatre in Brooklyn. Tickets go on sale Oct. 25 at 10 a.m. at www.axs.com. Listing Morricone's most famous movies scores can be a difficult task simply because there are so many - "A Fistful of Dollars," "The Good, the Bad and the Ugly," "Once upon a Time in the West," "The Mission," "The Untouchables," "Cinema Paradiso," and "Bugsy" among them.
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