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July 5, 2013 | By Chris Willman
The conflict between mods and rockers, two warring factions of youth culture in Britain circa 1965, previously served as the backdrop for a terrifically gritty film, "Quadrophenia," based on the Who's concept album. Now the same conflict is the milieu for a stage musical, "ModRock," that exudes more sunshine than a decade's worth of London summers combined. If Pete Townshend ever deigned to see this show, you wouldn't blame him for succumbing to a fatal case of hives. The "ModRock" now on view at El Portal in North Hollywood almost plays like "Quadrophenia" reimagined by Walt Disney - and not even the modern iteration of the studio, but the Disney that was making frothy musicals such as "The Happiest Millionaire" in the mid-'60s.
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June 21, 2013 | By Deborah Vankin
“Hey, that was my idea!” is a complaint that's so 2012. “It was my idea to steal that idea!” is more of the moment -- particularly if that moment is next Saturday. Josh Mintz, lead singer of the band Friend Slash Lover, will host an evening of art and music on June 29 -- called “It Was My Idea to Steal That Idea” -- at the massive, 6,000-square-foot “art lab” Nomad Art Compound. The event is also a release party for the indie rock band's new single, “Hellthy,” and one of the DJs is none other than street artist Shepard Fairey, who will be spinning under the name “DJ Diabetic.” “The whole show is based on these quickie phrases that have layers of meaning,” Mintz told Culture Monster.
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June 18, 2013 | By Steve Chawkins, Los Angeles Times
Irwin Held, whose license-plate-festooned West Hollywood beer-and-burger spot drew praise from rock stars but protests from gay rights activists, has died. He was 87. Held died Monday in his Los Angeles home, family members said. He had a kidney ailment. From 1970 to 1999, Held owned Barney's Beanery, a Santa Monica Boulevard restaurant where Janis Joplin is said to have eaten her last meal and the Doors' Jim Morrison made himself at home. But for many in a community with a large, politically active gay population, the restaurant's freewheeling feel was tainted by an anti-gay sign that Held inherited when he bought the place and for years refused to take down.
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June 10, 2013 | By Christie DZurilla
Erin Brockovich, made famous by Julia Roberts in the movie bearing her name, was arrested over the weekend in Nevada on suspicion of operating a boat while under the influence. But her mug shot from the incident has quickly become the star of the show. While she doesn't quite unseat the epic photo from "That '70s Show's" Lisa Robin Kelly, it's a close contest. ERIN BROCKOVICH MUG SHOT: See it here! The legal assistant-turned-environmental activist, who now goes by Brockovich-Ellis, was arrested Friday on Lake Mead after a game warden noticed she was struggling to dock her boat, KTLA reported Sunday.
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May 30, 2013 | By Tony Perry
Rock singer Tim Lambesis, accused of trying to hiring a hit man to kill his estranged wife, left San Diego County jail in Vista on Thursday, after posting $2 million bail. Under conditions set by Superior Court Judge David Berry, Lambesis must wear a GPS monitor and stay away from his wife and their three children. Lambesis, 32, lead singer for the Christian-themed band As I Lay Dying, is charged with trying to hire a hit man to kill his estranged wife, Meggan, who filed for divorce in September.
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May 10, 2013 | By Tony Perry
VISTA -- Heavy metal singer Tim Lambesis must wear a GPS monitor and stay away from his immediate family if released from jail after pleading not guilty to soliciting the murder of his estranged wife. Lambesis, lead singer of the Christian-themed band As I Lay Dying, entered his plea Thursday. San Diego County Superior Court Judge Martin Staven set bail at $3 million. If he is released from jail, he must wear the monitor and follow the stay-away order, Staven said. The 32-year-old singer is charged with trying to hire a hit man to kill his estranged wife, who filed for divorce in September.
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May 9, 2013 | By Tony Perry, Los Angeles Times
VISTA -- At a court arraignment attended by his friends and fans, heavy metal singer Tim Lambesis pleaded not guilty Thursday to a charge of soliciting the murder of his estranged wife. San Diego County Superior Court Judge Martin Staven set bail at $3 million. Once he is released from jail, Lambesis must wear a GPS monitor and stay away from his wife and their three children. Lambesis, 32, lead singer for the Christian-themed band As I Lay Dying, is charged with trying to hire a hit man to kill his estranged wife, who filed for divorce in September.
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April 22, 2013 | By Randall Roberts, Los Angeles Times Pop Music Critic
People who experienced Woodstock through the lens of the 1970 documentary film "Woodstock: 3 Days of Peace & Music" can describe every contour of Richie Havens' face. With focused eyes and a scraggly beard, the singer, songwriter, guitarist and activist, who died on Monday at age 72, is ingrained into a generation's memory. In the film and on record, you can hear the mantra that he offered echo across Max Yasgur's farm, and that message has resonated over the years to become one of Woodstock's archetypal performances.
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March 23, 2013 | By Veronica Rocha, Times Community News
Representatives for Bauhaus frontman Peter Murphy are saying the goth rocker's blood-alcohol level was 0.01 when he was arrested March 16 on suspicion of driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol after an alleged hit-and-run collision in Glendale. According to Murphy's official Facebook page, the amount of alcohol in his bloodstream was well below the legal limit of 0.08. His representatives alleged that his blood alcohol level of 0.01 was the “lowest amount of alcohol that is able to register on a breathalyzer.
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March 6, 2013 | By Reed Johnson
Beto Cuevas already is a rock star, a poet and a pop-culture idol in his native Chile. So what does he really want to do? Paint. The former lead singer for the band La Ley, from the late '80s to the early 2000s, and subsequently a successful solo artist, Cuevas is among South American rock's most durable talents. He's still recording, and he's a regular fixture at Latin music awards shows. PHOTOS: Iconic rock guitars and their owners But according to a story in the Mexico City newspaper El Universal, Cuevas is eager for his fans to see another side of him, as a visual artist who has accumulated a trove of paintings and drawings over the years.
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