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December 22, 2011
MUSIC L.A.'s preeminent rap collective Odd Future takes a small-club victory lap after triumphant tours of major theaters. Tyler the Creator has a new record in the works, there's a good chance you'll hear his solo material, Syd the Kid's new project the Internet and the first post-fame ventures from the extended crew. The Roxy, 9009 W. Sunset Blvd., West Hollywood. 8 p.m. Thu. theroxyonsunset.com.
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April 6, 2014 | By Ingrid Schmidt
Dee Dee Penny has a real penchant for black vintage garb, such as high-waisted glamazon shorts and sheer mesh tops, and second-skin leather jackets and mini-dresses. It's a gothic-meets-go-go-girl look that signals a readily identifiable aesthetic for Penny - and one that might work well for an indie pop band. Enter the Dum Dum Girls. Penny (born Kristin Gundred in San Leandro, Calif.) created the Girls as a solo project in 2008. Now she's the fashionable frontwoman of a five-member group, comprising drummer Sandra Vu, bassist Malia James and guitarists Jules Medeiros and Andrew Miller, on tour to promote their third studio album, "Too True," released on Sub Pop Records in January.
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ENTERTAINMENT
January 24, 2013
The indie-rap label Def Jux is having a bit of a revivalist moment since its lamented 2010 hiatus, with label boss El-P's crossover success in mainstream and hipster circles. So now's an excellent time to get thee to a reunion of Cannibal Ox, another stalwart of the label known for its noisy sonics and blistering mike work. The Roxy, 9009 Sunset Blvd., West Hollywood. 8 p.m. Thu. $15. theroxyonsunset.com .
NEWS
November 23, 2013 | By Kari Howard
Last Saturday I went to a movie marathon put on by American Cinematheque at the wonderful Egyptian Theater. During the seven hours I spent there, I was grateful for two things. One: that the seats were comfortable. That's a lot of sitting. Two: the theater itself, in all its gilt and Pharaonic glory, and its palm tree sentries guarding the neon-lit entry on Hollywood Boulevard. I'm grateful that we honor our Hollywood past, and present, by keeping the grand old place alive. It could so easily have become a forgotten corner of Los Angeles, chopped up into a multiplex, or worse.
ENTERTAINMENT
April 8, 2010
The former child singer Nikka Costa has come a long way since she recorded with Don Ho at the age of 5. Her current sound, reflected in her recent "Pebble to a Pearl" album, blends elements of funk, soul and blues for a fiery and passionate take on contemporary R&B. The Roxy, 9009 W. Sunset Blvd. 8 p.m. Fri., $25. (310) 278-9457. theroxyonsunset.com.
NEWS
November 28, 2012 | By Alexandra Le Tellier
Can you believe Adam Levine's nerve? On Monday's episode of “The Voice,” the Maroon 5 vocalist vented about an experience he had at the Roxy on the Sunset Strip eons ago. My colleague Todd Martens detailed the incident on The Times' music blog Pop & Hiss: The jab came while Levine and his coaching peers were giving comments to contestant Cassadee Pope, the former lead singer of Florida rock band Hey Monday. Pope had just completed a rendition of Michelle Branch 's "Are You Happy Now?"
BUSINESS
September 12, 2013 | By Stuart Pfeifer, Los Angeles Times
A top women's surfer wants Orange County surf clothing company Roxy to stop using sexy images of its sponsored female surfers and instead focus on their athleticism. Three-time world champion surfer Cori Schumacher hoped to send a message by delivering to the Huntington Beach company more than 20,000 signatures from people upset about what they said is the ads' focus on women's bodies instead of their graceful skills in the water. Schumacher said she was upset by what she described as a recent "all sex, no surf" Roxy ad that showed Australian surfer Stephanie Gilmore partially clothed in bed, then showering, as a promotion for a Roxy-sponsored surf contest.
ENTERTAINMENT
February 7, 2013
In the first of two shows at a recent Royce Hall stand, the jazz pianist Robert Glasper opened with a wickedly driving take on Radiohead's "Packt Like Sardines in a Crushd Tin Box" that featured propulsive fuzz-bass from Derrick Hodge and Casey Benjamin taking his voice to the outer limits on vocoder. With the song churning at a breakneck pace, there was an exhilarating sense that the Experiment might be one of the sharpest bands working today. Here the group performs in a sort of tuneup for Sunday's Grammys, where Glasper and the Experiment picked up two nominations in the R&B category.
NEWS
July 19, 2013 | By Susan Denley
Roxy celebrated its 25th anniversary at the official party kicking off Miami Swim Week on Thursday night by introducing the Roxy Pop Surf collection. Models Chrissy Teigen and Hannah Davis were on hand, along with DJ Chelsea Leyland. [Miami Herald] Rihanna's lawsuit against Topshop parent Arcadia Group Brands Ltd. over T-shirts the retailer sold bearing her image is the subject of a court hearing Friday in London. The shirts were sold as the "Rihanna tank. " [Associated Press]
ENTERTAINMENT
November 17, 2012 | By Randall Roberts, Los Angeles Times Pop Music Critic
In another era, when musical overload and recorded abundance hadn't so fragmented the listening public as to diminish the notion of shared tastes, a pitch-perfect performance such as Lianne La Havas ' at the Roxy on Friday night would have reverberated beyond West Hollywood.  La Havas is a British singer and electric guitarist with a range so broad as to render genre distinctions moot. She gigged the sold-out Sunset Strip club on a rainy night and offered a batch of songs that, from the first moment of her first song, “Au Cinema,” delivered on the promise of her soulful, mature debut album, “Is Your Love Big Enough?
BUSINESS
September 12, 2013 | By Stuart Pfeifer, Los Angeles Times
A top women's surfer wants Orange County surf clothing company Roxy to stop using sexy images of its sponsored female surfers and instead focus on their athleticism. Three-time world champion surfer Cori Schumacher hoped to send a message by delivering to the Huntington Beach company more than 20,000 signatures from people upset about what they said is the ads' focus on women's bodies instead of their graceful skills in the water. Schumacher said she was upset by what she described as a recent "all sex, no surf" Roxy ad that showed Australian surfer Stephanie Gilmore partially clothed in bed, then showering, as a promotion for a Roxy-sponsored surf contest.
NEWS
July 19, 2013 | By Susan Denley
Roxy celebrated its 25th anniversary at the official party kicking off Miami Swim Week on Thursday night by introducing the Roxy Pop Surf collection. Models Chrissy Teigen and Hannah Davis were on hand, along with DJ Chelsea Leyland. [Miami Herald] Rihanna's lawsuit against Topshop parent Arcadia Group Brands Ltd. over T-shirts the retailer sold bearing her image is the subject of a court hearing Friday in London. The shirts were sold as the "Rihanna tank. " [Associated Press]
ENTERTAINMENT
June 20, 2013 | By Nicole Sperling
James Gandolfini described himself as a “300-lb. Woody Allen ," when I met him at the end of November, just about six months before he passed away at 51 from a heart attack while on vacation in Italy. Appearing a lot more vulnerable than his heft would convey, Gandolfini didn't use the world "neurotic" when we huddled in the empty bar at the Roxy to talk about his most recent collaboration with "Sopranos" creator David Chase, the indie film “Not Fade Away.” But he did say he had “an active mind” and that it was often “exhausting.” That mind seemed to be filled with a slew of contradictions.
ENTERTAINMENT
February 7, 2013
In the first of two shows at a recent Royce Hall stand, the jazz pianist Robert Glasper opened with a wickedly driving take on Radiohead's "Packt Like Sardines in a Crushd Tin Box" that featured propulsive fuzz-bass from Derrick Hodge and Casey Benjamin taking his voice to the outer limits on vocoder. With the song churning at a breakneck pace, there was an exhilarating sense that the Experiment might be one of the sharpest bands working today. Here the group performs in a sort of tuneup for Sunday's Grammys, where Glasper and the Experiment picked up two nominations in the R&B category.
ENTERTAINMENT
January 24, 2013
The indie-rap label Def Jux is having a bit of a revivalist moment since its lamented 2010 hiatus, with label boss El-P's crossover success in mainstream and hipster circles. So now's an excellent time to get thee to a reunion of Cannibal Ox, another stalwart of the label known for its noisy sonics and blistering mike work. The Roxy, 9009 Sunset Blvd., West Hollywood. 8 p.m. Thu. $15. theroxyonsunset.com .
ENTERTAINMENT
January 8, 2013 | By August Brown
A list of upcoming concerts across the Southland, with on-sale dates in parentheses. Hollywood Palladium Pierce the Veil / All Time Low, May 9; STS9, March 2 (Fri.) Orpheum Theatre Yes, March 6 (Fri.) OC Fair & Events Center MUSINK with Bad Religion and more, March 8-10 (Fri.) El Rey Theatre Lotus, March 22; Living Colour, March 30 (Sat.) Roxy Terror and H20, Feb. 14 (now) Fonda Theatre Feed Me, Feb. 16-17; Daedelus, March 29 (now)
ENTERTAINMENT
April 15, 1986 | CRAIG LEE
Scientists have theorized that there's a low-frequency sound wave that can cause a person to lose control of assorted bodily functions. At the Roxy on Sunday, the Swans came close to finding that sound. The New York septet pummeled its audience into submission with a steady, stark, sonic assault. Playing music as slow as a slug crawling down a slimy wall, the Swans were about as much fun as watching gangrene set in. But fun isn't exactly what the Swans are all about.
ENTERTAINMENT
November 15, 2012
Artists like 23-year-old Lianne La Havas, whose sublime debut CD "Is Your Love Big Enough?" was released this year, remind us of the power of the artful lyric, the soulful (nonhistrionic) reading of said lyric and the importance of smart, understated production. Whether it's the aching "Lost & Found," whose chorus is the tenderly sung, "You broke me and taught me to truly hate myself / Unfold me, and teach me how to be like somebody else…" or the breezily lilting first single "They Could Be Wrong," in which La Havas shrugs off naysayers with a lovely affirmation of her lover, there's a gorgeous heart beating at the core of her Sade-smooth, guitar-based soul-pop.
ENTERTAINMENT
December 12, 2012 | By Randall Roberts, Los Angeles Times Pop Music Critic
One of Graham Parker's great choruses is his simplest. The British singer and songwriter delivered it near the end of a reunion set at the Roxy on Tuesday night with his razor-sharp band the Rumour. “Passion is no ordinary word,” sang Parker, 62, in a song of the same name, wearing his requisite indoor sunglasses and stretching toward the microphone. “Ain't manufactured, or just another sound that you hear at night.” Graham Parker & the Rumour, the rock band from London whose work in the 1970s and early '80s was born of the working-class pub rock movement, never achieved major fame in the States, even if they received heaps of acclaim and delivered a version of said passion night after night for years.
NEWS
November 28, 2012 | By Alexandra Le Tellier
Can you believe Adam Levine's nerve? On Monday's episode of “The Voice,” the Maroon 5 vocalist vented about an experience he had at the Roxy on the Sunset Strip eons ago. My colleague Todd Martens detailed the incident on The Times' music blog Pop & Hiss: The jab came while Levine and his coaching peers were giving comments to contestant Cassadee Pope, the former lead singer of Florida rock band Hey Monday. Pope had just completed a rendition of Michelle Branch 's "Are You Happy Now?"
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