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August 26, 2010
Sunset Strip Music Festival with Smashing Pumpkins, Slash, Common and more Where : Sunset Boulevard between San Vicente Boulevard and Doheny Drive, West Hollywood When : 1 p.m. Sat. Concerts also scheduled as part of the festival at various Sunset Strip night clubs Thursday and Friday nights. Cost : $49.50 Info : http://www.sunsetstripmusicfestival.com
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October 26, 2013 | By Evelyn McDonnell
Don't call "Unvarnished," Joan Jett's first new album in seven years, a comeback: The queen of noise has been here for years. For an artist whose first band was laughed off as a novelty act and whose first solo album was rejected by a couple dozen labels, Jett has shown remarkable staying power. With her black shag and husky snarl, the woman born 55 years ago as Joan Larkin ranks among the most iconic of rock stars. This summer, the Sunset Strip Music Festival acknowledged her legendary role in L.A. history by making the former Strip denizen its first female honoree.
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May 15, 2013 | By August Brown
The rap-rock leviathan Linkin Park hasn't played in its L.A. hometown since a small May 2012 benefit show at the House of Blues. Today, the group announced that it will end that absence with a headlining turn at this year's Sunset Strip Music Festival. "We started our career playing clubs on the Strip. It's a thrill to be back where it all began," lead singer Chester Bennington said in a statement. The band's fifth and most recent album, "Living Things," topped album charts when it was released last summer, and it was generally praised for its more thoughtful mix of electronics and emotive hard rock.
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June 7, 2013 | By August Brown, Los Angeles Times
This post has been corrected, please see below for details. In March, the Sunset Strip music venue the Key Club announced that it was closing for good. Few local music fans were especially surprised. The venue had operated in various guises since the '60s - first as Gazzarri's, where it hosted such rock 'n' roll royalty as the Doors, Guns N' Roses and Van Halen - and as the Key Club since 1998. It closed briefly in 2009, but 2013 was to be the final curtain for the club's monthly slate of heavy metal, hip-hop and stuffed local bills where bands sometimes had to prepay for blocks of tickets.
ENTERTAINMENT
August 19, 2011
Silent Disco Where: Central Social Aid & Pleasure Club, 1348 14th St., Santa Monica When: 9 p.m. Friday Price: $10 (plus $3.68 service charge) presale; $12 at the door Info: (310) 451-5040; http://www.centralsapc.com Where: Sunset Strip Music Festival, Sunset Boulevard between Doheny Drive and San Vicente Boulevard When: 1 to 10 p.m. Saturday Price: $55 in advance, $70 that day; $120 VIP with access to private lounges Info: http://www.sunsetstripmusicfestival.com
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August 26, 2010 | By August Brown, Los Angeles Times
By the second snare hit of Dave Grohl's drum intro to Nirvana's "Smells Like Teen Spirit" in 1991, the Sunset Strip was dead. The most famous stretch of surface street in rock history had birthed the careers of bands from the Doors to Motley Crüe. But after the unlamented demise of the decadent hair-metal scene, the neighborhood's musical juice began flowing eastward across Los Angeles to Silver Lake and beyond. In its wake were a half-dozen walkable nightclubs like the Whisky and Roxy with an incredible legacy but a massive identity crisis and no clear way to move the scene forward.
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July 23, 2009
LACMA en Espanol: The Los Angeles County Museum of Art went bilingual on Twitter on Wednesday. The museum launched account @enLACMA to provide Spanish-language tweets to online users. Sunset Strip fest: The second annual Sunset Strip Music Festival, set for Sept. 10-12, will shut down the Strip between Doheny Drive and San Vicente Boulevard for its final day, organizers said Wednesday. The lineup includes Chris Cornell, Pepper, Kottonmouth Kings, LMFAO, Shwayze, Shiny Toy Guns and the Donnas.
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June 7, 2013 | By August Brown, Los Angeles Times
This post has been corrected, please see below for details. In March, the Sunset Strip music venue the Key Club announced that it was closing for good. Few local music fans were especially surprised. The venue had operated in various guises since the '60s - first as Gazzarri's, where it hosted such rock 'n' roll royalty as the Doors, Guns N' Roses and Van Halen - and as the Key Club since 1998. It closed briefly in 2009, but 2013 was to be the final curtain for the club's monthly slate of heavy metal, hip-hop and stuffed local bills where bands sometimes had to prepay for blocks of tickets.
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September 10, 2009 | Margaret Wappler
In its second year, the Sunset Strip Music Festival is going bigger, just like a righteous hair-metal guitar solo. The lineup for the festival, which opens today and runs through Saturday, includes several of the Strip's progeny, such as Korn, Chris Cornell, the Donnas, Pepper, Kottonmouth Kings, LMFAO, Shwayze, Shiny Toy Guns, Unwritten Law, Fishbone, Iglu & Hartly, Living Things, the Ringers, the Pricks, Nico Stai and Thenewno2. But the crowning metal stud of the festivities is a closing night performance from the Godfather himself, Ozzy Osbourne, who, outside of a few Camp Freddy one-offs here and there, hasn't performed a full show on the Sunset Strip since Black Sabbath played a five-night stand at the Whisky a Go Go in 1970.
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August 20, 2010 | By Mark Sachs, Los Angeles Times
The Sunset Strip holds a special place in the heart of one Saul Hudson, better known as the guitarist Slash. "In the 1970s, my family moved from England to the Laurel Canyon area, and my parents were very much dialed in to the whole Sunset Strip scene," said the rocker. "They were both in the music business, and the whole reason we lived where we did was because of the recording industry. So I have very vivid memories of the Rainbow and the Roxy, and the Whisky was a huge point of interest at that time.
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May 15, 2013 | By August Brown
The rap-rock leviathan Linkin Park hasn't played in its L.A. hometown since a small May 2012 benefit show at the House of Blues. Today, the group announced that it will end that absence with a headlining turn at this year's Sunset Strip Music Festival. "We started our career playing clubs on the Strip. It's a thrill to be back where it all began," lead singer Chester Bennington said in a statement. The band's fifth and most recent album, "Living Things," topped album charts when it was released last summer, and it was generally praised for its more thoughtful mix of electronics and emotive hard rock.
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August 19, 2012 | By Randall Roberts, Times Pop Music Critic
To get a sense of the booking variety at the Sunset Strip Music Festival, which concluded three days of events with a street party Saturday in West Hollywood, it's instructive to look at a single snapshot moment within the roster. In one two-block span at dusk, it was possible to stroll through the event to see gigs by former teen idol and “Celebrity Rehab with Dr. Drew” star Leif Garrett and his rock band at the Whisky A Go Go, or catch legendary O.C. power punks Bad Religion on one of the two Sunset Boulevard outdoor stages.  At the same time at the Roxy, you could check out Das Racist, the Brooklyn rap trio best known for its songs “Michael Jackson” and “Combination Pizza Hut and Taco Bell,” or walk into the Key Club, where former reality-music-show competitor Vicci Martinez of NBC's “The Voice” was trying to turn that fleeting prime-time moment into a viable career.  PHOTOS: The Sunset Strip Music Festival 2012 Such is the scope of the Los Angeles music scene, where performers are a dime a dozen and has-beens wrestle with would-bes and wannabes for billing.
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August 17, 2012 | By Geoff Boucher, Los Angeles Times
"Days Go By" is the first album since 2008 for the Offspring, and the title's twilight tone makes you wonder what message is being transmitted from the skate park in Huntington Beach. Nostalgia for guitar solos? A lament for long-gone platinum sales? Or maybe just the end of summer school? Dexter Holland, lead singer of the Orange Country pop punk stalwarts, considers the question from the driver's seat of a customized black van with leopard-print upholstery. As he drives toward the Huntington pier he explains that the theme is one of resilience and perseverance - a less-biblical message of "This too shall pass.
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August 13, 2012 | By Randall Roberts, Los Angeles Times Pop Music Critic
Given that many parts of Southern California only truly experience summer heat for a few scant weeks, it's unfortunate that two of the area's most prominent specialty music festivals, Rock the Bells and the Sunset Strip Music Festival, opted to book their big outdoor events smack in the middle of season. But this weekend as the temperature peaks and the asphalt starts to burn, both will celebrate the past, present, and future of music - albeit with little artistic overlap. Rock the Bells has become the premier hip-hop festival for a reason: Its bookers understand that the music in 2012 is an umbrella term that encompasses many varieties and generations of fans, each of which may need a little schooling in the listening habits of the others.
ENTERTAINMENT
August 19, 2011
Silent Disco Where: Central Social Aid & Pleasure Club, 1348 14th St., Santa Monica When: 9 p.m. Friday Price: $10 (plus $3.68 service charge) presale; $12 at the door Info: (310) 451-5040; http://www.centralsapc.com Where: Sunset Strip Music Festival, Sunset Boulevard between Doheny Drive and San Vicente Boulevard When: 1 to 10 p.m. Saturday Price: $55 in advance, $70 that day; $120 VIP with access to private lounges Info: http://www.sunsetstripmusicfestival.com
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August 30, 2010 | By Mikael Wood, Special to the Los Angeles Times
Somewhere near the middle of Smashing Pumpkins' headlining set Saturday night at the Sunset Strip Music Festival, Billy Corgan recited a long list of the Los Angeles musicians who'd "made [him] want to be a big rock star. " That the group included the Doors, Love and the Electric Prunes came as no surprise: Traces of those bands' expansive sonics and flowery philosophizing course throughout Smashing Pumpkins' work, from its 1991 debut, "Gish," to the new songs Corgan began releasing for free online late last year.
ENTERTAINMENT
October 26, 2013 | By Evelyn McDonnell
Don't call "Unvarnished," Joan Jett's first new album in seven years, a comeback: The queen of noise has been here for years. For an artist whose first band was laughed off as a novelty act and whose first solo album was rejected by a couple dozen labels, Jett has shown remarkable staying power. With her black shag and husky snarl, the woman born 55 years ago as Joan Larkin ranks among the most iconic of rock stars. This summer, the Sunset Strip Music Festival acknowledged her legendary role in L.A. history by making the former Strip denizen its first female honoree.
ENTERTAINMENT
August 19, 2012 | By Randall Roberts, Times Pop Music Critic
To get a sense of the booking variety at the Sunset Strip Music Festival, which concluded three days of events with a street party Saturday in West Hollywood, it's instructive to look at a single snapshot moment within the roster. In one two-block span at dusk, it was possible to stroll through the event to see gigs by former teen idol and “Celebrity Rehab with Dr. Drew” star Leif Garrett and his rock band at the Whisky A Go Go, or catch legendary O.C. power punks Bad Religion on one of the two Sunset Boulevard outdoor stages.  At the same time at the Roxy, you could check out Das Racist, the Brooklyn rap trio best known for its songs “Michael Jackson” and “Combination Pizza Hut and Taco Bell,” or walk into the Key Club, where former reality-music-show competitor Vicci Martinez of NBC's “The Voice” was trying to turn that fleeting prime-time moment into a viable career.  PHOTOS: The Sunset Strip Music Festival 2012 Such is the scope of the Los Angeles music scene, where performers are a dime a dozen and has-beens wrestle with would-bes and wannabes for billing.
ENTERTAINMENT
August 26, 2010
Sunset Strip Music Festival with Smashing Pumpkins, Slash, Common and more Where : Sunset Boulevard between San Vicente Boulevard and Doheny Drive, West Hollywood When : 1 p.m. Sat. Concerts also scheduled as part of the festival at various Sunset Strip night clubs Thursday and Friday nights. Cost : $49.50 Info : http://www.sunsetstripmusicfestival.com
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