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July 3, 2013 | By Randy Lewis
For a notoriously perfectionist band like Fleetwood Mac, it shouldn't come as a big surprise that its live show leaves nothing to chance. Fleetwood Mac's 2013 tour, which wraps up with a final run of shows this week in California, is built around a song list that's gone virtually unchanged since the concert run began in April. "We're not one of those bands that throws the names of all their songs in a hat and pulls them out right before they go on stage," guitarist, songwriter and singer Lindsey Buckingham said last week from a tour stop in Charlotte, N.C. (Buckingham and the band play Staples Center Wednesday.)
June 29, 2013 | By Randall Roberts, Pop Music Critic
There is a particular sound to the R&B and hip-hop music coming out of Los Angeles right now, an approach stylistically distinctive from the current rhythms emanating from New York, Atlanta or Chicago. Despite predictions that the Internet would render moot such differences, a regionalism that in the past birthed and defined subgenres including cool jazz, surf rock, hard-core punk and gangsta rap is forging a new music that's uniquely of this town. Those wondering whether it's still possible for a distinct sound to blossom in a region, far enough away from the tyranny of commercial strains, to create a surprising new time stamp, can look not only to Los Angeles but also to this weekend's BET Festival at L.A. Live.
June 23, 2013 | By Nora Zelevansky, Special to the Los Angeles Times
Michael Stars, a nostalgia brand after more than 25 years, is branching out. When it first hit its stride in the early 1990s, the label's bright-colored, clingy T-shirts in signature stretchy Shine fabric wholly embodied the moment. The style, as seen on the original "Beverly Hills, 90210" in the early '90s and "Gilmore Girls" a decade later, is casual but girlie, just slightly, almost accidentally, risqué in its tight silhouettes and shimmer. Since its official launch in 1986, Michael Stars has maintained a loyal fan base - including celebrities such as Katie Holmes and Natalie Portman - that has translated into a presence in more than 900 specialty stores and nine flagships.
June 20, 2013 | By Rebecca Keegan
BERKELEY - On the University of California campus recently, a tour guide told a group of prospective students about the many opportunities open to those studying in the Bay Area - "like getting an internship at Pixar," she said. The Emeryville animation studio is four miles away, but that day Pixar was even closer than the tour guide knew - director Dan Scanlon and three of his colleagues were walking right behind her, on their way to Sather Gate, a bit of Beaux-Arts architecture that had served as creative inspiration for Pixar's new film, "Monsters University," which opens Friday.
June 18, 2013 | By Carolyn Kellogg
San Francisco startup Parakweet has gotten $2 million from angel investors to help make BookVibe a going concession. BookVibe is a book recommendation engine that tells users what book they might like to read next. Not unlike Booklikes, BookVibe seems to be moving to fill a niche partly occupied by Goodreads. Goodreads, which provides readers with many services beyond social book recommendations, isn't going away. Instead, its purchase by Amazon in March may be making the book field look promising to venture capitalists.
May 14, 2013 | Bill Plaschke
On a sunny Tuesday afternoon on a cluttered street in Gardena, some very big and skilled athletes are hanging out on a concrete basketball court, bouncing around underneath rusted backboards and chain nets, acting out a typical inner-city scene, with one small exception. They are playing baseball. "It's Showtime!" shouts Coach Wil Aaron, only this is a very different kind of Showtime. Aaron is using a tennis racket to whack tennis balls at close range to infielders on his Gardena Serra High baseball team, whose players are leaping and spinning out of stereotypes and perhaps into history.
April 20, 2013 | Bill Plaschke
The last time they tried this, it didn't go so well. The last time the Lakers attempted to win a playoff series without Kobe Bryant, they had home-court advantage, a future Hall of Famer, and absolutely no chance. The year was 1996, and after lurching through the regular season into a first-round, best-of-five series against the Houston Rockets, the unsteady Lakers collapsed into a dysfunctional heap. After they played one of their worst games of the season in losing the series opener at the Forum, Magic Johnson, in his brief foray between retirements, challenged coach Del Harris.
April 14, 2013 | By Chris Lee, Los Angeles Times
INDIO, Calif. - Under Friday night's crescent moon, a giant iridescent snail slowly made its way among thousands of concert revelers at the Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival, causing bafflement and awe in equal measures. Nearly 30 feet tall and stretching out to some 80 feet in length, the silver-skinned creature was in fact a slow-moving sculpture titled "Helix Poeticus" that was custom-commissioned for the festival by its promoter, Goldenvoice. "I don't know if I want to run away screaming or if I want to hug it," said Silvia Ay, 23, of Los Angeles, contemplating the sculpture's eerily rotating illuminated eyes.
March 22, 2013 | By Christie D'Zurilla
After posting a video of herself "twerking" in a unicorn onesie Wednesday, Miley Cyrus sat down with Ryan Seacrest on Friday to give the world a little something in the way of an explanation.  The twerking video is, she said, possibly her best-received piece of work. "I could walk out and I could sing at the Grammys," she said in an upbeat interview on Seacrest's radio show , "and I will always be bashed and I will always have haters. I haven't really seen one bad comment about the twerk video.
March 22, 2013 | By Jessica Gelt, Los Angeles Times
The Enabler has fretted about the fate of the legendary Skid Row dive bar the King Eddy Saloon since it was bought by new owners and closed for renovations in December. King Eddy, which first opened in 1933, has a history of attracting literary types, including John Fante and Charles Bukowski, along with a rough and tumble cast of blue collar workers, homeless folks and artists. It was easy to imagine the new owners, Acme Bar Group, making it a place for the fancy pants set. The thought made the Enabler want to smash a bottle of vermouth over her head.
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