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Top of the TicketPoliticians including John McCain, Arnold Schwarzegger and George Bush bid their social networking followers a happy Independence Day weekend....
Fred Travalena, the master impressionist and singer whose broad repertoire of voices ranged from Jack Nicholson to Sammy Davis Jr. to Bugs Bunny, has died. He was 66. Travalena, who began treatment for an aggressive form of non-Hodgkin's lymphoma in 2002...
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The line between geek chic and plain-old geek can be a fine one. A bow tie could be a fraction of an inch too thick, or there might be just a little too much room in the collar of a short-sleeve dress shirt. There's also the issue of the label. "You can'...
Tags: Eyewear, Men's Wearhouse Inc., Men's Health
Zooey Deschanel to play famed groupie for HBO. Michelle Bachmann invents new paranoia. What's a college degree worth?Brand XCleanliness and godliness: Are kosher and halal meats better for your health or for the planet than regular meat? (Slate)Faddy food: Sichuan buttons, the flowers that electrocute your mouth. Sichuan button will zap your tongue like a battery -- and that's...
Brand XRoy Orbison recently got a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, but for a different kind of tribute to "the Voice," we turn to Findlay Brown, who sounds uncannily like him. Brown's vocals aren't quite as deep and resonant, but the stylings are similar, and...
Pop & HissFor an album that takes most of its imagery from foil-darkened heroin dens, Alkaline Trio's "This Addiction" feels more like a sugar high than an opiate. The goth-tinted punk band, credited for better or worse as one of emo's progenitors,......
Special to The Times"Forget the Statue of Liberty, the road is America's preeminent symbol of freedom," Richard Grant writes in "American Nomads." And this time of year — with the prospect of freedom from work or school looming — the lure of the highway and the...
Special to The TimesThere's something so immediately appealing about rockabilly music that it's easy to assume the invigorating style has been a bestselling fixture on the pop scene ever since its start in the '50s in Memphis, Tenn. In truth, only one pure rockabilly...
Los Angeles Times Staff WriterTHE STAR-MAKING machine in Nashville does a lot of things well, but nurturing musicians who work outside the box isn't one of them. In the 1950s, Buddy Holly was rebuffed when he first recorded there, and Willie Nelson and Waylon Jennings spent most of...
Tags: Movies, YouTube, Music Industry, Waylon Jennings, Willie Nelson
Special to The Times"Whatever you do, do not play 'the Beat!' " That was the first thing Bo Diddley said to us before we walked onto the stage of the Music Machine club in West L.A. for two sets in 1983. We were a mix of members of the Blasters and X who had agreed, with...
Los Angeles Times Staff WriterIT TAKES a certain sort of idiot bravery (brave idiocy?) to board a small plane with a music star. There's just too much grim history to keep you on the tarmac. But what sort of lunatic would get into a plane with a rock star as the pilot? Your captain...
Los Angeles Times Staff WriterPrimal rock and blues musician Bo Diddley, who helped cast the sonic template of rock more than 50 years ago with a signature syncopated rhythm that became universally recognized as "the Bo Diddley beat," died Monday. He was 79. Diddley died of heart...
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