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  • Nigel Lythgoe: His ticket to the next round

    Nigel Lythgoe: His ticket to the next round
    TV producer Nigel Lythgoe has seen some pretty good moves as a judge on "So You Think You Can Dance." Now he has made one of his own. He listed his Hollywood Hills home at $2,649,000 earlier this year and was in escrow within a month. The sale recently...
  • Book review: '33 Revolutions Per Minute' by Dorian Lynskey

    Book review: '33 Revolutions Per Minute' by Dorian Lynskey
    "You say you want a revolution," John Lennon sang in 1968. "Well, you know, we all want to change the world." If not all of us, at least plenty of pop stars have, as Dorian Lynskey illustrates in his mammoth "33 Revolutions Per Minute." Starting with...
  • Classic Hollywood: Cemeteries of the stars

    Classic Hollywood: Cemeteries of the stars
    Steve Goldstein knows where all the famous bodies are buried. By day, he's a businessman who owns a payroll service. But in his off hours, he's one of Hollywood's best-known grave hunters. Author of "LA's Graveside Companion: Where the V.I.P.s R.I.P" and...
  • Gene and Dean Ween bring virtuosity and humor to live shows

    Gene and Dean Ween bring virtuosity and humor to live shows
    It is 1984, in an eighth grade typing class in rural New Hope, Pa. Mickey Melchiondo and Aaron Freeman are ignoring the lesson, preferring instead to reflect upon the inherent merits of the Beatles, Prince and Syd Barrett. This discussion later results in...
  • From the Archive: Frank Zappa, businessman

    From the Archive: Frank Zappa, businessman
  • Jimmy Carl Black dies at 70; original drummer in Frank Zappa's Mothers of Invention

    Jimmy Carl Black, the original drummer in Frank Zappa's Mothers of Invention, a band that helped define the sub-genre of art rock, died of cancer Saturday. He was 70. He died in Siegsdorf, Germany, according to Roddie Gilliard, who performed with Black...
  • Bob Keane dies at 87; discovered Ritchie Valens

    Bob Keane dies at 87; discovered Ritchie Valens
    Bob Keane, who founded the West Coast independent label Del-Fi Records in the 1950s and is best known for discovering and recording rock legend Ritchie Valens, has died. He was 87. Keane, who survived non- Hodgkins lymphoma diagnosed when he was 80, died...
  • 'Eine Brise' performed on 111 bicycles at Colburn School

     
    Imagine, if you will, 111 bicyclists setting off on a short, choreographed musical performance that involves riding in formation, whistling, bell dinging, tongue clucking and humming. If you can't imagine it because it's too weird (we feel you) then...
  • Canine cacophony: Dogs don't like the 'Law & Order' theme. In fact, they hate it!

     
    Have you seen the multitude of YouTube clips of dogs absolutely freaking out whenever they hear the theme music to TV's "Law & Order"? Apparently this is a rather common doggie reaction to the familiar and iconic song, judging by the sheer number of them....
  • Marvel versus Jack Kirby, the battle heats up

     
    Will the corporate powers triumph or will Jack Kirby's heris get their hands on the Ultimate (Legal) Nullifier?...
  • 10 in 2010: reasons to be cautiously optimistic about rap in the new year

     
    Since Nas called the coroner on 2006’s “Hip Hop is Dead,” critics and consumers alike have launched alternately spirited and sputtering defenses of his thesis. Of course, the 30-year-old genre has myriad issues to grapple with: a lack of adequate......