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The Unexpectedly Practical Philosophy of Steve Aoki

Posted by melissa kandel on March 7, 2019 in music | No Comments

The truth was I couldn’t move. Not metaphorically or creatively, I couldn’t physically wiggle a finger. Stuffed hundreds deep into a tacky, plush-red nightclub in midtown Manhattan that smelled of fresh sweat and cheap vodka, I was stuck in place, a proverbial halter-topped sardine of the night, waiting for Steve Aoki’s set to start while […]

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For the Love of Music

Posted by melissa kandel on March 5, 2019 in music | No Comments

On its surface, the story of William Garrett “Snuffy” Walden plays out like an expertly written drama. The innocence of youth, the tragedy of rock ‘n’ roll, the demise, the about-face and finally, the triumph. But as evident in Up to Snuff, a documentary shown at the Newport Beach Film Festival, the heroic arc of real-life […]

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Anybody listening? I am… to the War on Drugs, John Moreland and Stu Larsen

Posted by rachel landen on August 15, 2017 in music | 2 Comments

There are times when my friends ask me for music recommendations… bands they should check out, albums they should buy, shows they should attend. And then there are times when they don’t ask me at all, but I get so excited about a song or a concert that I hijack a dinner conversation to rank […]

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Riding The Wave with Los Colognes: “You’ve Gotta Be Grateful”

Posted by rachel landen on August 2, 2017 in music | No Comments

“Is this part of the interview, or is this friendship?” Gordon Persha, bassist for Los Colognes, asked me as we stood among throngs of tie-dye clad Grateful Dead fans in the center of Wrigley Field. To be fair, I had only just met Gordon and the rest of Los Colognes a week and a half […]

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Imperial Ball: Johnny Depp + Alice Cooper Jam in Anaheim

There’s no right way to load up your tacos while sitting inside the courtyard of a boys’ Catholic high school in Anaheim, waiting for Johnny Depp and Alice Cooper to perform on a stage not more than 200 feet beyond. Some might argue charred onions are appropriate for the scenario, others fall easily into the Extra Jalapeños […]

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5 Unexpected Holiday Tunes for a Sunday

Posted by melissa kandel on December 12, 2016 in #lwsblogchallenge, music | No Comments

On this quiet, little Sunday night, I’m all about a nice glass of red wine and some sweeeet holiday music. If your current mood is also set to next stop: Christmas on the tra-la-la train, here are five unexpected versions of traditional Xmas tunes that’ll totally take you there:

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Yma Súmac: Google Doodle Pays Tribute to Late Peruvian Songbird

Posted by melissa kandel on September 14, 2016 in music | No Comments

If you’ve gotten a head start googling Game of Thrones-inspired Halloween costumes for your dog today—Does that Jon Snow get-up come in size small? Uh, asking for a friend.—then you’d know that Yma Súmac, famed Peruvian soprano, is the subject of the latest Google Doodle, arriving front and center to your search homepage on what […]

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Steve Aoki On Turning Creativity Into Success

Posted by melissa kandel on August 27, 2016 in creativity, music | 1 Comment

I couldn’t move. Stuffed hundreds deep into a tacky, plush-red nightclub in midtown Manhattan that smelled of fresh sweat and cheap vodka, I was stuck in place, a proverbial halter-topped sardine of the night, waiting for Steve Aoki’s set to start while wearing a surprising amount of bracelets and glitter, wondering if I looked anything […]

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A Musical Prodigy on Collaboration, Talent and Meals with Schmucks

Posted by melissa kandel on June 12, 2016 in creativity, music, Uncategorized | No Comments

In the history of music, no more skillful, soulful fingers have ever settled on a Venetian 17th century Montagnana cello or the Davidoff Stradivarius than those belonging to Yo-Yo Ma. A musical genius both born and bred, Ma performed three of Johann Sebastian Bach’s solo suites by the time he was five, gained international fame […]

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Met Gala Recap: Fashion’s First Date with Tech

If you were at last night’s Metropolitan Museum of Art Costume Institute Benefit (more affectionately known as the Met Gala), you’d find standing guard—well, sitting guard—somewhere along the sumptuous, 150-foot red carpet a man named André Leon Talley, Vogue contributing editor and self-proclaimed sartorial sentinel of style. “I’m a larger-than-life fashion personage with a great […]

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