Reissues capitalize on existing fan bases

Twice a year, I pay a visit to the affectionately christened Elliott Smith Memorial Wall. Located on Sunset Boulevard in Silver Lake, the wall — which to most simply stands as the exterior of Solutions, an electronic store — has become a sacred site for nostalgic Smith fans since the singer-songwriter’s untimely death in 2003. […]

Artist rides reputation with new album

The name Jason Derulo already draws significant recognition for a singer who has not released more than two songs to the public. An accomplished songwriter and producer, Derulo has worked with artists such as Lil Wayne and Sean Kingston before getting in the studio to record his own material. After an eight months of production […]

Londoners ring in Year of the Tiger with food and fireworks

On the eve of London’s Chinese New Year celebration, Trafalgar Square stood empty. Standing at the top steps of the National Gallery, I relished this rarity, knowing full well that by noon the next day, every inch of the concrete-covered Downtown space — which is around the same size as Los Angeles’ Pershing Square — […]

In Theaters Today

Cop Out This Kevin Smith-directed action cop comedy follows Bruce Willis and Tracy Morgan as they track down vintage baseball cards and encounter drug dealers, money launderers and — what else — gangsters along the way. Blessing of blessings, Seann William Scott also appears. A Prophet Originally debuting at the 2009 Cannes Film Festival, this […]

Embattled Polanski provides a model for troubled stars

He pled guilty to having unlawful sex with a 13-year-old girl more than 30 years ago and then spent three decades as a fugitive, but director Roman Polanski is still able to make a film and actually have people go see it. Considering all the intense media scrutiny of Polanski’s September arrest in Switzerland for […]

Influences on new BJM album run the gamut

With the release of its eleventh studio album Who Killed Sgt. Pepper, the Brian Jonestown Massacre has reinvented its sound once again. Throughout its nearly two-decade existence, the band has produced a diverse catalogue of albums crossing genres from folk rock to shoegaze to noise pop, all the while maintaining its authentic ’60s psychedelic aesthetic. […]

Weekend Picks

thursday, february 25 The More the Merrier: Posters from the Ten Best Picture Nominees 1936-1943 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. > Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences > FREE Curious to see how poster art and film advertising looked more than half a century ago? Check out posters from the 80 movies that were […]