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Racism's Trauma Reverberates Across Generations in 'Your House Will Pay'

Steph Cha's depiction of systematic racism in Your House Will Pay is compelling, attesting to the complicated social structures at play.

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Highland Kites - "This War Inside" (audio) (premiere)

Folk rock duo release dancier, darker number from forthcoming EP.

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Various Artists: Punk 45: Chaos in the City of Angels and Devils

Sixth release in punk compilations series from Soul Jazz Records reveals that which made Los Angeles distinct from its American peers.

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Bleached: Welcome the Worms

Bleached might have an endearing eccentric nature to them, but a lacking of emotion brings down Welcome the Worms.

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La Sera: Music for Listening to Music To

Music for Listening to Music To is commendable in its display of sadness within a boxed-in life, speeding through the road before hearing its praise.

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Darryl Holter: Radio Songs: Woody Guthrie in Los Angeles 1937-1939

By making a record to remind us about Woody Guthrie's tenure on Los Angeles radio, Holter is also reminding us of California’s unique legacy of promises unfulfilled.

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Laura Marling: Short Movie

The eclectic guitar becomes a tool that complements Laura Marling's lyrics on this pivotal album, at times articulating visceral anger and, at others, obliterating psychic barriers and clearing space for something new.

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Sugarplum Fairies - "Escondite (feat. RT Valine)" (video) (Premiere)

In bringing together the stylings of classic California rock and dusty, melancholic noir, indie rockers Sugarplum Fairies create their own unique vision of Los Angeles in their song "Escondite".

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Liars: Mess

Liars continue their electronic phase with an aggressive turn that brings out the rock in their DNA that they've been trying to push back against. This isn't necessarily a bad thing.

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Capitalism’s Self-Corrections: 'Repo Man'

The Los Angeles imagined by this delightfully dark movie is one where the repo man picks up the Reaganite economy’s table scraps—and in the process self-corrects for capitalism’s shortcomings.

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Poetic or Introspective Registers Carom Off R-Rated Vernacular in 'The King of Good Intentions'

The King of Good Intentions depicts scenes that have not yet vanished, although most of its record stores have, on shady blocks off Melrose or Wilshire.

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'Southland' Offers a Fresh Take on Police Procedurals

Southland is both the epitome of a cop show and a substantial departure from traditional police procedurals.

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The Surprises that Quiet Epiphanies Can Present to the Attentive Wanderer: Jim Gavin's 'Middle Men'

Jim Gavin's background (a stint assisting Jeopardy, working for a plumbing firm and other odd jobs) enables him to present "middle men" striving to get by or get ahead as equals, not from a position of condescension, parody, or romanticism.

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20/20: 20/20 & Look Out!

late '70s LA power pop touchstone and its difficult follow-up get a single-disc reissue.

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King Washington: The Gears

The Gears, King Washington's debut LP, is a smart collection of songs that gives a modern edge to a very prominent '60s pop influence.

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Rufus Wainwright: Out of the Game (take one)

Wainwright doesn't quite make good on all of his predictions for this collaboration with producer Mark Ronson. He does, however, make the best Rufus Wainwright album in years.

Books

Klegg the Drunk: John Updike on Raymond Carver

John Updike the East Coast moral aesthete and Raymond Carver the West Coast drunken Everyman had more in common than met the eye.

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Frank Alpine: Frank Alpine

There is a mountain high enough.

Jedd Beaudoin
Music

Grouplove: Never Trust a Happy Song

The Los Angeles quintet settles for a mixed bag of goods on their debut album. Or perhaps a mixed bag of bads is more applicable?

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Today's Seriously Sagging Britches Have a Precedent in the Society Challenging 'Zoot Suit'

Kathy Peiss takes us back to a time whe “clothes make the man” led some to adopt a wild sartorial departure from the mainstream, and others to beat them viciously for it.

Music

100 Monkeys: Liquid Zoo

The album's inconsistent, but 100 Monkeys have too much talent to go unrecognized.

Matt Edsall
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A Freebie From My Morning Jacket

My Morning Jacket rocks the radio and Internet airwaves on July 15th, with a concert recorded in a legendary recording studio.

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Rose's Pawn Shop: Dancing on the Gallows

Dancing in the Gallows owes a little bit to a thousand influences from other, sturdier homes, but it never quite finds its own.

Music

Is Free the Future of Music?

A Los Angeles concert promoter is attempting to make money by making his concerts free, and he thinks the rest of the industry should do it too.

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HEALTH: DISCO2

Noise-rock foursome gets the remix treatment for a second time, featuring work by Pictureplane, Small Black, and Tobacco. Oh, and there's this one new HEALTH original, too.

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E3: 15-17 June 2010 - Los Angeles

This year's show brought few shocking surprises, with a lot of the previews focusing on the slew of impending 3D games.

Daniel Boczarski
Music

Murs & 9th Wonder: Fornever

Murs and 9th Wonder collaborate once again in hopes of sparking some of the same magic they've showcased in the past.

Music

Ancestors: Of Sound Mind

This LA-based five-piece shows off its record collections while proving why you should pay attention to its brand of epic, psychedelic sludge rock.

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Stellastarr*: 5 December 2009 - Los Angeles

New Yorkers Stellastarr* are the Casanovas of indie rock.

Melissa Bobbitt
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Chinatown (Centennial Collection)

Despite bringing film noir into the daylight and into color, this is among the darkest of Southern California tales.

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The Hills: Season Five

At the end of the day it's all about the bodies, the cars and the clothes, as well as the incredible things that occasionally come out of the cast-members' mouths.

Books

Waiting for the Sun by Barney Hoskyns

How many songs can one city inspire? Hoskyns offers up a solid background history on the L.A. music scene through nearly four decades and innumerable shifts in musical style.

Television

Independent Lens: Crips & Bloods: Made in America

In Crips & Bloods: Made in America, airing as part of Independent Lens, Kumasi's memories of rejection and resentment are typical of his generation.

Music

What It Was Like

In the early '80s Detroit, Motown was as unquestionable as air. Who didn't like air?

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Crips and Bloods: Made in America

Stacy Peralta's documentary traces the emergence of gangs in L.A., as well as their contexts and causes.

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