B-girls: The women of hip hop
Photographer Cheryl A. Guerrero documents how she came to document b-girls, whose devotion to hip hop is overshadowed only by their dance moves:
When I arrived in Southern California, I decided to do portraiture. It had been very challenging working in the break scene, especially with the b-boys. Many subjects assumed I wanted a relationship with them when I contacted them to arrange to shoot a portrait or ask to document their practice sessions or battles.
So I began shooting portraits of b-girls instead. Stella, a b-girl who moved to the Los Angeles area from Florida, and Crissy, a b-girl from Los Angeles, connected me to the local breaking scene. The girls were easier to work with than the b-boys and were more excited to take part in my project.
Photos: Cheryl A. Guerrero / Los Angeles Times
Former Times pop music critic Robert Hilburn on Lou Reed, who died today at 71:
"He was one of the boldest and most liberated rock ‘n’ roll songwriters ever. There was a real literary edge to his work. He took on subjects that were off-limits at the time. He talked about heroin and illicit sex at a time when the music industry didn’t want to hear it — critics loved him, but it took him years and years to find an audience."
Here’s Hilburn’s 1992 interview with Reed.
Times file photo: Lou Reed at the Wiltern Theatre in 1996.
In a recent interview with Terry Gross on NPR’s "Fresh Air," Elton John mentions former Times music critic Robert Hilburn’s review of a 1970 concert at the Troubadour in Los Angeles. When a Times editor, Henry Fuhrmann, pointed it out to Hilburn, this was his response.
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Happy 10th Anniversary, ”Hey Ya!”
”Hey Ya!” was released on September 9th, 2003 as one of the lead singles from the Speakerboxxx/The Love Below album. It proved to be a commercial success, topping the Billboard Hot 100 for nine consecutive weeks. It won the award for ‘Best Urban/Alternative Performance’ at the 46th Annual Grammy Awards, as well as being nominated for ‘Record of The Year’ and ‘Best Music Video, Short Form’.
This GIF collage is everything.
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Andre Saraiva’s Dream Concerts on the corner of La Brea and Willoughby, Los Angeles, CA.
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The Batman Theme Played With Real Bat Sounds
That’s right. The duh-nuh-nuh-nuh-nuh-nuh-nuh-nuh-BAT-MAAAAN theme has been recreated using ultrasonic bat sounds. The frequencies were shifted into the audible range, and then assigned a key so they’d match the original composition.
I think Adam West would approve.
Bonus: Meet a blind man who uses clicks from his tongue to navigate his world: Human echolocation!!
Say hello to your new summer jam.
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Daft Punk’s “Random Access Memories” launches
The highly-anticipated album, following a reported leak earlier today, is now available for streaming via iTunes. Have a listen, and see if it lives up to the near-impossible levels of hype!
YouTube Trends map shows most popular videos by region
I don’t know about you, but when I go to YouTube, I check my subscriptions and then look at what videos are currently popular. Because you know, it’s important to stay up to date on the most current news about kittens, people getting caught doing weird things, and movie trailers. The YouTube Trends Map is another way to see what’s popular, but from a geographic and demographic point of view.
A look into Los Angeles’ Youtube tastes: Apparently there are a whole bunch of The Clood, Rich Kid Brand and Queens of the Stone Age fans out there!
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John Lennon’s artwork returns to Los Angeles
Lennon’s playful drawings will finally be returning to the West Coast this weekend, sitting on display Friday through Sunday at Westfield Century City Mall.
Some background on Lennon’s (non-musical) artistic history:
Early in 1970, he made his gallery debut with “Bag One,” a collection of 15 lithographs — a handwritten poem and 14 drawings, eight of them sexually explicit — that celebrated his love for Ono and were drawn around the time of their nuptials in 1969.
Photos: John Lennon / Pacific Edge Gallery
The art of music from afar
For piano instructor Talc Tolchin, lessons don’t always require close proximity and immediate scrutiny of finger placements and precision - thanks to modern technology, Tolchin can instruct students from hundreds of miles away.
But Tolchin’s methods do have some detractors:
It’s not for everyone. The world of music instructors is filled with late technology adopters on such tight budgets that even basic equipment needed to conduct online lessons is a stretch, said Rachel Kramer, director of member development for the Cincinnati-based Music Teachers National Assn.
Then there’s tradition. “There will be always be teachers who feel it would never ever work,” she said.
Photos: Liz O. Baylen / Los Angeles Times
Coachella comes to an end
Last weekend marked the second go-around for this year’s Coachella festival, with many performers circling back for another series of performances. Above are some of Times photographers’ favorite shots from their time at the festival.
Photos: Jay L. Clendenin, Bethany Mollenkof / Los Angeles Times
Graphic by @chrisritter16
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Previewing Coachella 2013
The first round of Coachella starts up this weekend, with this year’s entry in one of the nation’s premier music and arts festivals featuring performances ranging from Blur and the Stone Roses, to Grimes and El-P.
For those going this year, check out some of our resources:
- Music critic Randall Roberts’ guide to the must-see acts of this year’s lineup.
- The full lineup of performers
- A guide on what to do if you’re of a particular musical inclination, like if you’re still sad about the lack of a Smiths reunion, or if you prefer your songs in the two-minute range.
For the record, we’re still holding out for another holo-Tupac appearance.
Photos: Allen J. Schaben/Los Angeles Times, Steven Dewall / Redferns, Christopher Polk, Michael Buckner / Getty Images,