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The Hollywood And Highland Character Count: January 25

The Hollywood And Highland Character Count: January 25

As a means by which to chronicle what is going on in the American cultural zeitgeist and how we cater to that, The Hollywood And Highland Character Count is an infrequently occurring sociological examination. Every few Fridays, we’ll share who the performers are that are clogging the Hollywood and Highland sidewalks and see how they change and shift in relationship to what is happening in the entertainment world. We’ll make predictions, keep count of who stays and goes, and log just what is happening at the best microcosm of what is on the world’s mind: Hollywood and Highland.

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Rare Times’ “No One’s Looking Out”

Rare Times' "No One's Looking Out"

Rare Times is a pretty soulful, sometimes jazzy feeling electronic four piece from Los Angeles. They’ve been compared to Morgan Geist in everything I’ve read about them and, while the comparison does stand, their influence is clearly late nineties and early 2000s R&B-pop singers combined with the production skills behind artists like Patrice Rushen. There are even vocal breakdowns of sexy coos, too. They’re great. Anyway, the new video for their song “No One’s Looking Out” was recently released and it is a lo-fi view of Los Angeles mixed with a sexy storyline.

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See You Later, Scott

See You Later, Scott

It’s a rainy Friday. All I want to do is sit next to a fire, drink tea, listen to moody music, and maybe watch a moody film or two. Can I do that? Nope: still a workday! And still lots of stuff to do. I did take twenty minutes to escape to a very hazy, “Wintry” wonderland by way of Los Angeles filmmaker Matthew Miller‘s short film See You Later, Scott. The film is a very dreamy, atmospheric film that fulfills any rainy Friday dreams you may have. It certainly fulfilled mine.

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New York Times Los Angeles Risk Of Decline

Here is some New York City sensationalism: the New York Times published and article titled “Report Finds Los Angeles at Risk of Decline.” Okay, dudes. But, truth telling: most of the article is bogus but our “expanding” so quickly from outsider money is something to be concerned about. Who is really in control of LA? Do those people actually care about the city? That’s where we see the imminent decline coming from…

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Bleeding Rainbow Los Angeles

Musical act Bleeding Rainbow is on tour now and is making a few Southern Californian pit stops: catch them at the Church On York on April 30.

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Moderns Los Angeles Synth Pop Sub Urban

Local synth pop act Moderns have recently hit the scene with their totally jam-able song “Sub Urban.” Quite nice: catch it below!

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Cinco De Mayo Party El Conjunto Nueva Ola Echoplex

The Echoplex is welcoming a (pre) Cinco De Mayo bash with El Conjunto Nueva Ola on May 4. Someone named “Skapeche Mode” will be performing as well.

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June Wayne Prints Paintings Tapestries Pasadena California Museum Of Art

PMCA’s next show is a celebration of the work of painter, printmaker, and feminist activist June Wayne’s work. It opens May 4 and will be on view through August 31. Time, Space & Matter: Five Installations Exploring Natural Phenomena will run concurrently.

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