You always take someone out to dinner when you are celebrating. If it’s a graduation or a birthday or an engagement, a fancy dinner is what is in order. Restaurants provide an opportunity for intimate get-togethers and a period to be pampered with food. Two years in a row, we’ve celebrated a special birthday at Mozza. Last year, we decided to head to Osteria Mozza but–with no reservation and no idea what to do–we accidentally went to Pizzeria Mozza thinking it was Osteria Mozza. A rookie mistake. This year, we tried for round two and did our homework: we made a reservation a month (plus) in advance, we got all dolled up for the occasion, and we made sure we found the *correct* entrance for this feast. We’re glad to report we finally did it: we ate at Osteria Mozza.
Whenever you catch a theme or commonality in an artist’s work, you always feel a little bit of fulfillment. It’s like you were partially responsible for the similarity in the artist’s work. I felt that way yesterday when I finally got around to watching Groundislava’s “TV Dream” music video. The video is directed and produced by post-film duo The Great Nordic Sword Fights, a two person video production company that have been storming music videos (specifically electronic artists from the Friends Of Friends circuit). Watching “TV Dream,” we realized the main character in the video was familiar. Looking through TGNSF’s body of work, it clicked: they have been building on a character for almost a year and, now, he is nearly complete.
Can you believe it? FYF is Saturday and Sunday!! How is it already here?? We’re surprised the Summer has passed so quickly! The festival represents the first portion of Summer proper’s ending as many are returning back to school and filling in their final hurrahs in the sun before it gets a few degrees cooler. It’s also the final hurrah to celebrate music, fun, and the sun. Because FYF is the Los Angeles music festival to attend, we teamed up with cool glasses makers Chilli Beans to give one lucky reader some tickets. Did you snatch up the tickets? Find out after the jump!
Is alternative rock still “a thing”? Outside of the nineties and early two thousand rock fusion acts, alternative rock has just become a home for bands that inspire the reaction, “Well, this isn’t *just* rock music so we’ll call it alternative…” Will there be a day when that title is just dropped and rock music becomes an all inclusive territory for groups with guitars and a frontman or frontwoman? Who knows. Locally formed “alternative” rock band Divine Fits pose this question with their debut LP A Thing Called Divine, a release that represents what rock is now from some people who influenced current rock.
What is there to say about Sharon Needles? She’s creepy? She’s kooky? She’s a ghoulish gal? Yes. Yes, she is all of those. For those unfamiliar, Needles is the current victor of RuPaul’s Drag Race after storming the show’s fourth season and taking the crown with the ease of an nimble succubus. She is incredibly funny and, as you can tell, has a brilliant nu-goth-horror-vixen drag angle that has audiences gagging. Luckily for us, the Pittsburgh based queen is going to reign over Los Angeles this Friday at The Echoplex’s legendary Trannyshack. Not only will Needles be performing at the show with local queens like Phyllis Navidad and Infamous Boom Boom, she’ll also be holding court at a meet and greet before the event (tickets here). We are thrilled to have gotten to speak with Ms. Needles in anticipation of Trannyshack, getting her thoughts on Los Angeles, what could lure her out West, and what she could provide for our cityP.