43rd Annual Daytime Emmy Award Presenters Announced: To Feature Larry King, Toni Tennille, Anson Williams and a Host of Others (who may even Double as Hosts)!

Dawn Wells; Photo Courtesy of BHBPR

Dawn Wells; Photo Courtesy of BHBPR

The weekend of April 29th Actors, Actresses, Culinary Experts, Game Show Hosts, Sports Casters and even Larry King and Chris Harrison of “Bachelor” fame will be traversing from near and far for two special evenings highlighting this year’s superlative achievements in television programming betwixt the hours of 2 am and 6 pm in honor of the 43rd Annual Daytime Emmy Awards.

Broadcast this year in most contemporary, cutting edge, and enterprising fashion, both the Daytime Creative Emmy Awards and the Daytime Emmy Awards occurring on the evenings of April 29th and May 1st respectively, will be televised by way of live stream from the Bonaventure Hotel via Periscope/Parachute TV (www.parachutetv.com).  Fan access Continue reading

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Get in Formation with Beyoncé – Uber and AMEX

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Beyoncé’s long awaited mystical album, Lemonade, dropped seemingly out of nowhere several days ago. The visual album features a track list of 12 distinctive songs, featuring collaborations with Kendrick Lamar, The Weeknd, and more. Lemonade discusses quite a range of ideas – from important issues in society on several songs, to anthemic rants regarding relationships. The album is currently on its way to No. 1 on Billboard charts, projected at over 550,000 copies sold.

To accompany her album, Beyoncé has just started her Formation World Tour today, opening in Miami.  Although nearly all 22 U.S. tour dates are sold out, fear not! Uber and American Express have teamed up yet again to bring fans the best experience possible.  Fans have the opportunity to win two free tickets to any of the Formation World Tour dates, with round trip transportation covered by Uber. “Most people know Uber as a convenient and affordable way to get from A to B. But it is these types of surprise-and-delight opportunities –– like the opportunity to see Beyoncé live –– that make the Uber experience truly unique,” commented Amy Friedlander Hoffman, Head of Business Development and Experiential Marketing, Uber.

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Years and Years at the Fonda Theatre – Photo Gallery

Olly Alexander of Years and Years at the Fonda Theatre. Photo by Genesia Ting for the Los Angeles Beat.

Olly Alexander of Years and Years at the Fonda Theatre. Photo by Genesia Ting for the Los Angeles Beat.

If you want to attend a 2 hour long dance party, Years and Years is the band for you.  With their unique synthetic beats and electronic-pop sound, their concise yet particular setlist is sure to have you on your feet.  Fresh off of a round of festival tour dates and several dates opening with Ellie Goulding, Olly Alexander (the lead singer) voiced his relief on getting to play a headlining show of their own amidst this hectic festival season.  Having just wrapped a sold-out headlining North American tour in fall, Years and Years have returned to Los Angeles to play a sold-out show at the Fonda.

The opener Rejjie Snow performed several of his songs, including one of his better known rap songs, aptly entitled “Snow.”  Donning a jacket that repeated the word “nachos” in a similar font to Kanye’s “The Life of Pablo,” Rejjie immediately enticed the crowd with his quiet, peculiar approach.  The strange beats were refreshing to hear while Rejjie worked his calm magic over the crowd, even getting the crowd to yell “Snow!  Snow!  Snow!” at the main chorus of the song.  Rejjie ate a banana on stage while performing, which got a couple laughs from the crowd.

Years and Years opened with “Foundation,” and Olly’s charisma charmed the entire crowd to shout back lyrics immediately from the start.  Decked out in a loose jumpsuit with tropical print and some Nike’s, Olly’s slick stage dancing had everyone in the room grooving to each song’s beats.  Following with “Take Shelter” and “Worship,” Olly’s enigmatic and intense freestyle choreography was absolutely stunning to watch.

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LA Beat Interview: Larkin Poe

larkinpoeLarkin Poe are awfully young to be ten years into their music career. Touring on the bluegrass circuit as the Lovell Sisters in their mid-teens, sisters Rebecca and Megan Lovell gained extensive road experience, including the start of a long partnership with Elvis Costello, before forming their own band in 2009.

Since then, Larkin Poe – named after an ancestor that connects their lineage to that of Edgar Allen Poe – has become ever more stylistically diverse, though always keeping one foot in the Southern rock and blues that defines their early sound. “Trouble In Mind”, the leadoff single from their new album Reskinned, hints at a shift in production values toward radio-ready hugeness. Somewhat surprisingly, it suits them just as well as heartbreaking balladry and Bonnie Raitt-style belters have in the past. Germany seems to be going particularly gaga for them at the moment– of all the recent TV interviews I located while researching them on YouTube, at least half were in German.

We met Rebecca and Megan backstage at the Ace Hotel prior to their performance with Elvis Costello, performing a duo set as his opening act, and joining him toward the end of his own show for rousing trio versions of “Peace, Love And Understanding”, “Blame It On Cain”, and their New Basement Tapes collaboration “Down On The Bottom,” among others. It’s easy to see why he fell for what he calls their “sibling harmonies” and decided to make use of them; they add a rich counterpoint to his songs that’s different from any of the other bands he’s ever used. Their own set was well-received and over all too quickly. Here’s hoping they return to town before long. Continue reading

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Frank Welker, Best Known as Voice of Scooby-Doo and Curious George, to Receive Lifetime Achievement Award at The 43rd Annual Daytime Creative Emmy Awards!

Frank Welker, Photo Courtesy of BHBPR

Frank Welker, Photo Courtesy of BHBPR

Come April 29th, the 43rd Annual Daytime Creative Emmys will have more than just shows aired between the hours of 2 am and 6 pm to honor, but a body of work to beat most as will be bestowed an award of a Lifetime to none other than Frank Welker aka The Voice of Scooby-Doo!–among near countless others (and countless is probably too small a number for what he has actually done)!

Welker’s career spans roughly 50 years! Best known for crafting voices and sound effects for over one hundred cartoon characters and programs, Welker’s respect as a voice over actor is beyond the industry pale!  But don’t let his golden pipes fool ya; he’s got just as singular a face for screen as a voice NOT fit for mime! Yet while he’s appeared on Continue reading

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Earth Day Colors: The World of Dion Neutra

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The Neutra gallery hosted the closing party for the show entitled “Conversations in Color.” An explosion of oranges, blues, greens, and reds enveloped architect Richard Neutra’s former offices. The bright room was bright with Caribbean overtones. Although they work with lots of color, their individual styles shone through. Francisco Alvarado‘s work has bold, macho, swaggering style, while Sophie Tosh’s style is decidedly British with Caribbean  overtones.  The two met in art school and decided to be friends.

This show was a celebration for earth day an event near and dear to Dion Neutra’s heart. The show was curated by Roy Rogers Oldencamp. Dion’s wish is to build a park on his property to celebrate earth day every year. We suggest you stop by the Neutra  Institute  Center for Survival (across the street from the Red Lion Tavern) and sign the petitions to help make Dion’s dream come to fruition.

At closing, we celebrated architect Richard Neutra’s 124th birthday (better late than never).  The candles  were lit by Lynn Smart (Mrs. Dion Neutra), Dion Neutra and Raymond. Richard Neutra presented the cake to the attendees. Richard was there in spirit.

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Barry Kleven’s “School Days” at Lethal Amounts

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“School Days”, featuring the recently discovered photos of the late Barry Kleven, kicked off last Friday at Lethal Amounts downtown. Kleven was a talented teenager who took some impressive pictures at L.A. rock and punk shows in the 1970s, but his scrapbook was only discovered by his family after his death. The collection is smaller than I expected, but the photos are quite good. For a kid who borrowed school cameras to take to concerts, he managed to get some surprisingly intimate shots, such as the close-up candids of Joan Jett, alone or lounging with Dee Dee Ramone.

In addition to the framed shots, there are two tables laid out with more photos, as well as a few concert tickets and flyers, but I did wish there was more information included about each show. The exhibit runs until May 13th and is definitely worth taking a look. There are photos from the exhibit after the jump, taken with permission from Klevens’ brother (and deliberately not up close).

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David Sedaris to Appear at Royce Hall May 3rd

6353935665_ee60a17499_zDavid Sedaris is not just a columnist and he is not just an essayist. He is a true raconteur as compelling as Hunter S. Thompson without the drugs, or John Waters without the strange obsessions. He is a keen observer of culture and personality, giving the reader a detailed mental picture with just a few well-chosen words. Sedaris grips you at the beginning of a story and doesn’t let go until the end. You are with him for the ride.Thank goodness the stories are short, or I would never get anything done.

Sedaris started his writing career in 1994 with “Barrel Fever,” a collection of stories and essays. He has been a regular on the PRI/Chicago Public Radio show, This American Life, and a frequent guest of late-night talk show host Craig Ferguson. In the last 30 years or so he has published six more books, including the award-winning “Me Talk Pretty One Day.”

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2nd Annual Malibu Guitar Festival Presented by D’Angelico’s Guitars

PrintThis weekend starts early in Malibu for music and “guitar” fans! This year’s 2nd Annual Malibu Guitar Festival, presented by D ‘Angelico Guitars will be 4 days of guitar playing mayhem and magic starting Thursday, April 29th and running through Sunday, May 1st. The festival is the brainchild of partners Doug Deluca and John Watkin, who are both avid music fans. Doug Deluca is co-executive producer Jimmy Kimmel Live. John Watkin was executive producer for The Rosie O’Donnell Show. It was their mutual passion and connection to music that has led to them bringing this music festival to the shores of Malibu. Also, Steve Ferrone, drummer for Tom Petty And The Heartbreakers, was tapped to become the festival’s Music Director. The idea behind the festival is to bring a world class music festival to the seaside town and it’s designed to support charities, while it will also showcase local musicians. There’s tons of artists who will play the festival, those who are immediately recognizable to everyone and then for those who want to go deep, for those who are guitar enthusiasts and aficionados desiring to experience technique and virtuosity. Here are a few of the individuals and bands that will set this weekend on fire: Kenny Wayne Shepherd, Robert Randolph, The Empty Hearts (A super group composed of members of Blondie, The Romantics, The Cars and The Chesterfield Kings), Fabrizio Sotti, Laurence Juber (Guitarist of Wings), Randy Jackson, Steve Ferrone, Kenneth Brian Band, Dale Watson, Albert Lee, Orianthi and Richie Sambora (Bon Jovi). It’s going to be a power packed weekend for sure!

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Live Review: Ex Hex and Sheer Mag at The Echo

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Last week, Ex Hex sold out The Echo, playing tunes from their truly enjoyable, upbeat album Rips. Described by some as power pop, the band frequently reminds me of The Cars, sans keyboards and with more guitar solos. The group’s three members – singer/guitarist Mary Timony, singer/bassist Betsy Wright and drummer Laura Harris – deal out loads of retro-styled energy and catchy choruses. If you’re not familiar with them, their video for “Don’t Want to Lose” (with its nod to “Ladies and Gentlemen, The Fabulous Stains”) is a good place to start.

The first opening act was local band Side Thing, about whom there seems to be very little online. I only caught the very end of their set, but they sounded raw and energetic, and their singer seemed fond of yelling out strange non-sequitors. The second act was Sheer Mag from Philadelphia, whose single “Nobody’s Baby” has a great video.  The band played hook-laden ’70s rock with impressive lead guitar, surprisingly contrasted with a surly punk vocalist. A fan-run Facebook page for the band mentions that Rolling Stone called them “a gang of punks with a not-so-secret love of Seventies classic rock,” which makes a lot of sense. It definitely worked musically, but it was odd that the guitarists appeared to be having a great time, while the singer seemed perfectly miserable. The band was very tight, however, and had well-crafted songs.

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