For an interview in 2011, at 10 a.m. on Super Bowl Sunday, Isaiah "Ikey" Owens insisted on meeting for drinks at the V Room, a dive bar on 4th Street in Long Beach. As he sipped a Jim Beam neat, he talked about hanging out in the early days with pre-Fergie Black Eyed Peas (who were playing the Sup ... More >>
Over a decade ago, I wrote an op-ed piece for what was called Pacific News Service but is now New American Media bemoaning how pathetic the Latin Grammys were due to their lack of Mexican music. "The definers of Latin culture," I wrote then, "have decided that the most popular Latin music genre in t ... More >>
Out of all of Mexico's "disgusting" meals, from menudo to grasshoppers to salamanders to chicharrones, none is more notorious than pulque, the fermented sap of the agave plant that's the oldest alcoholic drink in the Western Hemisphere, if not the world. The earliest reports back to the United State ... More >>
Well hello little darlings, let's take a look at this week in food. Edwin visited Lark Creek at Fashion Island for his print review and praised their ability to make truly delicious white people food. Then he told us that McDonald's is ditching its "Extra Value Menu" for a $5 one...strange to thin ... More >>
Ms Krazie is truly a hip-hop phenomena. With five studio albums now to her credit, the Jenni Rivera-style chingona on the mic is one of the best at what she does. Ms Krazie's raspy, raw Spanglish delivery makes her an undeniable talent upon first listen. She continues to mature in her craft as is di ... More >>
Yesterday's news that the Gibson Amphitheatre in Universal City will be closing in September was met with mixed reaction. Haters weren't too fond of the venue's location, (frankly who wanted to navigate through thousands of clueless tourists?) nor the ridiculous parking fees. But one thing that was ... More >>
The storied L.A. venue announced today that it will officially close in September following a special grand finale concert honoring its history. The full press release is available below...
It came as no surprise that on Friday night, a plebeian crowd congregated at the House of Blues of Anaheim to unwind, get inebriated, and sing-along to the tunes of Ramón Ayala, the King of the Accordion. Historically, musica norteña/ conjunto norteño- a sound composed of strings, percussion ... More >>
A public memorial service for Jenni Rivera, the late Mexican superstar singer, entrepreneur and all-around chingona, is set to take place tomorrow from 10 a.m. to noon at the Gibson Amphitheater at the Universal CityWalk. The performer had a concert date scheduled at the venue for March of next year ... More >>
The ballsy, brash, brilliant, too-short life of the Mexican regional music queen and Long Beach girl
The media requests for me to opine on the death of Mexican regional superstar (and Long Beach) gal Jenni Rivera are already coming in, and I expect them to only increase as the American media trips over themselves to cover the story. After all, I'm America's Mexican, right? I'm more than happy to ta ... More >>
Down and Delirious In Mexico City author Daniel Hernandez wrote in his Intersections blog about a recent onstage confrontation between banda queen Jenni Rivera and a fan who allegedly threw a beer at her. The singer had the suspected offender come face-to-face with her during the Puerto Vallarta ... More >>
www.sarahmclachlan.comIf you buy tickets today you can watch Sarah Mclachlan for $10!Live Nation is offering $10 tickets for the last 10 days of June, where the concert promoter is hosting the "No Service Fee June" promo. That means every day until June 30, select shows will have $10 ticke ... More >>
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