Ben Westhoff

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  • 1 year ago | Music Festivals

    Note: Ben Westhoff is Music Editor of L.A. Weekly and Senior Music Editor of Voice Media Group. Oakland, Calif. resident Kimchi Truong was 24. She passed out on the Coachella grounds last weekend, likely due to an overdose. Her death this past Thu...

  • 1 year ago | Music Festivals

    Note: Coachella, Southern California's version of FPSF, starts today in the high desert outside Palm Springs. Our friends at LA Weekly and OC Weekly will be there the whole weekend and will be bringing us regular updates. If you don't have tickets...

  • 2 years ago | Longform

    Becoming Riff Raff As a prepubescent boy in the early '90s, Horst Simco was enamored of Vanilla Ice. Like millions of other kids, Horst fell for the white rapper's slick dance moves and outrageous style — Evel Knievel-style jumpsuits, blow-d...

  • 2 years ago | Music Festivals

    Ed. Note: This article comes to us from West Coast Sound, and was co-written by Mary Carreon. We've spent a lot of time this Coachella talking about the magnificent bros in attendance, but how about the fair and talented ladies? Per usual, they we...

  • 2 years ago | Music Festivals

    Ed. Note: Another Coachella post from our friends at West Coast Sound. It may be a bit early, but Coachella 2013 seems to be the Year of the Bro. For the ladies, it's business as usual, but the bros are really bringing it, from humorous neon T-shi...

  • 3 years ago | Festivals

    Check out the Sarah Palin lookalike porn star we ran into at SXSW as well as our slideshow. Ben WesthoffAbnormally attractive pedicab driverPaying homeless people $70 a day to serve as human wifi hotspots is a bizarre way to make a buck, but it's ...