Ben Westhoff


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  • 2 years ago | Film and TV

    Everything you know about Tupac is likely wrong. Casual fans think of him as a loyal left coast soldier in hip-hop’s East Coast/West Coast war, but he actually had tremendous love and admiration for New York, where he was born and largely raised. ...

  • 4 years ago | Current Events

    Note: This article originally appeared earlier this week in Houston Press sister paper LA Weekly. Back in September, on the set of the N.W.A biopic Straight Outta Compton, cameras rolled in the parking lot of the Santa Monica Civic Auditorium as a...

  • 4 years ago | Festivals

    Note: the Press sister paper in Denver, Westword, asked former Voice Media Group Senior Music Editor Ben Westhoff to investigate the Electric Forest Festival in Rothbury, Michigan this past weekend. This is one of his reports. Since its founding i...

  • 5 years 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...

  • 6 years 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...

  • 6 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...

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