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High praise: Charlie Sheen says Antonio Villaraigosa 'knows how to party'

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Charlie Sheen and Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa. The actor said on Twitter that the mayor "knows how to party."

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The back of Hotel El Ganzo in San Jose del Cabo, Baja California, Mexico.

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A flier advertising a night with Slash and Charlie Sheen in Cabo


A lot of things have been said about Antonio Villaraigosa during his seven-and-a-half years as Mayor of Los Angeles. And now, thanks to an early morning tweet by none other than Hollywood bad boy Charlie Sheen, we can add "epic partier" to that list.

Hizzoner apparently was one of the attendees of the grand opening of what appears to be a new bar Sheen christened Friday night. The Epic Bar (nicknamed "SheenZ" by the actor) sits atop the Hotel El Ganzo in San Jose del Cabo, Baja California, Mexico.

Guitar hero Slash rocked out the chilled crowd, dipping into the Guns N Roses and Led Zeppelin songbook, as he often does when he performs live. 

But the only person at the bash who got a shout-out from the controversial mischief maker on Twitter was L.A.'s mayor.

"From Boyle Heights 2 Mayor of LA..! @hotelelganzo 2 party w/SHEEN at SheenZ..! Antonio Villaraigosa knows how to party!" Sheen tweeted Saturday morning just after 8 a.m. to his 8.6 million followers. 

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I love LA? Randy Newman, N.W.A losing to Rush and Deep Purple in Hall of Fame poll

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Randy Newman speaking on a KPCC panel about writing music for films.

Canada and Britain are putting a beat-down on local artists N.W.A and Randy Newman in a Rock and Roll Hall of Fame online poll that began Thursday.

Veteran rock trio Rush is leading all others in the poll where fans have the chance to partake in the 2013 induction selection process. The British classic rock group Deep Purple is currently in second place.

Members of the public are allowed to vote on up to five nominees that they feel should be forever enshrined in Cleveland (where the heart of rock is still beating?). After the online voting ends in early December, the top five artists will make it to a fan ballot, according to the the Rock Hall of Fame.

After one day of voting Heart, Joan Jett and the Blackhearts, Albert King, Donna Summer, Public Enemy and Procol Harum are ranked 3rd to 8th respectively. Then trailing in at 9th and 10th are the rap legends from Compton and the man who gave us "I Love L.A."

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Andy Williams is dead, so people on Twitter ask 'Who is Andy Williams?'

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Singer Andy Williams poses for a publicity photo circa 1962.

Andy Williams, the crooner who sold over 100 million records over 70 years in showbusiness, died today at 84.

His death continued a strange trend on Twitter where people of all ages publicly announce that they have no idea who the fallen famous person was.

Williams, the iconic singer of "Moon River", the man who brought The Osmond Brothers to the nation's attention on his Emmy-award winning tv series, the Grammy host for seven consecutive years, was also the lifelong Republican who publicly stood up for John Lennon when the Nixon administration tried to deport the Beatle.

More recently the artist who released eight Christmas albums lashed out against Barack Obama saying he didn't like the current president at all.

"I think he wants to create a socialist country. The people he associates with are very Left-wing. One is registered as a Communist," Williams said in 2009. "Obama is following Marxist theory. He's taken over the banks and the car industry. He wants the country to fail."

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Bob Dylan pop-up store a hit as the artist releases 'Tempest'

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Friends Joel Rogers(L) and Danny Amaral(R) purchase the new release "Tempest" at the Bob Dylan pop-up shop in Los Angeles on September 12, 2012.

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Bob Dylan's new release "Tempest" on shelves in Best Buy, West Hollywood on September 12, 2012.

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Amoeba Music in Los Angeles also sells Bob Dylan's other albums.


A trend in the ever competitive world of music retail is the pop-up store: a temporary location where fans can congregate and purchase new material from their favorite artist. Tuesday, 71-year-old Bob Dylan released his 35th album “Tempest.” In support of the record, pop-up stores appeared in New York, London, and Los Angeles.

The Hollywood pop-up on 7763 Melrose Ave. will sell a variety of versions of the new release through Sunday. Besides being able to simply purchase the CDs, fans can also choose to buy a version with a book, and one with a harmonica, there's even one version that comes with a t-shirt, among other options.

Susanna Vuong, co-owner of Vacant, the pop-up retail company selling the Bob Dylan records, says they have sold “a substantial quantity of 'Tempest' CDs and vinyl with an overwhelming response to CD sales for the pre-release launch.”  

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Tom Petty's stolen guitars recovered, suspect arrested

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Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers' five vintage guitars have been recovered

Tom Petty will soon be reunited with his 1967 Rickenbacker and other guitars that were stolen from the rocker and his band while rehearsing at the Soundstage in Culver City.

In a press conference this afternoon, Culver City police announced the vintage guitars have been recovered and a suspect has been apprehended. 

Police Chief Don Pedersen said the suspect sold one of the expensively rare guitars at a Hollywood pawn shop for a paltry $250. The Chief estimated the worth of the stolen guitars as $100,000 in total.

But apparently the fencing was the hardest part.

One person was arrested in connection with the theft, police Lt. Ron Iizuka told reporters.

Petty and the Heartbreakers published photos of the stolen instruments on their website last week when the guitars were lifted and feared to be released into the great wide open. The band offered a $7,500 no-questions-asked reward and even created an email address (StolenGuitars@TomPetty.com) in hopes of being hooked back up with their musical tools.

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