IN THE SPOTLIGHT
Fest in the Southwest: SXSW

On the musical front, the spread is impressive (with performances numbering in the hundreds) and equally diverse. Offering acts across the genres—and truly focusing on the unknowns, up and comers’, and next big things’—SXSW highlights also include: Andrew WK, Asher Roth, Nas, Talib Kweli, Skrillex, and Set Your Goals. Six days (March13-18) of musical majesty await—ready yourself for aural nirvana!

Any gathering of techies, suits, musicians, and artists is guaranteed shenanigans. Enmeshed within this medley of existence, the possibilities are limitless. As sole arbiter of your experience, be sure to individualize your SXSW itinerary (via the appropriate badge) for optimal enjoyment.

GROUPIE
Win Tickets To Think Pink Rocks
ALL ACCESS PASS
Law School Can Wait

The judicial system definitely lost out when Shontelle decided to ditch law school for a shot at R&B stardom. That decision seemed to work out just fine as her first album Shontelligence reached the coveted top Billboard 200.

With her sophomore album No Gravity released last week, Shontelle took a few minutes off touring to speak with Mike Rothman about her huge hit “Impossible”, her future goal to someday work with Alicia Keys, comparisons to Rhianna and believe it or not, the hard-rock band System of a Down made its way into the conversation.

AKON
Creating A New Hollywood: Part I and II

Can posh South Beach handle hip-hop and R&B infusions from SRC Records and its kingpin, legendary CEO Steve Rifkind? The former Loud Records mogul thinks Miami is ripe for his imposing lineup of diversified artists and could be the next epicenter of the music world.

Rifkind, the man responsible for breaking in the Wu-Tang Clan, Big Pun and Mobb Deep, continues to impose his will on the industry with current megastars like the ubiquitous Akon and suburbanite rapper Asher Roth.

ARMIN VAN BUUREN
Halloween in L.A.

Whatever Halloween may mean to you—dressing up, haunted houses, or partying the night away—L.A. has got a little something to offer everyone this year.

WEST HOLLYWOOD COSTUME CARNAVAL
Originating as a gay pride parade in 1987, the West Hollywood Costume Carnaval has grown into L.A.’s largest and most well-known Halloween celebration. With 500,000 people expected to attend, you definitely do not want to miss out on the parade this year!

On October 31 from 6 PM to midnight, join hordes of Halloween revelers who will be parading as goblins and ghouls, angels and devils, and a myriad of other creative costumes on Santa Monica Blvd. between La Cienega and La Peer. For parents who think this event may be too extreme for the younger crowd, there is a whole week of events for families leading up to the Carnaval. With pumpkin carving contests, a youth carnival, and even a doggy costume contest, no one is left out this Halloween!

For more information, visit www.westhollywoodhalloween.com.

ASHER ROTH
Upcoming Concert Tour Dates: Asher Roth
ALL-AMERICAN REJECTS
Blink-182 is Coming to Town on Their Summer Tour

It’s been almost a year since Travis Barker’s near-fatal airplane crash and reportedly if it wasn’t for that crash, Blink-182 would not be getting ready for their summer tour. The band called it quits in 2005, but has since reunited after the survival of Barker and the death of Blink-182 producer, Jerry Finn. “Unfortunately it took something catastrophic to do it, but sometimes that’s how life is. These guys got together for the right reasons,” said Rick Devoe, the band’s manager.

1OAK
Around Town, The Republican Challenge

Meat Packing

It's a Thursday. I’m trying to get off the couch because it's already been a long week. Then, the incentive to get motivated comes in the form of a text message from Jessica White. Sport Illustrated models always get me motivated. She’s in town, bored and wants to hangout. My response? I’m in! She’s staying at the Standard Hotel. I offer to pick her up because I haven’t been there yet and I’m curious. The hotel lobby is small and there is a cute little bar that services the lobby. I’m sure there’s more to come. Mean while, Ms. White has me waiting 20 minutes. Jeez… I love it!

ASHER ROTH
Who's Asher Roth Anyway?

It’s a bird, it’s a plane…actually it’s just Asher Roth. If the name isn’t yet familiar, it will be soon: he was on MTV’s “MC’s to Watch” list of 2009. Roth dove right into tabloid stardom before even getting his sweet limelight glow yesterday.

He and his band mates were en route from Atlanta to Los Angeles onboard a Delta aircraft for their big premiere on the Carson Daily Show when a man allegedly lunged at an attendant claiming he had a bomb. Asher, alongside many other passengers on the plane, acted quickly and apprehended the man. The plane landed shortly thereafter in Los Angeles and the man was searched along with his luggage and no explosives were found.