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On Sunday, bust a move over to Delicious Vinyl's FreakCity boutique grand opening

Bust a Move On Sunday, Delicious Vinyl curator Rick Ross will be throwing a grand-opening party for the store and record label’s FreakCity boutique-slash-art space in Hollywood. [Note: An earlier version of this post incorrectly referred to Ross as founder of Delicious Vinyl.]

FreakCity pays homage to the era when Delicious Vinyl rocked the charts with Tone-Loc’s “Funky Cold Medina” and rapper Young MC’s “Bust a Move” -- a rewind to high-top fades, cassette tapes, letterman jackets, sequins and lace.

The 5,000-square-foot boutique will stock more than 20 brands, including Han Cholo, Joyrich, Stampd’ LA, Dim Mak, Rojas and Evil Genius. The fitting rooms are telephone booths (remember those?), with broadcasting radio old-school jams live.

The party begins at 2 p.m. with Diva Division salon giving complimentary haircuts and manicures. Vinyl traders will unload classic albums for collectors.

At 6 p.m., Mindy Le Brock from the band Electrocute will create a fashion-meets-art installation. And at 8 p.m., L.A. electro-funk pioneer Arabian Prince (a.k.a. Professor X of N.W.A.) spins records, followed by a performance by "beauty-bass" duo the Keyishe.

FreakCityThere will be a complimentary taco bar and beverages. Free entrance before 8 p.m.; $10 after. RSVP to For more information, visit

6613 Sunset Blvd., Los Angeles; (213) 446-5413 (for appointments); 2 p.m. to midnight. 

-- Max Padilla

Photo credits: Delicious Vinyl

Recession RIP: Tracey Ross closes iconic Sunset Boulevard boutique

80382762 When it comes to unique Los Angeles retail, shops like Fred Segal and Tracey Ross have always been our equivalent to N.Y.'s Henri Bendel or Atlanta's Jeffrey. The owner Ross -- often mistaken for Farrah Fawcett with her tousled blond mane, mile-wide smile and bronzed complexion -- is a fixture at fashion shows and on the red carpet party circuit. But even a high profile and loyal following of celebrities like Kate Hudson couldn't save Ross and her eponymous boutique from the wrath of the recession. WWD reports this morn that Ross will shutter the shop she relocated to Sunset Plaza in 1996, after initially opening on Robertson Boulevard almost two decades ago.

"Of course it's the economy," Ross told WWD. 

-- Monica Corcoran

Photo: Getty Images


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