Chvrches New Single “Leave A Trace”

Love the new track, “Leave a Trace,” from Chvrches‘ upcoming second album, Every Open Eye, out September 25th. They’re playing Music Hall of Williamsburg next week July 23rd.

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Cross Country Road Trip #3 Summer 2015

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A road trip addict: one easily seduced by abandoned gas stations, bars, diners, random buildings and motels across the country. Driving cross country not only includes time to meditate and listen to talk radio and music for 15 hours a day (torture for some, heaven for others) but also to see beautiful crumbling spaces from California to New York. As usual, I stopped for used books, records and BBQ (Been Around Records in Little Rock, Burke’s Book Store and Central BBQ in Memphis, Fond Object in Nashville and Archer’s BBQ in Knoxville), as well as a weekend with a friend in Nashville during CMA’s, where I finally made it to Acme Feed and Seed and Roberts Western World for some live music, backyard BBQs and yard sales. Color me happy from ear to ear. Continue reading

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AM & Shawn Lee, Outlines

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Digging these new tracks from LA & London based duo AM & Shawn Lee, off their new album Outlines, which came out this week digitally and hits records stores July 10th.

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Acne Resort 2016

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Acne resort 2016, a trench coat addict’s dream. Continue reading

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Tangerine at Ace Hotel DTLA

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The Ace Hotel in downtown LA is screening Sundance Film Fest hit Tangerine, directed by Sean Baker, next Wednesday June 24th at 7PM followed by an after party with a DJ set by Little Boots. Tickets here and trailer below. Continue reading

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Kitty Nashville

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Last weekend I was in Nashville, one of my favorite road trip stops (more photos from the road next week), and got to check out a few of their new boutiques and musicians during CMAs. There is so much happening in that cool little city it’s hard not be enamored of their local vibe. Sarah Davidson, one of the local musicians, stylists, bloggers and artists, just opened a boutique in May called Kitty in a recently expanded shopping area which also boasts Barista Parlor around the corner as well as several other newly open stores including Moto Moda, owned by Jimmy Pratt who sells bikes and motorcycle gear as well as new and vintage guys clothes (girls can easily adopt the striped 70s Ts and jackets), and a great contemporary shop, Sisters of Nature, which carries affordable soft cotton separates, jewelry and home decor items. The namesake of Sarah’s boho chic with a modern flair filled space is country singer Kitty Wells, who was an all around female powerhouse and inspiration in every way. There is a general kick ass girl vibe in Nashville that I love. Every time I’m there I meet cool chicks doing rad things in every arena, from fashion to food to music. Continue reading

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Banned in DC

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Cynthia Connolly‘s epic Banned in DC photo book is being reissued next week so she will be in LA doing a book signing at Arcana Books Saturday June 20th from 4pm-6pm. You can also buy the book online from Dischord (and stock up on some Minor Threat reissues while you’re at it).

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G Star Raw Dinner

Just in time for the five year anniversary of this little blog, last night the Dutch clothing line G-Star Raw and I hosted a dinner to celebrate their latest collection, Raw For The Oceans, a really fantastic idea developed and curated by Pharrell Williams, which Vice and i-D made a documentary about, above. Basically, they take plastic found in the oceans that is polluting our waters and turn it into fabric to use for their denim pieces, which were all on display last night. Kind of genius and brilliant all around. I couldn’t be prouder to support the idea and innovation plus the earth positive message of reduce, reuse, recycle. The dinner was packed with so many friends and familiar faces, a ton of great food prepared by Chef Luke Reyes at Butchers & Barbers, wine by Kenwood Vineyards and champagne from Perrier Jouet. Of course there were gift bags, which I stuffed with my favorite books, CDs, DVDs, and beauty products. Our talented gorgeous friend Katie Jones took the photos, which you can check out below along with all the goodies from the gift bags. Continue reading

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#ARRAY Takes Over Twitter Tomorrow

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Wednesday May 27th Ava DuVernay’s grassroots film collective AFFRM will host a 12-hour long Twitter takeover, taking questions from fans, to raise awareness for AFFRM’s mission called Array Releasing. Some of my favorite filmmakers are taking part in the 12 hour dialogue, including Ryan Coogler (Fruitvale Station), Julie Dash (Daughters of The Dust), and Rick Famiyuwa (Dope) along with other talented artists: Debbie Allen, John Singleton, Tyler Perry, Gina Prince-Bythewood, Malcolm Lee, Euzhan Palcy and Haile Gerima. What I want to know is where is Charles Burnett? How has our industry not revived his career? It is a disgrace that a filmmaker of his talent does not work. Seriously. The hashtag is #ARRAY. More details below. Continue reading

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Elle Women in Music, Cool Chicks Everywhere

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I went to the Elle Women in Music event last night in Hollywood and aside from being blown away by performances from a wickedly diverse group of talented women (Tinashe, followed by Banks followed by Alanis Morissette!!!) there were so many stylish gals at every turn. The gorgeous lady above is Edei, a musician herself who is performing tonight at No Name Club at 432 N Fairfax Ave at 8:30PM. The dress, which I fell in love with and forced me to chase her down like the fashion addict I am, is by CFDA Vogue Fashion Fund finalists Tome NYC, aka Ranon Martin and Ryan Lobo. Continue reading

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