Bang for your Burger Buck: The Habit Burger Grill

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The burger is indeed an American icon. While I might have a bone to pick about whether frying, or as it is known in more positive circles of discourse, griddling, is something that would constitute burger sacrilege, I like a place that extols burger values, even if a few of theirs violate one or two of mine.

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Tacología ~ Ricky’s Fish Tacos

Our friends from Mexico City, WANZ.TV, recently toured California looking for interesting subjects, including the best taqueros in Los Angeles. With that in mind, a visit to Ricky’s Fish Tacos was a must. Enjoy this video highlighting Ricky’s story, food, and customers.

|CH.R.O.M.E.| ENTER THE DARKNESS: Fire to the Prison Industrial Complex

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This Saturday at Downtown LA punk space East 7th- art collective CH.R.O.M.E. presents new and neon work in resistance to the prison industrial complex.  Expect anti-authoritarian animated .gifs, black light printed matter, neon FTP installations, horror lighting and a goth DJ.

Saturday 7-11 PM. East 7th Warehouse, 1725 E. 7th St., Los Angeles CA 90021.

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In The Streets ~ April 12th

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NELA Artwalk takes place the second Saturday of each month bring art openings from various galleries in Cypress Park and Highland Park area. A fantastic opening is taking place at Avenue 50 Studios, “In The Street / En Las Calles”. Featured in the main gallery are paintings by Juan Carlos Munoz-Hernandez (featured) and scupltured glass by Jaime Guerrero. In the annex room opens “My Name on Top of Yours” by Yvonne Estrada, who travels the streets as an ambulance driver photographing graffiti while writing poems about its presence.

Avenue 50 Studios is located at 131 North Avenue 50 in Highland Park. But if you are having trouble locating this gallery here is look at a collaborative mural put together by the featured artist Juan Carlos and Alex Kizu (featured) that was put together just days before the opening. It is wonderful addition to the area and spotlights the beauty and character of Northeast Los Angeles.

Sideshow Brand Carrier Pigeons ~ Hollywood

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My Favorite Taco with BIG SLEEPS

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LA TACO recently asked BIG SLEEPS about his favorite taco in LA. Here’s what he had to say:
“My fav taco spot is FIESTA MARTIN, 1330 N. La Brea, Inglewood, CA 90302.” Check out some of the artist’s incredible work below before you go.

Interview with LA Galaxy Defender Omar Gonzalez

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 (Photo: AJ DeLaGarza, left in yellow, and Omar Gonzalez, right in white, of the LA Galaxy)

Patrolling the center of the defense for the LA Galaxy for the past several seasons, including their 2011 and 2012 MLS Championship seasons, Omar Gonzalez has established himself as one of the best defenders in American soccer. Along the way, he’s become a regular member of the United States Men’s National Team set-up, as well, and is a hopeful for the squad as they prepare for the World Cup in Brazil in June.

For a player known for intensity and competitiveness on the pitch, Omar is a disarmingly nice dude in person. A Galaxy fan favorite, Omar has made Los Angeles his home for the past 4 years, exploring the city and following the LA culinary scene. He and fellow Galaxy defender AJ DeLaGarza repped their squad on Thursday night at UNDFTD in Santa Monica — unveiling a collab clothing line between the Galaxy and the LA-based sneaker shop.

Are you a sneakerhead? Earlier on in my life it was hard for me to get nice kicks, because I would get ‘em dirty so fast. But I do collect some sneakers now, and try to keep ‘em clean (laughs). This is a place I’ve come to get some pretty unique shoes because Undefeated has some cool collaborations.

Favorite classic kicks? I do like Chuck Taylors — I actually came here to get the Chuck Taylors when they collaborated with Missoni.

You wear adidas when you play — has it been interesting to see the technological innovations they’ve incorporated into soccer shoes? Yeah — any athlete wants an edge, some little edge to be a bit quicker, to be able to get to the ball faster, shoot better. And the colors that they’re coming out with are pretty insane.

How many soccer shoes do you go through, with training and games? I run through quite a lot of boots in a single season. In any given season, I go through something like 10 to 15 pair… but that’s because once a shoe starts to stretch a little bit I ask for a new pair. I like my foot to be nice and snug and a new boot always feels better to me.

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CoachelL.A. 2014 ~ LA-based artists to catch this year

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With Coachella coming up in 2 days, DJ PK highlights some LA-based artists/DJs worth catching at the festival

With LA-based Beck, Fishbone, Foster the People and Grouplove appearing at the Main Stage, and Capital Cities, Dum Dum Girls and HAIM appearing on the Outdoor Theater, who is worth checking out at the smaller tents?

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Formerly known as the Heineken Dome, the 2014 lineup features LA’s Brainfeeder artists Gaslamp Killer (hip-hop artist and DJ William Bensussen) and Thundercat (multi genre artist and bass player Stephen Bruner) with guests, which pesky rumors have it include Brainfeeder honcho Flying Lotus (Steve Ellison), who played Coachella in 2012.  Other LA-based Brainfeeder artists include Teebs (whose new album we recently reviewed) and Lapulux, although we are not making promises about either appearing! It’s literally idle speculation, which is the best kind.

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VYAL x GUERRILLA TACOS for Latagrafica

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As part of Taco Madness, artist Vyal collaborated with taquero Wes Avila’s Guerrilla Tacos to paint a mural on the side of the truck. Check it out in person (schedule on the Guerrilla Tacos website) and get some of LA’s best tacos at the same time. The truck is still being worked on, with new elements to come soon. The truck was painted with the support of Red Bull’s Latagrafica project. Photographer Erwin Recinos captured the creation of the mural in one of the large taco truck commissaries that serve Los Angeles…

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FLERT & JESR ~ Los Angeles

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These photos are by Alexander The Great. Check out his FLICKR and INSTAGRAM for more.

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Your Guide to New L.A. Music: Teebs, Clipping, Emma Ruth Rundle, Spazzkid, Vince Staples and Jerome LOL

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DJ PK is London-born, but has been based in L.A. for over a decade. He delves into LA’s music scene for us every month…

Teebs – E s t a r a (album)

This is second full-length album from as Los Angeles based musician, producer, and painter Mtendere Mandowa aka Teebs, part of the genre-bending Brainfeeder collective headed by Flying Lotus (Steven Ellison).  It’s musical landscape is broad featuring a delicious blend of the electronic and organic sounds including the clarinet of classical musician Lars Horntveth on the track Wavxxes.  From the trip-hop sounds of Holiday (featuring Jonti) to the pastoral sounds of Piano Days and glitchy sounds of NY Pt. 2 (featuring glitch maestro Prefuse 73), this album is rich in tone and ambience.  My personal favorite – Shoous Lullaby – looping acoustic guitar over a backdrop of waterfall bells and a driving but subtle beat.  Dive into the album and you will have an enriching, spiritual, musical experience.

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