New Music: “The March” by KONE

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We’ve been waiting for new music from LA based producer and New Los Angeles label boss KONE for awhile now, so it’s exciting to be able to debut the first tune from his forthcoming album, Yellowstone. The track is called “The March,” and it’s a psychedelic jam built with some classic 60’s elements but chopped up and sequenced in a way that creates a modern groove. The bassline has always been the key to KONE’s music, and this track has one that creeps up on you until it takes over the end of the song and makes you hungry for more. Take a listen to the embedded stream below, and pre-order the album here.
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Pow! Wow! Long Beach is Coming This Summer!

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Pow! Wow! Hawaii is one of the most anticipated art events every year, and now the team behind the mural-centric art happening is coming to Long Beach! Look for new murals to pop up in the city between June 21-28, with a full spectrum of related events to compliment the large-scale art creation by a wide variety of featured artists. L.A. Taco will be covering all the action and have photo and video reports every day. Keep reading for the full artist list, the full press release, and more.

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Tonight: Fine Time Presents Project Pablo, Patricia & More

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Location: 1203 W 4th St, Los Angeles, CA 90017

“Eternal Wipeout” New Works by Murk Lurks & Matt Borgia ~ Opens May 9th at Innocnts Gallery

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“Pizza Lovers” New Slices of Art From Benjie Escobar ~ Opens May 9th at Rose City Pizza

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Love pizza and art and wish there were more chances to combine the two? Your wish is Benjie Escobar’s command, as this Saturday he’ll take over Rose City Pizza in the SGV with a pizza-themed show. There will be unique items for sale, there will be custom pizzas to match the vibes, there will be craft beer, and it’s all going down in Rosemead. Full details and preview images below…

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about the show:
Los Angeles-based artist Benjie Escobar debuts a new body of work dedicated to the exploration of everyone’s favorite food: the almighty pizza. Going down at Rose City Pizza, located in Rosemead, CA, where they will be serving custom pizza flavors for the duration of the exhibition. Come thru, have a slice, dudes!

about the artist:
Benjie Escobar is known for his food-related artwork for a wide range of outlets – everything from food-themed art gallery exhibitions, to merchandise for popular restaurants. With a vast background in skate, surf and street wear apparel his art style can be seen on the backs of plenty of people in skate parks or fashion boutiques.

about the venue:
Tucked away in the San Gabriel Valley, Rose City pizza is increasingly recognized and acclaimed for its unique and original takes on pizza, tator tots and other classic comfort foods. They began to showcase more local artists this year with multiple group art shows in the restaurant, and are well known for having an absolutely epic rotating beer tap selection.

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Opens Saturday may 9th, 7pm at Rose City Pizza
3588 Rosemead Blvd. Rosemead, CA 91770

Benjie Escobar can be found at:
http://benjie.us/, or his instagram @benjieescobar

We Are L.A. ~ Rudolph A. Porter

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Welcome to the first edition of We Are L.A., a regular column by contributor Meet Frankie C. This column’s purpose is to introduce you to interesting people living in our city through photography. Frankie C. roams Los Angeles with his camera, looking for stories to tell and visions to share. The results will be published here regularly…

“This is my favorite image. For me, it just highlights our relationship in this one photograph. For 7 years straight… at the time I would perform in the house of Muhammad Ali, who is still a dear friend of mine. This day while he was on the phone I heard a knock at the door, so I leaned over I told him someone was knocking, and you know Ali had a very serious tone to his voice when he spoke. So he umm said “Man, i’m on the phone can you just get the door?!”. You just had to be there, In that moment the housekeeper shot this image.”

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John Kilduff Saves Water For Your Mom

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Everyone knows that California is in the midst of a punishing, merciless drought. Everyone knows moms love flowers, and expect them on Mother’s Day. But everyone also knows that flowers need a lot of water– see the problem here?

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PhD in Los Angeles: What Happens to Mattresses on the Streets of Hollywood?

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Welcome to PhD in Los Angeles, a new series on L.A. Taco where we examine scholarly articles about our beloved city. First up is an essay by native Angeleno Stefano Bloch. Bloch is a Mellon Post-Doctoral Fellow in the Urban Studies Program and the Cogut Center for the Humanities at Brown University.

Hollywood as waste regime: The revalorization of a cast-off mattress as film prop is an article originally published in City: analysis of urban trends, culture, theory, policy, action. Dr. Stefano Bloch takes us on a tour of L.A.’s rarely seen or discussed scavenger community– mostly new immigrants trawling the city’s streets for semi-valuable waste, in this case mattresses left on the sidewalk. These stained and soiled castoffs are worth $3-$5 each to recycling factories that strip them for parts and use them to create discount refurbished mattresses for the consumer market.

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The Incredible XXX Cult Posters of Westgate Gallery

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Westgategallery.com is an online original movie poster boutique specializing in rare & outrageous Classic, Cult, Exploitation, Giallo, Golden Age XXX & Horror, with one of the largest selections of painted/illustrated porno 1 sheets and Italian subway posters every collected.

Some of their most amazing pieces will be the subject of a huge gallery show at Lethal Amounts in downtown Los Angeles, opening Friday, May 15 at 8 PM. The event will showcase a large group of fully restored, linen-backed posters the likes of which are rarely available in such pristine form. More information here. Keep reading for a gallery of posters, along with full details of the event…

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Recap: Taco Madness 2015 at Villains Tavern

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In honor of Taco Madness being an event for the people, we decided to give our staff photographers the day off to enjoy their tacos, and instead collected some of our favorite photos from Instagram.

The day long event consisted of good vibes and delicious tacos in every direction, along with some of L.A.’s best graffiti artists doing their thing while being serenaded by the sounds of our favorite DJs. We couldnt help but notice how it seemed like we were hanging out in one of our Tio’s back yards enjoying ice cold drinks and some of the most amazing tacos Los Angeles has to offer. The winner of our Best in Show taco was Tacos Cuernavaca– our mystery judge said it was a very difficult decision because all of them were great, but Cuernavaca was the best.

Huge thanks to Villain’s Tavern, Red Bull LAX, Azul212, AlexandertheGreatestofThemAll, and all the people who came out to celebrate Los Angeles and the taco lifestyle with us.

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A Club Called Rhonda Presents Backyard Boom Boom ~ Sunday Day Party in DTLA

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The ultimate day party in Los Angeles arrives this weekend as the Rhonda crew takes over the legendary Park Plaza Hotel. Think backyard BBQ vibes with some of the best DJ talent on the planet, the wildest party people, and sunny daytime vibes that bleed into dusk and Sunday evening. There will be taco trucks, micheladas, and surprises… Facebook event with more info is here.

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