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Music, West Coast Sound The Return of Ridicule, Boyle Heights' Skate Punk Legends

The Return of Ridicule, Boyle Heights' Skate Punk Legends

The punk rock that comes out of Boyle Heights and other East L.A. backyard communities is usually an extremely fast and boisterous one: street punk. Two-minute scratchy anthems that are often about some kind of political oppression and that consist of repetitive unrelenting power chords, the same rolling drumbeat and raspy flat vocals...…
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Arts, Public Spectacle TEMPT ONE, the Paralyzed L.A. Graffiti Artist Who Draws With His Eyes, Tells Us About His New Documentary

TEMPT ONE, the Paralyzed L.A. Graffiti Artist Who Draws With His Eyes, Tells Us About His New Documentary

Anyone that is a fan of American graffiti art knows about the legacy of TEMPT ONE. His iconic hand style, taking from his Chinese and Mexican roots, is believed by a lot of fellow graffiti artists to have helped put Los Angeles on the map. He is known for harmonizing...…
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Restaurants, Squid Ink 5 Taco Facts We Learned From LeáLA's La Tacopedia Panel

5 Taco Facts We Learned From LeáLA's La Tacopedia Panel

`La Tacopedia is out. Well, kind of. If you can find it here in the States. And it's exactly what the title infers: an epic, thoroughly researched encyclopedia about regional Mexican tacos. Five years of research to be exact. And in an attractive, very contemporary Lucky Peach-ish layout. If you...…
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Music, West Coast Sound Joe Vex Speaks! Our Interview With the Mysterious Vex Club Proprietor

Joe Vex Speaks! Our Interview With the Mysterious Vex Club Proprietor

Historic East L.A. punk venue The Vex is famous for epic shows in the '80s, featuring killer L.A. and Orange County lineups, everyone from the Adolescents and TSOL to Social Distortion. The club opened in 1976, and proprietor, Joe "Vex" Suquette brought the two counties' scenes together for the first...…
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Restaurants, Squid Ink A Mezcal and Food Guide to the Hola Mexico Film Festival + La Gran Parrillada Event

A Mezcal and Food Guide to the Hola Mexico Film Festival + La Gran Parrillada Event

This year's Hola Mexico Film Festival, which is taking place May 15-22 in downtown Los Angeles, suddenly is looking a lot more appetizing. This is thanks in no small part to the efforts of Guelaguetza's Bricia Lopez and a few of her friends. On Thursday, May 16, Lopez is opening...…
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Restaurants, Squid Ink Ingrid Hoffman Wants You To Know That Latin Food Will Not Get You Fat + Her <em>Pescado Veracruzano</em> Recipe

Ingrid Hoffman Wants You To Know That Latin Food Will Not Get You Fat + Her Pescado Veracruzano Recipe

Rice and beans, pork, pupusas, fried plantains, cheese and tortillas. These might be the core of most of the Latin food you're familiar with, at least in many of the Mexican, Central and South American joints in this town. Ingrid Hoffman takes the rustic cooking styles of these hearty Latin...…
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Music, West Coast Sound Mexico and Ireland Unite! Ollin Covers the Pogues

Mexico and Ireland Unite! Ollin Covers the Pogues

On St. Patrick's Day at the Satellite, venerable East L.A. band Ollin performed Pogues songs, per their long-standing tradition. A Chicano spin on Irish classics? It makes a lot more sense than you think, and West Coast Sound was there to talk with Ollin about what the two cultures have...…
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Music, West Coast Sound The Delirians Lead An East L.A. Rocksteady Renaissance

The Delirians Lead An East L.A. Rocksteady Renaissance

East Los Angeles is enjoying a rocksteady renaissance, thanks largely to a group called The Delirians. They formed as teenagers and have made the traditional Jamaican music their own, blending the slower-than-ska-but-faster-than-reggae riffs with signature East L.A. sounds of soul, funk and R&B. The group has been widely accepted by...…
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Restaurants, Squid Ink Flash Mobbing With Carrotmob: No More Ozone Depleting Freezers at Pasadena's Fresh & Easy

Flash Mobbing With Carrotmob: No More Ozone Depleting Freezers at Pasadena's Fresh & Easy

The art of flash mobbing will be practiced this Saturday at Pasadena's Fresh & Easy supermarket for the cause of the environment. A flash mob, for the uninitiated, is a group of random people who assemble suddenly in a place to perform an unusual and seemingly pointless act for a...…
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Restaurants, Squid Ink [Updated] Indio: New Mexican Beer in Town + Debut Tonight at La City Bar

[Updated] Indio: New Mexican Beer in Town + Debut Tonight at La City Bar

Update: 4:28 p.m. The event tonight at La Cita was originally a private event and is now officially sold out. But don't fret, Guelaguetza has confirmed that there is plenty of Indio available at its restaurant. By now, you've probably seen a few Spanglish billboards around the hipper parts of...…
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Music, West Coast Sound Punk Rock Bowling and Music Festival - Las Vegas - 5/26 - 5/28

Punk Rock Bowling and Music Festival - Las Vegas - 5/26 - 5/28

See also: *Punk Legends Pennywise Have a New Singer, But You Shouldn't Write Them Off *The Adicts on Football Hooliganism, Masturbation, and Running Up $400 Bar Tabs Better than: Fucking Coachella. Punk rock has its own festival in the middle of a desert somewhere -- Las Vegas. Organized by the...…
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Music, West Coast Sound Alice Bag: She Was a Punk Before You Were a Punk

Alice Bag: She Was a Punk Before You Were a Punk

One of the fascinating Angelenos featured in L.A. Weekly's People 2012 issue. Check out our entire People 2012 issue here. See also: Henry Rollins: The Column! Alice Bag's 
Punk Rock Legacy Alice Bag busted up the punk-rock patriarchy in September 1977. At Hollywood's Masque, she and three female bandmates walked...…
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Restaurants, Squid Ink L.A.'s Idea of Mexican Food vs. What Mexicans Really Eat

L.A.'s Idea of Mexican Food vs. What Mexicans Really Eat

In this episode of Squid Ink's Venn Food Diagrams, we study Mexican food. Why? Well, because deep down, every single person in this city has a soft spot for the stuff. Whether it be Americanized or not, fajitas or tacos de guisado, a taco is the archetypal Angeleno meal. In...…
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Music, West Coast Sound Peter and the Test Tube Babies - Airliner - 03-24-2012

Peter and the Test Tube Babies - Airliner - 03-24-2012

Peter and the Test Tube Babies The Airliner 03-25-2012 Better than...any other backyard punk shows that night. Peter and the Test Tube Babies's show on Saturday doubled as a punk rock sauna. This was the band from Peacehaven, Sussex's first concert in the U.S. since 2002; eager punks were damned...…
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Restaurants, Squid Ink Pasadena Food Swap: Barter Your Food

Pasadena Food Swap: Barter Your Food

Imagine a place where food is your currency, where things like homemade Irish soda bread made with whole wheat and kefir or house-conched 75% chocolate bars are just as good as dollars and credit cards. Well, join a freaking food swap and watch your anti-consumerist wishes come true. A group...…
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Restaurants, Squid Ink Cacao Mexicatessen's Uni Chile G&uuml;ero Rellenitos

Cacao Mexicatessen's Uni Chile Güero Rellenitos

If you were lucky enough to be one of the first 20 people to visit Cacao Mexicatessen's booth at The Gold Standard this year, you probably tasted this magnificent dish. A tender yellow chile is fried, peeled, slivered and then topped with enough raw uni paste to rival the richness...…
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Restaurants, Squid Ink Alma Raiz: A Food Documentary

Alma Raiz: A Food Documentary

In an effort to rescue and preserve traditional recipes that are made with chocolate, vanilla beans and corn, Oaxacan indigenous groups from members of the Centro Binacional Para el Desarollo Indígena Oaxaqueña (CBDIO) will be coming to downtown Los Angeles on March 8 and sponsoring the event "El Sabor de...…
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Restaurants, Squid Ink The Fooducate iPhone App: Scan Favorite Foods At Your Own Risk

The Fooducate iPhone App: Scan Favorite Foods At Your Own Risk

Does your New Year's resolution have you up against a wall yet? Introducing the Fooducate app, an app available for iPhones that helps the average food consumer shop for grocery foods. The app works like a scanner; it scans the barcode of foodstuffs and immediately produces a nutritional breakdown in...…
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Restaurants, Squid Ink Shit Bartenders Say: More Fun With Mixologists on YouTube ("Aquavit Bores Me")

Shit Bartenders Say: More Fun With Mixologists on YouTube ("Aquavit Bores Me")

Just three years after Jonathan Gold wrote about Los Angeles's blossoming craft cocktail scene, comes this hilarious YouTube video poking fun at the often extreme measures bartenders take to fix you a tasty drink. The viral video features several second long frames in the style of other popular "Shit ______...…
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Restaurants, Squid Ink Rocio's Mole De Los Dioses: Now Open in Sun Valley

Rocio's Mole De Los Dioses: Now Open in Sun Valley

Just a couple of months after opening up her own first restaurant, Rocio Camacho, the J. Gold approved Mole'ra formerly of Mole's La Tia and La Huasteca, has opened up a second locale. The Sun Valley extension of Rocio's Mole De Los Dioses officially opened last Saturday, Jan. 14 in...…
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