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The Smell: DIY Club Tries to Keep it Real


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L.A.'s DIY haven tries to keep it real as the club's best-known ambassadors – No Age, Mika Miko and Abe Vigoda – hit the mainstream. Here's a look at the downtown dive where it all began. Read Jessica Hopper's cover story, “Will the Stink of Success Ruin the Smell?”