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Music

The 3rd L.A. Folk Festival

BY GREGG LOPEZ / Less than an hour away from the glitzy facade of Hollywood to the north lies a sleepy suburb called Altadena, CA. It is there, on top of a mountain (or giant hill) that you’ll find the magical, burn-out oasis of Zorthian Ranch. Ten years before Disneyland opened, Jirayr Zorthian created this …

Film

Girls

BY GREGG LOPEZ / A look back at the groundbreaking HBO programme. Girls tells the story of four friends in their early twenties as they move into the adult world of dinner parties, careers and, [in season two], breakdowns. The show was created by Lena Dunham, a liberal arts graduate who writes, executive produces directs …

Art

Lyle Perkins – Ease of Use

BY GREGG LOPEZ /  French Riviera Until 13 December 2015 When I first met London-based artist Lyle Perkins, in Los Angeles in 2011, he was a visiting artist-in-residence at the Raid Gallery Downtown. LA’s Arts District is full of legally zoned industrial spaces, where artists live on the fringes between Tinseltown and Skid Row. This …

Food

Black Axe Mangal

BY GREGG LOPEZ / Stepping out of Islington & Highbury station into a wall of construction dividers, squinting helplessly at a blue google map dot suspended somewhere near the roundabout, a temporary sign pointing me to The Famous Cock pub, which, like other businesses, was partially obscured by the facade of tarpaulin greeted me as …

Art Travel

Ciao, Chianciano!

BY GREGG LOPEZ / London based gallerists Marie and Roberto Gagliardi really did escape to the country when they bought an empty hotel in Chianciano Terme and transformed it into a museum to house their art collection. The Museum of Art of Chianciano is open from June to September and also hosts a biennial which is …

Music

Cambodian Space Project

BY GREGG LOPEZ / Whiskey Cambodia (Metal Postcard) Despite Pol Pot’s mass murder of Cambodia’s Western-influenced population, the rock and pop scene of late ’60s Cambodia lives on amongst the stacks of tapes and CDs hawked on Phnom Phen street corners. Snapped up by American tourists like album compilers Paul Wheeler, and sampled on his …

Art

Review: Christian Marclay

BY GREGG LOPEZ / As you stroll through the wide entrance hall of Bermondsey’s White Cube gallery, sound and video depicting bottles rolling along the pavement are cast at foot level from eight digital projectors. Marclay shot the footage for this work, titled ‘Pub Crawl’, as he tapped and kicked the bottles, beer spilling out, …

Art

Poster Politics

BY GREGG LOPEZ / From a marketing standpoint, Shepard Fairey is a genius. Anybody can nick, say, Jim Fitzpatrick’s Che Guevara poster, silkscreen it and sell it to nascent hippies at an outdoor music fest. It takes true visionary balls to steal wholesale, and continually, the more obscure socio-realist work of artists who used their …

Food

Hard Shakes and Proper Burgers

BY GREGG LOPEZ / Byron Hamburgers on Kings Road is a sleek and decadent place to eat; its interior offers more in the way of decor than you would expect from what is ostensibly a fast food joint and definitely makes for a more pleasing dining environment. The A&M masthead opted for a night out at …

Music

The Rockin’ Dad’s Guide to Ty Segall

BY GREGG LOPEZ / Manipulator (Drag City). I’m not sure if Manipulator is the eighth, ninth or 13th album in six years by psychedelic wunderkind Ty Segall. Numbers get fuzzy at my age, especially when you also take into consideration the myriad cassette, vinyl and compact disc collaborations the 27 year-old California native has released …