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Tuesday, January 27, 2015

Arts & Culture

Street artists repaint their Highland Park canvas

Jesse Castillo, aka XXXXX, and Extreme at work in Highland Park | Katrina Alexy

HIGHLAND PARK - Two street artists who go by the names of Xtreme and Kastle recently created a colorful new mural near Marmion Way and Avenue 53. It turns out that the two artists have painted murals on this same wall parallel to the Gold Line tracks several times before but the street art has been vandalized to the point where the pair of artists start over fresh every so often. Read More »

All alone with the Dark Furs

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Dark Furs operates in the tangled briers of indie pop. It’s moody, but elegantly arranged, bolstered by the wall of sound approach while still moving along the plot. Read More »

The fearless and earnest sounds of Echo Park’s Tülips

Tülips will make you feel feelings. | Photo by Zane Roessell

Something fearless perches atop the mantle of the Echo Park band Tülips, adorned with riot grrrl sensibilities and framed with an untethered joy. The obvious landmarks in Tülips’ world are the Sleater-Kinney overtones on faster tracks like Wait, where the guitar and drums crunch away with ... Read More »

El Sereno’s street art alley

El Sereno Murals on Alhambra Avenue alley 12-27-2014 2-13-13 AM

Nuzzled against the Union Pacific tracks in El Sereno, the colorfully saturated walls claimed by tagging crews line the alley behind Alhambra Avenue. The nearly mile of street art and tagging painted on backsides of warehouses, auto repair shops and rusting metal sheds face out to a select population of train operators and people walking the tracks. Read More »

The ever patient Mia Doi Todd

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There exists in musician Mia Doi Todd’s voice a controlled element; a dam holding back an immeasurable presence. Elements that make up Todd’s arsenal include her long, drawn out syllables, both breathy and urgent. She is the accompaniment to the end of the day, a lingering sunset that spreads its warmth just a few seconds longer. Read More »