Charli XCX sits on a white leather couch. There’s a white iPhone in a neon pink bunny eared case a touch away from her and she’s toying with a small ring in her fingers. There’s a table in front of her with all the necessary pre-show requirements–crushed lemons, hot water, tea, bottles and bottles of water–and she has a simultaneously laid back yet anxious air about her likely because she’ll be performing in a few minutes. She has big black hair that acts like a sort of gothic lioness mane, which is swept to her right side (and she is keen to keep sweeping it to her right whenever it creeps its way over her eyes). She’s dressed like a Spice Girl styled by Fairuza Balk in The Craft: she has on black platform sneakers, a short black school girl skirt, a black half t-shirt, and a blue denim jacket, which–if you look closely–has brightly colored little flowers inside of it.
Sister Crayon are Oakland chilled out electronic duo Terra Lopez and Dani Fernandez. They have gone through various incarnations and have landed in a trip-hoppy, jazzy, West coast version of Portishead space that’s full of emotions and moody beats. They’ve recently released a little EP–Cynic–and they’ve embarked on a tour to support it. They’re actually going to be in LA May 8th at Downtown’s Low End Theory so we had a little chat with Lopez about the group’s visit down South (even though they haven’t arrived just yet).
Hey, men and women who dress men: Saturday and Sunday, Apolis is hosting a men’s pop-up shop. While the Arts District brand is enough to extract any fashionable guy out, this little shop is particularly special as it is coming from helplessly hip husband-and-wife founded outfitters Pierrepont Hicks from New York. The pop-up is called NorthernGRADE and it will fit you in US made wears and hace you set with everything from grooming products to games. In anticipation of the happening, we checked in with Pierrepont co-founder Katherine McMillan about what she thinks about Los Angeles. She very much seems to fancy our city!
Jim Mangan has lived in Los Angeles before–but it was never really his home. The former snowboarder and now fine art photographer is always on the move and enjoys the thrill of moving from place to place to place, which you can absolutely see in his often travel gazing bodies of work like the walkabout Color’d and landscape focused Time Of Nothing. The latter series currently is on view at Fairfax’s Martha Otero Gallery and has brought the artist to town. He’s been spending his time doing everything from catching up with old friends to doing book signings (he has one tonight at Family, actually). We spoke with the artist about his visit to Los Angeles so far, where we learned that he hates driving, loves the Spanish language, and thinks Art Center has some talented photographers.
There’s a big something going on tomorrow night: Holly Herndon, the highly intellectual, super talented experimental techno artist, will be in Los Angeles for a fantastic show with Andy Stott. Since Herndon’s late 2012 boom, she hasn’t shown Los Angeles her vocal warping, of-the-body style that has wowed the techno community and beyond for several months. After admittedly stalking Herndon since late November 2012, hoping she’d come to town so we could have a quick chat with her, that little dream finally came true and we’re pleased to have had a brief talk with Herndon about her show tomorrow, what she thinks of Los Angeles, and if there is any potential for her to move here. Spoiler alert: she actually has thought about it!