If you must get into trouble, do it at the Chateau Marmont. Site of John Belushi’s last toga party, Jim Morrison’s fall off the roof, and Led Zeppelin’s flying TV sets. Pulls stars for private bungalow overnights and rock n’ roll debauchery. Bar Marmont still abuzz with HWood a-list. Lovely garden perfect for intimate interviews, while shaded pool is one of the most magical spots in the county.
Photography: Captain Lens
Marking Los Angeles brand Sav Noir’s official foray into luxury fashion, their AW ’15 presentation during LAFW introduced a monochromatic uniform for the “sophisticated rebel”—a look that elevated SN’s streetwear roots with the help of prized french mill Malhia Kent, known for once providing tweed to the legendary Coco Chanel.
Inspired by the euro-goth scene of the ’80s, SN’s alt-aesthetic pulls from the grit and grime of the Underground, infusing that edge with luxe fabrics like baby lamb skin and pure silk. This dynamic energy strung throughout SN’s AW ’15 campaign this season, starring androgynous model Paul Mitchell Rabell in a series of black-and-white shots that showcase updated classics from a lamb moto jacket to an oversized tweed poncho.
We went behind-the-scenes of SN’s downtown LA show earlier this month, featuring bi-coastal model Sarah Sarina and organized by Shaun Ross, Roman Sipé and designer Edwin Haynes. See exclusive photos, below, and indulge in a collection that genuinely transcends group, gender and personality.
Thursday, July 30
Disco princess Gavin Turek made a strong claim for song of the summer with her new jam “Don’t Fight It.” Check it out alongside a set from Tokimonsta tonight at Hotel Figueroa.
9 pm. 939 S Figueroa St, Los Angeles, CA.
Friday, July 31
Jamaican Queens‘ second album Downers is one of the year’s strongest–and most underrated–releases of the year so far. The Detroit quartet draws from diverse genres to make eerily pleasing pop, blended with lyrics that are a little darker than they initially let on. They open up for Brick & Mortar at the Satellite tonight.
8:30pm. 1717 Silverlake Blvd, Silverlake, CA.
Saturday, August 1
This year’s installment of HARD Summer sees the collision of dance and hip-hop stars at the Pomona Fairplex. There’s a little something for everyone this weekend, including Years & Years, Brodinski, the Chemical Brothers, Jamie XX, Maya Jane Coles, Gorgon City, Anna Lunoe, Totally Enormous Extinct Dinosaurs, Rae Sremmurd, iLoveMakonnen, Spank Rock, and more. JACK Ü and the Weeknd headline the festival.
12pm. 1101 W McKinley Ave, Pomona, CA.
Wednesday, August 5
Fresh from the release of surprise album Star Wars, folk-rock stalwarts Wilco play the Greek Theatre tonight.
7:30pm. 2700 North Vermont, Los Angeles, CA.
9:00pm. 3503 S. Harbor Blvd., CA.
As much as you’ll want to remember National Tequila Day, you’ll probably black out and forget it. The origins of the holiday are fuzzily browned out, but we’ll take a shot anyway. If you aren’t maxed out on margaritas yet this summer, here’s where to get the best tequila in LA. Kick back, drink up, and pass the lime and salt. And if you’re planning on staying in, mix up some of these tequila punch recipes, passed down from the consistently sexiest leading man ever, George Clooney.
107 E. 6th St., Los Angeles, CA
Five dollar margaritas and tequila shots might sound dangerous, but… well there’s no refute for that, really. However, aside from the killer Monday through Friday happy hour, Las Perlas also offers a more refined cocktail menu with options like Olmeca Altos tequila topped off with agave and fresh lime juice.
What to order: Spiced Daisey
8905 Melrose Ave., West Hollywood, CA
This is place is a vegan’s daydream wrapped in a soft cashew crema blanket. But aside from tasting the plentiful Earth-friendly Mexican dishes, you can also browse through a diverse selection from the cocktail program menu; there’s everything from habanero infused elderflower liquor to tequila blanco.
What to order: Purista
Photo: Gracias Madre, Purista
5922 N. Figeuro Blvd., Los Angeles, CA
Themed around Dia Los Muertos and decked with skulls and bats, La Cuevita is 30% kitsch and 70% Mexican cocktail haven. The tequila cocktails are nuanced, reasonably priced, and won’t disappoint—no bones about it.
What to order: Jalapeno Margarita
39 Pier Ave., Hermosa Beach, CA
This swanky, home-style Mexican joint offers artful dishes and a breezy beachside patio. You can keep your tequila celebration classy with a market fresh margarita and some spicy papaya guac.
What to order: Muddled fruit margarita
7910 W. 3rd St., Los Angeles, CA
Though Mercado proudly boasts having “the best flan in the universe,” one could argue that their extensive tequila menu is definitely more of a hung-on-mom’s-fridge achievement. Pick and choose from the eclectic Blanco, Reposado, Anejo, and extra Anejo lists, or indulge in their holiday special– the Watermelon Basil Margarita
What to order: La Piña, Watermelon Basil Margarita
Photo: Mercado, La Piña
8155 Melrose Ave. Los Angeles, CA
Think high wood-paneled ceilings, palm leaves refracting dim light from rustic chandeliers, fresh shucked oysters by the dozen. Or for those with other, more boozy things in mind, think Cabo Wabo Blanco Tequila on the rocks. It’s classy cantina at its best.
What to order: Alacran Margarita
La Velvet Margarita Cantina
1612 N. Cahuenga Blvd. Los Angeles, CA
Comprised of age-old hand-me-down family recipes and plush velvet walls, this is the perfect place to indulge in a little southern comfort. Try your hand at a classic margarita or one of the many beer selections.
What to order: Platinum Velvet Margarita
For more places to eat and drink right now in LA, check out the BlackBook City Guides.
Tomorrow is bound to be the most turnt up food and drink holiday of the year: National Tequila Day. Our new favorite tequila on the market is Casamigos, which we’re fans of for many reasons, the most obvious being that its made by George Clooney. He and his pal Rande Gerber love tequila so much they made their own, just one of the perks of being a rich and famous silver fox. Two hotspots in New York and LA, Irvington and Toca Madera, are mixing up crafty tequila cocktails with Casamigos, so what better way to get in the National Tequila Day spirit than by drinking what George Clooney drinks? Check out the recipes below, and find out Clooney’s favorite tequila punch and sangria recipes here.
For more places to eat and drink in New York and LA right now, check out the BlackBook City Guides.
Since opening this spring, Toca Madera in West Hollywood has been a magnet for celebs like Jeremy Piven, Christina Milian and Channing Tatum, who come for the exquisitely elevated tacos, enchiladas and ceviches in sexy, gothic-chic surrounds.
Muddle one strawberry and crack some black pepper
Clap a couple basil leafs and throw in tin:
1 oz lime
2 oz Casamigos Blanco
Shake and double strain
Garnish: half rim of alderwood salt and edible flower. Serves four.
The W Union Square’s stylish new Gerber Group restaurant draws an international crowd for oysters, signature flatbreads, rotisserie specials and a buzzy bar scene.
2 oz. Casamigos Blanco Tequila
.75 oz Thai Chile Aperol
1 oz Grapefruit juice
.5 oz lime juice
.5 oz simple syrup
Shake. Collins. Soda float. Grapefruit slice in glass.
Scroll down for the concerts to see this week, from July 16 to July 22, in New York. Then check out the BlackBook city guides for where to eat and drink before or after your show.
Thursday, July 16
Roosevelt knows how to make disco dreamy, and last night he got Brooklyn feeling mad romantic. Tonight, the German singer and songwriter brings his talents to LA and the Echoplex. This isn’t one to miss, as his stock is sure to rise even higher once his debut album comes out.
8pm, 1822 Sunset Blvd, Echo Park, CA.
Find your ultimate chill with New Jersey soothe purveyors Real Estate. The indie rock staples play a free show tonight at the Santa Monica Pier with Hippo Campus. It’s part of the Twilight Concert Series.
7pm, 200 Santa Monica Pier, Santa Monica, CA.
Australian funk-pop artist Sam Sparro is part of the Summer of Soul series for a good reason. Find out why at tonight’s free show at the Hammer Museum.
6:30pm, 10899 Wilshire Blvd, Los Angeles, CA.
Wednesday, July 22
Pop’s punk princess Charli XCX is one of the most exciting acts around. Not only has she penned some of the most memorable songs of the past three years, but she’s a truly electrifying performer. The UK star is on the road with Bleachers, and you can catch them tonight at the Pacific Amphitheatre.
7:30pm, 100 Fair Drive, Costa Mesa, CA.
Semi-dormant noise-synth group HEALTH are back in fine form with their upcoming new album Death Magic. Cast out your demons when they hit the Echo tonight.
8pm, 1822 Sunset Blvd, Echo Park, CA.
Photo: Lesya Dolyk
There’s a whole lot of Persia going on in Los Angeles. LA has the highest population of Iranians outside of Iran, and though Iranian students starting coming to Southern California in the 1960s to seek higher education, the exodus truly began with the revolution in 1979. They didn’t expect to stay too long, but the California sunshine made them settlers. Now, there’s a wealth of Persian restaurants in LA serving up juicy kebobs, hearty stews, and fresh-baked bread. Though most Iranian businesses are concentrated on Westwood Boulevard, the Persian culture palpitates throughout the entire LA county, from Beverly Hills to Santa Monica. We rounded up the best sit-down restaurants, lunch counters, grocery stores, and dessert spots to bring you a list of the best Persian food in Los Angeles. For more places to eat and drink right now in LA, check out the BlackBook city guides.
What: Come to this Westwood mainstay for the kebob: chicken, beef or lamb, served with a side of rice: baghali polo (with dill and fava bean), sabzi polo (with cilantro, parsley, green onion and dill); albaloo polo (with dried cherry); zereshk polo (with barberry).
Good for: Dinner, especially when crowded on the weekends
Where: 11500 Santa Monica Blvd., West Los Angeles
What: Another contender in our best restaurant lineup, Shaherzad Restaurant stands out for its simple space and juicy kebobs. Though the stews deliver just fine, your best bet is to get a beef kebob: either the juicy, ground beef koobideh or the tender filet mignon barg.
Good for: Casual dinner
Where: 1422 Westwood Blvd., Westwood
Photo: Shaherzad Restaurant
What: The outdoor façade might not be the most up-to-date, but don’t judge a book by its cover. Shamshiri Grill in the heart of Westwood has the warmest, fresh-out-of-the-oven bread. Try not to fill up on it (and appetizers like mashed eggplant kashk-e-bademjan or mast 0’khiar) before your meal arrives — we suggest a kebob wrap for lunch or a ghormeh sabzi for dinner.
Good for: Casual lunch or dinner
Where: 1712 Westwood Blvd., Westwood
Saffron and Rose Ice Cream
What: One of the best things about Persian culture is its ice cream, which deserves far more attention in the frozen dessert market given the popularity of artisanal ice cream. The speciality is saffron and rose water ice cream, served with bits of pistachio. Appropriately, Saffron and Rose Ice Cream is the place to get it, by the scoop or as a wafer sandwich.
Good for: Ice cream
Where: 1387 Westwood Blvd., Westwood
Photo: LW Yang
What: Since the best Persian cooking can be found in someone’s home, the quality of a city’s Iranian-ness can be judged by how well-stocked its Middle Eastern grocery store is. Super Sun, an Iranian-owned grocer in — where else — Westwood has a heaping selection of nuts, tea and dried fruit. Stop by Laziz Grill, the deli counter inside the store, for kebob, stews, and sandwiches.
Good for: Persian specialty groceries, take-out lunch
Where: 1922 Westwood Blvd., Westwood
What: If you’ve seen the episode of Anthony Bourdain: Parts Unknown where Tony takes on Tehran, then you know that the capital city has its own spin on pizza. The Persian pizza advertised in the storefront of Cafe Glace in Westwood is for the true personal pizza enthusiast. A thick, spongey crust is topped with melted cheese, bell peppers, and accouterments from sesame seeds to hot dog bites. For the authentic tasting experience, add ranch dressing and ketchup.
Good for: Persian pizza
Where: 1441 Westwood Blvd., Westwood
Two things have exploded in the creative vortex over the last couple of years: Downtown Los Angeles and digital art. A class of innovators — from real estate developers to hospitality impresarios to artists of many mediums — have made DTLA the frontier of cool, and they’re getting their message out far and wide. This summer, Ace Hotel DTLA, the cool kid’s modern-day salon, is giving local and international artists a platform for expression through its collaboration with the digital content sharing platform WeTransfer. Starting this month and lasting through February 2016, the Ace is handing the reins of their billboard each month to an artist to showcase their work and broadcast their vision for LA to literal passersby.
The collab, aptly named Dear DTLA, is starting local with LA-based Brian Roettinger, an artist and graphic designer responsible for the art direction of music’s biggest acts (he’s the guy behind Florence and the Machine’s and Mark Ronson’s latest album art). His message to DTLA? “Never odd or even.” Short and sweet, definitely less than 140 characters, but we needed a little clarification, so we asked Roettinger to explain. His poetic response, below:
A Palindrome Tome
Never Odd or Even
But residing in between
No man’s land or
Or merely limbo in another name
Nothing is “for sale,” I thought.
How fitting: WeTransfer
Along with Ace Hotel
Helped create this billboard spectacle
An artist’s rotation—sending volleys
Through lines—or interwebs
While this typographic feast
Nests along Broadway and 9th
This intersection represents
DTLA, as the acronym goes
A change in scenery
Something Cosmic or Chaotic grows
Who’s to tell?
Three blocks from
40s LA Noir-ish Skid Row
A hipster’s quagmire/paradise?
Laced with ecstasy
A message written in
Quivering fantastical type
A Farewell to Arms of a New Order
Favoring, instead, this notion
that we’re all in a movie
Caught (feverishly) between feuding
Liberty’s of libertines and real life
One asks patiently:
What does that mean?
Or, does it mean anything?
If you can’t view the billboard for yourself in DTLA, and even if you can, you can download the artist’s work digitally through WeTransfer. And check out BlackBook’s new curated city guides to Downtown LA for where to eat, drink, and hang right now.
Thursday, July 9
Sink into the intricate sounds of Lorde-approved trio Son Lux, who recently released their album Bones on Glassnote. They play the El Rey Theatre tonight with Olga Bell.
8pm, 5515 Wilshire Blvd, Los Angeles, CA
Friday, July 10
Unique, harp-wielding artist Active Child, aka Pat Grossi, is fresh from the release of his second album Mercy. Let his haunting voice literally take you to church tonight at The Cathedral Sanctuary at Immanuel Presbyterian, where he appears with Low Roar.
7pm, 3300 Wilshire Boulevard, Los Angeles, CA
Saturday, July 11
Tanlines are hard at work on the road in support of their new album Highlights. The synth-pop duo’s numbers have swelled into a fuller live band. See what’s up with the new songs at the Observatory tonight.
8pm, 3503 S. Harbor Blvd, Santa Ana, CA
Upstate New York twee-punks Quarterbacks know how deliver vulnerability in compact form, with many of their frenetic tracks clocking in at less than two minutes. Check out their self-titled album irl tonight at the Echo.
5pm, 1822 Sunset Blvd, Echo Park, CA
Sunday, July 12
Your favorite aughts indie band Death Cab for Cutie will play LA’s Hollywood Bowl this Sunday in support of Kintsugi, their eighth studio album and the first since 2011’s Codes and Keys.