Also by Michael Ray: O.G. Skaters Throw the Hammer Down via Yo! Venice.
A walk south from the Santa Monica Pier, a bicycle ride northwest from the Ballona Wetlands, or Bird ride away from Abbot Kinney, the beach-side neighborhood of Los Angeles’ Venice is home to surf, skate, and in recent years technology. The seaside neighborhood is a popular destination for both Angelinos and international guests.Continue reading “Explore the Golden State: Venice Beach”
It was the first time my ex had kicked me out of the house, and I don’t remember for what anymore. Something stupid and petty, I’m sure. This time would be just the first of several times, and it was always a power move on his part. His way of exerting his control over me: I disagreed about something we heard said on the radio? Bam!—on the streets in the middle of the night (if it weren’t for my friends who always took me in when this shit went down.)Continue reading “Occupy for Bread and Roses”
“Paradise will never burn,” they swore.
The long-time locals gathered on the ridge to stare at the 23 thousand acres of flame and blackness across the canyon. “Trust me,” they said. Pontificating with their cigarettes and pointing with their beers at the perpetual sunset, writhing and leaping against the night sky.Continue reading “Paradise Memorium”
Skulrot is San Fernando Valley Punk, an effervescent trio with a diverse catalog of original music. The bags of bones known as Skulrot include John “Red Ruff” Reddick (Guitar/ Vox), Paul Winter DesCombes,(Percussion) and Sanford (Bass/Vox). From graveyards to pubs, and beyond they rock out with an array of original music and cache of covers by the likes of The Ramones, the Misfits, the Exploited, Mud Honey and more.Continue reading “Artist Profile: Skulrot — Punk Rock, Rhythm and Grunge from the San Fernando Valley”