True Groove All-Stars, headed up by producer/singer-songwriter and guitarist Tomás Doncker, have released a cover of Nick Lowe’s 1970s classic, “What’s So Funny About Peace, Love, and Understanding”. Founder of the True Groove record label, Doncker is a music icon in and of himself, getting his start in the NYC No-Wave movement of the 1980s. This track is […]


5 Aug
The classic canvas high-top sneakers get abstract

Taro Okamoto, an abstract Japanese artist who rose to recognition during the WWII era, has had his motif images printed on the classic Converse All Star silhouette. Traditional rubber sole and toe cap are upgraded to the world of avant grade art as his signature work makes it to both the inner and outer of […]


9 Jul
Imperial Walkers shredding Denver's Blackbook Gallery

The highlight of Blackbook Gallery‘s Deathstar Blues show that ran in Denver last month are these AT-ATs constructed completely of reclaimed skateboards by artist Derek Keenan. The show’s concept was led by artist Axel Greittman‘s vision of a Death Metal-inspired Star Wars universe, although the exhibit additionally served as a first-look appearance for Vans and Santa Cruz […]


7 Jul
Andre "3000" Benjamin channels the greatest guitarist ever

Oscar-winning writer John Ridley — who has penned such acclaimed films as 12 Years a Slave, Three Kings, U-Turn and the cult classic Undercover Brother — has now revived rock-n-roll’s greatest guitar icon, Jimi Hendrix, in the upcomig directorial effort, Jimi: All Is by My Side. The challenge of filming the biopic of a musical hero with untouchable music […]


21 May
Margiela paint-dips their favorite footwear again

From where the high-fashion Paris universe of Maison Martin Margiela meets the tried and true Americana of Converse comes the second coming of a collection that matches a classic sneaker with a (paint) splash of couture. After a very successful run last year, Chuck Taylor and Jack Purcell models have once again been given the Margiela white “overpaint” treatment […]


31 Jan
A handful of tracks that got our interwebs buzzing

Check out the tracks below. The soundcloud playlist and youtube videos are a sort of conga line of what people on the internets are talking about right now including new releases, re-issues and some just reified. The Verlaines – The Lady and the Lizard: If you like Joy Division and Pavement, you’ll love The Verlaines. Their 1985 […]


24 Jan
Legendary BBC host launches monthly LA Friday party TONIGHT!

If there were a Moses of dance music, you’d be hard pressed to find a more qualified candidate than Pete Tong. The legendary — but still very relevant — DJ established himself as an electronic music pioneer on BBC Radio One, launching his seminal Essential show way back in 1991 and has since grown to […]


18 Dec
LIAS compiles the best for your feet of the past year

Well it’s that time of year again when we recap what we think were the best footwear offerings of 2013 — be they boots, slippers, high-tops, low-tops, sandals, whatever (OK, clearly no sandals). Like many of y’all out there, we have a soft spot in our decrepit hearts for sneakers, and shoes of all sorts, […]