• 2nd Annual Teen Creeps Art Exhibition

    Not busy next Friday? Then I've found something cool for you to do. On Friday, September 6th at The Vex in Los Angeles, the 2nd Annual Teen Creeps Art Exhibition, sponsored by Vans, Blood Is The New Black, and Origami Vinyl is happening. Named after the No Age song, "Teen Creeps," the event is being put on for a second year by Clara Polito, whom you may have heard of because of her awesome baking company, Clara Cakes. The art show has an excellent DIY mentality, and features artwork created by teenagers of LA. Admission is free, but make sure you bring a little cash for tasty treats that will be sold at the show, and wear your dancing shoes because there will be performances by Cherry Glazerr and Party Jail, plus a DJ set by Origami Vinyl. Come out and support independent art! RSVP here!

  • Karen O "The Moon Song"

    If you've seen the trailer for Her (that movie about falling in love with your AI computer!), you might have noticed that it featured part of a song by Karen O. Now the song, titled "The Moon Song," is available on Soundcloud in full. It's a cute, catchy song, and the movie looks just as promising. —Katie
    (via Pitchfork)

  • Video: A Letter From Fred

    Slow news day, so you know what, just watch this video and try not to float away on a sea of your own tears. GOOD LUCK. —Katie
    (via Buzzfeed)
  • Trend: Soft Pants

    Soft pants are totally a thing and it's great! Because most of them have elastic waists! So they're basically pajama pants that you can wear outdoors!!! The fashion gods have heard our cries, y'all. I mean, I love high-waisted pants as much as the next gal,  but if I'm shoehorned into a pair of those things and then go out for a burger, my whole day is over. I either need to go home and change, or figure out a way to hide the fact that I'm sitting at the table with my pants unzipped. Glorious soft pants allow for maximum burger consumption! Celebrate good times, C'MON! Here are some of my favorites. —Katie

    Staring At Stars Heroine Harem Pant

    Staring At Stars Majestic Pant

    Ecote Knit Harem Pant

    Somedays Lovin Muchacho Floral Pant

    Staring At Stars Acid-Wash Lounge Pant

    BDG Side-Zip Sweatpant

    Tallow Taveler Harem Pant

    Ecote Curved Yoke Harem Pant

    Silence + Noise Pull-On Track Pant

    BDG Tapered High-Rise Lounge Pant

    Olivia Bee

    If Olivia's style were any more perfect, we'd probably cry, but it wouldn't be the first time she's seen it!
  • Dreamy Room Accessories

    Those stills up there are from The Virgin Suicides because I can't think of better roomspiration if you're trying to keep things dreamy. I mean, look at that zodiac mobile! Isn't that the best thing you've ever seen? Here are some more items to help get your room looking as beautiful as Kirsten Dunst's imaginary room did in 1999. —Katie

    Paddywax Apothecary Candle
    Other scents include tobacco and patchouli, in case you're also going for the dreamy hippie vibe.

    Turning Triangles Terrarium
    Fill it with plants or dinosaurs. The choice is yours, and yours alone.

    Astrological Jewelry Stand
    So handy. HAHA. HA. HA. BA-DUM-CHING.

    Tarot Card Tray
    Love these trays. Will patiently await one for the death Tarot card because my soul is black.

    Magical Thinking Geo-Tinted Candle Holder
    These also come in terrarium form, as shown below.

    Magical Thinking Faceted Hanging Terrarium
    See? So fun!

    Spitfire Girl Terrarium Kit
    In case you're a DIY nightmare, this is a handy, mostly pre-made terrarium kit. All you need to do is arrange the items and BOOM! You're done!

    Star Crystal Kit
    You can grow your own crystal! How baller is that?

    Mosser Terrarium Kit
    And even easier terrarium kit for the DIY failures out there. Like, there is literally no way you could mess this one up.

    Grow Crystal Plants
    Grow crystals on cactii!

    Llewellyn's Moon Sign Book
    So you can match your lifestyle up to your aesthetic choices.
    (Photos via Steven Andrew Garcia)

    Malibu's Live in the Lot Recap

    In conjunction with the grand opening of our newest and prettiest UO store in Malibu, we teamed up with Converse to present our Live in the Lot music series with live performances by Bleached and Dum Dum Girls. It was quite a treat for us and everyone else who came out to the mellow beach vibe of Malibu to enjoy the tunes, drinks and yummy food trucks! Huge thanks to Converse for co-sponsoring and to everyone who came out and made the event a success! —Tania

  • Interview: Tepsic Magazine

    Tepsic Magazine is the large-format brainchild of Morgan Tepsic, who sends customized disposable cameras to artists and asks them to document their lives. The results are poster-sized spreads of a rarely seen perspective; a trip behind the scenes with musicians like recent cover subjects A$AP Rocky and Toro Y Moi. I spoke with Morgan about the simplicity of disposable cameras, making a DIY magazine and what's next for the mag. Angelo

    When did you first realize you wanted to make magazines?
    I don't think I ever realized that I wanted to make magazines, really. I just really wanted to share with people great pictures and art from artists that I really respected and liked. I guess magazines were really just the cheapest outlet for me to get stuff I liked out there. The first time I worked on a magazine was in 2009 when I contributed some weird art for a friend's zine. But I wanted to take a concept of a magazine and see how far I could take it.

    What drew you to disposable cameras?
    The most important thing to me was getting cameras out to as many artists as possible, and so that really left me with no other choice than disposable cameras. But then after I began decorating them for the artists, I really embraced the realness that disposable cameras capture. It can be spontaneously glamorous at times and capture the energy of the night really well, because people aren't afraid of being themselves with a dinky, funky looking camera around. The camera becomes a part of the party and knows that the next night everyone is gonna forget about the pics they took anyway. That's the beauty of it. A camera that's hidden in plain sight.

    To me, the large format is nostalgic to when my room used to be plastered with posters and magazine covers. Is that a vibe you were going for? 
    Exactly. I remember my brother having a stack of Transworld mags that went up like 5 feet, and I would just spend all day picking out my favorite pics from different issues. I never understood why music magazines were heavily focused on the opinion-side of things. If I had the choice to pay good money to spend on nothing but dope pictures or pages filled with opinions I may not agree with and corny interviews, I'm gonna want the pics every time. I'm doing the magazine for those people who dig looking at pictures.

    How do you typically approach an artist you want to feature? How has the response been from musicians?
    The approach has always been from the standpoint of a fan. Once the artist realizes that there is a mutual understanding of art in its many forms and how their contribution would be dope, then it's cake. The response has definitely changed since the first issue. I got ignored by a lot of artists that I ended up printing in future issues because THEY contacted me. Just goes to show being persistent pays off.

    People like A$AP Rocky, Toro Y Moi, even Anthony Bourdain — those are huge gets. Do you feel like now nobody is out of your reach? Who's somebody huge you would love to feature in Tepsic, or can you give a hint at who might show up in the next issue or two?
    Nobody is out of my reach. I may not get an artist immediately when I want to, but I usually find a way to eventually explain to their crew what I'm doing is something they need to be a part of. I'm never going to give out hints of who's in the next issue, but I will say that I would print an entire issue shot by Kanye if I ever got the chance. I need to get that on the record just in case he's out there shopping on UO or something.

    The mag is almost entirely image based. Is that a direct refusal of text-heavy publications? Do you plan to feature more writing in the future or is Tepsic inherently an image driven project? 
    I'm not going to say I'll never feature writing in the magazine, because at the end of the day it's a magazine created by the artists featured...so if an artist felt the need to express themselves using text, then I wouldn't be opposed to it. But as for now, I like to keep it with as many photos as possible without anything you don't need. I'm creating a personal commentary between the pictures the artists take and the readers of the magazine. 

    What advice would you give to kids who want to make magazines but think it might be too hard or expensive?
    If you're strapped for cash use a Xerox machine and do what you can. Letting loose of your creative side is the best thing you can do for your mind. Even if the project you're working on kinda sucks, it's still one step closer to another great idea/project/whatever. The first magazines I ever made were used making a simple word-processing app that was free, and if you don't have a computer then I'm wondering how you can read this right now.

    Who are 3 artists you're especially digging right now?
    Kanye, Drake, DJ Shadow 

    Where do you see Tepsic in 3.66 years? 

    I'm not gonna stop evolving and changing how I deliver the message of Tepsic. Times change, people change what they like, technology changes how we see things and I change my mind pretty much every 30 minutes. But if you stick around for the ride, I guarantee the journey is exciting to watch.

  • Recap: FYF Fest 2013

    FYF's annual festival happened this weekend in Downtown Los Angeles, at the L.A. State Historic Park in Chinatown. This year marked the 10th anniversary of the festival, and man, did they book a great lineup to celebrate their double digits. Bands like My Bloody Valentine, Yeah Yeah Yeahs, MGMT, Thee Oh Sees, Solange, Mac Demarco, and so many more performed amongst the large amounts of beer and dust at the festival, which last year grew from one day to two. Read my recap below of who played my favorite sets, and how I saw Mac Demarco chilling on top of a bunch of hay bales at one point on Sunday. You never know what you'll see at a music festival, right? Maddie

    My first set on Saturday was brought to me by Mikal Cronin. I've been wanting to see him ever since he released his second album a few months ago. He played songs new and old. I was so happy to finally hear "Apathy," and "Weight" live!

    FYF is a festival you get down and dirty at; no shoe was left untouched by dirt and dust. Tons of people came prepared with their bandanas at the ready.

    Next was Ty Segall performing at Charlotte's Stage around 5PM, and he had lots of kids waiting to see him. He played his new record, Sleeper, basically in its entirety, with what he called his Sleeper band. Ty finished out the set with some of his more well-known songs, like "Girlfriend" and "You're the Doctor."

    Toro y Moi brought the disco vibes to the early evening with a super fun set. Let's be honest, I'm always down to get groovy at a music festival.

    I headed into Samantha's Tent, where most of the more electronic bands played, to see a bit of Classixx, the L.A. based DJ duo.

    After a quick bite to eat, I ran to the Carrie Stage to see Deerhunter perform right at sundown. They were one of the main bands I was looking forward to seeing at FYF. Every year I hope they play and finally they did! Bradford Cox wore a dress and black wig, because he is the most interesting person ever. They even played my favorite tune of theirs, "Nothing Ever Happened."

    My second to last set of Saturday night was Thee Oh Sees, who provided maximum fun with their always excellent and energetic live show.

    Saturday night was closed out by Yeah Yeah Yeahs, which I was most excited for. Karen O is such a legend, and pranced all about the stage first wearing her multi-colored shiny cape, then revealed her perfect silver shorts-suit. The band performed their regular set, but I was mostly happy to hear "Phenomena," a song that is forever stuck in my head, with good reason! They even released Y-shaped confetti into the crowd at one point.

    Sunday started with Chicago kiddos, The Orwells, featuring a pants-less Mario, the band's lead singer.  Also, there was lots and lots of crowd surfing of course.

    I did catch some new bands at FYF this year, one of them being Guards. I enjoyed their loud yet still chill jam at the end of their set.

    After Guards I saw Kurt Vile, whose sweet guitar melodies are always so lovely to hear. He played some of my faves, like "Jesus Fever" and "KV Crimes."

    I told you I saw Mac Demarco smoking on top of a bunch of hay...

    Then I stopped by Charlotte's Stage to see No Age, mainly to hear my favorite song of theirs, "Teen Creeps." Apparently they've played FYF more than any other band!

    Sunset is my favorite time to see bands perform at festivals, especially bands like Beach House, whose music is paired perfectly with the fading sunlight. Here's a photo I snapped of lead singer Victoria Legrand with the band's magical backdrop.

    My favorite set of the weekend was by MGMT, who I have been waiting to see for two years! I admit that I had a total MGMT fangirl stage at one point, so this was very exciting. They even brought out Henry Winkler, who you may know from Arrested Development, to play the giant cowbell during "Your Life Is A Lie."

    Finishing off FYF this year was My Bloody Valentine, who haven't played in LA in nearly a decade, so this was a big one! They weren't allowing any fancy photography, though, so here's a quick photo I snapped with my phone. It was so cool to hear an original shoegaze band in person.

    FYF was quite the success this year, since the lineup was so stacked this time around. With all of this great feedback, I wonder who they'll get next year!
  • Cosmonauts: "What Me Worry"

    Orange County, CA based dudes, Cosmonauts just released this video for their song, "What Me Worry," off of their new album, Persona Non Grata, out now on Burger Records. The video shows footage of the band on their recent European tour while playing this excellent trance-rock tune. This band is definitely one I'm adding to my giant list of fuzzy-rock favorites. Maddie
  • Movie Style: The Dreamers

    Spoiler alert: The Dreamers is a really creepy movie. But it's about people in the '60s in France, so it's obviously tres chic. (That means stylish right? I mean that this movie is stylish.) The awesome Michael Pitt, awesome-r Eva Green and some other good looking guy basically hang out and talk about pretentious films but also have weird sex for two hours. Oh, and smoking. There's a lot of smoking. Don't smoke. But do dress like the kids in The Dreamers. Angelo

    Smoking is not tight, but if your cigarettes are red, it looks kind of tight. 

    Pitt peeing in the sink is the least creepy thing that happens in this movie. 

    Levi's and Chucks: never not a good option. 

    Oh shit, mom and dad are home, and all we've been doing is hanging out naked. 

    Oh shit, there's some sort of revolution happening and I don't understand the historical context but look at that great sweater.

    Get the look:

    Converse Chuck Taylor All Star Women's High-Top Sneaker

    Levi's 511 Rinsed Playa Jean

    Quay Kittie Cat-Eye Sunglasses

    Coincidence & Chance Baby Corduroy Overall Skirt

    UO Watch Cap

    Kimchi Blue Velvet Skater Dress
  • Carla McRae

    I'm really loving Aussie illustrator Carla McRae's cute and colorful illustrations which are of everything from sailors and sk8r girls to some of my favorite musicians like Claire Boucher and Cassie Ramone. I'm also into her Grumpy Girl t-shirt which is just perfect for every life situation in which you seriously don't wanna talk to anyone. Hazel

  • FYF Fest 2013 Street Style

    FYF Fest 2013 was the best possible way to end summer in Los Angeles, and while I was there, I snapped photos of some of the people that braved the late August heat in style. At FYF, I always see a ton of vintage mixed with new, plus lots of grunge vibes! Basically, the festival-goers are always well-dressed, no matter how hot it gets at the dusty festival grounds. Here are some of my favorite looks from the weekend. Maddie

    Overalls and mini floral dresses were definitely a staple at the fest.

    This girl's sheer sparkly slip and t-strap docs were a perfect combo.

    Loving the loose overalls paired with a striped shirt.

    Excellent denim shirt dress and diagonal striped shorts!

  • Recap: Afterfest LA

    Last Friday night, Afterfest made its way to Los Angeles, at the Fonda Theater, which was so much fun. The event was in association with FYF, and was a perfect way to start off a full weekend of music. We were treated to groovy DJ sets by Making Time DJs Dave P. and Sammy Slice, plus GODDOLLARS. In between all of those rad DJ sets were performances by our special surprise guest Delorean, and Glass Candy who put on one of the best live shows I've ever seen! Maddie

    GODDOLLARS was first up, pumping the tunes while the giant crowd was filing in.

    The venue was transformed into a total disco!

    Next up were Delorean, who brought their incredible electronic infused rock to LA all the way from Spain. Delorean mainly performed tracks off of 2010's Subiza, which the crowd was super excited about, plus new songs from Apar, coming out next month! They also performed at FYF the next day.

    After Delorean, Making Time DJs Dave P. and Sammy Slice filled the time before Glass Candy played quite nicely, with some of the best mixes around. My favorite being their mix of David Bowie's "Golden Years."

    Magical DJ hands hard at work.

    Next up were the headliners, Glass Candy! The electronic duo, consisting of Ida No and Johnny Jewel, starting their set off nicely by releasing giant balloons into the crowd. The crowd could feel Ida No's energy immediately, it was so cool. Glass Candy played plenty of their synthpop hits, like "Warm In The Winter."

    They went on to play for about an hour, and did an encore, where Ida crowd surfed and seriously got close with the fans. She's such a cool lady! Plus, they had pretty much the coolest light show ever. Check out those geometric graphics. I was in love.

    After Glass Candy finished up, Dave P. and Sammy Slice DJed until the night was over, and brought this giant dance party to a close. Thank you to everyone who attended, and made the LA event totally rad! Until next time, Afterfest!
  • Alone With Other People

    I love writer Gabby Bess' zine Illuminati Girl Gang, which brings together some of the coolest female artists, poets, and more across the 'net in one publication, so of course I knew her debut collection of poems and stories Alone With Other People was going to be good. The new book frankly explores the inherently complicated experience of being a young woman through Bess' intimate poems and stories, which tackle topics like fame, alienation, and constant digital performativity. One of my favorite aspects of the book is the collection of graphic text pages that punctuate the longer pieces, which include darkly funny lines like: "go back in time to warn self about self (if possible)." The book is a beautiful collection for the tragic female figure whose identity is intrinsically tied to her Macbook (aren't we all, though?) and it's pretty damn good. Hazel

  • Trend: Transitional Dresses

    The transition between summer and fall is always a tough one; the weather is still pretty hot, but you want to start changing your look up a little bit. You're over the summertime florals and light prints, and you're ready to try some new trends. UO has endless fall dresses in new hues, prints, and fabrics that you can still wear in the lingering summer months. Since it's probably still blazing where you are, maybe just do without the jacket for now! Maddie

    Stolen Girlfriends Club Death Moth Tee Dress

    Kimchi Blue Prairie Rose Frock Dress

    Band of Gypsies Button-Front Swing Dress

    Otis & Maclain Zuma Plaid Tee Dress

    FAMILY AFFAIRS Oh Boy Velvet Babydoll Dress

    Lucca Couture Lace Fit & Flare Dress

    Shop Dresses.
  • "Run Fast" by The Julie Ruin

    We're pretty sure that Riot Grrrl queen, third wave feminist icon, and general badass lady Kathleen Hanna is totally the queen of the neighborhood. We even had her play Rookie Fest last month! So, naturally, we're stoked that we can finally listen to the latest album from her band The Julie Ruin, which is now streaming on NPR. We're screamin' (with excitement, and also rage, but the good, fun, mosh-worthy kind of rage!) Hazel
  • Music Monday: August 26, 2013

    It's Music Monday! School is finally starting back up for some of us (ugh), so here are some tunes to help get you bonding with your new roomies and classmates.

    Croquet Club – Cardigan
    This track doesn’t really need an explanation, per se. Just hit play, listen to the BBC announcer talk for a few seconds...and whoa. Croquet Club, is most notably part of Anjuna Beats and has another killer track being released August 26 called "Awake." "Awake" is proving that they can carry this sound in other places and spaces. 

    Teen Daze – Ice On the Windowsill
    Teen Daze is back with more smoothed out, chill wonderfulness. This new track, from the new album Glacier out October 1st on Lefse Records, sounds promising as the promo single. We will be looking forward to this; seems like a perfect direction for Teen Daze. 

    Agua Roja – Summer Ends 
    This track's title seemed appropriate. That, and the track is really good. It’s fun, and light, but still has surprising moments and flashes of inter-genre fusion. There wasn’t a ton of information on Agua Roja or Red Water, but if they have more material it’s worth a listen. 

    King Krule (Zoo Kid) – Out Getting Ribs 
    So, not many people know the many hats Archy Marshall wears. Before the intial King Krule EP on True Panther, Archy released an EP and debut single in April 2010. This track, a wonderful live recording from a show possibly at Shea Stadium, was first released on the Zoo Kid EP and is now being re-recorded and released on 6 Feet Beneath the Moon, which drops today. 

    Black Milk – Perfected on Puritan Ave. 
    The production on this track is really refreshing. The verses are also awesome; they tell a story, and they have insight. There’s a lot of material from this artist, and this track is from the Forthcoming LP No Poison No Paradise.


    Dillon Francis

    We spoke to Dillon Francis about his alter ego DJ Hansel and his cat, James Mittens Francis.
  • UO x Converse: Live in the Lot

    This Saturday, August 24, we're teaming up with Converse to present our first Live in the Lot performance at our brand new Malibu store (3806 Cross Creek Road)! There will be live performances by Bleached and Dum Dum Girls, as well as food trucks and other refreshments. The party starts at 12 p.m. and ends at 5 p.m. but since there's limited capacity, we do recommend getting there early! Follow @uo_losangeles on Twitter and Instagram for more details. See ya there!