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Our World: Urban Renewal at Space 15 Twenty

Last week, Urban Outfitters opened a permanent Urban Renewal shop inside of Space 15 Twenty in Los Angeles. Bringing to life the Urban Renewal concept (a line of one-of-a-kind pieces crafted from vintage, deadstock and surplus materials from around the world), here you'll find anything and everything vintage-lovers could possibly want. Unique pieces made from denim, leather, and beautiful printed fabrics mingle with antique treasures and the perfect selection of pre-worn denim. From the candles and crystals by Spellbound Sky to the succulents hanging from the ceiling, this is a shop you'll want to take a few hours to explore. Maddie

Happenings: Urban Renewal at Space 15 Twenty

Opening this Sunday at Space 15 Twenty (1520 N. Cahuenga Blvd) in Los Angeles is Urban Outfitters' Urban Renewal shop. The shop, called "Crystals, Candles, & Champagne," will be having an opening party from 12PM-3PM. There will be tunes by DJ Lord Prince, crystal talk with Spellbound Sky, and nail art by KLEUR. You won't want to miss this, because you're definitely going to find some incredible vintage treasures inside. RSVP here. Maddie

Happenings: Miista Shoes Pop-Up Shop at Space 15 Twenty

Attention shoe lovers! For one night only, Friday December 13th, at Space 15 Twenty in Los Angeles (1520 N. Cahuenga Blvd), UK shoe brand Miista are hosting their very own pop-up shop. Recently, Miista has collaborated with Urban Outfitters on a few pairs of totally rad shoes, like the Miista x UO Metallic Lace Up Boot, and the Miista x UO Georgie Heeled Oxford. From 6PM - 9PM this Friday, you'll be able to meet the Miista crew, plus see all of their wonderful sartorial creations. Enjoy drinks by Tequila de la Riva, and tunes by DJ Amy Pham. Plus, there's an Instagram contest you should totally enter: just post a photo of your favorite pair of Miista shoes, using the hashtag #URBANLOVESMIISTA, and you might just win a new pair of kicks from them! Maddie

Happenings: Globe Pop-Up Shop at Space 15 Twenty

This weekend at Space 15 Twenty (1520 N. Cahuenga Blvd), Australian clothing, skate, and surf brand Globe are opening up a pop-up shop that will open officially on November 17, and will run until November 24. Globe's shop will feature the brand's Holiday 2013 collection, plus accessories for men and women by Bing Bang NYC jewelry, bags by Summer Bummer and more.

For the pop-up shop, Globe also created an excellent short film entitled "Ice Cream", starring Stazia Lindes and Dion Agius. (Watch it below!) Stills from the short film will also be on display at the shop, bringing the retail-meets-gallery space to life. RSVP for the opening party, which will be happening on Saturday November 16, from 7PM - 10PM at Space 15 Twenty. Since the shop will only be there for a week, you won't want to miss it! Maddie

Str#ct#re 001 at Space 15 Twenty

This Thursday, September 26th, at Space 15 Twenty (1520 N. Cahuenga Blvd) St#ct#re, a new music and art event based out Los Angeles, will be hosting their first ever event. From 6pm to 10pm, enjoy live music and fashion from various artists and vendors. Performances will be provided by Moses Sumney, Kissey, DJ Smiles Davis, and Neijah Lenae. Also on hand during the evening will be MVT, Refindefined, BlackxSheep, and Kleur for all of your vintage and nail art needs! Stop by to discover some new music, and RSVP here. Maddie

Hand-Eye Supply Closing Party with Burger Records

If you're in Los Angeles this Saturday night, head over to Space 15 Twenty to catch the closing party for the Hand-Eye Supply Pop-Up Institute for Craft & Ingenuity featuring a Burger Records showcase! Running from 6pm - 9pm, come out for sets by Pookie and the Poodlez, The Garden, plus DJ sets by the guys of Burger Records themselves. You don't want to miss this! Both bands are California-based, and play some of the most unique DIY rock and roll out there. Check out both bands here and here, and you may want to learn The Garden's "Vada Vada" beforehand. Maddie

UO x Rookie Presents: Rashida Jones

We recently got together with Rookie to host Rookie Fest at Space 15 Twenty in L.A. and had some very special guests drop by. Check out our exclusive video of Tavi Tulle from Rookie interviewing beautiful, naive, sophisticated, newborn baby, Rashida Jones.

The Pop-Up Institute for Craft and Ingenuity at Space 15 Twenty

In the pop-up space at Space 15 Twenty (1520 N. Cahuenga Blvd) this month, you'll find a whole new creative experience, presented by Hand-Eye Supply. During the rest of August through the first few weeks of September, Hand-Eye Supply, a retail store from Portland, Oregon that focuses on helping communities design and work together creatively, will be taking over the space to open The Pop-Up Institute for Craft & Ingenuity.

This new shop will be stocked with crafting and DIY supplies and tools, plus throughout the month there will be educational opportunities and events that Hand-Eye calls "a physical manifestation of our aspirations." Sounds pretty cool, right? If you're ready to get your DIY on and let those creative juices go wild, attend the opening party this Friday, August 16th at Space 15 Twenty from 6pm to 9pm! There will be live letterpress printing by Tabletop Made, and music by Neil Schield of Origami Vinyl. RSVP here. Maddie

UO x Rookie Present Rookie Fest

If you like Rookie Mag, you're going to want to get ready for their Rookie Fest that's happening this Sunday at Space 15 Twenty (1520 N. Cahuenga Blvd.) in L.A. The event runs from 4-8PM and will feature some very special guests, including Tavi herself. (In Tavi's words: "Do you like Parks and Recreation? Saturday Night Live? Feminist punk supergroups? Then please, do join us!") Make sure you RSVP for this event, though. Capacity is limited! First 75 people to RSVP are guaranteed admission and then it's first-come, first-served. Hope to see you there!

RSVP here

Blood is the New Black's Artist Book and Zine Fair

Although this week may be the last week of the Blood is the New Black pop-up shop at Space 15 Twenty, (1520 N. Cahuenga Blvd) there's still a rad event you can totally attend on Saturday, August 3rd. Stop by the space for the Artist Book and Zine Fair, with live performances by Sadwich and Moses Campbell, plus more special guests. There will be lots of prints, zines, and books available from various artists, like Sara Lyons, Penelope Gazin, Dan Monick, and lots more! The event will run from 1PM - 5PM, and is hosted by a gal who makes way cool art, Penelope Meatloaf! Maddie

Recap: "Life's A Beach...And Then You Die"

Last Friday in Hollywood, the new pop-up shop, "Life's A Beach...And Then You Die" by Blood Is The New Black opened up for the month of July! The shop is located inside Space 15 Twenty (1520 N. Cahuenga Blvd), complete with a creaking boardwalk and every essential you need for summertime. We also enjoyed a hot dog eating contest, an essential hot weather activity, plus a live performance by The Blank Tapes. Check out photos from the evening below, taken by Felisha Tolentino! Maddie

Interview: The Blank Tapes

(Photo: Karen Knoller)

The Blank Tapes are a three piece band from the West Coast that call their genre "Beach Party." Awesome, right? Now, Matt Adams, Pearl Charles, and DA Humphrey bring you their first full length record, Vacation on Antenna Farm Records, from sun drenched California. Recorded in Oakland, CA, Vacation has influences from all over the map, but mainly the psychedelic '60s. The Blank Tapes will also be performing tonight at Space 15 Twenty in Los Angeles to celebrate the opening of the new pop-up shop put on by Blood Is The New Black. Check out my interview with the band's front man, Matt Adams, below! Maddie

So, first things first, introduce yourselves!
Matt Adams here! I started The Blank Tapes back in 2003 and played most of all the instruments on 99% of my recordings up until last year's 7" release and this year's Vacation release. I'm sitting with my bandmates DA Humphrey (bass) and Pearl Charles (drums, also my girlfriend). We've been playing together as a trio for about a year.

Since you guys are west coast based, how has the state of California influenced the music you make?
So much great music has come out of this state and continues to come, but other than being immersed in Southern California's surf and skate scene and the Bay Area's psychedelic scene I imagine I take little bits here and there without being too conscious of it. Some of my favorite cosmic California spots are Joshua Tree, Big Sur, Bolinas and Silverado Canyon.

(Photo: Joey Tobin)

Between your band's name, sound, and cassette releases, it seems that The Blank Tapes are pro-analogue. What is your favorite part about being able to produce music that way?
My favorite part about recording analog is that you get a lot random tape noise and unpredictability that digital recordings don't offer. That, and you can physically see the tape spin around and you can manipulate the tape speed. I guess all this is possible with digital recordings too, but it doesn't sound the same.  Analog is a dying medium and is the only alternative to digital recording.  Another thing I like about recording analog is that you approach the recording process differently. With analog recording, you usually have a limited amount of tracks to work with so you have to be a little more confident and dedicated with your performances and what you decide to commit to tape. I grew up with both, and continue to use both. The bottom line is that tapes have more "vibe," whatever that may be.

The Blank Tapes have toured all over the place. What has been your favorite place the band has been so far?
Brazil! We have a ton of fans and friends down there and have played some amazing shows! I've spent a total of two and a half months in Brazil and hope to return soon. The title track from Vacation was actually written on our first Brazilian tour and the song "Brazilia" references our travels down there too.

(Photo: Deidre Schoo)

Your debut record, Vacation, has a clear psychedelic 1960s influence. What records or artists were most important to you when growing up or growing as musicians?

It's funny that to many Vacation is considered my "debut" album since the band has been around for ten years and we've released over a dozen albums in various formats and mediums.  That said, it is our first official studio full length album release and a lot of peoples' first impression of the band. Most of my albums have a '60s vibe, because that was the music I fell in love with when I became obsessed with listening to and playing music. I was heavily influenced by all the '60s staples: The Beatles, The Kinks, The Rolling Stones, The Doors, CCR, Jimi Hendrix, The Velvet Underground, The Grateful Dead, Leonard Cohen, etc. I always like to reference The Beatles' White Album when trying to explain the variety of styles on my own albums. I just love how different all the songs and styles are.

So, now that we've got a taste of The Blank Tapes with the new record, what's next for the band?

More tours and more albums! Tonight, July 12, we're playing the Blood Is The New Black party at Space 15 Twenty and we have tours planned with Mystic Braves and The Hindu Pirates for August, and Sean Hayes for September and October! As for the albums, it's hard to say which will be coming out next, but there's at least three home recorded albums in the can and two studio albums almost finished! That's not even counting the new songs I have yet to record...

"Life's A Beach...And Then You Die"

Coming to Space 15 Twenty (1520 N. Cahuenga Blvd Los Angeles, CA) this Friday, July 12th, is the exciting and quite ironic pop-up from Blood Is The New Black. Appropriately titled "Life's A Beach...And Then You Die" for this time of year, the shop will feature tees from Blood Is The New Black, plus rad items from friends of the brand, like Bandit Brand, Cha Cha Nail Covers, Chromat Swimwear and plenty more to help you enjoy your summertime. Also at the party will be Coolhaus' tasty ice cream truck, and a hot dog eating contest where you can win a very nice prize! We'll be having a DJ set by D Rad and a live performance by California-based band The Blank Tapes! Come out for a rockin' summer night! The shop will be open from July 12th until August 4th. RSVP on Facebook. —Maddie

AGENDA WMNS Launch at Space 15 Twenty

Head over to Space 15 Twenty in LA this Friday, June 21st, to celebrate the launch of AGENDA WMNS, the women's division of the Agenda Tradeshow you may have heard of. The party will be hosted by Jayne Min of the super rad blog Stop It Right Now and is being curated by Yasi & Jane of Cultist Zine. The fun does not stop there though, guys. You'll also get to see a showcase from Silke of clothing brand Shown to Scale. Lastly, there will be a live performance by Colleen Greene and a DJ set from one of my personal favorite ladies, Jen Clavin of Bleached! The party goes from 7pm-10pm, so make sure you RSVP at Maddie

Summertime Social at Space 15 Twenty

If you find yourself not doing anything on Tuesday nights this month, head to Space 15 Twenty in Los Angeles (1520 N. Cahuenga Blvd) and hang out with Alexi Wasser of IMBOYCRAZY for the new 'Summertime Social' series! There will be live music each week, plus super fun things like tarot readings, shopping, and meeting new friends! Also, I suggest you attend because you can try Clara Cakes' "inception" cookies. Can you say Oreo inside of a chocolate chip cookie? It's a must. Maddie

69 + Assembly New York Pop-Up at Space 15 Twenty

It's finally June which means it's time for a brand new pop-up shop to hit Space 15 Twenty in Los Angeles! This month, the boutique Assembly New York and label 69 will be traveling across the country for a very cool pop-up shop that will feature some incredible designers from New York and L.A. Work from designers and artisans Hansel from Basel, Slow and Steady Wins the Race, and Rachel Craven, plus many more, will be available in this gallery meets retail environment. Aside from the shop itself, the pop-up shop will be hosting events throughout the month of June, including movie nights and artistic workshops! RSVP for the opening party on Facebook, which will be held from 6pm-9pm, this Friday June 7th with music by Pharaohs and Lovefingers. Maddie

Della x Faarrow Closing Event

All good things must come to an end, even if we really, really don't want them to! Our Bazaaaaar Pop-Up Shops in NYC and L.A. ended this weekend and we hosted a closing party at Space 15 Twenty (1520 N. Chauenga Blvd.) on May 24 to give one last gesture of love to the Della x UO Collection and had a live performance by the adorably fun band Faarrow. Way to go out with a bang, team!

Della x Faarrow at Space 15 Twenty

Not doing anything this Friday, May 24th? Come hang at Space 15 Twenty with Della, DJ Amy Pham, and see a performance by Faarrow! This week is the last week that our mega cool Zamrock-inspired pop-up shop, BAZAAAAAR, will be open in Los Angeles, so don't miss out! Plus I suggest you check out the exclusive collaboration Urban Outfitters currently has with Della. There are some pretty beautiful pieces in the collection. Stop by from 7pm - 10pm! Maddie

Osei-Duro x Space 15 Twenty Present: Megan Whitmarsh at the Bazaaaaar Pop-Up Shop

If you're in L.A. tonight, be sure to stop by the Bazaaaar pop-up at Space 15 Twenty (1520 N. Cahuenga Blvd.) for a special evening with clothing line Osei Duro and artist Megan Whitmarsh! Come by from 7-10pm to take part in a live fashion meets art show, with live drawing! The audience is highly encouraged to participate! DJ Al Dente and DJ Last Looks will also be there in order for you to get your groove on. RSVP on Facebook! - Maddie

Wild Profile: Marissa Maximo, Meaningful Intentions

Get to know Marissa Maximo, UO's Director of Brand Relations and Special Projects and the curator behind our BAZAAAAAR pop-up shop, hitting both coasts: L.A. this Friday and NYC on May 9. In an interview with The Wild Magazine, Teena Kang speaks with Marissa about her wild side, her hopes of love and happiness and what will make her crack up laughing. Read the interview here and make sure to check out our street bazaar-inspired pop-ups if you're in the neighborhood! (via WILD) —Ally