Photoset: Lost Angel in the City of Night

Words and photos by Angela Levitan

In the mid to late 1960s and 1970s, Los Angeles, California was home to a plethora of budding new bands.  Arguably the most popular LA-grown band at the time was The Doors, made up of Jim Morrison, Ray Manzarek, Robby Krieger, and John Densmore.  The Doors frequented the Sunset Strip hotspot, the Whiskey A Go Go, often performing as the venue’s house band.  On May 23, 1966 they began their legendary run at the Whiskey, opening for every group to play there until August 21, 1966.  This where they ultimately rose to fame.  Although The Doors were only a band for 8 years, ending in response to Jim Morrison’s tragic death at age 27, they were nonetheless one of the most iconic bands to come out of Los Angeles.  With their psychedelic, bluesy sound and Jim Morrison’s croony yet rough voice, The Doors paved the way for the next generations of bands.  The Doors reigned over LA for those 8 glorious years and their presence will never be forgotten.

 Thank you to Andie for being such a wonderful model.

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Playlist: Dreaming of Summer

Words, playlist, and art by Angela Levitan

Whether you are actually a senior or just a freshman in desperate need of a break, we all develop a little senioritis as it gets down to the last couple weeks of school.  Lucky for you, I have curated 10 dreamy songs to get you through the last few tedious days of studying and launch you right into the summer!  Listening to these songs, I see myself laying in my stuffy room, headphones in, a fan blowing in my face, without a care in the world.  Start dreaming of summer now and enjoy these tunes for yourself on Spotify!

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An Ode to The 1975

Words and photos by Angela Levitan

Have you ever listened to a band and felt like you completely belonged in the world that they created?  For me, that band is The 1975.  I discovered them about three years ago at the ripe age of 13 and haven’t stopped loving them since.  Their bubbly yet somewhat edgy pop music transports me into a world where I am free of my silly teenage problems, and seeing them live means I can escape not only emotionally, but physically.  The 1975 has been the soundtrack to my adolescence, some of the most challenging and confusing times of my life, and for that I couldn’t be more grateful.

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Ziggy Forever: An Homage to David Bowie

Words and photos by Angela Levitan

I have always had a fascination with David Bowie.  His ability to constantly reinvent himself and be completely immersed in a particular persona was otherworldly to me.  Sometimes, I too long for that power- the power to be able to change who you are and how people see you.  To erase someone’s perception of you and completely start over would be absolutely sublime.  Bowie taught us that it is not only okay to be an oddity, but cool.  Being different is something you should be proud of, not ashamed of.  You are UNIQUE, not weird.  Listening to David Bowie’s music transports me into a world where I can be whoever or whatever I want, whether it’s Ziggy Stardust or the Thin White Duke.  From the simplistic folkiness of Hunky Dory to the funky “plastic soul”, as he once called it, of Young Americans, Bowie’s aura and attitude shine throughout.  He never failed to push the envelope as far as he possibly could and I hope to one day acquire a little Bowie attitude in myself.  RIP David, the world isn’t the same without you. ✿

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