The House of Machines, Los Angeles

Community, culture, motorcycles and more in this new DTLA space

by Andrew Maness The growth that Downtown Los Angeles and its Arts District just east of the iconic skyline has been rapid and fascinating. One of the busiest areas is around the intersection of Mateo and 7th Streets, making the arrival of The House of Machines Los Angeles (at 2028 East 7th Street) that much more interesting. THoM LA is the third outpost for the …

Bowers + Wilkins Bring HiFi Sound to Volvo

We visit the British audio brand factory and drive the 2018 V90 Cross Country

by Andrew Maness It was at the New York International Auto Show a few years back that we developed a keen interest in the British speaker company Bowers + Wilkins. Since getting a quick demo of their system in the then new second generation Volvo XC90, we wanted to spend more time with it to find out what made it worthy of the praise that …

Word of Mouth: Barcelona

Some of our favorite spots in Spain's exhilarating seaside city

by Andrew Maness Nestled up against the Mediterranean Sea, Spain’s second largest city impresses with its approachability. In Barcelona there’s no shortage of elevated spaces with public access, seemingly every hotel has a rooftop with a bar and a pool. However, while these are useful for gaining a different perspective in a particular neighborhood, they don’t give you a look at the big picture. For …