Monophonics: Last One Standing

California-based band Monophonics makes music that sounds plucked from another era, with tinges of Curtis Mayfield and Al Green. There’s a timelessness to their releases and their newest single, “Last One Standing,” is no exception. The seven-minute song ebbs and flows: there are groovy, cinematic cuts carried by drums, a bass guitar and horns, and crescendoing choruses built around vocalist Kelly Finnigan’s soulful voice. “I …

Test Drive: 2020 Audi S4

The impressive sedan hustles along Southern California's meandering desert roads

Look around a shopping center parking lot, residential city street or multilane highway and you’ll see a multitude of crossovers and traditional SUVs. The delineation between segments and body styles has become increasingly blurred with every new generation of these vehicles as automakers try to both anticipate what buyers want and serve each niche within a niche. While there are obvious benefits to crossovers intended …

The Future Perfect’s Casa Perfect Los Angeles 3.0

An untouched architectural gem from 1971 transformed into a showcase for contemporary design

A walk up the pathway to LA’s new Casa Perfect—an architecturally stunning showroom for art and design gallery The Future Perfect—hints at what will be inside. Lush foliage, with both California and Japanese influences, leads to a massive ’70s-style front door, crafted from elegant dark wood. Push one of the large vertical handles forward to step inside an expansive living room with soft carpet underfoot. …