A Valentine’s Day Rubdown

by Hiko Mitsuzuka (@TheFirstEcho) Boxes of chocolates and bouquets of roses are...kind of basic. There are only so many truffles one can eat before feeling guilty for inhaling all those calories, and...

Gender Politics Throws a ‘Pizza’ Party

by Hiko Mitsuzuka (@TheFirstEcho) PHOTO CREDIT: Grafton Doyle The #TimesUp movement is stealthily trickling down into the Los Angeles theater scene, and the proof is in the recent premiere of playwright...

CABO RISING

by Hiko Mitsuzuka (@TheFirstEcho) If you were to take the scenic coastal roads of Malibu, the decadence of Vegas, and the film festival prestige of Cannes, the result would resemble the Los Cabos of...

Great Getaways: Glen Ivy Hot Springs

by Hiko Mitsuzuka (@TheFirstEcho) Photo: Glen Ivy In 2018, we're all about wellness, especially after all of the stress-inducing shenanigans that played out across our news feeds last year. And that's why...

Video Premiere: Rudimental’s “These Days”

Rudimental, the British group behind one of our favorite tracks from 2016, just unveiled their official video for latest single “These Days.” Shot in London and Seattle, and directed by Johnny...

BEST OF 2017: Movies

by Hiko Mitsuzuka (@TheFirstEcho) 1. GET OUT Jordan Peele's socially-conscious thriller is an instant classic, delivering frightful fan-service to genre aficionados while also crafting a resonating,...

Vulture Festival L.A. is Coming!

by Hiko Mitsuzuka (@TheFirstEcho) For the first time, Vulture Festival will be held in Los Angeles this weekend. It promises to be a high-profile pop culture extravaganza featuring the best of...

OUT ON THE TOWN: Halloween Edition

by Hiko Mitsuzuka (@TheFirstEcho) October is one of the most festive months of the year in L.A., filled with fashionable fun, frights, and foodie-friendly events taking place throughout the city. Sure,...