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A Long Lonely Ride
Colton Udall endures the loss of his friend, mentor & hero Kurt Caselli to find himself a champion of the Baja 1000. Photo by Devin Chatterjie
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t’s a Wonderful Life. Christmas Story. Home Alone. Watching all these classics this Holiday season... one thing in common. Snow! Growing up in Northern California, I spent plenty of time in the white stuff. Not a ton, but enough. I can remember snowball fights with the neighborhood freaks, trudging thru the snow until my fingers & toes were frozen. Who could forget the countless trips to the nearby Cascade mountains to tear up the slopes with our crew? Those were the days... Do I miss it? Sure, nostalgia is great. Makes ya’ kinda weepy. Do I really miss it? Nah! Not on your life! Leslie & I are perfectly happy here in Southern California. Especially this Christmas. Mid seventies. Wearing shorts & flips. Sun’s out & the waves are firing. We’re stayin put... for now. If you are thinking of heading up to the snow, you know where it’s all going down. Big Bear & Snow Summit. They’re open & that’s where you want to go. Already a couple of good storms have pushed thru & more are on the way. Even so, they make their own snow every night so there’s a plenty of coverage up there. Btw: Big Bear is running some great specials right now - if you go to our website, we can hook you up with discount lift tickets and season passes. Check it out. www.revoltinstyle.com OK - Speaking of Snow... we have a great event coming up in January. The first annual Snow Down at Thrusters in PB. Nick Z is a madman. He pulled permits for a new snow festival (of sorts). A satellite viewing party for the Winter X Games finals, Jan 25th. In the parking lot, all day, Thrusters & Revolt In Style will host an event of epic proportions. Red Bull is dragging in Jumbo-Trons & Dj’s to watch all the action & get the party bumpin’. We’ll sample craft beers & winter cocktails. Gourmet food trucks will feed us all. We’ll be giving away lift tickets to Bear & all kinds of cool swag. Do not miss this one! I hope you enjoy this issue, we worked especially hard on this one for you. We went back to the dual cover format, Entertainment one direction, Action content the other. This issue also contains the eighth annual Holiday Gift Guide. We take all the guess work out of buying the perfect gift or hooking up a loved one with the Ultimate Stocking Stuffer. Merry Christmas! We also have Interviews with Rise Against, Derek Dunfee and even Pastor Steve from Newbreak Church (Holiday appropriate). We speak with MX champion Colton Udall about the Baja 1000 and the passing of his friend, mentor and hero, Kurt Caselli during the race. Strong stuff, hope it inspires you, like it did me. If I’m thankful for anything this Holiday season, it’s my wife. She’s the strongest person I know. Personal tragedy has surrounded her in 2013. First with the loss of her daughter, then the passing of her dad a few months later. I can’t even imagine. I’ve never had to deal with anything like that & dread the day that I do. But through it all, she just soldiered on & handled it. Handled everything! The mag is still in print, & the Revolt Summer Surf Series went off without a hitch. This during, what I’m pretty sure, were the worst days of her life. I’m sure anyone else would have lost it. I would have lost it, no doubt. Sad times for sure. Plenty of tears, questions & blame. But we’re still here... you have to continue on & yes, we have each other. Yes, I’m extremely thankful for my wife. Love ya girl! And on that note. I think my work here is done. I’m gonna grab another cup of Kono’s coffee (thanks Mikee) & check out the waves. Keep an eye on the website & Revolt social media. We have a big surprise for everyone next year! Revolt In Style. Happy Holidays B&L
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GUIDE Eighth Edition
IF YOU OR YOUR FAVORITE ADRENALINE JUNKIE HAS PLANS TO HEAD FOR THE MOUNTAINS, DOWN TO THE BEACH OR SIMPLY POST UP ON THE COUCH... WE HAVE YOU COVERED
K2 Annex 98
The new K2 Annex 98 is a great ski for aggressive skiers who are looking for a ski that can charge in the soft snow, rip up the groomers and ski full throttle in the bumps. Equipped with tip and tail grommets that accept climbing skins for backcountry. 699. www.k2skis.com
Inspired by the pros, the Westend Jacket and Westend Pants were designed with the athletic elite in mind. Durable waterproof fabric that’s also breathable for an incredibly comfortable feel on the mountain. Loose fit. 300. & 250. www.missionsurf.com
All Enjoy Handplanes are made with either old foam from broken boards or ruined blanks from manufacturing for the board and neoprene from used wetsuits to make the handles. Yew! www.enjoyhandplanes.com
LG 65” Ultra HDTV with Smart TV
ULTRA HD is the future of digital pictures, even from close distances. LG’s unique Smart TV, recognizes how you speak to change the channel, volume or access premium content. LG Sound Bar Audio System with Bluetooth connectivity. Yeah, as cool as it sounds. Seriously BIG Surround sound with a minimum of wires. 300. www.lg.com
SONY Play Station 4 60” Class Cinema 3D 1080P 240Hz LED TV with Smart TV
The #1 must have, ultimate, badass Christmas present! PlayStation 4 is the most powerful games console ever built by mankind. Touchpad interface that ‘Stan’ from South Park swears is better than X Box One. Let the Console Wars begin! www.sonyplaystation.com
OAKLEY Sunglasses Protect your eyes from the sun’s rays with style. Oakley has a selection of new choices this season for men and women. Oakley Breadbox for him. 120. Oakley Pulse for Her. 130. Oakley RSVP for Her. 150. Oakley Frogskins LX (shown on intro page.) 130.
Layer away in style this season, whether you’re up in the mountains or down by the ocean, with killer Oakley long sleeve shirts & Jackets. Johnston Woven in Chino blue: 125. Altimeter Fleece 80. www.missionsurf.com
ETNIES For Him
etnies is fighting for our planet. We skate, surf, snowboard and ride BMX all on our ONE planet. We dig these guys. etnies Scout: Breathable mesh uppers, Foam midsole with rubber pods. Part of etnies’ Buy a Shoe, Plant a Tree reforestation program. 60. All City Jacket: This varsity hood is part of the etnies Skyline Collection. 75.
A heavy duty timepiece for the casual trekker, the FW02 incorporates sophisticated construction and functional details with time proven classic aesthetics. 300. www.electricvisual.com
Thunderous Beanie with pom-pom, jacquard etnies logo 18. Straight Fit denim are the roomiest jeans available in the etnies collection, because sometimes a guy just needs his space. 55. www.etnies.com
EKOCYCLE Levi’s 501
will.i.am and The Coca-Cola Company have joined efforts to launch EKOCYCLE™ to inspire new things made in part from recycled materials. These 501’s are made from 29% post-consumer waste materials, using an average of 8 various sized recycled PET plastic bottles. 78. www.ekocycle.com
ECOROX Waterproof Bluetooth Speaker
Must have, ultimate, badass travel companion. Link wirelessly to any bluetooth enabled device. Drop the ECOROX in the ocean, your pool, lake, or river…no worries, it floats! With 10+ hrs of play time you won’t miss a beat or a phonecall! www.ecoXgear.com olloclip Telephoto + Circular Polarizing lens system. 99.
olloclip Lens’ & Quick Flipcase
The olloclip 4-IN-1 is a quick-connect lens solution for the iPhone that includes Fisheye, Wide-Angle and 2 Macro lenses in one small, convenient package that easily fits in your pocket – and the palm of your hand. It connects to the iPhone within seconds so you’ll be sure to capture the image you want. 99. www.olloclip.com (shown here on the UltraPod GO tripod.15. www.rei.com)
APPLE iPad Air & iPad Mini
iPad Air and the iPad mini with Retina display. You have to hold iPad Air to believe it. It’s just 7.5 millimeters thin and weighs just one pound. Pretty much kicking butt on all the competition. And the mini? Don’t let its size fool you. iPad mini is powered by the new A7 chip. Both come loaded with a ton of useful apps. prices beginning at 399. & 250. www.apple.com
MICROSOFT XBOX One & C.O.D.
Welcome to a new generation of games and entertainment. Where games push the boundaries of realism. And television obeys your every command. Where listening to music while playing a game is a snap. “Seamless transition between games, movies and TV” says ‘Kyle’ of South Park. Cartman says “Let those Sony f***s wallow in their limited voice-control functionality.” Bundled with Call of Duty: Ghosts is an extraordinary step forward for one of the largest entertainment franchises of all-time. Welcome to the all-in-one, Xbox One. 619. www.bestbuy.com
SMITH OPTICS Lowdown w/ Chroma Pop Lens
Technology for your eyeballs! The human eye sees light in three colors: red, blue and green. Where the wavelengths of these colors cross, our eye has difficulty identifying colors. The ChromaPOP lens filters out the areas where crossing happens, thus freeing your eye from straining over vague color. This increases vividness and saturation as well as definition. 125. www.missionsurf.com
GOPRO Hero 3+ Black Edition
“The Most Advanced GoPro Camera Yet” GoPro has unveiled its new line up of HERO3+ cameras that are smaller, lighter, and have better battery life than before. 20% smaller and lighter overall package when camera is installed in housing (waterproof to 40m) 4x faster Wi-Fi for quicker transfer and playback of photos and videos from your camera to your mobile device when using the GoPro App. New features include: SuperView, which enables the world’s most immersive wide-angle video, and a new lens for sharper video and improved image quality. No shit. This camera is the bomb. 399. www.missionsurf.com
K2 Gear For Her
K2 Spyre 100 ski boot: offers a more forgiving 100 flex, while maintaining all the performance expected by K2. 499. K2 Captura Goggle: Delivering premium style and performance with optics by Carl Zeiss Vision. 125. K2 Emphasis Helmet: Keep your temperature regulated with the simple flip of a switch. The K2 Dialed fit system will make sure that your lid stays in place, and fits properly. 99.
OAKLEY Gear For Her
Haver Eco Jacket: lightweight protection from rain, wind, sleet and cold temperatures. Equipped with radar avalanche technology. 300. Village Pants: Hydroguage & Thinsulate to keep you dry & warm. 250. Port Glove: Gore Tex & fine leather. 80 A Frame Goggle: 130. . www.missionsurf.com
A rocker board designed specifically for women who take a park set of skills to the whole mountain; the Cadence supports spins, jumps, rail riding, and all-mountain cruising, with a lively disposition thatâ€™s hard to fathom. 400. www.arborcollective.com
THIRTY TWO Groomer Fast Track
All terrain freestyle boot with the new standard in outof-box fit: The Fast Track lacing system. Medium to soft flex range.149. www.thirtytwo.com
LINE Tease Skis
The Tease is a very playful and light ski that will let you step up your game and take your skiing to the next level. 450. www.lineskis.com
Boasting the high-performance thermal regulation of Polartec Power Dry High Efficiency gridded fleece, the Vaporizer is your solution to the complexities of proper layering. www.trewgear.com
THIRTYTWO Gear For Him
Shiloh 2 Jacket: Insulated to keep you riding longer and more comfortably. Hood & hem cinch, pit zips, cuff gaiters, taped seams, media & pass pockets. 209. Slauson Pants: Baggy fit without being oversized. Taped seams, waist cinch, vents, cuff gussets & gaiters. 159. TM Two Boot: Top choice for Thirty Two team riders. Molded tongue with new tension system, articulating cuff, inner ankle lace system, Evo Foam & G2 Gel provides optimum cushioning. www.thirtytwo.com
LEATHERMAN Hail & Style combo
You can crank on a binding, open a beer, stash your earbuds or scrape the ice off your window. Screwdriver, Tweezers, Wrench & more. 45. www.leatherman.com
Arborâ€™s flagship snowboard blends big mountain design with tried and true rocker technology. Go anywhere in or out-of bounds and ride with the powerful confidence that only the Wasteland provides. 660. www.arborcollective.com
TREW is based in Hood River, Oregon among the Cascade Mountains. Skiers and snowboarders who live for deep snow and big mountains... and know how to make killer technical Snow Gear. www.trewgear.com
K2 Gear For HIM
K2 Diversion Helmet: Best-in-class fit, function, and style ensure that this ski & snowboard helmet stands out from the crowd. Regulate airflow with a flip of switch, & the all-new Dialed Fit System delivers an enhanced fit. Full integration with your mobile device for communication and audio. 159. www.k2skis.com
K2 Photokinetik Goggle: Optics by Carl Zeiss Vision. 125.
FULL TILT Drop Kick
This original 3-piece boot design is a living legend. Designed like a flexible straw to flex naturally with your ankle & eliminate shin bang. 479. www.fulltiltboots.com
DAKINE Sky Line Mitts
Dakine designed the Skyline mitts Insulated, water-repellent gloves with a zipper around the fingers for easy access. 60 www.missionsurf.com
ENO Double Nest Hammock
RIPCURL Flash Bomb 4/3
Big enough for two and palatial for one, the DoubleNest stuffs easily into its attached compression sack. Take it anywhere, set it up in a flash, lay back and…Oh, did you want to join me? I’ve got room for one more. 69. www.
The Two Time SIMA Award Winning Flash Bomb has been updated with E4 Neoprene to make this suit 30% more flexible and 20% lighter. 439. www.ripcurl.com
Designed to save your GoPro camera if dropped in the water, it doubles as a hand grip AND a floatation device. 29. www.gopole.com
Meet the Thruster. This surfing tool includes: Recyclable Wax Comb - Phillips Screwdriver Extractor and Hex” - Bottle Opener - Stainless Steel Bit Driver - Wax Comb - Spring Hook - Rubber Bit Holder. 25. www.leatherman.com
Oakley Blade III Boardshorts: Interior compression shorts w/ exterior shorts made of ripstop fabric with 4–way stretch 160. Oakley Motion 26 Backpack: Built tough to stand up to serious wear and tear. 200. www.missionsurf.com
LEATHERMAN Jam & Style
A new PocketTool specifically designed to wrench on your trucks, stash your ear buds or trim your grip tape. 47. www.leatherman.com
SPANGLER The Slippy
Never fight your wetsuit again! Adds years to the life of any wetsuit. Simply slip it on and get into your wetsuit effortlessly! Awesome gift idea for anyone who wears a wetsuit. www.theslippywetsuit.com Use promo code: REVOLT20 & get 20% off!
GOLDCOAST Slapstick Zebra
With an arrow directing you forward, the Slap Stick will GO whichever way you point it. Engineered with the skater in mind, the kick tail helps you slap out all of your favorite tricks. With 129mm Century trucks and GoldCoast Burnouts Wheels, this board handles well and turns sharper than a Smart Car in San Francisco. Combine that with the clean design on exotic wood and you’ll want to stick with this board forever.
ARNETTE Witch Doctor
Arnette Creative Exchange System. A.C.E.S. gives you the ability to express yourself by offering interchangeable parts so that you can customise your sunglasses to match your style. New color scheme is Green Black Book Graphics. 119. www.arnette.com
DAKINE Skate Duffle
Padded skate garage, handles & cooler pocket Roomy enough to carry your board, helmet, pads & some soadies after a grueling skate sesh. Collab with Independent Truck Co. 85. www.dakine.com
OCK I NG T S ★ ★ ★
The Gift Of
BEAR MOUNTAIN ANYTIME SEASON PASS
Give the gift of ‘Less time in line and more time on the snow!’ with a Bear Mountain-Only Season Pass. Season pass holders get unlimited access to 12 lifts, Red Bull Plaza, 198 developed acres and 24+ runs. Additional perks for season pass holders include discounts in the sport shops, discounted lessons and 10% off Food and Beverages (excluding alcohol). 599. or 479. if purchased before 12/8 www. bearmountain.com
TO C K I N G S ★ ★ ★
TO C K I N G S ★ ★
The Gift Of
SKYDIVE SAN DIEGO Tandem Sky Dive
After a brief training session, you will skydive from 13000 feet harnessed to a licensed tandem instructor. Freefalling for approximately 1 minute, you will taste adventure you never thought existed! Your instructor will deploy the parachute at about 5000 feet, and you will then enjoy a 5-6 minute parachute flight over Southern California’s stunning scenery.189. www.skydivecalifornia.com
The Gift Of
Never fight your wetsuit again! Awesome gift idea for anyone who wears a wetsuit. Avoid tugging, ripping, pulling & frustrating wetsuit “rituals.” Adds years to the life of your expensive wetsuit. Simply slip it on and get into your wetsuit effortlessly! 9. www.theslippywetsuit.com Use promo code: REVOLT20 & get 20% off!
TO C K I N G S ★ ★ ★
The Gift Of
HOVEN is a designer, manufacturer and marketer of high-performance sunglasses. Born on the beaches of Southern California, Hoven is rooted in the heritage of surfing, snow boarding, skateboarding and moto - but extends far beyond--to all of those living your passion, making things happen. You know who you are. And we are for you. You, HOVEN--looking forward with eyes wide open. Living. Fearlessly. HOVEN. Progressive. Expressive. Authentic. www.hovenvision.com
BREW PACIFIC BEACH
AMPLIFIED ALE WORKS www.amplifiedaleworks.com 4150 Mission Blvd Ste 208 Pacific Beach, CA 92109
THE CRAFT WHAT WENT DOWN?
A sampling of fantastic hand crafted beers along with delicious food & interesting conversation. We tried a spectrum of beers from Blondes to IPAs, and even impressive private stock sours. The wait staff was friendly and informed. The toasty heaters on the patio made the ocean breeze bareable. Amplified turns up the volume on the flavors, the music, the experience. Clay Walker came away with these reviews:
THE PERFECT PAIR
Leggy Blonde: ABV (Alcohol by volume): 5.5% IBU (International Bittering Units): 15 Served: Draft to Nonic pint, temperature low to mid 40’s F Appearance: Straw with a thick white foamy head which left a little lace on the glass Aroma: Yeast esters, European malts Flavor: Pear, pronounced yeast Mouthfeel: Dry Details: Superbly drinkable, this beer is underplayed. Positioned as a standard light beer substitute, its low ABV and incredible flavor and finish make it a superior choice to a macro brew any day of the week. This would make a fantastic everyday beer.
Owners Alex Pierson, JC Hill and Brewmaster Cy Henley
THE PERFECT STORM
JC Hill & Alex Pierson opened the first California Kebab in 2009 at San Diego State University. The California-inspired Mediterranean-themed menu was a hit with the hungry (and thirsty) college students. They installed a customized Kegerator at their restaurant soon after opening to showcase a rotating variety of local beers. Meanwhile, JC began a homebrewing hobby in his Crown Point garage that soon turned into his new obsession. Boom. Amplified Ale Works. Their following (and demand) for the beer began to grow... the two entrepreneurs knew they were onto something good. In 2012 they decided to move from SDSU to the Pacific Beach area and set up shop with a three barrel brewery and two, seven barrel fermenters. Not only was the Promenade a great location for a restaurant / brewpub, but it also has one of the best views of the Pacific Ocean around. Not long after the move, they decided to expand their in-house brewery, and shift the restaurant’s focus onto the beer, while keeping the menu the same. A mutual bartender friend recommended Cy Henley to JC. Cy, formerly of Alpine Brewing Co & Ballast Point, had the experience that they were looking for. The three hit it off and The Perfect Storm of Craft Brewing was formed. Amplified Ale Works just recently added four serving tanks and an additional seven barrel fermenter to streamline brewery operations by eliminating kegs, and allow extra fermentation space. JC explained, “This will allow us to brew particular staples like Electrocution IPA and Leggy Blonde year round, and keep at least four of our beers flowing at all times.” Amplified Ale Works specializes in hoppy, West Coast style ales, lively and sessionable ales & lagers, and a variety of unique, experimental batches across all styles. Top it off with a cool menu, an ocean view patio and you have a neighborhood craft brew pub worth a closer look. Continue on...
Skewer Platter: Alaskan Salmon, Pomegranate Sirloin, herb marinated chicken and Garlic Pepper Shrimp with Parmesan Fried Zucchini on a bed of Sweet & Citrus salad w/ pomegranate vinagarette. Perfection on a grand scale. Electrocution IPA ABV: 8% IBU: 65 Served: Draft to pitcher to Nonic pint, temperature around mid to high 40’s F Appearance: Pale Gold with a thick white foamy head - left plenty of lace on the way down. Aroma: Pine and citrus, very pungent Flavor: Hop-forward, resinous clean citrusy hop. Mouthfeel: Dry with a hint of residual sweetness Details: The grain bill consists of almost entirely base malt; Cy doesn’t like to use a lot of crystal malt. Hops additions include Simcoe, Citra, and Amarillo and are added mostly at flameout and dryhop stages with very little added at the start of the boil. While intensely hoppy, this beer is less bitter than it tastes and is well balanced. Bourbon Barrel Aged Quad ABV: 14% IBU: 25 Served: Wax dipped bottle to shot glass Appearance: Dark black, no head Aroma: vanilla, bourbon, & black cherries Flavor: fig, raisins, more vanilla and burnt caramel, dark chocolate Mouthfeel: Fat Details: A testament to Cy’s fascination with aging and sours, easily the best local sour I’ve had. The amount of oak is balanced with respect to the other flavors, a rarity when it comes to barrel aged beers.
Co-Written by drinking buddies with contrasting styles, the D&A is an experiment, an adventure & above all a good time.
On one hand we have The Digital: Complex insight from a self proclaimed ‘Beer Nerd’ who speaks the language of Craft Brewing... fluently. On the other hand, The Analog is your laid back Craft Beer connoisseur who simply knows what he likes & enjoys the share. Behold: The D & A of Craft Brew!
Per Jeremy Reed (The Dude)
Per Clay Walker (The Brain) Amplified is an unassuming brewpub and I expected par for the course for their beer. I was pleasantly surprised to find that I not only underestimated them but that they have a few things setting them apart from their competition.
Finally my bombshell amber haired wife agreed to a “hall pass”. We can’t all be so lucky and so in recognizing my chance, I took full advantage of the situation knowing the opportunity may never come again. Hmmmm: redhead, brunette, raven, or blonde?
A recent addition to Amplified’s hardware lineup and foyer are several brite tanks which are to be used as serving tanks in lieu of kegging (think of them as giant kegs). This reduces the amount of labor involved and lowers the risk of contaminating the beer. A brilliant idea all around.
Redheads; too complicated. Brunettes; too complex. Ravens; too intense. Blondes; hall pass heaven. Easy on the eyes, nothing too complicated, and you can drive home afterwards with no regret. To be up front, I’m a hophead, high alcohol, amber loving beer guy, not overly excited to drink anything that doesn’t say Double or Imperial on the label. Session ales routinely struggle with me in the flavor and enjoyment department. But then there are those pleasant surprises in life that make it worth living; cue the Leggy Blonde.
Amplified has recently expanded their brewing operations to a large storage area below the restaurant. The new storage area will act as grain storage, a cellar, and an aging cave for Cy’s aging and sour experiments.
Sitting in Amplified Ale works, she showed up at our table and I barely got her name. Having been surrounded by blondes here in San Diego for years now, they don’t really get a second look from me, that is until I wrapped my hands around this one; a 4% bombshell that makes all the other session girls jealous at the club. Lili Von Shtupp herself could not have hidden a more devious personality behind such a sexy blonde veneer.
Finings (clarifying additives) have advanced considerably from the traditional Irish moss, isinglass, and gelatin of old. Amplified uses Clarity Ferm, an enzyme that breaks down proteins that cause cold beer to appear cloudy. It has the additional ability to break down gluten, typically to near FDA gluten free levels (less than 20ppm). Although they do not make any claims about or test their product for gluten, I found this an interesting anecdote.
Clean, simple design, perfect mouth feel, and more complexity than the killer brew masters (JC and CY) at Amplified give her credit for. My first sip of the blonde was right after a pint of the epic Electrocution IPA. Normally this would be like taking a Vespa to work after a week at the Ducati test track, but not today. The Leggy Blonde is a sleeper session ale, underestimated until the light goes green.
Overall, Amplified is creating some incredible beer and showing a lot of promise in aging and sours. While you can currently only get Amplified at the source, I’m looking forward to the day I can find their beer on draft around town, purchase kegs from them, and find their sour and aged beers at the bottle shop.
Contributing writers Clay Walker and Jeremy Reed sampling some of Amplified Ale Works’ finest.
Now the hall pass is over and the wife wants to know… blondes or ambers? We all have our favorites and mine hasn’t changed since the first day I tried her, but….if I was going to stray (not saying I will), but if I was, you’d find me at Amplified Ale Works with a Leggy Blonde, most likely one in each arm.
3812 Grim Avenue, North Park, CA 92104 Mike Hess Brewing, has become a leading member of San Diego’s segment of nanobreweries. Brewing in the heart of North Park (ground zero for craft beer in San Diego) on a state-of-the-art Super 30 from Canada. The success of Hess Brewing has been the result of brewing distinctive, high quality beers that appeal to a broad range of tastes. www.hessbrewing.com
2816 Historic Decatur Rd Point Loma, CA 92106 World Bistro & Gardens at Liberty Station is the latest & greatest endeavor from the Stone Brewing clan. A sprawling restaurant/ micro brew/outdoor patio featuring amazing artisanal cuisine and artisanal beers. The bar carries a wide selection of craft brews from around the world including everything Stone. www.stonelibertystation.com
MODERN TIMES BEER
3725 Greenwood St. Point Loma, CA 92110 Founded by Jacob McKean, a beer geek, former Stone Brewing Co. employee and long-time homebrewer, along with three outstanding brewers and a varied list of cast members, produce unique beers on tap & variations on core beers, pilot batches and mysterious experiments that can be sampled at their Lomaland Fermentorium. www.moderntimesbeer.com
SOCIETE BREWING CO.
8262 Clairemont Mesa Blvd. Kearny Mesa CA 92111 When Douglas Constantiner and Travis Smith decided to leave their brewing jobs in 2010 to create a brewery of their own.... it was pure genius. At the recent 2013 San Diego International Beer Festival: Butcher took Gold, Apprentice took Silver & the Harlot took Bronze. They favor India pale ales and Belgian-inspired WWW.REVOLTINSTYLE.COM 21 concoctions www.societebrewing.com
DAY & NIGHT DIVE BARS & FIVE STARS
NORMAL HEIGHTS THE POPCORN PROGRAM
The SYCAMORE DEN In Normal Heights has also added a menu of nibbles to augment it’s popular “popcorn program.” Meat, cheese or combo boards are prepared on demand for hungry patrons. The boards feature locally-made Balistreri salami, Venissimo cheese and Cie sourdough. www.sycamoreden.com
RUMBLING TINS Co. Aims To Elevate San Diego’s Cocktail Culture
s San Diego’s cocktail culture continues to grow and flourish, some of the city’s most innovative bartenders have united to create Rumbling Tins Co., a new cocktail consulting consortium. Based out of Normal Height’s Sycamore Den cocktail lounge the group includes bar masters Eric Johnson (Sycamore Den), Leigh Lacap (Sycamore Den/Craft & Commerce), Christian Siglin (Banker’s Hill Bar and Restaurant), Alex Maynard (Craft & Commerce) and David Kinsey (Sycamore Den). The crew aims to offer their mixology expertise on topics ranging from spirits and bar equipment selection, to cocktail menu development, to private events— on a project basis. Rumbling Tins Co., named for the group’s desire to make noise on the cocktail scene, was created to meet the growing demand for sustainable cocktail programs that combine both uncompromising quality and profitability, while staying true to the imbibing concept’s aesthetic. The group’s philosophy places the utmost importance on education— extracting from its diverse professional backgrounds what will best serve an establishment and its patrons.
“A poorly executed cocktail program can feel distant and unapproachable,“ says Johnson. “In our experience this ultimately alienates guests and staff. Our job is to make a window where there was once a wall.”
Photo: Sara Norris
The Dovetail Julep
With a combined 50+ years of experience in the bar and hospitality business, Rumbling Tins Co.’s members have studied with some of the most esteemed names in the bar trade, including Phil Ward (Death + Company, Mayahuel), Sam Ross (Milk & Honey, Attaboy) and Kevin Felker (The Association). All five have been instrumental to the success of many of San Diego’s most renowned dining and imbibing establishments, including Sycamore Den, Noble Experiment, Craft & Commerce and Banker’s Hill Bar & Restaurant. Together they bring passion, knowledge, experience and innovation to create unique beverage programs. The newly formed group has already begun to make its mark on San Diego’s burgeoning cocktail scene, working with establishments like the hip Coffee & Tea Collective. And in keeping with its philosophy, enticing some of the nation’s top bar talent including Johnnie “The Scot” Mundell,
WOLF Ticket The NEW cocktail consulting consortium, Rumbling Tins Co. offers services that include cocktail menu consulting, education and private events. The Wolf Ticket is just one of many signature spirits they have concocted for the Sycamore Den’s new winter cocktail menu. INGREDIENTS 1.5 oz Whiskey .5 oz Orchard Peach .5 oz Simple .75 oz Lemon Angostura Bitters
Trevor Easter and The Bon Vivants’ Alex Straus to lead public educational spirit workshops at Sycamore Den. Rumbling Tins Co.’s scope of services includes spirit choice, cocktail menu, bar equipment and design consultation, education, training and private events. Like the group on Facebook at www.facebook.com/ rumblingtins and follow its Instagram feed at @rumblingtins for the latest news. Reach Rumbling Tins Co. at email@example.com. Visit www.rumblingtins.com for more info Flannel Mouth Photos: John Audley
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BARREL REPUBLIC FREEDOM - TO POUR YOUR OWN CRAFT BEERS
nd now for something completely different. A new (self serve) Craft Beer Mart that allows you to try whatever you want, when you want it. But to simply call it a new venue would be an understatement. Barrel Republic is a new and ingenious business model, for Craft Beer sales. Specializing in Barrel aged beers, Barrel Republic is a Mecca for craft beer lovers to come and experience pure freedom: the freedom to pour, freedom to compare, freedom to be amongst other like minded craft beer enthusiasts. Located in the heart of the Pacific Beach, Barrel Republic is the brainchild of David Pike, also owner of the San Diego Soccers. Pike decided to push the envelope with Barrel Republic. 44 craft beers online, huge screens for all major sporting events, awesome local food trucks out back. Inside the decor is made up of reclaimed wood, ambient lighting from the overhead skylights and comfortable seating arrangements. A warm and inviting environment that gives all of its patrons the privilege to pour their own beer. Whether its a taster or a pint, YOU have the freedom to pour. While the concept has been utilized elsewhere in much smaller capacities, no one had thought to bring such a large and diverse selection of craft beers together in one place, at one time, to be sampled as the patron desires. Of course there are limitations. When 32 ounces in total have been sampled the taps will temporarily close until the patron can be evaluated by staffers. This is how consumption is monitored and approval from lawmakers was granted. We met with the new GM Robert Kilborne who graciously gave us the tour of the facilities. Kilborne, obviously well educated and versed in the Craft Beer industry, was eager to share his knowledge. We enjoyed his exuberance in describing the beers, the operation and the informative staff. We were surprised to learn he was a retired marine who, after winding up in a wheelchair with a debilitating battlefield injury (told he would never walk again). Soldiered on thru years of physical therapy to eventually fully recover. He then re-educated and re-invented himself in the hospitality industry and as a Cicerone (similar to a Wine Sommelier) and Craft Beer aficionado. Very impressive guy. In fact, everyone that works at Barrel Republic carries at least a level one Cicerone Certification. “The great thing about this, is we eliminate the disconnect between patron and bartender. That being a double edged sword - if the customer doesn’t know how to pour or know the details of the beer they are going to sample, that would be a problem. That’s where our staff comes in and are so essential,” Kilborne goes on to say, “Bad information is the worst thing in the beer industry - Self service frees up our staff to speak to the patrons about the beer... really speak about beer profiles, personal taste, hoppy, malt-centric… whatever the customer wants. We get them there” For the patron that seeks something besides Craft Beer (whatever) there is also a selection of fine wines, with plans for an expansion of a wine bar for an even wider selection.
“IT’S KINDA LIKE A SELF SERVE SOFT YOGURT JOINT.... ONLY, WITH CRAFT BEERS INSTEAD”
The attention to detail inside Barrel Republic is impressive, with an emphasis on cleanliness. Beer lines are cleaned after each barrel. Glass stations are spotless and a glass sanitizing station is an essential part of the pouring process. Barrel Republic will never repeat kegs, meaning no dedicated handles. Kilborne explains, “There is just too much good craft beer out there to be tasted”.
Barrel Republic has the ambience and atmosphere of a hip coffee house. Relax and sample as many (or few) of the 44 Craft Beers on tap, while snacking on excellent Piorgis and other gourmet fare.
To top it all off; outside the back door, there’s a rotation of local gourmet food trucks to add to the experience & control the alcohol. (Craft beer is higher in alcohol content than most other beers) The Organic Truck serves items including Seared Ahi Salad, a Vegan Goulash, and even Lamb dishes. We sampled fare from The Pierogi Truck and filled up on ground pork Pierogis (voted “Best Pierogi in the US) and the Potato & Cheese Pierogi - filled with potatoes mixed with fresh farmers cheese & topped with caramelized onions. Awesome! This is a totally new & incredibly enjoyable experience we highly recommend.
www.barrelrepublic.com 1261 Garnet Ave, Pacific Beach CA 92109
Photos: Leslie Terhorst
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What happens in Vegas, stays in Vegas? NAH! We opt out & share (most of) our escapades with you. Where to go, who to see & what to eat! 24 WWW.REVOLTINSTYLE.COM
uring our most recent visit to Sin City the crew from REVOLT IN STYLE had a number of prime objectives. First was to walk the multiple trade shows end to end. Kiss cheeks, shake hands & re-connect with our friends at some top clothing brands. Basically, see what the world of fashion is up to in 2014. Second was to review a handful of resorts & bumpin’ nightclubs on the strip. Seek out some of the famous attractions and ‘Las Vegas’ style experiences. And third, possibly the favorite... to find and sample some of the best food in Las Vegas. From casual to fine dining and everything in between. We reached out to a number of venues and PR firms & were bombarded with offers to come and sample the best of what Vegas has to offer. While we are well aware of the newer hotels such as Aria, Vdara, and Cosmopolitan that have sprouted up on the Strip, we were happy to hear from a few of the more established resorts like The Palms and LUXOR Las Vegas.
Two days later we were strolling down the Las Vegas Strip in the stifling desert heat, sucking down obscenely large, alcohol infused slurpees, plotting our next stop. God, I love LAS VEGAS! Now, Las Vegas has been good to the RIS crew over the years. Planet Hollywood provided us a lavish Honeymoon Suite after we were ‘Married by Elvis’ at the Graceland Wedding Chapel. The Act, Tao, Ghost Bar, LAX, and HAKKASAN have allowed us to skirt the long lines and post up in their VIP sections. Dana White & company over at the UFC have set us up numerable times ringside for some of the biggest MMA (mixed martial art) fights to ever take place in the Octagon. We simply love Las Vegas. We have found out thru trial & error that two days is never quite enough, and five days are just too damn many. This four day trip left us wanting nothing. We ran ourselves ragged experiencing Magic & Agenda. We stayed in absolute luxury and style. We dined with the elite and sampled the ‘Nectar of the Gods’ - and at the end of it all... blew some zombies to hell with a FULLY AUTOMATIC SUBMACHINE GUN. Let me say it again... God, we love LAS VEGAS!
very six months, the trade show circuit kicks into gear, brands gather to display their wares & stores’ buyers line up to make their orders. This fundamental leg of the industry has become so much more than a simple trade show at this point, where clothes are displayed, hyped & sold wholesale. The degree to which people attempt to out-do their competition and one-up the booth next door is astonishing. Where else in the world can see corporate suits & ganstah rappers rubbing shoulders with laid back surfers & hipster pukes? Celebrities like Pharrell, Travis Barker milled around with uber pop artist Ron English & tattoo Hall-of-famer Tim Hendricks. People watching is unparalleled at the trade shows in Las Vegas. The granddaddy of all the shows, the ever-evolving Magic Market Place, this year transformed into a 10-show Magic Market Week, held in the Las Vegas Convention Center and Mandalay Bay Convention Center. The definative compass needle in fresh style; Agenda, went off simultaneously at the Sands Expo in the Venetian. Both shows fractured off into numerous sub tradeshows each with their own flavor & style.
- FN Platform, WWDMAGIC, MAGIC Men’s, Project Las Vegas, Project MVMNT, the Tents at Project, Pool Trade Show, WSA @ MAGIC, Sourcing at MAGIC and ENK Vegas, held in the Las Vegas Convention Center and Mandalay Bay Convention Center. Shoes and women’s clothing take up most of the space at the Las Vegas Convention Center, while menswear has a home at Mandalay Bay. As for the difference between the many shows, think of Project as the sometimes high-end MAGIC’s edgier cousin: There you’ll see more modern haircuts among the brands that strive to appeal to young urban dwellers. MAGIC Men’s boasts well-known brands, including the O.G. and Ben Davis, while Project MVMNT features streetwear brands such as Sullen, Split and Streetwise Clothing Co.
AGENDA - Agenda, Liberty Fairs, Project and Capsule Trade
shows - Agenda Vegas launched in Sin City at the Sands Expo at The Venetian/Palazzo Hotel. The show took the city by storm with over 9,000 retailers. Definitely leaning well towards the Hipster crowd. Beards, handlebar mustaches and ‘buzz’ cuts, held down with a shit ton of hair product, is the new norm. Everyone has a purpose to hustle and build for the futures of their companies. Every brand rocked their product with pride, attempting to network with any & all possible outlets. Some brands are on their way up, while some brands are just sittin’ pretty at the top of the heap.
“Agenda Las Vegas creates an impressive and effective business experience for both brands and retailers. A very-well curated show,” Agenda attracted music industry’s heavies and up-and-coming talent. Multi-platinum producer and singer Pharrell Williams represented his collection Ice Cream. Award-winning drummer and producer Travis Barker represented his brand, Famous Stars and Straps. The hip-hop world was in full flux, with co-founders of Cash Money Records, Bryan “Birdman” Williams and Ronald “Slim” Williams. Musical talents such as Big Sean, Bun B, Travi$ Scott, Jim Jones, and many more came to check out the show. Though it was the show’s inaugural Las Vegas appearance, Liberty was a big success and by the numbers, there were 300+ brands, 3,000+ retail buyers, and hundreds of press outlets in attendance. Action sports lifestyle brands that exhibited at Liberty such as Raen Optics, Shwood Eyewear, Hex, Deus Ex Machina, Kr3w, Zanerobe and Vanguard may be considered the top tier price point in most core surf shops. Because of the clientele at Liberty, the surf and skate brands stood on the strength of the product’s quality and cool factor. The surf/skate/biking aspect was more about recreation and lifestyle, as opposed to famous athlete names.
STAY LUXOR LAS VEGAS www.luxor.com
How many times in your life will you be able to say you stayed and played in a pyramid? Luxor features comfortable and spacious accommodations ranging from standard rooms to extravagant suites. Plus, Luxor offers everything you’d expect from a Las Vegas hotel – from fabulous entertainment and dining, to non-stop Las Vegas casino action.
The good people at Wicked Creative arranged our stay at the Luxor Las Vegas. We were set up in one of the Tower Premiere Suites. In comparison to other suites we have experienced in Las Vegas, they are larger (at 1050 square feet) & more luxurious than most others, they feature floor-to-ceiling windows, a wet bar, separate dining area, and a breakfast nook. Each room provides amazing city views. The valet & room service was excellent, the food was delivered fast, hot and fresh. Unpretentious, helpful staff everywhere made us feel extremely welcome. Quite the opposite of many Vegas resorts. Hats off. 3900 S Las Vegas Blvd Las Vegas, NV 89119
“Overall, the stay at the Luxur was undoubtedly our favorite resort experience in Las Vegas. Highly recommended by the REVOLTINSIDER” PLAY LAX at LUXOR
www.luxor.com/nightlife LAX came under new ownership in late 2010 and immediately benefited from a re-energized vitality to the nightclub’s celebrity and headliner resident DJ schedule. This venue is perfect for the clubgoer looking to catch a glimpse of the nightly celebrity host as you dance in close quarters with others who likely aren’t local.
The huge two-story space is outfitted in red leather and shimmering chandeliers creating a modern and luxurious feel. The VIP area is on the second floor & features seven lofts that are seemingly suspended over the main dance floor (yeah, loaded with complete with amenities fit for a king) Hours: Opens at 10:30 pm Wednesday - Saturday
If you want to do Vegas In STYLE, then the Palms is the perfect choice STAY Palms Casino Resort www.palms.com
A celebrity following and hipster clientele have turned the Palms Casino Resort into one of Las Vegas’ most infamous destinations. This contemporary resort boasts extraordinary accommodations, legendary nightlife and a diverse mix of award-winning bars and restaurants: the Palms is home to the Ghostbar and Rain, the Michelin star-rated Alizé, celebrity hot spot N9NE Steakhouse, and Little Buddha Sushi Bar & Lounge. Alex Acuna, director of PR set us up in the new Ivory Tower with a premiere suite. Let’s just say we felt like rockstars as soon as we set foot inside. Inspired contemporary styling through out the rooms. Giant wing graphics adorn the walls. Separate living room & a full wet bar. Multiple flat screens (including one that pops up from the foot of the lavish king bed). Which, by-the-way, was one of the most comfortable beds we have ever experienced in our travels. The view of the strip and the pool area below is awesome. 4321 W. Flamingo Rd. Las Vegas, NV 89103
PLAY HARDER Bottle service is one of those things that even if you don’t normally partake, it can actually make sense here. Bottle service in Las Vegas, like most places, basically gives you VIP treatment with a place to sit, waived cover and quick entry, security, your own waitress, and of course bottles of liquor. If you have a group, it will undoubtably pay for itself. Cocktails run around 12-15 bucks at most strip nightclubs. Give www.bottle-service-vegas.com a call & allow them to hook it up.
Know before you go. A few minutes online at a site like www.vegas.com can save you time, money and will impress your crew with the hook up!
If you’re only in town for a few nights on a tight itinerary and just need the best place to get your dose - spend a few minutes online before you head out. Different themes on different nights. Also clubs come and go - make sure your favorite joint is still in play. For a full line up, check out sites like www.vegas.com. Below we’ve assembled a short list of the top clubs on each night of the week: Sunday: GHOSTBAR at the Palms (55 stories up with a wicked awesome view) - Vanity at Hard Rock - Gallery at Planet Hollywood. Monday: XS (guests like Steve Aoki, Nervo and Deadmau5) & Marquee (it’s Party Rock Monday with LMFAO’s Redfoo Tuesday: Moon (House music and admission to the attached Playboy Club make this a no-brainer), Chateau (Candy Shop Tuesdays) Wednesday: Lavo, LAX (DJ Sharam spins at LAX on Wednesday nights as part of his new residency Thursday: Tao (“Worship Thursday” Revolt saw some of the best nightclub events ever here) Friday: Rain (Acts like Jazzy Jeff & Pauly D) - Haze at Aria Saturday: Crown (Hip Hop), Chateau (Butterfly combines the traditional nightlife DJ experience with video and entertainers, as well as live performances)
Clubs come and go in Vegas: The Act at The Venetian is sadly... gone. WWW.REVOLTINSTYLE.COM 27
The expansive Tender menu features meat from cattle that have lived their entire lives on the range, free from growth hormones and antibiotics.
BEST STEAKS TENDER Steak & Seafood
www.luxor.com/restaurants/tender TENDER features classic and American fare by Executive Chef K.C. Fazel, who trained with renowned chef, Tom Colicchio. Featuring the highest quality of meats and seasonal ingredients from small farms, TENDER’s flavorful menu includes six different types of beef and fresh seafood flown in daily from Hawaii, California, New York and Alaska. TENDER Steak & Seafood’s extensive wine list has won the “Wine Spectator Award of Excellence” in 2009, 2010 and 2011. Chef Fazel greeted us personally at our table and walked us through a spectacular evening of fine dining and perfectly paired wine samplings. 1st course; American artisanal & farmhouse cheeses with fresh baguettes, honeycomb, fresh honey dates, quince paste & cherry fig chutney paired w/ a 2008 Louis Martini, Sonoma, Cabernet Sauvingnon. 2nd course; a charcuterie & deli meats bresaola, finochietta, wild boar sausage, pork coppa, lamb prosciutto & antelope pastrami with Mendocino mustard, paired with a beautiful 2006 Ferrari Carano,Sonoma Merlo. Next came a trio of soups; wild mushroom soup, Wagyu Kobe-style beef chili & Maine lobster bisque paired with a 2007 Paso Robles Zinfandel. Fourth course; A seafood platter with Maine sea scallops, crab tail medallion, Skuna Bay salmon, and Lake Superior whitefish made an appearance and was immediately devoured. The Main course was an exquisite platter sampling the Filet Mignon (Range fed Silver Fern Farms from New Zealand), the wagyu Kobestyle Rib Eye from the Dixon Ranch in North Dakota and the range-fed bison Top Sirloin from Durham Ranch, Wyoming) - paired with an exceptional 2010 Argentina Melbec. Dessert included the Dark Chocolate Soufflé with Godiva white chocolate. Each course complemented and accentuated the course before and everything was prepared to absolute perfection. Chef Fazel was a most attentive host, visiting our table with each course. His attention to detail & knowledge of every ingredient made for one of our most impressive dinner experiences to date. Highly recommended by the REVOLTINSIDER
Highly recommended by the REVOLTINSIDER “I want guests to leave TENDER feeling like they have had one of the best dining experiences of their lives,” said Chef Fazel. “It’s my goal to create a special restaurant memory and it begins with exceptional ingredients. I aim to bring out the best of those flavors with each ingredient working together in perfect harmony.” 28 WWW.REVOLTINSTYLE.COM
Located inside LUXOR Las Vegas 3900 S Las Vegas Blvd Las Vegas, NV (702) 262-4720
BEST MEXICAN TACOS & TEQUILA
www.tacosandtequilalv.com (T&T) is a celebration of Mexican culture and cuisine intermixed with rock-n-roll flair featuring a flavorful menu created by Corporate Executive Chef Saul Ortiz and design by the New York-based design team Alvarez + Brock Design. The highly-stylized 8,000-square-foot Mexican restaurant and bar, the flagship venture for Drive This! The menu features distinctive presentations of modern and traditional Mexican cuisine. Small plates include shrimp ceviche; marinated beef, chicken, shrimp or vegetarian quesadillas; chicken tamales and tostadas; and beef flautas. Authentic and traditional entrées include cheese, beef or chicken enchiladas, beef and chicken burritos, carne asada and street tacos with a variety of fillings to choose from including alambre, chilorio shrimp, tilapia and more. T&T offers a variety of convenient combo platters including pork carnitas, a chicken tamal and cheese enchilada or a chicken tamal, shaved taco and beef enchilada, both served with sides of refried beans and rice. All entrée and combo selections are accompanied by refried black beans and rice. T&T is known for its inventive cocktails, featuring an array of hand-crafted margaritas including the T&T Top Shelf, Pineapple Chipotle, Strawberry Agave, Pomegranate Acai and more. T&T also offers an extensive list of more than 100 different tequila selections. Located inside LUXOR Las Vegas 3900 S Las Vegas Blvd Las Vegas, NV 89119 (702) 262-5225
BEST BURGER FAT BAR
Stack your FATBURGER as high as you dare... Then tell em’ “Put an egg on it!”
In front of the busiest Fatburger in the world on the Las Vegas Boulevard is The Fat Bar a circular retro-looking cocktail lounge where burgers marry booze on the busiest street in the world. Every comfort was afforded, from water ‘misters’ to heaters, to over 20 plasma TVs. Full Fatburger menu available around the clock. A Fatburger ranges from small size to XXXL depending on the stack. Toppings can include guac, bacon, chili, cheeses, or try a decadent addition & have them throw a fried egg on top! Crazy good. Inexpensive as far as Vegas standards go. Sandwiches, dogs, fries & more fill up the menu. The drink menu is extensive and offers 12 draft taps to 12 slushies with alcohol. Don’t be fooled by the inocent looking slushies, they pack a punch & go down oh-so-smooth on a hot day. It’s a great place to get out of the hustle and bustle of The Strip and relax while still being close to the action. The Fat Bar is open 24 hours a day seven days a week and has a breakfast menu from 5 a.m. until noon. With approximately 50,000 people strolling by on weekdays and 80,000 on weekends it’s the epicentre of people watching places in Las Vegas. 3763 South Las Vegas Boulevard Las Vegas, NV 89109 (702)736-4733
MUST SEE Fremont Street Experience www.vegasexperience.com
Within moments, a visitor to Las Vegas’ historic Fremont Street can easily imagine they’ve been transported back to the time of old-school Vegas. Strolling between the bright neon façades of some of the city’s most famous casinos, enjoying such classic indulgences as the legendary 99-cent shrimp cocktail and free, live entertainment, Fremont Street visitors are treated to the best of Las Vegas—where it all began. Viva Vision, the LED display canopy rising 90 feet in height and stretching 1,500 feet along the Fremont Street Experience promenade from Main Street to Fourth Street, forms a spectacular foyer for the existing resorts. Stretching the length of nearly five football fields, Viva Vision serves as the showcase for the world’s largest graphic display system. Originally, nearly 2.1 million incandescent lights were housed in the canopy. A $17 million investment in 2004 resulted in 12.5 million LED lamps to illuminate the overhead canopy, creating a never-before-seen color spectrum. Within the canopy itself are 208 speakers capable of producing 550,000 watts of concert-quality sound. The Light & Sound Shows are presented nightly beginning at dusk. 425 Fremont St Las Vegas, NV 89101
The Neon Museum www.neonmuseum.org
Crazy cool! It consists of historical neon signs, restored and re-lit, which are placed throughout the Fremont Street Experience to celebrate the rich history of Las Vegas. The first sign, the “Hacienda Horse & Rider”, was installed at the intersection of Las Vegas Boulevard and Fremont Street, greeting guests as they travel downtown. Additional neon signs from the earliest chapters of Las Vegas’ storied past, make a visit to the Fremont Street Experience a “walk through history.” Bring your camera & prepare to be blown away. 770 Las Vegas Boulevard North Las Vegas, NV 89101
MUST DO Guns and Ammo Garage
www.GunsandAmmoGarage.com. The professional staff will pick you up from your hotel lobby and walk you through the entire adrenaline filled experience. State-of-the-art shooting range located just off the Las Vegas Strip. The 8,100 square foot facility includes a 12-lane range as well as a gun retail area. Novices and gun experts alike can choose from shooting packages that include: Thompson Machine Gun, M4, UZI, AK47, FN Scar Semi and many more. Each person selects a paper or 3-D, zombie-themed target. There is just something about a mahine gun in hand that makes you feel.... Invincible! Groups of all sizes are invited to experience the exhilaration of firing a high-powered weapon. Guns & Ammo Garage is perfect for team building exercises, corporate challenges, bachelor and bachelorette parties, etc... oh yeah! 5155 S. Dean Martin Drive, Las Vegas, NV 89118
SOMETHING ABOUT A GIRL WITH A MACHINE GUN... Apollo Night Strip Helicopter Tour www.heliusa.com
First Class Helicopter flight over the Las Vegas Strip. The number one Las Vegas Tour includes a champagne toast followed by a stunning flight in a jet copter over the Las Vegas Strip. You will see CityCenter, Bellagio and the awesome fountains, Caesars Palace, Wynn, Stratosphere and the Fremont Experience. No night out in Las Vegas style is complete without this exciting flight. Heli USA 702.736.8787
www.vegasexperience.com Still under construction, the giant zipline on Fremont Street equipped with the firepower to shoot Superman-style prone riders the full length of the Fremont Street Experience, at 35 miles per hour, about one-third of a mile. The 108-foot-tall structure designed to look like a slot machine in the middle of the walkway next to Neonopolis. The $11.5 million attraction is expected to open later this year.
Rise AGAINST Interview by Leslie Terhorst Photography by Andre Badenhorst
oogle the name Rise Against and you’ll see them listed in the Urban Dictionary. Definition describes; “Rise Against, One of the best punk bands ever. Awesome, heartfelt lyrics ranging from love to politics to life in general, loud pounding voices and amazing drums.” I couldn’t describe them more perfectly if I would have submitted it myself?
It’s been exactly seven years since Rise Against graced the cover of Revolt In Style. Since then there’s been a lot of changes for the band. Changes in record labels, band members, causes to fight against, became vegetarians, and released three albums. Two studio releases “Appeal to Reason” & “Endgame.” Plus the release of 26 tracks of resolve, lesser-known recordings and covers appropriately titled “Long Forgotten Songs: B-Sides & Covers. (2000-2013).” Three of the songs on this latest album were released as singles. “Death Blossoms” for DLC on Guitar Hero: World Tour on 3/12/09, “Grammatizator” on 10/20/09, and “Sight Unseen” released on the Internet at about the same time. As of December 2010, the three songs had not been released anywhere else, until now. Listening to this album you can hear their changes in styles, and the journey the band has taken through the years. Now after headlining the Vans Warped Tour – Europe in November, the band is finally sitting down together to start writing their 7th studio album. I was fortunate enough to connect with front man Tim McIlrath, and as a fan, I was a excited to hear what he’s been up to. Revolt In Style: It’s taken RA just about 13 years to formulate your latest compilation album ‘Long Forgotten Songs: B-Sides & Covers (2000–2013).’ When putting the 26 songs together, are there any particular ones that made you say “holy shit I totally forgot about this one?” TIM: Absolutely. Forgetting about some of these songs actually played a big role in the idea behind this whole record. We figured if we were forgetting them, than it’s certain that our fans are too. Some of these songs we put together so quick, and they got shelved so fast, we never spent a lot of time listening to them as intently as you might listen to other songs that you make for or spend a lot of time mixing and mastering. So to bring them out was kind of like excavating a dig. Songs like ‘Sight Unseen’ or ‘Historia Calamitatum’ were fun to listen to with fresh ears. RIS: In the span of your career, Rise Against has been through a lot of changes. Record labels, band mates, political outrage, and even music styles. What advice would you give to an up and coming band, knowing now what you didn’t know then? TIM: Just follow your gut, create something that satisfies yourself, keep the people that were there first close, and always look at the big picture. Make the world come to you by creating something compelling, and understand that not everyone is going to get it.
RIS: What are some of your most favorite band moments? TIM: Sitting in the basement of the Discord house with Ian Mackaye as he tells you about the Minor Threat and Fugazi practices and what the house means to him. Playing on stage in LA last year with Tom Morello and Wayne Kramer of the MC5. Making records with Bill Stevenson in Colorado. Playing songs with Jackson Browne at a union Rally in Wisconsin. Singing Minor Threat covers with Dennis from Refused and Brian Baker in Sweden. Most of favorite moments happen when my hero’s have given me a nod of approval through collaborations like the ones above. They are full circle moments. RIS: I understand you are working on a new studio album for a release next year. That still in the works? What can we expect? TIM: We are starting to churn out some ideas, we will take our time, and it will be done when it’s done. RIS: Where do you guys hang your hats these days? TIM: We are spread out through Chicago, Texas and Colorado. RIS: Is there somewhere you haven’t played that you would like to? TIM: There are so many places, but the Pacific Rim would be an adventure I look forward to taking.
RIS: What’s the worst question you’ve ever been asked in an interview? (You cannot say this one) TIM: What are you rising against? RIS: On a personal level, how has being a musician hindered or helped in your life? TIM: It’s really only helped me. If I wasn’t able to get these songs out I think I’d be an unhappy person. It’s therapy, it’s travel and adventure, its meeting really interesting people and creating things you never thought you could. The schedule can be daunting, but we pace ourselves. RIS: How do you give back? I mean, you’ve been so fortunate in your career is there any causes you feel so passionately about, that you are compelled to “give back?” TIM: We’ve always been drawn to animal rights and environmental movements so we collaborate with organizations from that world often.
By Leslie Terhorst
EDITORS CHOICE - RISE AGAINST - Long Forgotten Songs: Genre: Alt/Punk
Rise Against, have finally released their first B-side album and the excitement couldn’t be higher. “Long Forgotten Songs: B-Sides and Covers 2000-2013” features 26 tracks of resolve, lesser-known recordings and covers, meaning that it’s a must for any serious Rise Against enthusiast and a long-awaited item to add to any collection. The release spans the entirety of the bands’ life and boasts the songs, such as “Death Blossoms,” “Voice of Dissent,” and the acoustic “Everchanging.” Some tracks, like “But Tonight We Dance” are considered classics by a few, but virtually unknown to others, due to varying editions of the six studio releases. Whereas “Ballad of Hollis Brown” will be an unheard of track to many, previously appearing only on the Bob Dylan compilation/tribute album “Chimes of Freedom.” One of my favorites is their rendition of the ‘Weeds’ theme song “Little Boxes.” What Long Forgotten Songs achieves is seasoned tracks, with a new look and the same forte. This is what every fan has been waiting to hear. Frontman Tim McIlrath reveals: “Songs like ‘Sight Unseen’ or ‘Historia Calamitatum’ were fun to listen to with fresh ears.” Available now.
SAFETY ORANGE - State of Where I am Genre: Punk/Reggae/Rock
Safety Orange has become a sound staple here is SoCal. The latest Safety Orange release “State of Where I am” is chock-full of that perfect SoCal positive vibe. It starts right off the bat with “Radio” Greg’s mesmerizing guitar chords completely sets the tone for what is to come next. The albums title song “State of Where I am” defines that “there’s no place like home” feeling, and lets you know exactly where the bands state of mind was when they wrote this song. There are a couple standouts for me. “Just Like Heaven” taking a classic Cure song, and turning it into what I’m sure they never intended, a beachy reggae-esque chill song. Love it guys…. Then of coarse there’s the mashing of old with new school in “Hotel What Ever You Like” how can you go wrong with the Eagles and Patron on ice. Sol Turpin lead vox/bass, Greg Karlo guitar/vox, and Jessie “Tato” Tate on drums created an album with that perfect “Beach Rock” vibe, that enable you to escape, if only for awhile. I really enjoyed this album, but guys, please don’t wait another 9 years for the next one. Check out www.safetyorange.com for their show schedule, they are amazing live. Available now.
Anchorman 2 - The Legend Continues Genre: Soundtrack
The soundtrack to the 2013 comedy film Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues features more classic rock songs perfectly “leisure”suited to the film’s vintage setting. In keeping with the ‘70s vibe of the first Anchorman soundtrack, here we get a bevy of yacht rock-era hits including Captain & Tennille’s “Muskrat Love,” Jay Ferguson’s “Thunder Island,” and England Dan & John Ford Coley’s “I’d Really Love to See You Tonight.” However, as Anchorman 2 takes place around 1980, we also get a few early-’80s tracks like Christopher Cross’ “Ride Like the Wind” -- included here in both its original format and reworked by Robin Thicke and Ron Burgundy (Will Ferrell) -- John Waite’s “Change,” and Grandmaster Melle Mel’s 1983 hip-hop classic “White Lines (Don’t Do It).” As with the first Anchorman soundtrack, Anchorman 2 features humorous between-track segments from Ferrell as his alter ego, stentorian news legend Ron Burgundy, as well as a few choice bits from the film. This adds a layer of meta-style, in-character comedy to the listening experience as Burgundy introduces the soundtrack and proceeds to guide you through the album. Whether you are a fan of ‘70s and ‘80s pop or bawdy satire, or simply want something to cue up on the hi-fi as you relax in your Naugahyde recliner while sipping a glass
of Courvoisier in your slippers and housecoat, Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues should, in the words of Ron Burgundy, help you stay classy San Diego.
12/4 Morning Parade Alienation
12/9 Loom Lice
12/10 Snoopzilla & Dam-Funk - 7 Days
12/16 Friends Of Foes Chronophobic
1/14 Switchfoot Fading West
1/21 Against Me! Transgender Dysphoria Blues
By Beth Accomando
THE HOBBIT The Desolation of Smaug (Warner Brothers)
Peter Jackson’s first Hobbit film left most people underwhelmed. Turning J.R.R. Tolkein’s short (by comparison to his Lord of the Rings) novel into a trilogy seemed an unnecessary stretching of the adventure. But trailers for Part 2 promise a film with amped up action. The film is pushing technology with its 48P projection and 3D, but Jackson doesn’t seem as experimental and innovative in his storytelling. Benedict Cumberbatch as the voice of the dragon Smaug is a definite attraction, and Martin Freeman is a perfect choice for Bilbo.
Inside Llewyn Davis
(CBS) The Coens never fail to deliver a meticulously crafted movie and Inside Llewyn Davis is no exception. The problem with their films is that they sometimes feel a bit aloof and the lack of overt emotion can make the meaning or purpose of their films hard to determine. The filmmakers themselves are often no help and in interviews you can never be sure if you can believe what they say. At a press conference for Inside Llewyn Davis, they dryly said, “The film doesn’t really have a story or a plot, which is why we added the cat.” Hmm? Not very helpful. This film seems a close cousin to their A Serious Man, and both feel dark and somber. I have seen critic quotes on the poster describing the film as being about ‘the joy and magic of making music and the bustling exuberance of creativity” and about their “emotional investment” in their title character. But nothing seems farther from the truth. Now don’t get me wrong. I think the film is brilliantly made but I’m just trying to figure out why they made it. It seems to reflect bitterness on Davis’ part for not being able to make it in the music industry but it also seems like the filmmakers don’t think he deserves success. We get a glimpse of Dylan at the end and the suggestion is that he is the real folk singer as artist; Davis is more of a pretentious and whining wannabe. So in the end, the film feels like a bleak portrait of a failed folk singer. But as with all Coen films, I need to see it again to be sure. Pair this with Barton Fink and A Serious Man.
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Saving Mr. Banks
(Disney) The behind-the-scenes story of how Walt Disney courted author P.L. Travers to hand over her beloved Mary Poppins is documented in this film. Emma Thompson is Travers, a woman who was most reluctant to hand over her creation to the Mouse. While Travers is bad mouthing Disney and his penchant for making everything all saccharine sweet, the film is actually enjoyable. She reflects how a lot of people feel about Disney and the monolithic corporation he built. But as soon as Tom Hank’s Disney starts to win her over, the film turns painful and awful. Sure Disney got Julie Andrews to make a lovely Mary Poppins but I’m sure Travers was appalled by Dick Van Dyke’s atrocious British accent in the film. At the end of the movie, we get to hear a snippet of the real Travers on tape. I might have preferred two hours of that to this film. But good supporting work by Paul Giamatti, Bradley Whitford, and Jason Schwartzman. The behind the scenes details are also fascinating but the forced flashbacks to Travers youth fall flat.
(Columbia) Director David O. Russell reteams with his Silver Linings Playbook stars Bradley Cooper and Jennifer Lawrence for this story inspired by the FBI’s ABSCAM sting operation that began in the late 70s. You could call American Hustle a poor man’s Argo (last year’s dramatization of the CIA led rescue of six U.S. diplomats during the Iran hostage crisis in 1979). Where Argo was slick and tightly crafted, American Hustle is messy and chaotic. Each film reflects the tone, style, and success of the operation it depicts. So American Hustle makes for an entertaining ride but its form is sloppy and its final results less than triumphant. It does have wildly over the top performances by Christian Bale as a con man and Jennifer Lawrence as his unbalanced wife. The other casting, like Cooper and Jeremy Renner playing Italian Americans, is less convincing. The film has energy but no real point. Russell displayed some sharp wit in his earlier Three Kings but he seems to have lost his edge. This does get the award for worst hair of the year.
(Paramount Pictures) Ron Burgundy and his entire crew return almost a decade after Will Ferrell made the arrogant, smug San Diego news anchor famous. He also immortalized America’s finest city as “a whale’s vagina.” The film held a casting call in San Diego earlier this year that generated excitement here in town. The film doesn’t look to break any new ground but it is likely to satisfy fans of the first with more of the same goofy, low humor.
(Meeting at Ocean Beach Campus)