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  • Hollywood Palladium (6215 Sunset Blvd.): "This venue is huge and some people don't like it for that reason, but they feature the best bands right in the heart of Hollywood. You can go for a drink at one of the many bars nearby and then walk to the theater. It's so convenient."
  • Hollywood Forever Cemetery (6000 Santa Monica Blvd.): "Watching a concert at a cemetery might seem weird, but the Hollywood Forever Cemetery happens to a really great place to see shows. They usually feature quieter music indoors at the Masonic Lodge and rock bands outdoors. They also do movie screenings every summer and other special events like the screening of the Breaking Bad finale."
  • The Regent Theater (448 S Main St.): "This theater is located in a sketchy part of town, but it deserves a chance. It has amazing acoustics and it's perfectly mid-size. The floor slopes down so there's hardly a bad spot to stand in. Perfect for short ladies like me!"
  • Silverlake Ramen (2927 Sunset Blvd.): "There are ramen places popping up left and right in this city, but none has been able to top Silverlake Ramen, a true gem. Located right on Sunset Boulevard, it means an hour long line or so even on weekdays. They don't take reservations, unfortunately, but trust me, the wait is worth it. If you're in a hurry, a to-go order takes 10 minutes. You can just run home and enjoy it in front of your TV."
  • Superba Snack Bar (533 Rose Ave.): "There are two Superba restaurants here in Venice, but the smaller snack bar is my favorite. They serve amazingly thick slabs of bacon for brunch and you can pretty much order anything from the dinner menu with your eyes closed and be guaranteed a badass meal. Their playlist is a great bonus too. Their chef personally chooses the songs and shuffles between genres every night. Last time we were there, it was '90s R&B."

06/05/15 Footnotes on L.A. by Music Photographer Zet Diaz-Rago

Since NOUS last spoke with Rago, the Manila-born photographer got hitched and continues to be one of the most sought-out photographers in the West Coast music scene. Besides documenting her road trips on Restless Cities, Rago’s at rock shows snapping the likes of U2 and Sleater-Kinney onstage. Her work’s even struck a chord with artists such as The Beach Boys’ Brian Wilson, whom Rago was able to shoot up close at the legendary Capitol Records studio.

With her ears to the LA ground, there’s no one more suited to recommend the best places to catch new music and stop for a bite (with a superb resto soundtrack, of course) than Rago.

Through a montage of her own photos, she enumerates a few places in the city where music lovers commune, and some secret spots that are perfect for anyone feeling peckish after seeing a great rock show.