Good Reads
Just Surrender’s big break has been a long time coming. The energetic quintent from New York began like so many other bands – working their way from small-town band practice to widespread publicity by posting their catchy blend of pop, punk and rock on websites such as PureVolume.
It’s been two years since Hawthorne Heights last released an album, and it seems as though the boys from Ohio have matured a lot in the interim. The band’s latest work, Skeletons offers a broader sound than Hawthorne Heights has displayed before.
Gaoler’s Daughter’s sound is heavily rooted in the capital, as you’d expect from a band made up of musicians that have helped forge the sound of London over the past 5 years.
To the casual listener, the Deftones latest album, Diamond Eyes, doesn’t seem all that different from the hard-rocking California band’s previous releases. However, the album, which dropped May 4, isn’t your average Deftones disc, because there’s far more to the story than just writing, recording and releasing.
John Wray, award-winning author of three critically acclaimed novels—The Right Hand of Sleep (2001), Canaan’s Tongue (2005), and Lowboy (2009)—sat down to chat with me about tent living, abandon buildings, indie rock, and the ever-elusive muse that is New York City. Picador recently released Lowboy in paperback.
When working on a brief I try to crystalize an idea through semiotics that are not only pleasing to the eye but also to the brain and occasionally the funny bone. I am keenly interested in pattern and shape as a way to manipulate the human eye as well as colour’s innate ability to confuse, disorientate and direct the viewer’s attention.
“’You’re So Vain.’ I think it’s a hit!” exclaimed Carly Simon. The singer received a response of laughs and cheers at Chelsea’s 1 Oak nightclub Thursday night (April 30) among an intimate crowd of fans and industry executives celebrating the first-ever video for the early 70s classic at the 9th Annual Tribeca Film Festival.
“The Soundtrack of our Lives” is a Swedish rock band that was formed 1995 from the ashes of cult band Union Carbide Productions and consists of Ebbot Lundberg, Mattias Bärjed, Ian Person, Kalle Gustafsson Jerneholm, Fredrik Sandsten and Martin Hederos
An interview with Rochester, NY native artist Lou Patrou.
If you thought drawing on a paper imagine what it’s like to do with a Wacom pen. It’s hard, and when it comes to this method, Preis manages to bring illustration to another level.
A couple of weeks ago we came across a very pretty gallery on the Behance network which we later decided to do a full feature with. The interview you are about to read is with a very special illustrator.
Imagine a girl from small town Tennessee, with a burning need to write and sing songs, who leaves the comfort and security of her family to try and make it in Los Angeles. Things go awry, a combination of bad luck, a relationship gone wrong and no money.
Dave MacDowell Paints Acrylic on Canvas in the Lowbrow / Pop Surrealism movement. His focus is on Childhood Fantasy and our Contemporary Cultural Nightmare.
Steve Ellis’ work has been featured on CD covers, computer games, trading cards, books, RPGs, magazines, toys and, of course, comics. Well versed in digital and traditional media, Steve has enjoyed widespread success painting and illustrating in the publications of Marvel and DC Comics, for Wizards of the Coast and Upper Deck, and numerous other companies over the past 14 years.
With her business booming, Patti Stanger is at the top of her game as owner of the international and elite matchmaking service, The Millionaire’s Club, in which she helps wealthy men find the women of their dreams. And this season, the newly engaged Patti will not only once again add millionairesses and gay millionaire men to the mix… but bi-sexual women too!
Icelandic producer and composer Valgeir Sigurðsson follows the success of his solo debut Ekvílibríum which The Fader called “a singular album, as ornate as it is direct”—with the soundtrack to the documentary film Dreamland (Draumalandið), to be released February 22 on his Bedroom Community label.
We catch up with Fashion & Beauty Photographer Jamie Nelson to talk about her career as a photographer, her colorful images and what the future holds.
Aaron began his stand up comedy career on May 31, 2002 when he was fired from a job and realized he had nothing left to lose but his dignity and self-respect by stepping on stage and making people laugh and think about what’s wrong with our world, culture, and ourselves and how to fix them with absurd solutions.
Born and raised in London, Carmen thinks she may have inherited her facility for piano from her paternal grandfather, an accomplished player who died before she was born. She began private piano and flute lessons at age seven.
Olenick, who is, perhaps unsurprisingly, bald himself, flipped the traditional “Go West, young man” advice on its head, moving from Los Angeles to New York in order to pursue his aspirations. Olenick’s travels landed him at New York University, and he has remained in New York ever since, shooting live music and making a name for himself in the photo industry.
As far as most of the shows in the genre go, the name “reality television” is quite a misnomer. Unless, of course, the average person is constantly vying with ten other gorgeous members of his or her gender to win the affections of a random millionaire or is often stranded on a desert island completing challenges to avoid being sent back to civilization.
Whether you believe it or not, Walsh said his two favorite comics of all time are Sinbad and Billy Connolly. In his interview he continued to say that “people look at me with a clear WTF look on their face” when he tells people that. And rest assure WTF does not stand for “why-those-fellas”.
Brooke Nipar fell in love with her grandfather’s 35mm Camera as a teenager which inspired her to study photography at The Art Center College of Design in Pasadena.
The five years between Si*Sé’s last album, More Shine, and its new five-song EP, Gold, were not spent in vain. With the rapid shift in how people consume and experience music, the New York City-based band was waiting for the right opportunity to strike out on its own.
Serena Ryder sings with conviction; she’s sexy but she also sounds like she could kick your ass. The Canadian, Juno Award-winning singer-songwriter played the intimate City Winery on February 25 to audience cheers and turned the place into a sing-a-long that fans appreciated by the show’s end.