Glastonbury Festival as LEGOS

Music // Thursday, June 25, 2015
One of the best music festivals in the world kicks off this weekend at Worthy Farm in England, as Glastonbury will be starred with headliners Florence + The Machine, Kanye West and The Who. From mud, legendary sets, and a pretty solid site-specific art program, we always keep an eye out Glastonbury-happenings. So does LEGO, as they have re-created the festival, and its famed Pyramid Stage, in LEGOs.

Music Video: Kool A.D. "Hickory" by Youth Experimental Studio

Music // Tuesday, June 23, 2015
KOOL A.D. recently debuted his new animated video for "Hickory" featuring Talib Kweli and Boots Riley, which was featured on his most recent project, Word O.K., that he released last year. The video was constructed by the Peruvian art collective, Youth Experimental Studio, and is just a small taste of their fantastic work, which you can check out more of on their site here.

Music Video: Beirut "No No No" directed by Brother Willis

Music // Saturday, June 20, 2015
Hey, Beirut is back! They are really good, but have been gone for a bit. Now Zach and the boys are back at it with an LP No No No that is slated for a release on September 11, 2015. They just released a video for the title track, directed by Brother Willis. Watch and enjoy. 

"The Doomsday Show" with Jason Jägel @ Rappcats, Los Angeles

Music // Thursday, June 18, 2015
Not sure if you remember dear reader, but back in August 2014, we did a very special issue that we dubbed the "Alter Ego" issue, featuring a cover story on musician Madlib with cover illustration by SF's own Jason Jägel. So, we highly endorse you going to check out the special one-day only day show of paintings and prints by Jason Jagel at the Rappcats space about Madlib's collaborator, DOOM. There will be prints for sale, 40 “Extra Doom” hand-embellished Hoecakes prints, and back stock of MF DOOM Operation Doomsday lunch boxes (out of print), and two new tees.

Jazz Pioneer and Legend Ornette Coleman Passes Away

Music // Thursday, June 11, 2015
I was saddened to learn the news this morning of the passing of free jazz pioneer and legend Ornette Coleman. He was in my opinion one of the single most important figures in the brave exploration of sound and new music. I first heard his beautiful music in high school as a young punk. And honestly, It changed me forever. It opened me up to hearing in a totally new way and has led to many other creative paths in art and music... 

Music Video: Björk "Black Lake" by andrew thomas huang

Music // Thursday, June 11, 2015
If you didn't get a chance to visit Björk's retrospective/introspective exhibition at the Museum of Modern Art these past few months, the centerpiece of the show was the MoMA-commissioned music video for Björk's "Black Lake" track directed by the great Andrew Thomas Huang. Both the epic opus of her new LP, Vulnicura that seems to speak of her split with Matthew Barney, this is also the absolute highlight of the exhibition. The show was difficult for some, even us who had Björk on the cover of our April 2015 issue, but this video experience at MoMA was undeniable. Now you can watch...

Music Video: Blur "Ong Ong"

Music // Wednesday, June 03, 2015
Blur's return has been one of the best in receont memory. This isn't a band that is back because of money or some sort of pressure; they made a really great album in The Magic Whip, and they are having fun with it. "Ong Ong" is one of the standout tracks on the album (and the standout live track when we saw them in Brooklyn a few weeks ago), and now we have the band dressed up, animated, and Damon Albarn as an icre cream cone in the video. Directed by Tony Hung.. enjoy. 

Watch: Virgin Shirley Temple by Salvador Herrera

Music // Tuesday, June 02, 2015
  In this video for Conny Franko's "Virgin Shirley Temple," Mexican animator and artist Salvador Herrera attempts to materialize a glimpse of the experience of taking salvia. Within Shirley's mind, as a constant and persistent idea, appear beings who represent concepts of her education, indicating the child to become an object of desire as war goes on around them like a children game, throwing atomic bombs to demonstrate power.

Music Video: Spoon "Inside Out" by LeBlanc + Cudmore

Music // Friday, May 29, 2015
Spoon, who we have featured in the magazine in the past as well as enjoyed their newest album, They Want My Soul, countless times in our office over the past 10 month or so. Hey, we are heading to see their show in Oakland, California tonight (May 29). The band has finally released an "official video" for the brilliant track "Inside Out," directed by LeBlanc + Cudmore. Imagine a slow-burner of casual fights, girl groups, and a diner. It's all here. 

Chris Johanson’s fifth annual Quiet Music Festival of Portland, June 26—27, 2015

Music // Wednesday, May 27, 2015
On June 26th and 27th, 2015, Chris Johanson’s fifth annual Quiet Music Festival of Portland will once again transform contemporary art space Disjecta into a tranquil cave of sonic serenity. Tuning in and zonking out are equally encouraged as this year’s line-up takes you through soft sets tailored to the festival’s ethos while you float on a sea of plush surfaces.
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