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Kelsey Lu: Morning After Coffee
Brooklyn-based cellist Kelsey Lu—who grew up in a strict Jehovah's Witness community and found her escape at the North Carolina School of The Arts pursuing music—enraptures in her music video for "Morning After Coffee." The bare-it-all song, made up...
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Interview: Samson Young
The only bells I hear on a regular basis are of the synthetic (and semi-annoying) kind: the preset "Chimes" and "Bell Tower" iPhone alarms signaling that morning has come. Not so easy to snooze or block out, however, are physical bells. With each strike...
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Best of CH 2015: ListenUp
This year, musicians protested through shouts and rhymes, exposed painful wounds, gave the middle finger to haters and, most of all, perfectly captured the essence of the here and now through their songs. In no particular order, here are 12 musical...
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Premiere: "After Hour (She)" by Coral Casino
The newest artist signed to record label Manimal is the Buenos Aires-based duo Coral Casino, who joins a roster of artists that include Warpaint, Bat for Lashes and Yoko Ono. Nonchalantly describing their music as "witch R&B synth playa pop," Lara...
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Loyle Carner: Ain't Nothing Changed The genuine, poignant way in which Loyle Carner executes his dynamic rhymes—which don't shy away from being personal and direct ("Of course I'm fucking sad / I miss my fucking dad")—has completely taken ahold...
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Loyle Carner: Ain't Nothing Changed
The genuine, poignant way in which Loyle Carner executes his dynamic rhymes—which don't shy away from being personal and direct ("Of course I'm fucking sad / I miss my fucking dad")—has completely taken ahold of our hearts. His music video for the...
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Premiere: "Painfully Obvious" by Twin Cabins
We don't know much about Nacho Cano—who creates music under the name Twin Cabins—aside from the fact that he was born in Mexico, raised in California, and built his own desktop computer so that it could run a studio. But it's one of those instances...
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Chromatics: Girls Just Wanna Have Some Chromatics covered Cyndi Lauper's classic "Girls Just Want to Have Fun" for a MANGO TV commercial featuring Kate Moss and Cara Delevingne. They're now releasing it along with six other variations of the track...
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Greenpoint: Runnin' Away
Greenpoint is the latest project from Zach Seman and Roger Kleinman, a NYC-based production and songwriting duo signed to Warner/Chappell (they make their bread and butter by working with artists like Joey Bada$$, ASAP Rocky, Fabolous & 2 Chainz, Raury...
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Premiere: "Lover Knows" by Steady Sun
Brooklyn band Steady Sun is made up of quite a few passionate music nerds. Frontman Dylan Nowik met drummer Andrew Emge at NYU while they both pursued music studies, while fellow NYU alum and bassist Danny Rose owns his own recording studio in...
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Premiere: "Turnstile" by Lionlimb
Nashville-based guitarist Stewart Bronaugh put his music project Lionlimb on hold to join Angel Olsen’s backing band for her 2014 album Burn Your Fire For No Witness and on tour. Now, after recruiting fellow tourmate and Brooklyn-based drummer...
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Super-Modified: The Behance Book of Creative Work
Since 2006, Behance has been the platform for emerging creators with vision and desire. More than a place to store one's work, it's a tool for discovery employed by agencies and organizations the world around. An acquisition by Adobe in 2012 only...
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The Catlin Guide 2015
Discovering tomorrow’s artists today takes effort: prepare to go to every graduate show and art fair in the country to find the really good stuff. Or, if you live in the UK, there’s a shortcut: The Catlin Guide. Published by fine art insurer Catlin...
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Amba Sayal-Bennett at the London Art Fair
Part of the fun of the London Art Fair, an annual showcase for modern and contemporary British art, is discovering emerging artists. The Art Projects section of the show is where you’ll find new names from all around the world, as well as homegrown...
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Studio Visit: Zachary Armstrong
Zachary Armstrong has found a universal truth in his artwork—that a yearning for the open mind of childhood connects us all. Sitting in his light-filled studio in Dayton, Ohio, Armstrong is surrounded by relics of his own childhood, objects and drawings...
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Tkay Maidza: U-Huh
Zimbabwe-born Aussie teen songwriter and rapper Tkay Maidza graced the East Coast with her presence at multiple CMJ showcases this past week at Pianos, Santos Party House and more. Her confidence-boosting single "U-Huh" fuses pop, rap and electronic...
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This week marked the annual CMJ Music Marathon in NYC—where seemingly every venue in the city is booked with bands from around the US and the world. Though the number of participants are in the thousands, we highlighted a few promising acts (who performed...
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Future Punx: Spike Train
In their single "Spike Train," five-piece Brooklyn act Future Punx blends chanting vocals with sweet synth lines, funky live drums and guitars for an interesting contrast. Their overall fast-paced, energetic vibes make for a fun (and sweaty) live show...
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Courtship Ritual: Kingdom of Beauty
Courtship Ritual can be spotted performing their restrained tunes with an equally minimal setup in Brooklyn venues like Baby's All Right—regularly joined on stage by hired belly dancers whose hypnotic choreography enhance the otherworldly mood. "Kingdom...
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Beatenberg: Rafael
Cape Town-based trio Beatenberg brought sunny, jazz-tinged vibes from their hometown to NYC for the first time this week. Debuting at CMJ's South African Showcase, the outfit's lead single "Rafael" embodies the band's unique blend of Cape jazz and...
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Asante Phenix: Nameless
Brooklyn's own Asante Phenix stood out amid a slurry of new acts that this year's CMJ brought into the city. The MC effortlessly blends witty yet heartfelt bars with buttery smooth vocals on his latest track "Nameless." A downtempo beat puts Phenix...
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Guns & Rain Brings African Art to the World
Creativity exists throughout the world. Global centers like Paris, London and New York have long served as geographic and cultural gatekeepers for the fine art world, but the internet is gaining momentum on democratizing the international scope of...
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Jennifer Abessira: We Live as We Dream—Alone
by Ross Belfer It’s difficult to pinpoint the precise inspiration behind Jennifer Abessira's artwork. Collagist, observer, anachronistic collector, photographer, mixed-media artist—Abessira is influenced by and works with almost everything and anything...
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Stuart and Your Gallery
If you missed the launch last year of powerful art collector Charles Saatchi’s foray into the online networking, don’t worry you are not the only one. We only recently learned of the growing phenomena that are...
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Altoids Curiously Strong Collection at the New Musem of Contemporary Art
Who: 22 young artists What: A touring exhibit of their work (one per artist). Highlights include the incredibly detailed, 2" pencil drawing by Randall Sellers (above left), a luxurious watercolor by Charlene Liu (above right), and the most...
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