SHARONE Releases Long Anticipated New Album, ‘Reflection’

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Denver, CO based dark rock artist SHARONE has released her hotly anticipated new album, Reflection.

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Advance Praise for Reflection

“This Denver based singer/songwriter showed that she was adept at harnessing the chaos on her previous couple of albums and she’s really turning the gothic-art-pop-rock up on her latest long-player. It’s packed with dark fairytales and swooping riffs as well as more theatrical invention that you’d find at the Royal Shakespeare Company.” – The Crack Magazine

“In summary absolute female power, which reminds of EVANESCENCE and TARJA TURUNEN. This talented singer makes you curious about her live performances! 4.5/5” – Stormbringer.at

Download / Stream “Closer to Love” Online:

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Track List:
1. Unspoken
2. Cold
3. Poisonous
4. Turn Back Time
5. Marionette
6. White Witch
7. Shatter
8. Filling The Void
9. Closer To Love
10. Final Reflection

Download / Stream Reflection Online:

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Channeling chaos into art, Sharone erupted onto the Denver music scene as a solo artist in 2014 playing local DIY venues; since then she has gone on to play venues such as Marquis TheaterBluebird Theater, and Gothic Theater, playing festivals, and opening for bands such as One-Eyed-DollThe Birthday MassacreFuelSaving AbelDavey SuicideTantricHell’s Belles, and Stitched Up Heart. The atmospheric and melodramatic music of Evanescence and the psychedelic blues of Black Sabbath inspired Sharone to start performing her music live, and to eventually release her 2017 demo album, Storm.

Despite sustaining a dark and nearly melancholy tone on recordings, the gothic artist’s live shows are nothing short of energetic, full of heavy piano riffs, pulsing rhythms, and enthralling theatrics. From emerging from a coffin to jumping off of monitors and captivating contortions, Sharone captures the interest of each audience member through her piercing stage chemistry with her live musicians, and her ever-growing theatrics.

In the spring of 2017, the singer left her mark on the Denver music scene with the release of her first rock album Storm. Following the release, underwent a complete lineup change in her band, and came back stronger than ever with the reincarnation of her dark sound: Enchiridion of Nightmares (2018).

“Like a series of dark fairy tales, Enchiridion of Nightmares the new album from dark [rocker] Sharone, captivates, seduces, and haunts. Each of its notes, let alone songs, comes with a shadow to [her] beauty, melancholy to [her] light, and intimacy to [her] grandeur with it all colluding in an adventure which just steals the imagination from everyday reality.

There is a rich cinematic and theatre-esque feel to Enchiridion of Nightmares which equally adds to its captivation; indeed its songs entwine an influence of horror movies, vintage and modern, into their personal nightmares. With just as richly layered and dramatic sounds to its exploration, the album is a persistent unveiling of new twists and shadows listen by listen. On our first meeting intrigue soaked the pleasure, through a couple more captivation, each subsequent listen leading to the inescapable bewitchment these words spring from.”
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Sharone followed up the release with three exhilarating summer and fall tours, reaching audiences across the western, central, and eastern United States, and is currently working on her third studio album. This unique rock artist is destined for success in the metal and goth rock realm.

Sharone’s third studio album, ‘Reflection’, is due out December 7th, 2019.

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NELSON and Wendy and Carnie Wilson perform on ‘THE TALK’

Photo credit: Brian Lowe
LOS ANGELES, December 13, 2016
“This Christmas Too” is available in stores, now.  The album is a true family affair for Matthew and Gunnar Nelson, who have teamed up with another pair of platinum, second- (and, in the Nelsons‘ case, third-) generation performers in their childhood friends Carnie and Wendy Wilson for a holiday single that celebrates not only their legendary rock fathers – Ricky Nelson and Brian Wilson – but their individual hit-making histories. The large-screen video for the single “This Christmas” can be viewed
Nelson, along with Wendy and Carnie Wilson, will make their television debut with a performance of “This Christmas” on CBS’s “The Talk” on Dec. 14 at 2:00pm ET/1:00pm PT.
NELSON is once again a solid Top 10 Holiday radio smash with “This Christmas” – with a major Mediabase and Nielsen/BDS chart and national airplay profile going head to head with major superstars Josh Groban, Train, Pentatonix and Neil Diamond. Building on their breakout 2015 holiday success, the new 2016 version featuring Carnie and Wendy Wilson has been met with enthusiastic radio programmer support and solid airplay right up there with the established Christmas classics.
Both the Nelson brothers and Wilson sisters experienced chart-topping success from the very start of their careers.  Nelson’s “(I Can’t Live Without Your) Love and Affection,” from their 1990 multi-platinum debut album, After the Rain, went to #1 on the Billboard Hot 100, along with the #6 title track and Top 40 hits “More Than Ever” and “Only Time Will Tell.” The Wilson sisters’ Wilson Phillips – with Chynna Phillips, the daughter of the Mamas & the Papas’ John and Michele – scored three #1 singles that same year in “Hold On,” “Release Me” and “You’re in Love,” from their self-titled multi-platinum debut.
CBS’s Daytime Emmy Award-winning talk show THE TALK features a panel of well-known news and entertainment personalities discussing current events, pop culture, contemporary issues, family, celebrity and the trending topics of the day. The daily one-hour series is hosted by Julie Chen, Sara Gilbert, Sharon Osbourne, Aisha Tyler and Sheryl Underwood. The hosts swap stories, challenge each other on issues and engage the studio audience and viewers at home about events in the headlines and their own homes. Show segments include guest interviews with entertainers and newsmakers, musical performances, cooking demos with celebrity chefs, as well as real-world advice. Multiple Daytime Emmy Award-winning John Redmann serves as executive producer. Gilbert, who developed the show, is also an executive producer. Heather Gray and Kristin Matthews are co-executive producers. THE TALK’s seventh season premiered Monday, Sept. 12.
“Christmas with the Nelsons” Tour Dates

DEREK HESS Releases his First Limited Edition Book, “HE AINT NO VARGAS”

He Ain’t No Vargas is a limited edition book containing an extensive collection of grease pencil nudes by Derek Hess that utilize Playboymagazine covers as canvases. The pieces were created using 1960s and 1970s era Playboys— the very same issues Hess first discovered as a fourth grader. The nostalgia brought back by the taboo material of Hess’ childhood made the project even more fun for the artist. Drawing loose and fast, Hess was able to capture the vibrant feeling of the figure.

The book has drawings spanning from the beginning of his experimentation with Playboys back in 2010 all the way into his most recent works done in August, 2013. Vargas refers to the artist Alberto Vargas, who was responsible for the pin-up nudes in Playboy for decades, and the book title is a tongue-in-cheek shot at Hess and his ability to draw. Hugh Hefner gave his personal blessing, perhaps giving the book the highest praise one can receive from Playboy magazine.

 

Purchase your copy of He Ain’t No Vargas here – http://www.indiemerch.com/strhesspress

 

Watch a special book video trailer via Vimeo – https://vimeo.com/72745488

 

 

Derek Hess’s work has been recognized in both the music and art world for over 20 years. Hess began creating promo flyers for shows in Cleveland, OH. These flyers soon gained the attention of a multitude of bands as well as the GRAMMY Museum, The Rock & Roll Hall of Fame and the Louvre in Paris which he is part of their permanent collections. In addition to countless cd covers and gallery shows all over the world, he has been featured on TLC, MTV, Fuse, VH1, Alternative Press, Newsweek and Juxtapoz to name a few.

 

LAST RITES GALLERY Announces 5 Year Anniversary Show

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Last Rites Gallery is pleased to announce its 5 Year Anniversary Show that will feature over forty works of art by a selection of its acclaimed roster of artists. The 5 Year Anniversary Show celebrates the gallery’s continued mission to showcase and harbor the world of dark surrealism and honor the artists that have paid the genre homage by digging into the darkest crevices of their minds and souls. It is with the talent, courage and vision of our artists that we thrive and continue to make our mark on the art world. We exhibit these works in gratitude, introspection and camaraderie, with the aspirations to continue challenging both the individual and group to engage and reflect on the beauty within the darkness.

 

“As both a tattoo and fine artist who specializes in dark art, it has been a dream of mine to open a gallery that serves as both a sanctuary and mecca for the obscure and dark. I am so pleased to have exhibited so many amazing artists throughout the years and look forward to continued success in bringing the genre of dark surrealism to light.” – Paul Booth

 

Artists include: Stefano Alcantara, Esao Andrews, Shawn Barber, Nick Baxter, Matthew Bone, Timothy Boor, Scott G. Brooks, Patrick Byers, Santiago Caruso, David Choquette, Colin Christian, Sas Christian, Christopher Conte, Rory Coyne, Matt Dangler, Jason D’Aquino, Brian Despain, Yoko d’Holbachie, Leslie Ditto, Mark Garro, H.R. Giger, Peter Gric, Chris Haas, Fred Harper, Naoto Hattori, Michael Hussar, Charlie Immer, S Jenx, Viktor Koen, Luke Kopycinski, Ewelina Koszykowska, Craig LaRotonda, Eli Livingston, Jean Paul Mallozzi, Chris Mars, menton3, Billy Norrby, Annie Owens, Chris Peters, Anthony Pontius, Matt Rota, Jose Manuel Schmill, Beau Stanton, David Stoupakis, Jasmine Worth, Zane York, Chet Zar

 

 

 

Join us on Saturday, April 13th from 7pm – 12am for the opening night party hosted by Mistress Juliya. Come celebrate Last Rites 5 Year Anniversary Show as we feature live entertainment throughout the night including DJ Xris SMack!, Nikki LeVillain and Tabitha Mancini.
Xris SMack! is a DJ, VJ/Video & Music Producer and Engineer who spins various genres of music including Punk, Rock, Metal, Goth, Industrial, Terror, EBM, Electro, Synthpop, Triphop, Darkwave, Coldwave and Noise.

 

Nikki LeVillain is an international, exotic performer specializing in Burlesque, dark cabaret belly dancing and snake charming. She is known as Burlesque’s “Serpentine Seductress”.

 

Tabitha Mancini is a writer, visual artist, and multi-instrumentalist, known primarily for her vocals. Her ethereal style adds to her uniquely blended performance of songwriting and atmospheric mood.

 

Sponsored by Inked Magazine

 

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Last Rites Gallery is located at 511 West 33rd Street, 3rd Floor, between 10th and 11thavenues, New York.

“Till Death: A Guide to Love and Loss” A Twisted and Torrid Hardcover Photo Book by JEREMY SAFFER

“Till Death: A Guide to Love and Loss” is a brand new, 70-page, full color hardcover photo book that combines the creative and twisted minds of world renowned rock photographer JEREMY SAFFER and the to-die-for front woman of New Years Day, Ash Costello, in a goth culture romantic horror-comedy with an axe-sharp sense of humor. Our victim is portrayed by Kriz DK of the Genitorturers and Deadstar Assembly.

PRE-ORDERS KICK OFF TODAY! ***PRE ORDER HERE***

*Pre-orders are set to start shipping the week of March 18th.

*Pre-order packages detailed below.

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Till Death… shows the trials and tribulations of a boy as he tries to win the heart of the girl of his dreams (or nightmares). His misadventures hilariously lead him to torture, beatings, loss of vital internal organs, and worse…all in the name of love. Follow Ash Costello as she (literally) catches the eye and captures the heart of an innocent boy in love!

“Till Death… shows what it might be like to date a gothic matriarch, like Morticia, Elvira, Lily, etc. prior to them meeting their Gomez or Herman,” states photographer JEREMY SAFFER. “What would a boy would have to go through and endure to win her heart? We really tried to capture the comedic aspects of romantic goth culture and horror, giving the book a Addams/Tales From The Crypt style sense of humor.”

“Jeremy is such a doll to work with,” adds Ash Costello. “I can be kind of a pain, as most girls tend to be, but he always made me feel so comfortable and confident and really excited about what we were doing. His vibe during the entire process made me so excited to share this project with the world! I cannot wait to shoot more!”

PRE ORDER DETAILS:

The book is a 70 page, 8.5 x 5.5 full color hardcover book with over 50 full page images.

ALL Pre-orders come with one of three anti-Valentine’s Day greeting cards made from the images and words of Till Death… (chosen at random).
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Pre-order (just the book)
– A copy of Till Death…

Pre-order pack 1
– A copy of Till Death…
– A limited edition metallic 8×12 of the cover printed on Kodak endura metallic paper signed by both Ash Costello and JEREMY SAFFER

Pre-order pack 2
– A copy of Till Death…
– 5 metallic 4×6 mini prints of images taken from Till Death…

Pre-order pack 3
– A copy of Till Death…
– all three anti- Valentine’s Day greeting cards made from the images and words of Till Death…

Pre-order pack 4
– A hand numbered and signed copy of Till Death… signed by both Ash Costello and JEREMY SAFFER.
– A limited edition metallic 8×12 print of the cover printed on Kodak endura metallic paper signed by both Ash Costello and JEREMY SAFFER
– 5 metallic 4×6 mini prints of images taken from Till Death…
– All three anti-Valentine’s Day greeting cards made from the images and words of Till Death…
– A limited edition 4×6 metallic mini print of the “its complicated” AD
– A double sided Till Death… postcard
– A double sided Ash Costello postcard

For more information and to buy the book, please visit http://jeremysaffer.com/tilldeath/.

VINCENT CASTIGLIA Offers Unique, Hand-Painted Giclée Prints – Signed and Numbered (and Painted in Blood!)

World-renowned surrealist VINCENT CASTIGLIA is pleased to announce that he is offering new, hand-painted/embellished Giclée prints for the first time ever. Each print is unique, signed and numbered – and of course, painted with Vincent’s own blood. The Giclée prints are museum quality, archival prints on Somerset Velvet paper (100% cotton rag), printed using a Canon IPF 9100 with Lucia pigmented inks (rated not to fade for at least 100 years).

This is a rare opportunity for any collector who might be interested in a piece embellished by VINCENT CASTIGLIA at a more affordable price.

The prints that Vincent has made available are:
THE SLEEP – 24″ x 32″ Hand-painted, Limited Edition of 16 – $900
LAURA – 16″ x 24″ – $800
FEEDING – 16″ x 24″ Hand-painted, Limited Edition of 16 – $800

Prints of THE SLEEP and/or LAURA are available for purchase exclusively through http://www.acabinetofcuriosities.co.uk. Prints of FEEDING are available directly through http://www.vincentcastiglia.com.

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VINCENT CASTIGLIA is known for his striking paintings that are created exclusively in his own human blood. A successful gallery showing of his work recently appeared at Sacred Gallery NYC and was featured by the likes of CNBC, FOX News, BBC, The Huffington Post, New York Daily News, Art Business News and more. VINCENT CASTIGLIA recently won the award for “Tattoo Artist of the Year” in ThisisHorror.co.uk’s “This Is Horror Awards 2012”.
Vincent is the first American artist to receive a solo exhibition invitation from Oscar Award-winning artist H.R. Giger in the history of the H. R. Giger Museum Gallery. Vincent’s art has been praised by fellow artists, musicians, and other notables throughout his career.

“With such precise technique, his depiction of human musculature is nothing short of outstanding.”
– Paul Booth / World-renowned Tattooist, Artist, Gallery Owner, Fanatical Nihilist

“If the body is the temple, then the heart is the altar and the blood is the sacred flame that enlightens the shrine. Vincent is painting with holy light.” – Martin Eric Ain / Musician, Celtic Frost

“The ominous truth that his art confronts, along with the exquisiteness in which it is portrayed, provides a timeless revelation into human existence.” – Joe Sopkowics, Forensic Photographer

VINCENT CASTIGLIA’s impressive work has seen many sides of the entertainment world, as well. MTV New Media’s Horror-Slasher Film, Savage County, featured his art as its official movie poster, depicting the three murderers in the film. Prior to the film, Vincent painted album art for heavy metal band Triptykon’s 2010 debut release, Eparistera Daimones. Triptykon is founded by former Hellhammer / Celtic Frost singer and guitarist Tom Gabriel Fischer.

His work has been featured on New York 1 News, Spike TV, as well as the television series, Miami Ink. His work has been explored by countless art and culture, and media publications, in the US and internationally, including the New York Post, New York Daily News, and the recently released, Lexikon Der Phantastischen Künstler “The international encyclopedia of fantastic, surrealistic, symbolist, & visionary artists”.

His work hangs in many distinguished international collections; one of his most celebrated works of 2006, “Gravity” was recently acquired by Rock legend Gregg Allman. Vincent’s paintings have been exhibited at museums and galleries in the US, and internationally, including CoproGallery, (Santa Monica, California), Last Rites Gallery (New York) The Museum of Sex (New York), The Museum Of Porn In Art, (Switzerland), The HR Giger Museum Gallery, (Switzerland), , The Mall Gallery (London, England) Canvas Los Angeles (Los Angeles California), Fuse Gallery (New York), Sidney & Berne Davis Art Center (Ft. Myers, Florida), Art @ Large Gallery (New York) Gallery Lombardi (Austin Texas), L’imagerie Gallery (Hollywood, California), Museo De La Cuidad De Mexico, (Mexico), C-Pop Gallery (Detroit, Michigan), Shooting Gallery (San Francisco, CA), Seed Gallery (Newark, New Jersey), The 7th Annual Dirty Show (Detroit, Michigan), as well as The Congregation Gallery (Hollywood, California).

For more information on VINCENT CASTIGLIA, please visit http://www.vincentcastigliaart.com.

VOIVOD Premieres ‘Target Earth’ Artwork, Reveals Album Details

Canadian progressive metal pioneers VOIVOD have premiered the artwork for their 13th studio album, Target Earth, on the band’s official Facebook page.

The original art was once again drawn by drummer Away (Michel Langevin) and features color schemes from each one of the band’s’ previous albums.

Due out January 21st in Europe and January 22nd in North America, Target Earth was recorded at producer Pierre Rémillard’s Wild Studios in Quebec and mixed by Sanford Parker (PELICAN, NACHTMYSTIUM). The album will be available as a CD, gatefold double vinyl and a limited edition deluxe box set (details on that to be announced soon).

The album brings back original bass player, Blacky (Jean Yves Thériault), marking his first recordings with the band since 1991’s Angel Rat. It’s also the first to feature guitarist, Chewy (Dan Mongrain), who cut his teeth playing guitar to the late Denis D’Amour’s riffs and thus has matched his style to a tee. VOIVOD, as a full group, hadn’t sat down to write a record together since 2003’s self-titled album. The end result harkens back to the group’s late 80s output and after 30 years together as a band, one of their best yet.

The official track-listing for Target Earth can be seen below.
Target Earth
Kluskap O’Kom
Empathy for the Enemy
Mechanical Mind
Warchaic
Resistance
Kaleidos
Corps Étranger
Artefact
Defiance
To hear the album’s first single, “Mechanical Mind,” please click here.

VOIVOD live 2012
10/26–La Riviera–Madrid, Spain **with ARCH ENEMY**
10/27–Razzmatazz 2–Barcelona, Spain **with ARCH ENEMY**
10/30–MILK Club–Moscow, Russia
10/31–Nosturi–Helsinki, Finland
11/17–Fox Theater–Oakland, CA **with NEUROSIS, YOB**

Betty Black Unleashes Her Stormy Bad Weather EP

As an in-demand singer/songwriter and musician, SYLVIA GORDON (aka Sylvia Black of Kudu / Art World Killer) has gained international acclaim for her compelling collaborations with artists like Black Eyed Peas, Moby, William Orbit, Kelis, The Noisettes, Spank Rock, Benny Benassi and Telepopmusik.

With BETTY BLACK, Gordon steps out on her own conjuring a bewitching “southern gothic chanteuse” whose gripping barbed-wire tales about love, loss, lust and self-exploration are laced with haunting melodies, dynamic musicality and smoldering vocals – with equal parts smoke and bite – that cut like a sensuous blade right to your core.

On BAD WEATHER, the multi-talented musical chameleon delivers a feverish collection of rugged desert rock, pensive melancholic pop and wistful blues – with liberal doses of moody electronics, sharp-edged guitars, driving beats and lush strings.

Recorded at a farm house studio in the Shenandoah Valley, the set was produced and arranged by Gordon, co-producer/engineer Rudyard Lee Cullers (Yeah Yeah Yeahs / Basement Jaxx / Bright Eyes) and Jamin Gilbert. It’s an impressive showcase for the artist who plays bass and synths throughout and even steps out for the first time playing guitar on most of the tracks It’s also a notable departure (both stylistically and thematically) from her rapturous debut Slow Dance, which was a more romantic tinderbox of heartfelt torch songs about love, longing and blissful naiveté.

BAD WEATHER is a more tempestuous and darkly seductive exploration that howls with a primal intensity. There’s a pervasive undercurrent of danger and desire, vulnerability and bravado, urgency and introspection that draws you into its brooding melodrama.

The second installment in a trilogy of releases, the largely autobiographical fete includes the ominous title track and sultry “Am I Not Your Girl?” (both previously issued as singles), along with “Ain’t Talkin’ ‘Bout Love”(a fiery retelling of the Van Halen classic) , hypnotic new single “Fatality Of Love”, sly country rocker “Paper Dolls”, “Killing Time” and the stargazing “Bitter Moon”.

Press Quotes

“In a perfect world, Betty Black would be your new favorite diva, as she has all of the pop friendliness that the title implies, but grounded in a restless musicality” — Pop Matters

“Black’s voice, reminiscent of Zola Jesus and Bat for Lashes, cuts like a sensuous blade right to your core” — AOL Spinner

“Spine-tingling…an exotic blend of Julie London, Lena Horne and Dusty Springfield, with a Dinah Washington snarl lurking just beneath the velveteen surface for good measure” — My Old Kentucky Blog

“Sylvia’s voice– a supple coil of smooth velvet.” — Time Out New York

VINCENT CASTIGLIA Draws Hundreds to ‘Resurrection’ Retrospective Art Exhibition

World-Renowned Surrealist VINCENT CASTIGLIA Draws Hundreds to ‘Resurrection’ Retrospective Art Exhibition Opening at Sacred Gallery NYC

CNBC, FOX News, BBC, NY Daily News, The Huffington Post and More Take Notice of ‘Resurrection’

Photos: Steve Prue

Brooklyn-born and world-renowned surrealist VINCENT CASTIGLIA’s solo art exhibition, entitled ‘Resurrection’, kicked off to a stellar opening night on October 4th at Sacred Gallery NYC. Hundreds of intrigued visitors perused the gallery of Vincent’s striking paintings. His paintings, which are created exclusively in his own human blood, not only impressed the attendees, but several press outlets that have since taken notice to the remarkable collection.

VINCENT CASTIGLIA’s work has now been covered by the likes of CNBC, FOX News, BBC, The Huffington Post, New York Daily News, Art Business News and more.

‘Resurrection’ encompasses all of Vincent’s available work from the beginning of his career and aims to examine the congruency of life and death. The gallery will continue to be open for free to the public at Sacred Gallery NYC through October 31, 2012.

VINCENT CASTIGLIA is the first American artist to receive a solo exhibition invitation from Oscar Award-winning artist H.R. Giger in the history of the H. R. Giger Museum Gallery. Vincent’s art has been praised by fellow artists, musicians, and other notables throughout his career.

“With such precise technique, his depiction of human musculature is nothing short of outstanding.”
– Paul Booth / World-renowned Tattooist, Artist, Gallery Owner, Fanatical Nihilist

“If the body is the temple, then the heart is the altar and the blood is the sacred flame that enlightens the shrine. Vincent is painting with holy light.” – Martin Eric Ain / Musician, Celtic Frost

“The ominous truth that his art confronts, along with the exquisiteness in which it is portrayed, provides a timeless revelation into human existence.” – Joe Sopkowics, Forensic Photographer

VINCENT CASTIGLIA’s impressive work has seen many sides of the entertainment world, as well. MTV New Media’s Horror-Slasher Film, Savage County, featured his art as its official movie poster, depicting the three murderers in the film. Prior to the film, Vincent painted album art for heavy metal band Triptykon’s 2010 debut release, Eparistera Daimones. Triptykon is founded by former Hellhammer / Celtic Frost singer and guitarist Tom Gabriel Fischer.

His work has been featured on New York 1 News, Spike TV, as well as the television series, Miami Ink. His work has been explored by countless art and culture, and media publications, in the US and internationally, including the New York Post, New York Daily News, and the recently released, Lexikon Der Phantastischen Künstler “The international encyclopedia of fantastic, surrealistic, symbolist, & visionary artists”.

His work hangs in many distinguished international collections; one of his most celebrated works of 2006, “Gravity” was recently acquired by Rock legend Gregg Allman. Vincent’s paintings have been exhibited at museums and galleries in the US, and internationally, including CoproGallery, (Santa Monica, California), Last Rites Gallery (New York) The Museum of Sex (New York), The Museum Of Porn In Art, (Switzerland), The HR Giger Museum Gallery, (Switzerland), , The Mall Gallery (London, England) Canvas Los Angeles (Los Angeles California), Fuse Gallery (New York), Sidney & Berne Davis Art Center (Ft. Myers, Florida), Art @ Large Gallery (New York) Gallery Lombardi (Austin Texas), L’imagerie Gallery (Hollywood, California), Museo De La Cuidad De Mexico, (Mexico), C-Pop Gallery (Detroit, Michigan), Shooting Gallery (San Francisco, CA), Seed Gallery (Newark, New Jersey), The 7th Annual Dirty Show (Detroit, Michigan), as well as The Congregation Gallery (Hollywood, California).

For more information on VINCENT CASTIGLIA, please visit www.vincentcastigliaart.com.

Rupa & The April Fishes: Thunderbird Cafe, Wednesday, October 10, 2012

If you haven’t heard of Rupa & The April Fishes you aren’t alone… yet. The diverse sound quality and powerhouse instrumentation that this San Francisco based international phenom is bringing to Pittsburgh should be a treat, not the least because the ideas  that Rupa Marya imbues their multilingual, gypsy rock songs with is as prescient to the mind as it is kind to the ear.

The band is promoting their new album, “BUILD,” and coming off of the Shakori Hills Grass Roots Festival in North Carolina. At Thunderbird Wednesday night, their opener will be Pittsburgh act Phat Man Dee, a unique jazz singer with cabaret swing style that should be a strong pairing with Rupa & The April Fishes oft cabaret inspired songs and beautifully analog/acoustic sound.

The show begins at 9PM, $12 at door.

Expression of Life: The Rupa Marya Interview

Pittsburgh Music Magazine had the enlightening opportunity to catch up with the incomparable Rupa Marya, front woman and pilot of the expedition that is Rupa & The April Fishes. But, as if to exeplify the humanism she espouses, Rupa is far more than simply a star musician. The San Francisco band has built a major following and an impressive song book that they have been playing out to crowds internationally – from free street side performances in barrios in India, to music festivals in the Bay Area.  Rupa is currently on tour with The April Fishes and their newest album “BUILD.” This Wednesday they are headed for Pittsburgh to play Thunderbird Cafe (9:00PM/$12), we spoke Saturday morning as they were at the Shakori Hills Grass Roots Festival in Pittsboro, North Carolina.

PMM: Bon Jour, Buenos Dias, and Good Morning! An immediately obvious feature of your music is that you are multilingual in your composition. In many cases this matches up closely with the style of the music itself and you’ve also said that you intentionally write music in a variety of languages as a means of creating an accessible, open forum for a diverse audience to participate in, can you share some more about the decisions that guide your choices about language in your songs?

Rupa: Well, it’s mostly where I am and who I’m around, and what I’m trying to say, that dictates the language I write in, and you know, the groove, what the groove is asking for – most of my songs start with a groove, and it sort of goes from there. I do feel that having a palette of languages and sounds recreates how I see the world and what I’m trying to pay attention to. So, like any environment you go to, here even, driving in North Carolina, in this hotel, if you sit an listen and pay attention to who is around you, immediately you’ll find at least two or three different languages being spoken – but our image of the world being, or even just this country being, English only is just not representational of what is actually happening. And to me there is a beauty in that, in the cacophony of sounds.

PMM: And I know that for you, being from the Mission [San Francisco]…

Rupa: Yeah, the Mission, I love it. It’s an interesting place of contradiction, and change, and you know, many different cultures up against each other, which is always a cool fertile ground for creativity and expression. It’s beautiful, it’s a very cool spot!

PMM: Nice! Yeah, can I ask you actually, I saw a documentary where you were talking about the murals [in the Mission] making you want to create music. Do you have any specific examples of a song born out of one particular one, or is there anything about that process you can share?

Rupa: Umm… there’s a mural down in Cochabamba, Bolivia that was painted by a muralist who’s from San Francisco, and her relating her story of painting that mural and what’s in the mural, and why she went down there, ended up on our next album…

PMM: Now, is that Mona Caron?

Rupa: Yes, that’s Mona Caron and the song is Cochabamba, and it’s about the privatization of the waterways in Cochabamba in 2000. And so, Mona went down there in 2010 for the ten year anniversary of the Water Wars, to celebrate the fact that the people of Cochabamba and the surrounding areas have resisted the attempted privatization of their water. And that… that was significant… you know, mural, music, moment, journey!

PMM: Wow, yeah… that’s really bringing it all together. I also read that you are planning to start a project to travel together with her to create public visual art with sound compositions. Can you speak to that a little bit?

Rupa: Well one thing that Mona has been doing is drawing, painting, giant plants, weeds, around on streets, just on raw buildings, and then filming them and then I’ll be setting those to music. And she did travel with us to Athens and to India last year to paint, and that was an amazing thing. I’m looking forward to that collaboration. So right now we are touring with this album, but that is something I am excited about. Mona does these really beautiful, greater-than-life plants and vegetables, and she takes something that is cast aside from our attention and just blows it up in the most beautiful way on a wall. It’s just this simple, beautiful, quietly revolutionary act of training our attention to something we have neglected or purposefully eradicated.

PMM: Absolutely, in a simple aesthetic way…

Rupa: Yes.

PMM: How would you say, musically, that goes with your process with The April Fishes?

Rupa: Well it’s definitely inspiring and our art is definitely in conversation with each other. For me, I’ve been very interested in invisible things as well, in particular people… people who in our society are trying to be invisible from being in a place where they’re “not supposed to be” as we have with a lot of the undocumented migration that is going on around the world – this is a forced migration, an economic migration, most often, if you look at Mexico for example, with the privatization of lands that was used for subsistence farming by poor people, in the 1990s with NAFTA, there has been a huge influx of people coming here, to farm and get work. And they don’t want to be here, but they don’t have an option economically in their home countries. So having economic systems that create and recreate poverty in certain nations in the global South drives these mass migrations of people up here.

So for me, in my work, I am learning how to notice that and to pay attention, and to speak to that and honor that and also try to create a bridge… usually when we hear about when we hear about the immigration issue, it’s couched in these political terms that remove the humanity from the situation, and takes away our ability to be compassionate… what we are talking about are people’s lives… and if people just spend more time around one another we will find we have more in common than we do have different. So that is part of my music, is to try to get that vibe in our midst.

PMM: That’s fantastic, and I’m really putting it together in my mind with The Grapes of Wrath, and what we can do in a contemporary sense to recognize the realities of the world we are living in.

Rupa: Steinbeck was an amazing, an amazing, documenter of what was happening in California… and I would like to do more around farming in California in particular, in the legacy of what John Steinbeck did he wrote these amazing essays on the Gypsy Harvest,  these huge groups of people coming from different lands – they were Punjabi, or they were Chinese, or they were Mexican, or they were Irish, there were just these waves of people coming through to do the work that other people didn’t want to do… this essential work so that people can eat. And it’s been a very vulnerable group of people in California, working in our valleys.

PMM: I’m also a big fan of Pablo Neruda, so I obviously recognize and gravitate to your song “Neruda” on Este Mundo.

Rupa: Neruda is… I call him my “original love,” my first love. He is just so powerful in how he articulates beauty in life and struggle and just these tiny, tiny moments. I love his sense of humor, I love his… the insistence with which he lived his life. I remember there’s one line from his poetry, “They’ll have to really scrub me from the chalkboard, I lived sooo intensely.” That, that feels great.

He was also a poet who did a lot of travel and was very aware of the power dynamic in his niche. For me power dynamic is a very interesting thing, politics feels like a theater of distraction, like the presidential debate with Obama and Romney …we are choosing two different versions of the same kind of policies, it’s not going to be that different, truly it’s not going to be that different. It feels like an element of distraction while… um, where’s all the money going? And so to me that is really less interesting than the power dynamics between people. Who’s really holding the power and how’s it being wielded? How is it being shaped in our midst?

And the album [BUILD] deals with this… just a call to find that power inside of ourselves, and inside of our communities, and between ourselves – the more we divide ourselves with these ideas the less we are going to be able put in our effort and build bridges, and grow what we actually need and want; in our cities, in our communities, and in our own midst. And I think it is much easier to get lost in the emotional trappings of politics.

PMM: I really appreciate your point there about distraction, because it is creating the primary focus for us, but totally taking our minds off of all of the things we could actually do as opposed to being stuck there watching it happen. Yeah…

Rupa: Yeah, there is a very strange type of mute-ism that is going on in our society and when people do have the courage to speak out, what happens? And how do we return to this mute state? We’ve seen the banks in the last five years, gamble and lose peoples money, students racked with debt they’ll never be able to pay back… and there is very little sounding out against this. To me it’s kind of interesting… we’re watching, as gas prices go up over $4 a gallon, almost to $5 a gallon, I’m wondering how it never quite gets to $5 a gallon. It’s like the people aren’t ready for that, cause that’s when they’ll really get out in the streets. But it’s just an interesting economic time that we live in and for me to listen to the mute nature of people… speaks to me as the fact that people do not feel empowered to demand what they want… and to ask for what they want.

And we get stuck on these lesser issues, to me… they’re important issues, but they become like these little wedge issues that drive people apart from each other. I mean we could spend all day arguing about… abortion… between two people… you could spend your whole life arguing these things, meanwhile people don’t get healthcare, people don’t get quality education, teachers are being laid of, and banks are cleaning us all out.

PMM: And all of the things that could be preventative to the issues we are stuck on are never dealt with because we are stuck on these issues.

Rupa: Exactly.

PMM: I read that you studied Post-War Political Theater, I can feel a lot of that coming through on top of this notion, not only of what politics are, but how we experience them and what is the audience doing while these things are going on…

Rupa: It’s an interesting time to be an artist for sure. On the one hand you just want to bring people into a really good vibe, you know, to create a space where they can resonate with each other, where they can feel hope and awaken, and that to me is the primary substance of music. Awaken, enliven, and get us sort of vibrating together, and then there’s these things, like how do you use your art to articulate some of these things. How is the form of the art articulated? How is the content of the art articulated? For me it’s still an ongoing experiment.

PMM: Um… Wow. So you are a step ahead of me, because I was going to ask about that fact that you are a doctor and that you’ve been a professor of Internal Medicine at UCSF Medical Center, really… your polymath abilities are pretty staggering. I was going to ask you how you balance the passions of music and medicine, and politics, and yet… correct me if I’m wrong, but it sounds like you don’t think of them as different things, so much as different aspects of the same thing.

Rupa: Yeah, for sure, and I appreciate you calling them both passions because they are. For me they are an expression of life, and being a doctor allows a certain proximity to witnessing life, which is really inspiring and exciting for music and other things. But it is a balancing act, and I’m still learning how to do it. This year, on music, I’ve been traveling with the band and trying to make my living on the music because when I return to town I will be working at an immigrant free clinic for people in San Francisco,for people who don’t have papers…

PMM: People who otherwise would be afraid to try to get help.

Rupa: Exactly. And so it is an interesting to try to separate my practice of medicine from my economic need, because it creates some space to think about “What does it meant to be a doctor?” “What does it mean to make your income off of people’s suffering?” When people suffer, there’s a gain that’s involved, and I feel that that mathematical equation has not listened to the problems that we face with health insurance companies and the privatization of the healthcare sector in the United States. Yeah, it’s tricky. It’s a tricky thing.

If you ask the question, should a healthcare insurance executive… I met a couple folks the other day who bought their second home for $8 million in Hawaii, their first home is in Rhode Island, and I asked them what they both did and they said, “We’re healthcare insurance financial officers.” And I thought “Wow! OK, so now we know how the money is being allocated.” Would you even want to live in a world where $8 million can be extracted from the health insurance sector to provide for a second home for an executive? Or would you want that money to be available for people who are being refused for their MRIs, and their surgeries, and their procedures? And it’s not “right” or “wrong,” it’s just “What kind of world do we want to live in?”

And that’s what I mean about the distraction. The distraction around Obamacare was, you know, Democrat v. Republican. When the real issue is, I feel, why are we further entrenching… why are we mandating now that everyone has to pay for private insurance, that is a federally mandated thing. So the people who bought that $8 million dollar home are ensured an increase in their income. More money is going to be funneled into the private sector off of healthcare and I don’t really want to profit off of my patients, I want to take care of them, I want to take good care of them.

I want to be supported by taking care of them, I want to able to afford to live in the community where I work, so that I can see my patients walking around on the streets and get a sense of what it means to live and work in that group of people. But, I don’t need to make an extra buck off of every colonoscopy. So it’s an interesting question… are there things we should not be making profits off of? It’s just a question.

PMM: And that example brings us kind of full circle, because when we talk about Hawaii there is another indigenous people, who are off the radar for most people, in terms of what’s happened to their land and their access to food, water, and healthy environments.

Rupa: Yeah, and Hawaii is very interesting because that indigenous population that is very much alive and kicking… unlike many of the indigenous populations, which are still alive, but even more invisible on the mainlands of the United States. Hawaii is a very interesting place to examine “How do we want to relate to groups of people who have been marginalized or pushed off to the side?” I would hope for greater dialogue, greater compassion and an ability to heal some of those wounds that happened before we all arrived here, and not in a way that punishes, but in a way that gives respect and accountability for people’s voices.

PMM: What are some of your favorite songs on the new album… do you love them all?

Rupa: I really do love them. I really love [the title track] Build, the way we started it and the way we ended up. It is a very strong song for me to sing and every time I sing it I am confronted with the words and how it is asking me to have faith in my own self, and asking people to have faith in themselves. In our creative capacity, in witnessing the world in upheaval in the last two years… there is a choice we have to all make between our creative capacity and our anti-creative capacity. We can choose to become violent and rageful or we can choose to take that energy and really invest in creating a new paradigm… in a paradigm that will make this old one obsolete, because it is simply better, more intuitive, more intelligent. And that’s a harder road, it is easier to rail, it’s easier to rage…

PMM: …and to participate in the distraction theater.

Rupa: Yeah, cause there you expend energy and people feel more powerful, but that’s not going to help. What we actually need right now is creating new economies, new modes of economy, new dynamics between people, new relationships to the land and farming, new relationships to health, new relationships to education, and to awaken a population that has fallen asleep at the wheel. When you live in a representational democracy there is this false sense that you can just relegate the job to someone else and they’ll get it done, they know what’s what. In the meantime look at where all of our resources are going. And we have to demand what we want as a population… and if this is the best we can do… I don’t think it is. And so I think it has to happen at a small level and it’s great to be in a place like San Francisco, where there are lots of activated people and dialogue.

PMM: And the dialogue is alive. So, when you come to Pittsburgh, the venue you are going to be playing is kind of boutique-y in a sense. I know that you play a variety of venues, do you have an audience size that you love for your music? Do you get a lot out of different ones?

Rupa: I love the variety. So today we are playing a big festival, and we are going to play what we call the “power set,” and rock… finding the nicht. When we are in a smaller place it’s nice because you can talk to the audience and develop a rapport. So it’s just different, every show is different. We played in Pittsburgh once before, years ago, so people don’t really know about it… so we’re hoping to get the word out and share our evening.

Rupa & The April Fishes play Thunderbird Cafe, Wednesday, October 10, 2012 @ 9:00PM

BUILD by Rupa & The April Fishes is out from INGROOVES Records and available on Amazon and iTunes.

Tattoo Artist and World-Renowned Surrealist VINCENT CASTIGLIA Gets Gory

Brooklyn-born and world-renowned surrealist VINCENT CASTIGLIA’s solo art exhibition, entitled ‘Resurrection’, kicks off tomorrow at a special gallery opening from 8-11pm at Sacred Gallery NYC (located at 424 Broadway 2nd Floor between Canal and Howard, NYC). The gallery will run through October 31st. ‘Resurrection’ will include a striking collection of Vincent’s paintings, which are created exclusively in his own human blood.

This retrospective encompasses all of Vincent’s available work from the beginning of his career and aims to examine the congruency of life and death.

In the privacy of his studio, current Manhattan resident VINCENT CASTIGLIA practices a kind of modern-day phlebotomy, siphoning the life force which he believes contains his own psychic energy, while giving it an outlet and form. In doing so, he dissolves the barrier between artist and art in a most literal and immediate sense.

Vincent’s figures, their musculature and skin, are painted with what could be thought of as “liquid flesh”. Its tendency to quicken the subjects is likely inapproachable by any other medium—as it is actual tissue with which it is being rendered. In this way the subject’s realism is not merely an optical illusion due to its level of detail, but rather is an actual transference of flesh and blood to each work.

VINCENT CASTIGLIA is the first American artist to receive a solo exhibition invitation from Oscar Award-winning artist H.R. Giger in the history of the H. R. Giger Museum Gallery. Vincent’s art has been praised by fellow artists, musicians, and other notables throughout his career.

“With such precise technique, his depiction of human musculature is nothing short of outstanding.”
– Paul Booth / World-renowned Tattooist, Artist, Gallery Owner, Fanatical Nihilist

“If the body is the temple, then the heart is the altar and the blood is the sacred flame that enlightens the shrine. Vincent is painting with holy light.” – Martin Eric Ain / Musician, Celtic Frost

“The ominous truth that his art confronts, along with the exquisiteness in which it is portrayed, provides a timeless revelation into human existence.” – Joe Sopkowics, Forensic Photographer

VINCENT CASTIGLIA’s impressive work has seen many sides of the entertainment world, as well. MTV New Media’s Horror-Slasher Film, Savage County, featured his art as its official movie poster, depicting the three murderers in the film. Prior to the film, Vincent painted album art for heavy metal band Triptykon’s 2010 debut release, Eparistera Daimones. Triptykon is founded by former Hellhammer / Celtic Frost singer and guitarist Tom Gabriel Fischer.

His work has been featured on New York 1 News, Spike TV, as well as the television series, Miami Ink. His work has been explored by countless art and culture, and media publications, in the US and internationally, including the New York Post, New York Daily News, and the recently released, Lexikon Der Phantastischen Künstler “The international encyclopedia of fantastic, surrealistic, symbolist, & visionary artists”.

For more information on VINCENT CASTIGLIA, please visit www.vincentcastigliaart.com.

Woman Overcomes Disability to Become Award Winning Artist

Karen Sue Wheeler is an award-winning American artist who was born with a form of Muscular Dystrophy known as Spinal Muscular Atrophy. She uses a small brush and very little pigment that creates a dry-brush effect that resembles colored pencil. Each painting that she produces takes from 80-500 hours to complete. She developed a unique sling-like device that she wears on her arm to assist her with wielding her tools, rather a brush, pencil or pen. Joel Geist Video created a portrait of Karen. The film has captured her views on her artwork, some of her techniques of working with watercolor, and it shows a phenomenal amount of her work and accomplishments.

Karen hides or places a rose in every painting completed after 1986. It represents her in her work, and it is one of the most loved and accepted flowers in societal and visual terms. When she relates the rose to herself and her life, she also considers the strength and the thorns. Therefore, when people view Karen’s work they not only feel her presence, they accept her and enjoy her work for the pleasure it brings.

Todd Kerns, bassist for Slash’s band was the subject of one of Karen’s paintings, “In Todd We Trust”:

“Karen is one of those living examples that art and creativity flow through those who are chosen as their vessel. It is awe inspiring. I always marvel at every new piece she creates. Her unique creativity and humor always shines through as only a truly inspired artist can do.”

From 1985 to 1991 Karen was the only disabled artist on the Board of Directors of VSA Arts California, a non-profit organization dedicated to integrating mentally and physically challenged adults and children into society via the arts. She not only coordinated and participated in major statewide exhibits and programs but also held the position of Vice President. She is still on the Honorary Board. Karen was selected Disabled Professional Woman of the Year by the Pilot Club of Southeast Los Angeles in 1990.

Karen now resides in Henderson, Nevada and is currently the only surviving professional artist in Southern Nevada with a neuromuscular disease. She has collectors who live all over the world, a list of which includes Julian Lennon, Phil Collins, Shadoe Stevens, Justin Hayward, Joan Rivers, Damon Wayans and Steven Segal.

Karen is a lifetime member of the Vegas Artists Guild where she served on the Board of Directors for 11 years. In addition, she served three years on the Nevada Governor’s Council on Developmental Disabilities and considers herself an advocate for those less fortunate. She also co-created with William Schnell in 2012 a site to assist people with disabilities called Go Hit Yourself. (www.GoHitYourself.com)

Internationally Famed Artist Ron English Starts Rebranded Website Popaganda

CLUTTER MEDIA GROUP launches a new online experience as they join forces with internationally famed artist Ron English. One of the most prolific and recognizable artists alive today Ron English’s rebranded website – www.popaganda.com – features a full art gallery, up to date news and a full service webstore with exclusive signed merchandise designed by the artist.

POPaganda is the ultimate online destination for Ron English’s rabid fans, collectors and admirers. On Thursday June 28, 2012 POPaganda is releasing a brand new color variant of FAT TONY, Ron English’s satirical jab at over-sugared breakfast cereal and US corporations’ complicity in the obesity epidemic plaguing American children.

Ron English is known the world over for consistently creating art with a message and has bombed the global landscape with unforgettable images. He has coined the term POPaganda to describe his signature mash-up of high and low cultural touchstones, from superhero mythology to totems of art history, populated with his vast and constantly growing arsenal of original characters, including MC Supersized, the obese fast-food mascot featured in the hit movie “Supersize Me,” and Abraham Obama, the fusion of America’s 16th and 44th Presidents, an image widely discussed in the media as directly impacting the 2008 election. Recently, Ron English has created art in partnership with South Park, pop star Chris Brown, and has even been featured on an episode of “The Simpsons”.

“We’re honored to be working with such an amazingly talented artist like Ron English”, says Miranda O’Brien, Founder of Clutter. “Working on Popaganda.com is a key part of our mission: providing artists with direct access to their public on a whole new level.”

As the creators of the DESIGNER TOY AWARDS, CLUTTER is a power influencer, a conduit to one of the key trendsetting subcultures in contemporary pop culture. Designer vinyl toy design is quickly becoming a trending international art form, attracting a fan base that spans a convergence of demographics – from sneaker pimps to high art collectors to music fans and fringe enthusiasts.

To keep up-to-date on new information and news, please visit www.cluttermagazine.com.

CLUTTER MEDIA GROUP and BRUTHERFORD INDUSTRIES PRESENT EXCLUSIVE ICE SCREAM MAN RADIOACTIVE RASPBERRY


CLUTTER MEDIA GROUP in partnership with BRUTHERFORD INDUSTRIES welcome the summer with their exclusive release of the Ice Scream Man Radioactive Raspberry! collectable vinyl. The exclusive offering once again proves CLUTTER MEDIA GROUP to be industry leaders with their finger on the pulse of the Vinyl Toy Movement as they continue to collaborate with groundbreaking and trendsetting artists in bringing new and exciting products. In true CLUTTER fashion, representing CLUTTER’s signature pink color and standing at 5.5″ tall this SPARKLY, GLOW IN THE DARK, RADIOACTIVE RASPBERRY! version features a flat bottom cone in shiny high-gloss black – a perfect complement to offset the sparkling pink ice scream. Limited to just 25 pieces, each one is signed and numbered by the artist, Brutherford Industries.

This Rotocast polyurethane figure is designed and produced by Brutherford Industries, with box artwork by Tamara Petrosino. The Ice Scream Man came to Brutherford in a vision after a freak accident involving a toilet and a clock. The Ice Scream Man is pure evil… a bringer of cavities and brain freeze. Pre-order is available at CLUTTER MAGAZINE for $99.99 and will ship on Monday May 21st.