If one were to think about it, it’s very likely that the decision to order a $28 drink is a more difficult one than ordering one with a four figure price tag. After all, if you can afford to pay more than a grand for a single tipple, you probably don’t worry much about money.
Image by Kyle Weeks The Belgian hip-hop scene genuinely doesn’t get its proper due Stateside, perfectly evidenced by the lack of recognition for the brilliant Liege collective Starflam – who’ve been recording since 1998 (and just admit it, you’ve never even heard of Liege, right?).
Image by Jordan Tempro As we are by now well aware, at any age, cooler heads – while tending to prevail – are generally few in number. Which is one reason why we’re so taken with the budding young NYC songstress Mia Gladstone – whose new single “Baby Don’t Worry” is not only an impressively self-possessed plea for calm, but is made all the more calming by her effortlessly cool delivery. Over a bit of psychedelic (synthesized) organ and a sultry R&B beat (along with some mellifluous flute playing by Brooklyn soulster Cautious Clay ) she sagely and insouciantly intones, “Don’t live like too carefully / Miss opportunities / Protecting yourself from nothing.” “The song is about unapologetically owning yourself,” Ms.
As the news flashing across our screens is apparently not getting better any time soon, all we can frankly think to do is dance while Notre Dame burns. Naturally, Sofi Tukker are always first on our list these days for just such a remedy. And this exuberant R3HAB remix of their most recent single “Fantasy” is precisely the sort of Teutonic, retro-club-culture dancefloor stormer we need to sweat away the heartache.
Brainchild of fashionably iconoclastic wedded couple Angela Gail and Jeffrey Jacob, In The Valley Below have been releasing emotionally adventurous and very modern rock for the better part of a decade; in 2016 they even got a taste of major label success, with a Top 20 Alternative radio hit and a deal with Capitol Records. Shortly after that, and the corresponding years of constant touring, the couple decamped from LA to the mellower, but no less creatively fertile environs of Grand Rapids, Michigan, where, perhaps, the decrease in external stimuli resulted in their most ambitious project to date: a film and musical accompaniment, and daring new live show. The Pink Chateau actually started as a typical album project, but when the idea to also produce a full-length film around it was broached, the duo found themselves going down a rabbit hole of creative overload
Paul Anthony Smith, Untitled, 2018-19, unique picotage on inkjet print mounted on museum board, 40 x 60 inches, courtesy of the artist and the Jack Shainman Gallery, New York The 31-year-old Brooklyn-based artist Paul Anthony Smith is definitely hot. He has recently had a short article in the “Metropolitan” section of The New York Times and a profile in T Magazine. And he currently has a striking solo exhibition at both of the Jack Shainman Chelsea galleries, one at 513 West 20 th Street and a second at 524 West 24 th Street
Image by Adam Holicska Perhaps the most renowned architect of her generation, Zaha Hadid left this world suddenly in March of 2016, suffering a serious heart attack at just 65 years of age. As her influence very much carries on, this year’s Milan Design Week (April 9 – 14) finds the ME Milan Il Duca hotel organizing a tribute exhibition to the late “Queen of the Curve.” Working in cooperation with her firm Zaha Hadid Design , they have curated select design pieces from her illustrious career, whose high-profile manufacturers have included the estimable likes of B&B Italia, Cassina ZH, Royal Thai, Citco, Lalique, and her own ZHD Collection
We fell hard for Marina of Marina & The Diamonds all the way back in 2010, during a particularly riveting performance at the Edinburgh Assembly Rooms. Three albums later, she has been truncated to simply Marina , and is preparing to release a fourth long player, the dual-conceptual and unambiguously titled Love + Fear (out April 26 via Atlantic).
True Anglophiles will always have a soft spot for a certain manner of lush, enigmatic guitar pop – the sort that labels like Postcard and Creation made a veritable manifesto of. To wit, London’s stylishly named new trio whenyoung , who are actually from Ireland – and indeed, their music does have a certain sonic quality that might conjure a vast, windswept Irish valley.
It’s a bit of a cliche that feminism has particularly struggled along in Italy, perhaps due to the unusual sociology of family, in a country that is notable for both innovation, as well as holding fast to tradition. A new exhibition presented by Dior at the FM Center for Contemporary Art in Milan, however, makes good work of pinpointing a pivotal moment in Italia’s history of women’s advancement. Edifyingly titled The Unexpected Subject.1978 Art and Feminism in Italy , it examines how artistic boldness contributed to the feminist cause, specifically, of course, 1978.