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Halloween music that’s not ‘Thriller’ [Listen]

For those of you interested in listening to something other than ‘Thriller’ and ‘Monster Mash’ this Halloween, check out Ice Cream Fire (Tim Kelly & Jackie Haydamacha), a pop/hiphop duo out of Los Angeles. It’s okay– change is scary.

Small world…
We really liked your recent write-up on Eion & Kendra. Eion actually produced our EP ‘Burn It Down‘ as well as our new song, “Last of Us” that we released today for Halloween. We hope you dig it.
-Ice Cream Fire

To hear more from Ice Cream Fire, follow them on Twitter, like them on Facebook, and visit their soundcloud.

Thanks to Ice Cream Fire for sharing.

Happy Halloween

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It’s Monday, Time to F@#k Sh*t Up

Today, you’re challenged to do something new. Something out of the box (whatever that may be). Something out of YOUR ordinary. Because what better way to start off the week then with a little turbulence to keep you on your toes. And if things happen to go awry, well– you have the rest of the week to make up for it.

Happy Monday

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New Music From Electro Pop Punk Duo Backed by Synths, a Beat & . . . a Gameboy [Listen]

The 2013 RAW Indie Artist of the Year and 2014 SXSW performers share their new music video, Timeless, which dropped today. Ladies and gentlemen, Eion and Kendra.

Eion and Kendra are two friends that met in college with a dream and that dream is to continue living the dream, deliver epic tunes, and put on a fun live show. A brand new band but already making moves first winning RAW Indie Artist of the year 2013, playing Red Gorilla and Fuel Our Fire showcases at SxSw 2014, and releasing their first single "Get Real".

They’re not done yet– Eion (Ian Moore) is also a director.

If you love EDM life and want to hear more from  Eion and Kendra, visit their soundcloud, like them on Facebook, and follow them on Twitter and IG. Oh, and YouTube… *phew!

Special thanks to Eion and Kendra for sharing.

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The Non-scientific Breakdown of A Critique

If you’ve ever been in a critique, chances are you probably fall into one of the following categories:

1. The Defensive Back: Like a 250lb All American, the DB has a comeback for everything and is not letting anything through that tough exterior– not even valuable feedback. Not to worry; we still love you– after the critique.

2. The Ghost: Also-known-as “Casper,” this person has a strange way of always disappearing right before that 2 hour critique.  “Hey?! Wasn’t so-and-so just here a second ago?” “They’ll be back–they left their keys.”

3. The Fat Lady: Before you get upset about the category title, remember the expression, “it ain’t over ’til the fat lady sings”? Well, these guys are still slapping on paint on the way to the front of the room.  They always manage to keep things interesting.

4. The Quiet Genius: They let the work speak for itself. Deep down, we all envy them.

There are probably a lot more categories that are missing and should be added to the list. Either way just remember, it’s not you we’re critiquing– it’s the work!

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Need a break? Checkout these 4 Paintings Inspired by the Ocean

Huntington Beach, CA artist, Gregory Lee Davis, shares his oceanside views through his paintings– enjoy.

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Gregory Lee Davis is an artist from Huntington Beach, CA. He draws much of his inspiration from the ocean where he has spent a great deal of time. The style in which his paintings are done are expressive in nature which is based in technique and can be at times impulsive in his process. In his work lives a vibrant color and spirit.

To see more of Gregory Lee Davis’ work,  visit his website, like him on Facebook, or get your own prints and originals by emailling gdavis635@gmail.com.

Special thanks to Gregory for sharing.

 

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“Believe in your talent and your work will speak for itself”

 23 year old artist, Twan Kaikpo, tells her story. She said she is a struggling artist ( well, not exactly) and wanted to share her art, spirituality, and words– enjoy.

 

As an artist I try to translate my spirituality and my strange imagination into images.

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I believe my artwork is unique because it’s a bit corky, jovial, spiritual, colorful, and almost childlike. It’s definitely not “fine art” but I think it still conveys a message.

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I paint because it has a healing effect on me. I could be upset or just really angry all day, but as soon as I pick up a paint brush, all of those feelings are released and I feel happy again.

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I hope I don’t sound like a lunatic when I say this but I believe that God puts all of the images I’ve painted so far in my head. I say that because I usually get ideas for paintings after having a daydream while meditating or from dreams.

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I haven’t been on the art scene long. I recently started to believe I could actually have a career in art so I haven’t explored different types of mediums yet. So far I’ve only used acrylic paint & water colors on canvas. I think the more comfortable I get, the more I will experiment.

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One of my best friends is also a painter and she was the one that inspired me to get into painting. She is probably my favorite artist. Her work is a bit corky, symbolic, spiritual, and abstract like mine. She showed me that art is art. Your style is your style. You don’t need to try to be like anyone else in order to be an artist. You just have to believe in your talent and your work will speak for itself.

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When people see my artwork I want them to feel the joy I felt while painting it. I want each and every color to pop off of the canvas and have a healing effect on people (you can be healed through color therapy). I want to inspire any young person out there that wants to be an artist but doesn’t think that they’re good enough. I want to show them that they don’t have to be a Picasso to have “talent”.

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Art is whatever you have in your heart that you want to translate with your paint brush (or however you want to express it).

-Twan Kaikpo

 To learn more about Twan and her artwork, visit her blog, find her on Twitter, or follow her on IG.

 

Special thanks to Twan for sharing.