Wednesday, August 13, 2014 Artsy Fartsy: Brittney Scott is Seriously Unserious
L.A.-based digital artist Brittney Scott’s first show is an invitation onto her laptop desktop—just don’t take it too seriously. “I want to cancel it,” she says, sporting her famous top-bun as she sits on a windowsill in Bold L.A., the downtown gallery that’s housing her work (aptly titled My 1st IRL Art Show). “I think people are gonna think it’s really serious and it’s not that serious.” The simple, tongue-in-cheek, MS Paint-y portraits that Brittney (who goes by B6) has become known for are definitely lighthearted (she makes all of them in a “shitty app called ‘Paint’”), but we think some credit is due—especially when you consider that the girl is only 22 and she’s already gained props from artists like Diplo, A-trak, Major Lazer, and Jerome LOL for the portraits she’s made of them. And to think that it all started when she doodled a purple frownie-faced self-portrait to use as her Twitter avatar…
Before you stop by her show, which opens this Thursday, August 14th at 6 p.m., read the convo we had with her about the intimacy of a computer desktop, her Internet gang, and how sometimes parents just don’t understand.
Wednesday, August 13, 2014 Studio Soundtracks: The Coathangers
You know those weirdos who pack up their hemp pants and tie-dye everything into a multi-colored Guatemalan backpack and leave their whole lives to follow Phish around the country? I never understood those people (partly because I left hemp accessories behind in the 6th grade, partly because I have a nagging attachment to responsibility, but mostly because man, does that band suck). That is, not until I first saw The Coathangers play, and decided that I would have no problem ditching out on reality to follow them around the globe (but like, not in a stalkery way, okay?). The Atlanta-based all-girl punk outfit has been touring and playing shows for just shy of a decade, never slowing or losing any of the hell-raising energy that make each and every single one of their performances one to remember.
Tuesday, August 12, 2014 Role Model: FKA twigs
We don’t know what we love more about FKA twigs: her hypnotic dance moves (think: subdued belly dancer), her unique brand of style (gelled chola curls, strong brows, ornate septum ring, and a red lip? Yes, please), her unmatchable music videos (anime-esque “Water Me” is as absurd as it is simple) or her siren-like voice (just try listening to “Papi Pacify” and not falling into a lovely trance). What we do know is that we’re beyond excited to finally be witnessing all of that live at her El Rey Theatre show in Los Angeles tonight.
Tuesday, August 12, 2014 Globetrotter: Russian Rebel Elena Sheidlin
Elena Sheidlin embodies everything that is good about fashion: she’s fearless, creative, and one of a kind. The 20-year-old, St. Petersburg-based blogger is usually sporting electric blue hair and covered in tie dye, feline prints, or something cosmic. She’s a fan of looking different, wearing ballsy outfits in a country where “it takes courage to stand out,” to say the least. We caught up with Elena to talk little blue whales, backpacks as safety blankets, and why defiance is the most important accessory.
Monday, August 11, 2014 Studio Soundtracks: Meg Myers Heads to Lollapalooza
Pop and EDM and rap are great, but if your ears are asking for something with a little more mood, direct your attention to Meg Myers. The Los Angeles-based artist is often compared to Fiona Apple and Alanis Morrissette, turning out music that is as dark as it is mesmerizing, with captivating music videos to match. Her video for her newly released “Desire” touches on rebellion, brutal honesty, and some pretty serious levitation. Last week, Meg headed out to Chicago to spread some of her magic at Lollapalooza and she was kind enough to snap some photos for us!