Artist Spotlights

Deep Mysteries by Lena Rivera                  What creatures thrive in the airless depths beneath the waves, and what might their intentions be? Such questions, lodged in the psyche of mankind from time immemorial, have sparked the imaginations of countless dreamers, spawning superstitions, myths, legends, novels and now films. […]

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“Instead of hipster melancholia he captured a vibrant, head-bopping tone, often using hand claps and a choir of backup singers to create a feeling of community . . . “

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“While it borrows heavily from folk, country, bluegrass, indie, and emo, the final product sounds nothing like any of those style.”

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“A throwback fusion of bluegrass and folk-rock, Old Crow Medicine Show is a lot more than banjo twang and an awesome band name.”

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Whether she’s plinking at her toy piano, accompanied only by a bass drum, or backed by a full band, Rickman’s stage presence has the gravity of a seasoned performer, capable of pulling the attention of the most introspective barfly nursing a beer in his back-corner booth.

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Soul Strings by James Roland YouTube has created a free market for video and sound, a (mostly) rule-free space where anyone from any place can say exactly what’s on his mind. Unfortunately, that usually means a teenage girl pouring her heart out to (potentially) millions of strangers. But maybe that isn’t always a bad thing. […]

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Show Me Your Monsters and I’ll Show You Mine by Rebecca S. Rea Psychoanalysts should give this a try: Create a Rorschach test, then have the patient consider deeply the meaning hidden within its forms…and doodle the bejeebers out of it! Stephan G. Bucher of 344 Design, uses a similar technique to exorcise his own […]

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Beyond the Limits of Wood and String By Joel Champagne Guitarist videos on YouTube can seem like grains of sand on the beach — countless in number and nearly indistinguishable from one another. But Andy McKee does not merely play the guitar. He transforms it into a waterfall of strums, taps, and percussive beats that […]

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Animalympics!

by Titus Gee on September 10, 2008

in Artist Spotlights

Animalympics! by Titus Gee In case anyone is running short on athletic stimulation with the close of the Olympics, RF’s favorite emerging cartoonist, David Wolter, has created a sequel, The Animalympics. Wolter announced, on Monday, his pledge to create a new panel of animal athletes every Monday in the month of September. Stop by and […]

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What Do You Want to Do Before You Die? by James Roland Twenty-somethings beware: The quarter-life crisis is real. It’s even on Wikipedia. Symptoms include depression, financial stress, and extreme bouts of 80s nostalgia. Or, in the case of four Canadian men, it might manifest itself through a documentary called The Buried Life. Ben Nemtin, […]

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