Posts tagged with "creative"

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92nd Street Y

92nd Street Y (92Y) is a nonprofit civic and cultural facility that aims to bring people together through the performing and visual arts, education, health, fitness and Jewish life. 92Y has a wide assortment of programs, classes and events open for the community that nurture creativity. Such curricula includes online and in-person live concerts, parenting workshops, master, fitness and art classes.

The mission of 92Y is to house resources that promote the physical, mental and spiritual health of individuals throughout their lives. Founded 147 years ago, all the programming generated at the 92Y center is built on the foundation of Jewish values. While curated to serve Jewish people, 92Y follows the Jewish value of welcoming all differing ages, races, religions and ethnicities of people.

The Knights Ensemble in Residence

As a collective of musicians seeking to renovate the orchestral experience, The Knights are artistically directed by the Jacobsen brothers, with Eric Jacobsen as conductor. The Brooklyn-based orchestral cooperative The Knights showcased the first of three concerts during this fall and spring at their residency at 92Y.

The heart of the concert stages two classical works – Schubert’s bright “Unfinished” Symphony and Vaughn Williams’ superb The Lark Ascending, featuring Knights Artistic Director Colin Jacobsen as violin soloist. The programming of The Knights navigates Manhattan’s Lower East Side in the 1990s and Vienna in the 1820s, highlighting subjects of revitalization and renewal, while echoing Schubert in work of a Creole-influenced composer.

360 Magazine was invited to attend The Knights concert on Saturday December 11. We stood by, bearing the recent loss of love. Our heads were heavy, entering this season, but be that as it may, we gathered the courage. And, what the audience witnessed was nothing short of astonishing – suspensive string clips, haunting flute sounds coupled with intermittent triangular percussion rings penetrated the auditorium.

Eric (conductor) and Colin’s limitless love for one another was the vitality of this whole series. Their playlist literally tickled our souls, watered our desires while our vellum hairs danced with deception. Each section took us on a mental roller coaster – sitting in the forward car, enjoying the initial fall with our hands toward the sky. This meticulously blended set is like good wine and possesses all the sweet and refreshing notes of Napa.

Eric ran into sweat directing while we were all mesmerized at his art of bending the air. Colin dominated the audience with his vulnerability, eerie arrangement and tremendous talent. To sum up, The Knights adopt an unorthodox approach to music, exposing their joie de vivre to whomever is willing to embrace their truth.

Eric Jacobsen

Conductor of The Knights Eric Jacobson has gained the reputation of leading revolutionary projects. Jacobsen has conducted The Knights at New York venues including Carnegie Hall and Central Park, as well as internationally at the Vienna Musikverein, Cologne Philharmonie and Hamburg Elbphilharmonie. Serving as Music Director of the Orlando Philharmonic Orchestra, Jacobsen was recently appointed Music Director of the Virginia Symphony. With much call as a guest conductor, he too just led the Camerata Bern, Detroit Symphony, Alabama Symphony, ProMuscia Chamber Orchestra, Deutsche Philharmonie Merck and Yo-Yo Ma’s Silkroad.

Colin Jacobsen

Known as a violinist and composer, Colin Jacobsen is a captivating figure serving the classical music scene. Jacobsen was named one of the top 100 composures under 40 by NPR listeners. Operating as an active Avery Fisher Career Grant-winning soloist, he has toured with Silkroad since it was established in 2000. For his landmark work in the string quartet Brooklyn Rider and orchestra The Knights, Jacobsen was chosen amongst the nation’s leading visual and performing artists to obtain an esteemed United States Artists Fellowship.

Wed, Jan 19, 2022, 7:30 pm ET

The Knights collaborate with pianist Aaron Diehl for a blend of jazz and classical music. The ensemble welcomes Diehl as they explore Gershwin’s iconic Rhapsody in Blue and trailblazer Mary Lou WilliamsZodiac Suite. Bach’s Brandenburg Concerto No. 3 is also featured with varieties from Ravel’s Baroque-inspired Le Tombeau de Couperin. Closing out the show is Stravinsky’s Firebird Suite, arranged by Michael P. Atkinson.

Sat, Apr 30, 2022, 8 pm ET

Edgar Meyer, critically acclaimed double bass virtuoso and composer, unites with The Knights for the New York premiere of his second concerto. The show unfolds with a showing of Jamaican-born British composer Eleanor Alberga’s Shining Gates of Morpheus featuring Knights hornist David Byrd-Marrow. The closing of the show continues the American spirit of Meyer’s work is Coplands’ Appalachian Spring.

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Eagles of Death Metal × Christmas

Today, November 19, UMe and Eagles Of Death Metal’s Jesse Boots Electric Hughes join forces to gift us all with Eagles of Death Metal Presents A Boots Electric Christmas, a six-track EP sure to bring much needed holiday cheer to the ears and hearts of every little girl and boy. The EP is available now on CD and all digital formats.

Hughes puts his signature aural alter-ego Boots Electric stamp on a half-dozen electrified interpretations of perennial holiday classics that include God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen, Put A Little Love In Your Heart, O Holy Night, Little Drummer Boy, and Little Town Of Bethlehem. The sonic highlight rounding out the EP is an extraordinary, and quite stirring, a cappella rendition of O Holy Night featuring Hughes and EODM bandmate Joshua Homme on vocals.

Just a few songs to warm your heart during Christmas time. I hope you like them. May Christmas bring peace to you all. Happy Hanukkah, Merry Christmas, Happy Holidays, I love you, and God bless you all. Hughes said of this new, winter-wonderful holiday EP.

Order Eagles of Death Metal Presents A Boots Electric Christmas HERE now.

Eagles of Death Metal are also pleased to announce the second leg of their upcoming 24th Anniversary Tour, which will take place across Europe next March & April. The previously announced first leg of the tour kicks off in Brighton, UK on November 22, 2021, with special guest Bones UK. Ticketing information can be found HERE.

Concertgoers will also be able to purchase bottles of Eagles of Death Metal: Shrieking in Tongues, EODM’s own brand of cherry-cola and habanero-flavored BBQ hot sauce as made by Dean of the Dead Hot Sauce. Shrieking in Tongues will be available for purchase onsite at each European venue as a tour-merch exclusive.

Eagles of Death Metal Presents A Boots Electric Christmas arrives just in time for the holidays, with six new recordings sure to arouse everyone’s holiday spirits. Order Eagles of Death Metal Presents A Boots Electric Christmas HERE.

EAGLES OF DEATH METAL PRESENTS A BOOTS ELECTRIC CHRISTMAS

[CD + digital]

God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen

Put A Little Love In Your Heart

O Holy Night

Little Drummer Boy

Little Town Of Bethlehem

O Holy Night (A Cappella)

EAGLES OF DEATH METAL: THE 24TH ANNIVERSARY TOUR 2021-22 EUROPEAN TOUR DATES (WITH SPECIAL GUESTS BONES)

2021

November 22              Brighton, UK                           Chalk

November 23              Cardiff, Wales                         Tramshed

November 24              Newcastle, UK                         University

November 26              Birmingham, UK                      02 Institute

November 27              Dublin, Ireland                        Academy

November 28              Belfast, Ireland                       Limelight

November 29              Glasgow, Scotland                 SWG3 Galzanisers

December 1                Leeds, UK                              Beckett University

December 2                London, UK                            Roundhouse

December 3                Nottingham, UK                      Rock City

December 5                Manchester, UK                      02 Ritz

December 6                Bristol, UK                               02 Academy

2022

March 19                     Zurich, Switzerland                 Komplex

March 20                     Stuttgart, Germany                 LKA-Longhorn

March 21                     Milan, Italy                               Alcatraz

March 22                     Vienna, Austria                       Simm City

March 24                     Budapest, Hungary                 Akvarium Klub

March 25                     Zagreb, Croatia                      Culture Factory

March 27                     Prague, Czech Republic         Lucerna Music Bar

March 28                     Munich, Germany                   Backstage Werk

March 30                     Bremen, Germany                  Modernes

March 31                     Copenhagen, Denmark          Amager Bio

April 1                          Oslo, Norway                          Sentrum Scene

April 2                          Gothenburg, Sweden              Pustervik

April 4                          Stockholm, Sweden                Slaktkrykan

April 6                          Tallinn, Estonia                       Helitehas

April 7                          Riga, Latvia                            Palladium

April 9                          Warsaw, Poland                     Stodola

April 10                        Berlin, Germany                     Huxleys

April 11                        Hamburg, Germany                Fabrik

April 13                        Manster, Germany                  Skaters Palace

April 14                        Amsterdam, Netherlands        Melkweg

April 16                        Cologne, Germany                 Live Music Hall

April 18                        Besancon, France                  La Rodia

April 20                        Barcelona, Spain                    Razzmatazz

April 21                        Madrid, Spain                         Sala La Riviera

April 22                        Lisbon, Portugal                     Coliseum

April 23                        Santiago, Spain                      Sala Capitol

April 25                        Bordeaux, France                   La Krakatoa

April 26                        Paris, France                          Olympia

April 27                        Antwerp, Belgium                    Trix

April 28                        Luxembourg, Luxembourg       Den Atelier

April 30                        Blandford Forum, UK               Teddy Rocks Festival

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Benee – New World Tour

Today, New Zealand’s platinum sensation BENEE announces her first foray out into the world since the pandemic struck with her 2022 headline world tour. The North American leg kicks off on May 31st in Montreal and makes stops in Chicago, Boston, Philadelphia, San Francisco, Los Angeles, and more—see the full list of dates below and HERE The 21-year-old artist broke through with “Supalonely,” her global hit with nearly 4 billion streams, and like many artists has had to wait for a chance to tour outside of her home country again. Next year’s tour will be BENEE’s first time playing shows in North America since 2019.

Tickets will go on sale this week, beginning with a fan pre-sale tomorrow, November 16th at 9AM local time, Spotify pre-sale on Wednesday, November 17th at 9AM local time, promoter pre-sale on Thursday, November 18th at 9AM local time, and general on-sale on Friday, November 19th at 9AM local time.

“I am beyond excited to announce that my WORLD TOUR KICKS OFF next year!!!!!!!!!,” says BENEE. “It’s been such a long time coming & we’ve lived through a lot in these weird times but shows starting up again has rly got everyone sosososodo happyyy!!!! I can’t wait to get back out there & meet all of u and play a bunch of new musiiiiiicccc!!”

“I AM SO READY TO TOUR!!,” she exclaims. “Doing shows with my band is the best thing and I have missed it so badly this year. Waiting, rescheduling, waiting again has been incredibly difficult.”

BENEE recently made a momentous return with her new single “Doesn’t Matter,” her first new music since 2020’s debut album Hey u x. The song is a deeply revealing track that reflects the singer’s journey through the emotional clatter of 2021. The track is off to a flying start, streaming over 1 million times in its first week and receiving praise from the likes of Billboard, Entertainment Tonight, Ones To Watch, PAPER Magazine, Stereogum, UPROXX, V Magazine, and many more.

BENEE’s dreamy alt-pop mixes her deeply heartfelt reflections on life in suburban Auckland, New Zealand with offbeat and often whimsical lyrical encounters with zombies and snails, all produced with a technicolor ear for cooked beats and unpredictable hooks. Hey u x is a vibrant musical world with guests ranging from Grimes and Lily Allen to Gus Dapperton and Muroki (another New Zealand teen BENEE has since signed to her own label, Olive). It was listed as one of Billboard’s “25 Best Pop Albums of 2020,” noting that BENEE “contemplates the woes of Gen Z with a keen ear for choruses and arrangements that oscillate between indie rock and hyperpop.” Stereogum praised its “quirky but impeccably produced pop music” and Vogue called it “13 tracks of heavenly indie-alt-pop.”

A forthcoming EP release leads into plans for 2022 with the thing that excites BENEE the most—a hefty touring schedule that will bring her live show to adoring fans around the world at last.

BENEE 2022 WORLD TOUR

NORTH AMERICA – with special guest Dreamer Boy

May 31            Montreal, QC              Corona Theatre
June 1             Toronto, ON                Phoenix Concert Theatre
June  3            Minneapolis, MN         First Avenue
June 4             Chicago, IL                 Vic Theatre
June 6             Detroit, MI                   St. Andrew’s Hall
June 7             Columbus, OH            Newport Music Hall
June 8             Washington, DC         9:30 Club
June 14           Boston, MA                 House of Blues
June 15           Philadelphia, PA         Theatre of Living Arts
June 17           Atlanta, GA                 Variety Playhouse
June 21           Englewood, CO          Gothic Theatre
June 22           Salt Lake City, UT      The Depot
June 24           Seattle, WA                 The Showbox
June 25           Portland, OR               Crystal Ballroom
June 26           Vancouver, BC           Vogue Theatre
June 28           San Francisco, CA     The Warfield Theatre
June 30           Los Angeles, CA         The Novo

Faangs – Teeth Out

FAANGS’ latest single “I DON’T CARE” earned the 22-year-old a fresh round of acclaim, further highlighting her as an essential new talent with a devil-may-care attitude and the distinction to live up to her eye-catching image. An array of big names have also engaged with her talent, having co-written the Ashnikko / Grimes collab “Cry”, delivered debauched rhymes to Felix Jaehn’s “SICKO”, and hit it off with Rico Nasty during sessions for “Own It”.

Now the Los Angeles-based, Canadian artist takes a bite out of pop culture as she shares her new 13-track project TEETH OUT along with the new single “DON’T BLAME ME”. Both releases are out now via TEETH OUT/Sony Music Germany/RCA Records.

On TEETH OUT, FAANGS embodies and embraces conflicts and contradictions – a stance that made its previously revealed tracks “RELAPSE”, “I DON’T CARE”, “I’M A LITTLE” and “HUH” essential listening. Her strikingly futuristic music is a blend of influences that find the common ground between trap, pop and rock star attitude,  while her high/low fashion sense reinforces her neon-and-dirt sensibility; slicked-back hair and an Yves Saint Laurent suit, standing in front of a car on fire, or in a marble mansion with her go-go boots parked on the table.

FAANGS says, “This project is a combination of two things. I’m saying ‘Don’t fuck with me,’ and at the same time, I’m telling you ‘I’m fucked up in a broken way.’ Those are the two walls I had to put up, and take down, to create the world I wanted to make. There are so many days when you doubt yourself, you want to give up – but then you strut into a club and get your shit going. We all have both of those things in us, and I’m all about that juxtaposition.”

FAANGS keeps up that unpredictable streak on “DON’T BLAME ME”, spitting her furious flow throughout much of the track but also keeping everyone guessing by adding some seriously sleek vocals. It’s almost an alternative to alt-pop, as the track sets pounding trap beats to the sweeter harmonic tone of the piano – a world away from the usual shimmering synths and quirky drum patterns.

Conceptually, “DON’T BLAME ME” feels like a continuation of “I DON’T CARE”. Whereas that track revelled in still suffering from the night before, “DON’T BLAME ME” suggests that someone wants her to make amends for the previous evening’s craziness. But FAANGS being FAANGS, that’s just not going to happen.

FAANGS says, “”DON’T BLAME ME” is one of my favorite songs I’ve ever made. It’s got this cheeky energy, it’s definitely THAT song to turn up and feel like a bad bitch to!’

The sole writer of the “DON’T BLAME ME” lyrics, FAANGS co-wrote its music with the track’s producers Digital Farm Animals (Anne-Marie, Louis Tomlinson) and the Grammy-nominated The Invisible Men (Charli XCX, Madison Beer).

Putting the most confrontational elements of hip-hop, alt-pop and rock into one snarling package, FAANGS makes tracks which feel like a soundtrack for the dreamers, outsiders and misfits who populate Los Angeles’ dark undercurrent. The dominant theme is party excess, but it’s the result of dedicated hard work: a long journey of endless sessions, songwriting experimentation and constantly hustling to find that big break.

TEETH OUT track list:

  1. “RELAPSE”
  2. “DON’T BLAME ME”
  3. “THE BUZZ”
  4. “DIAMOND BITCH”
  5. “NIGHTMARE”
  6. “TEETH OUT”
  7. “ISN’T IT SAD”
  8. “HUH”
  9. “HOUDINI”
  10. “LONELY”
  11. “IT’S BAD”
  12. “I DON’T CARE”
  13. “I’M A LITTLE”

Amber Mark – Softly

Today New York based singer, songwriter and producer Amber Mark releases a brand new single ‘Softly’ via PMR/Interscope Records. Sampling Craig David’s ‘Rendezvous’, the new single is the fifth preview of her long-awaited debut album ‘Three Dimensions Deep’. Due for release on January 28th, the album will be followed by huge UK, EU and US spring tours including a night at London’s O2 Shepherd’s Bush Empire in March.

Amber’s debut album arrives almost 4 years after the release of her second EP ‘Conexão’, an extended process that has proved central to its thematic development. The 17 track album can be divided into three main acts that follow the arc of Amber’s personal and musical development; WITHOUT, WITHHELD and WITHIN. Beginning by acknowledging her insecurities and anxieties before reflecting on her time in denial and spent processing them in all the wrong ways, Amber eventually widens her focus by seeking answers to the world’s negativity and trauma on a cosmic scale. Finding peace and a form of inherent spirituality in the world of astrophysics while writing the album led to a fresh perspective on life and a renewed sense of self. Amber’s debut album is simultaneously a profound concept album and a love letter to herself, richly intertwining messages of self-worth and reflections on the universe beneath a veneer of shimmering pop. In true Amber Mark style, ‘Three Dimensions Deep’ is a kaleidoscopic melting pot of influences and genres, drawing from funk and R&B, soul and hip-hop with international accents influenced by a nomadic childhood spent travelling the world with her late mother. View a trailer for the album HERE.
 
“Three Dimensions Deep is a musical journey of what questions you begin to ask yourself when you start looking to the universe for answers.” says Amber; “I can only go as deep as the third dimension as that’s how we see the world, but what about when you start looking to the universe within for answers.”
 
The three official singles previously released from the album ‘Worth It’, ‘Competition’ and ‘Foreign Things’ marked Amber’s first official singles since 2020’s ‘Generous’, though 2020 was still a hugely productive year for Amber. With her hometown of NYC hit hard in the first wave of the pandemic and placed under strict lockdown, Amber turned to her simple home studio to create an acclaimed series of home-produced covers and originals titled ‘Covered-19’, each accompanied by a homemade video and artworks. The series was followed by a collaboration with longtime friend Empress Of on the protest song ‘You’ve Got To Feel’, earning Annie Mac’s Hottest Record, ‘Tune Of The Week’ and a spot on the Radio 1 playlist. Earlier this year Amber was featured on legendary DJ Paul Woolford’s new piano-house track ‘HEAT’, again snagging Annie Mac’s Hottest Record and a long run across the Radio 1 and 2 playlists. Having already amassed over 300 million streams since the release of her breakout debut EP 3:33AM in 2017, Amber has built a global fanbase eager to hear her debut full length – pre-save it HERE.
 
EU/UK TOUR 2022
Sat March 5, Paris, Nouveau Casino
Sun March 6, Brussels, Botanique
Mon March 7, Munich, Strom
Wed March 9, Berlin, Frannz
Thu March 10, Cologne, Luxor
Fri March 11, Hamburg, Stage
Sun March 13, Amsterdam, Melkweg Oude Zaal
Tue March 15, Bristol, O2 Academy
Wed March 16, Birmingham, O2 Academy 2
Fri March 18, Dublin, Academy
Sat March 19, Glasgow, Garage
Sun March 20, Liverpool, Arts Club
Tue March 22, Leeds, Stylus
Wed March 23, Manchester, Academy 2
Thu March 24, London, O2 Shepherds Bush Empire
 
US TOUR 2022
Mon March 28, Boston, MA, The Sinclair
Wed March 30, Montreal, QC, Le Belmont
Thu March 31, Toronto, ON, The Garrison
Sat April 2, Detroit, MI, El Club
Sun April 3, Chicago, IL, Lincoln Hall
Tue April 5, Denver, CO, Bluebird Theater
Fri April 8, Portland, OR, Doug Fir Lounge
Sat April 9, Seattle, WA, The Crocodile
Sun April 10, Vancouver, BC, Biltmore Cabaret
Wed April 13, San Francisco, CA, The Independent
Mon May 9, Phoenix, AZ, Valley Bar
Thu May 12, Houston, HOB @ The Bronze Peacock
Fri May 13, Dallas, TX, HOB @ The Cambridge Room
Sun May 15, Atlanta, GA, Aisle 5
Tue May 17, Washington, DC, Union Stage
Wed May 18, Philadelphia, PA, Foundry
Fri May 20, Brooklyn, NY, Music Hall of Williamsburg

Lil Baby × Drai’s Nightclub

On Saturday, Nov. 6, Lil Baby delivered an electrifying performance with his return to the Drai’s LIVE stage for the first time in nearly two years. Lil Baby packed the house with hits like “Sum 2 Prove,” “Woah” and “Freestyle.” Lil Baby’s unforgettable show followed the highly anticipated fight between boxing champions Canelo Álvarez and Caleb Plant in Las Vegas, which made Drai’s the perfect place to party after the fight.

Fellow Grammy Award winner and Drai’s resident, 2 Chainz, who performed the night before, was in the crowd to witness Lil Baby’s return to Drai’s. On Friday night, 2 Chainz performed crowd-favorite tracks like “I’m Different,” “Birthday” and “No Lie.” The weekend was closed out with the SunDrais experience, the best Sunday night party on the Strip hosted by legendary DJ and producer DJ Franzen.

Lil Baby has recently been awarded the title of “Best Male Hip-Hop Artist” at the 2021 BET Music Awards, and his album entitled “My Turn” won “Hip-Hop Album of the Year” at the 2021 iHeartRadio Music Awards. His most recent album, which was released in July of this year in a collaboration with Lil Durk, debuted at no. 1 on the Billboard 200 chart.

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Nikki Sixx – The First 21

Mötley Crüe and Sixx:A.M. founder Nikki Sixx is now a four-time New York Times best-selling author with his new book, THE FIRST 21: How I Became Nikki Sixx entering the coveted list at #8 on the Hardcover chart and #11 on the Combined Print And Ebook List. THE FIRST 21 joins Nikki Sixx’s other three bestsellers, The Heroin Diaries, This Is Gonna Hurt, and the Mötley Crüe biography, The Dirt: Confessions of the World’s Most Notorious Rock Band. In addition, THE FIRST 21 also quickly rose to Amazon’s bestsellers list since its release on October 19, occupying the top spot on Amazon’s rock music books chart and in the Top 40 overall biographies and memoirs chart. THE FIRST 21 is also #22 on the USA Today’s best-selling books top 150 list, as well as #9 on Canada’s The Globe and Mail bestsellers list, evident of the book’s global appeal.

“I am such a fan of books and storytelling,” said Nikki Sixx. “The whole process is extremely creative from the beginning to the end, which allowed me to open up candidly in the memoir about addiction, sobriety and reflect about the formative years of my life, while unpacking the complicated childhood that had some twists and turns along the way. I am really happy THE FIRST 21 connected with people in such a deep way.”

THE FIRST 21: How I Became Nikki Sixx is available at book sellers everywhere including Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Books-A-Million, INDIEBOUND, BOOKSHOP, HUDSON BOOKSELLERS, Powell’s, Target, and Walmart, among others. Fans can also listen to the latest release of his band Sixx:A.M, SIXX:A.M. HITS via Better Noise Music. The album serves as a companion piece to the book. The album debuted at #2 on the iTunes Metal in the US (#2 Rock), UK, Canada and Australia, as well as top 10 in numerous other countries. For more information, please visit: www.hachettebooks.com, or www.TheFirst21Book.com for the book and www.betternoise.com for the album.

About THE FIRST 21: How I Became Nikki Sixx:

Rock-and-roll icon and three-time bestselling author Nikki Sixx tells his origin story: how Frank Feranna became Nikki Sixx, chronicling his fascinating journey from irrepressible Idaho farm boy to the man who formed the revolutionary rock group Mötley Crüe.

Nikki Sixx is one of the most respected, recognizable, and entrepreneurial icons in the music industry. As the founder of Mötley Crüe, who is now in his twenty-first year of sobriety, Sixx is incredibly passionate about his craft and wonderfully open about his life in rock and roll, and as a person of the world. Born Franklin Carlton Feranna on December 11, 1958, young Frankie was abandoned by his father and partly raised by his mother, a woman who was ahead of her time but deeply troubled. Frankie ended up living with his grandparents, bouncing from farm to farm and state to state. He was an all-American kid—hunting, fishing, chasing girls, and playing football—but underneath it all, there was a burning desire for more, and that more was music. He eventually took a Greyhound bound for Hollywood.

In Los Angeles, Frank lived with his aunt and his uncle—the president of Capitol Records—for a short time. But there was no easy path to the top. He was soon on his own. There were dead-end jobs: dipping circuit boards, clerking at liquor and record stores, selling used light bulbs, and hustling to survive. But at night, Frank honed his craft, joining Sister, a band formed by fellow hard-rock veteran Blackie Lawless, and formed a group of his own: London, the precursor of Mötley Crüe. Turning down an offer to join Randy Rhoads’s band, Frank changed his name to Nikki London, Nikki Nine, and, finally, Nikki Sixx. Like Huck Finn with a stolen guitar, he had a vision: a group that combined punk, glam, and hard rock into the biggest, most theatrical, and irresistible package the world had ever seen. With hard work, passion, and some luck, the vision manifested in reality—and this is a profound true story of finding identity, of how Frank Feranna became Nikki Sixx. It’s also a road map to the ways you can overcome anything, and achieve all your goals, if only you put your mind to it.

Questlove × The Balvenie

Quest for Craft, a new digital series created by Questlove in partnership with The Balvenie Single Malt Scotch Whisky, debuts today. The series explores the convergence of craft and creativity, and in episode one, Questlove is joined by Saturday Night Live comedian Michael Che to explore the theme of chaos and discuss how unpredictability and disorder play a role in their respective crafts.

You can watch the full first episode on The Balvenie’s YouTube page

Questlove shares his thoughts on the debut episode, saying “What is chaos? When we say the word, we think of what’s unregulated, uncontrollable, surprising. Most artists and craftspeople say that they want to avoid it. But should they? In this episode, I talk to the Saturday Night Live co-head writer and stand-up comedian Michael Che, and the two of us look at the ways in which chaos can be a fuel for creativity.” 

The Balvenie Single Malt Scotch Whisky has been perfecting the craft of whisky making for nearly 130 years, remaining fascinated by the creative processes and deep intrinsic values that elevate something from great to exceptional.

“I share a synergistic passion with The Balvenie on the importance of inspiration, passion and dedication to creativity and the making process. Our partnership is founded on an exploration into creative minds that invest their time, focus, and soul and into creating something singular and distinctive,” said Questlove. “Quest for Craft is about the pursuit of ultimate craftsmanship. In each episode, I dive deep into conversation with creatives who I have admired for their unique perspective, process, and productivity.”

Season One of Quest for Craft:

  • Ep. 1 Oct 28th – Michael Che – Questlove and Michael Che chat about how to infuse purposeful levels of chaos into their careers, how it can push you to a new level of creativity and how it can be a key factor in honing your craft.
  • Ep. 2 Nov 11th – Jimmy Jam – Questlove and Jimmy Jam connect on meeting their core creative partners at a young age, and chat about how instrumental their creative communities have been in helping them become the artists they are today.
  • Ep. 3 Nov 25th – Patti Smith – Questlove and Patti Smith delve into the topic of time as Patti reflects upon her time with Electric Lady Studios, from attending the opening party to going on to record many of her albums at the legendary studio.
  • Ep. 4 Dec 9th – Malcolm Gladwell – Questlove and Malcolm Gladwell cover the topic of practice and Malcolm shares the true meaning of his 10,000 hours theory, how it’s been misunderstood in the past and how getting better at your craft can involve going beyond your mastery to take on new challenges.
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Coach × Michael B. Jordan

COACH INTRODUCES COACH × MICHAEL B. JORDAN ‘BLUE THE GREAT: THE ART OF COLLABORATION’

Capsule Collection Designed in Collaboration with Michael B. Jordan and Blue the Great

Coach introduces Coach × Michael B. Jordan, its next collaboration with actor, producer and Coach men’s ambassador Michael B. Jordan. The capsule collection, titled ‘Blue the Great: The Art of Collaboration’ is a partnership between Coach, Jordan and his friend, LA-based artist and painter Blue the Great. The collection and campaign recontextualize inclusivity in art—using the house’s heritage as a canvas to spotlight the importance of collaboration and friendship amongst the two artists––and the creative community at large.

Inspired by Jordan’s personal approach to style and Blue’s contemporary take on art, the all-gender collection of ready-to-wear, footwear, bags and accessories combines the house’s heritage in craftsmanship with sportswear and streetwear in a limited edition drop. It features Coach’s iconic codes—Signature and Rexy—updated with Blue’s trademark mummy-wrapped art, as well as a tote crafted of 100 percent recycled materials.

To introduce the collection, Coach will release a campaign photographed by frequent Coach collaborator Shaniqwa Jarvis. Featuring portraits of Jordan, Blue and friends, Khat and Frank Brim (beauty and lifestyle influencers) and Tori Kirihara (artist) in an “open door” art gallery, the story repositions this traditionally exclusive place as a venue for collaboration and authentic connection. Inspired by the inclusive and optimistic spirit of New York and Coach, the campaign continues the house’s tradition of spotlighting the voices of up-and-coming and under-represented artists in its storytelling.

“We had worked with Blue as part of our Spring 2021 campaign, so I was excited to partner with him and Michael on this special collection,” said Coach Creative Director Stuart Vevers. “Mike and Blue have a great friendship, grounded in mutual respect for each other’s artistic approach. The combination brought originality, dimension and significance to this collection.”

“I’ve been painting since I was a kid. It’s crazy and pretty exciting to be able put my spin on such an iconic brand like Coach. Whenever art and fashion mix exciting things can happen,” said Blue the Great.

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Tj Atoms – Potato Chips

Northern Philadelphia-born artist, actor TJ Atoms releases his highly anticipated debut single “Potato Chips” today. Cementing a concrete statement for his flourishing artistry with today’s music offering, the release arrives at the height of his critically acclaimed role as Russell Tyrone Jones, better known by his stage name Ol’ Dirty Bastard, in the Hulu drama series Wu-Tang: An American Saga.

“Potato Chips” is a potent, base-knocking anthem made to center-stage the depths and dynamism of the wondrous one-to-watch. Self-penned by Atoms, the track is presented with electrifying 808s to complete the worldly production arranged by Doctor Freon. Through his music, Atoms is determined to display another facet of his range that invites everyone to his world and story.

Music has always been a passion of mine since 16. It’s another way for me to story-tell and express where I’m from and, best of all, where I’m going. I’m giving a taste with Potato Chips and coming with more heat soon. It’s just the beginning,” he shares.

The release comes shortly after Atoms confirmed a key role in the upcoming Hulu series about professional boxer Mike Tyson, Iron Mike with an all-star cast including Trevante Rhodes, Laura Harrier, and more.