On March 3, 2014 at New York’s Mercury Lounge, New Zealand’s electronic brother/sister duo Broods packed the house for one of their first US live appearances. Based on the crowd reaction, Broods are poised to have a successful career ahead of them and they got instant gratification as they announced their next show which will be at the much larger venue Music Hall of Williamsburg. Not bad considering their debut album is not out yet! Love it! Check out a video of their track “Bridges.”
New York! One of the first must see exhibits of the year is finally upon us! Street artist and musician turned gallery artist Desire Obtain Cherish has just opened his first solo show in New York and you will not want to miss it. Entitled “We Are Known by the Company We Keep” at Unix Gallery, the show is brilliant in every way. Desire Obtain Cherish explores the phoniness of the art world (hence the title of the exhibit) with his take on mega-famous artists, critics and consumerism. All the works in the show will make you smile and probably throw up in your mouth a little when you take a deeper look at his works and the bold statement he is making about the world we live in.
Desire Obtain Cherish
I strongly urge you to check out this show and if you are not in the New York area, check out DOC’s official website and I am sure you will agree that every work he does is absolutely genius!
DOC in front of a tribute to Damien Hirst
Desire Obtain Cherish agreed to be photographed at the opening night reception and interestingly enough, the lighting sort of shaded his face, thus keeping up his street artist anonymity. In the photo below, you can take a sneak peak of a live installation of his take on artists that use factories to produce “their own” art.
Desire Obtain Cherish
“We Are Known By The Company We Keep” by Desire Obtain Cherish is on display at UNIX (located at 532 West 24th Street) in New York through May 6, 2014. Do not miss this!
On March 2, 2014, New Yorkers braved the threat of a massive snowstorm and skipped watching the Oscars to attend a sold out show from Bad Things at Mercury Lounge. The California based synth-rock band performed songs from their self titled debut which came out in January of 2014. Typically when you go to a show, the lead singer gets all the love and attention, but Bad Things has a quite famous bass player and all eyes were on him. Once the show got going, the crowd rocked out and one of the show highlights was the song “Caught Inside.” Find out who the famous bass player is after the jump (or just click “play”). Also, if you missed this show, Bad Things will be on The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon later on in the week, so check your local listings!
Los Angeles! If you are a fan of Prince, you must head over to Mr Musichead in Hollywood to check out a photo exhibit of the singer (circa 1977) by Robert Whitman. A year before Prince’s debut album “For You” was released, photographer Robert Whitman conducted a series of photo shoots with the soon to be iconic singer in Minnesota for inclusion in Prince’s press kit as he searched for a record deal. Only 15 press kits were ever assembled and they are one of the most sought after items amongst fans.
Partial gallery view
The photographs in this collection are stunning as it’s nearly unfathomable to imagine a time where Prince was merely a 19 year old unknown singer with some songs and a dream.
Close-up of a proof sheet of Prince by Robert Whitman
Prince by Robert Whitman
Many of the photos from these shoots have never been seen before, so you will not want to miss your chance to see these iconic photographs in person.