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The Magic of The Backscratch Sessions

The Magic of The Backscratch Sessions

In April 2009, about three months into the development of NYC Art Scene, I was informed about a new event that was starting up at The Red Lion.  The evening was titled, “The Backscratch Sessions” and the concept was simple- eight singer-songwriters gathered together for a performance of original music and covers.  The twist was […]

February 28, 2011 | 0 Comments More
Exclusive Interview: Ari Hest

Exclusive Interview: Ari Hest

At the beginning of an artist’s career the journey that lies ahead is always filled with the unknown. Record deals rise and fall, bands come together and split up, and solo artists experiment with their sound to find a niche that is not only comfortable but will also bring them success.  Singer-songwriter, musician, and seasoned performer Ari […]

February 25, 2011 | 0 Comments More
Live from New York, it's Apple West 14th!

Live from New York, it’s Apple West 14th!

With the do-it-yourself nature of today’s industry and the explosion of home recording studios and digital albums, it’s no wonder that Apple has emerged as the leader and company of choice for musicians and artists around the world.  Programs like GarageBand, Final Cut Pro, iMovie, iWeb and Logic Pro have given way to swiftly and […]

February 24, 2011 | 2 Comments More
The Good, The Bad, and the Gaga.

The Good, The Bad, and the Gaga.

I’ll be the first to admit it.  I was a huge Gaga hater.  I thought her whole shtick was obnoxious and she was just another lunatic wanna-be Madonna-attention-loving pop star.  I brushed off her lyrics as mindless and rolled my eyes when “Poker Face” came on the radio 99 times a day. A few weeks […]

February 23, 2011 | 0 Comments More
Be Brave.

Be Brave.

Last spring I participated in a writing class with Gotham Writer’s Workshop as a means to break through a bit of creative block I was experiencing in one of my projects. The great thing about putting yourself in an environment like that is the unexpected advice and perspective you receive from a professional who once […]

February 21, 2011 | 0 Comments More
North Meets South.

North Meets South.

You will be hard pressed to find an evening in New York City where there isn’t some fantastic musician, talented dancer, or gifted actor tearing up the stage from uptown to downtown.  Then there are those nights when you sit in the same spot where you plant yourself week after week, absorbing the songs and […]

February 19, 2011 | 3 Comments More
Humanitarians in the Arts: Michael Angelo, “The Lipstick Portraits”

Humanitarians in the Arts: Michael Angelo, “The Lipstick Portraits”

If you ventured over to the Highline last May, you would have been impressed by the beautiful photography of entrepreneur and hair and make-up artist Michael Angelo.  The Lipstick Portraits at 401 Projects featured 60 photographs of a men and women wearing bold red lipstick as a symbol of the empowerment it embodies in different cultures. […]

February 18, 2011 | 2 Comments More
Will Knox on The Troubadour Tour

Will Knox on The Troubadour Tour

One of the greatest things about Will Knox, aside from his soothing, melodic voice and clever, intricate lyrics, is the constant integration of art into his musical career.  His most recent EP, The Matador and the Acrobat, comes with the option to purchase a beautifully illustrated lyric book, full of original artwork by Abby Lichtman […]

February 17, 2011 | 1 Comment More
Artist Rewind: Ryan Vaughn

Artist Rewind: Ryan Vaughn

In our fourth installment of Artist Rewind we chat with Ryan Vaughn, the very first interview that appeared on NYC Art Scene two years ago.  Ryan has gone on to make an exceptional career for himself as a drummer and percussionist, and will be leaving for Russia next week to tour with John Forte.  We […]

February 16, 2011 | 1 Comment More
Exclusive Interview: The Civil Wars

Exclusive Interview: The Civil Wars

The first time I heard “Poison and Wine” was at Rockwood Music Hall last summer, a song that perfectly exemplifies the dichotomy of love and frustration, and the reality of relationships.  The duo performing consisted of a petite brunette woman wearing a simple black dress on piano and a distinguished Southern gentleman donning a black […]

February 15, 2011 | 2 Comments More
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