It’s hard to tell what’s real in hip-hop sometimes.Rappers with big chains and beautiful women wage lyrical warfare in an attempt to be crowned the realest. Twenty-somethings with chart-topping singles flash stacks of cash on Instagram to showcase what they claim is their “real” life. It’s ironic, considering the life that the average rapper presents on a public platform, and what is actually happening in their lives, are usually two different concepts. A lot of their braggadocious behavior and lyrics are exaggerated; narratives are created to push records and ticket sales. Smino is the exception. His persona is authentic, making him an outlier in a sea of copycat rap. At 27 years old, he’s got an air of self-awareness and maturity that betrays his youth. He makes no attempt to hide his Missouri drawl and embraces his identity as a black man and a millennial. “I make music for my people.” he told Mass Appeal in Day Zero, a short … [Read more...] about Smino: A Rapper Who’s the Real Deal Comes to Crescent Ballroom
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By CAITY WEAVER MARCH 20, 2019 The particular sheen of America by Amtrak. The Voyages Issue Rick Steves Wants to Save the World, One Vacation at a Time It Was Just a Kayaking Trip. Until It Upended Our Lives. There Is No Reason to Cross the U.S. by Train. But I Did It Anyway. The Voyages Issue The particular sheen of America by Amtrak. By CAITY WEAVER photographs by: Holly Andres Tell your fellow americans that you plan to cross the United States by train, and their reactions will range from amusement at your spellbinding eccentricity to naked horror that they, through some fatal social miscalculation, have become acquainted with a person who would plan to cross the United States by train. Depending how you slice it — time or money — there are either 61 or 960 immediate reasons not to travel by Amtrak trains from New York City to Los Angeles. Those are the extra hours and dollars, respectively, that you might reasonably expect to … [Read more...] about There Is No Reason to Cross the U.S. by Train. But I Did It Anyway.
I hate being odd in a small townIf they stare let them stare in New York City* Andy Warhol, the striving son of Eastern European blue-collar immigrants, rose out of the cultural maelstrom of postwar America to the rarest of artistic heights, becoming a household name on the level of Michelangelo, Rembrandt, and Picasso. Warhol’s paintings of tragic celebrities and posterized flowers caught the 1960s zeitgeist by the tail, and he hung on right up until his death, thirty years ago this week, on February 22, 1987. He dazzled and/or disgusted audiences with paintings, films, installations, and happenings that delivered doses of shock, schlock, and poignance in equal measure. In retrospect, Warhol’s signature blend of high culture and base passion, of glitz and humanity, has had more lives than the pet pussycats that once roamed his Upper East Side townhouse. Two years before he died, Warhol published America, a small book that is more interesting for its writing than for the … [Read more...] about Thirty Years After His Death, Andy Warhol’s Spirit Is Still Very Much Alive
The twisted but not-so-tall tale of Van Zandt and Foley, Lonesome Dove meets Barfly By Sybil Rosen, Fri., Aug. 17, 2018 Tweet print write a letter Blaze Foley (Photo by C.P. Vaughan) The jigsaw of geography in filmmaking is such that one day during the making of Blaze we were in Baton Rouge, La., at a venue called the Texas Club, shooting a scene that takes place in the New York City of the Eighties. Townes Van Zandt, played by Austin's Charlie Sexton, is hearing Blaze Foley, portrayed by Arkansas singer Ben Dickey, perform for the first time. The cavernous bar is dim and bluish, as if the entire place were underwater. The Texan stands in the back listening. Cigarette smoke eddies around his face like ghostly seaweed as he's absorbed into "Our Little Town." Director Ethan Hawke whispers, "Cut." I turn to him. "This is a love story too," I say. I know because I also fell in love with Blaze Foley the first time I heard him sing. Great Guys to Drink With Blaze and I fell in love … [Read more...] about The Ballad of Townes & Blaze
Rob Brezsny Thu, Jul 19, 2018 (2 a.m.) ARIES (March 21-April 19) “Take a lover who looks at you like maybe you are magic.” Whenever that quote appears on the Internet, it’s falsely attributed to painter Frida Kahlo. In fact, it was originally composed by poet Marty McConnell. In any case, I’ll recommend that you heed it in the coming weeks. You really do need to focus on associating with allies who see the mysterious and lyrical best in you. I will also suggest that you get inspired by a line that Frida Kahlo actually wrote: “Take a lover who looks at you like maybe you are a bourbon biscuit.” (If you don’t know what a bourbon biscuit is, I’ll tell you: chocolate buttercream stuffed between two thin rectangular chocolate biscuits.) TAURUS (April 20-May 20) Here’s what author Franz Kafka wrote in his diary on August 2, 1914: “Germany has declared war on Russia. I went swimming in the afternoon.” We could possibly … [Read more...] about Free Will Astrology (July 19)