Harri Stojka; A Tribute To Swing

Posted By Brie Austin In Category: Music , Reviews

If you’re a fan of guitar and classic swing music, then the new CD by Harri Stojka is just what your looking for. Though a few of the songs seem a little redundant, “A Tribute To Swing” highlights Harri’s effortless mastery of the instrument, and exuberant love for it, in a winning combination. This is not a piece of work recorded; but rather a moment of artistic inspiration captured. His play is fast and furious, yet light and nimble: a cascade of complicated melodies over the backdrop of simple rhythmic […]

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Venus Demars

Posted By Brie Austin In Category: Interviews , Music

Living Art Venus Demars and I sat for an interview. It was all so surreal. I was sitting on a bed at the Charlton Arms Hotel, speaking to Venus, lead singer of the Minneapolis-based dark glam band All The Pretty Horses, and wife Lynette. It felt as though I was in someone’s dream, and in a way, I was. “This is my installation,” Venus explained, referring to the artwork that covered every square inch of the hotel room: walls and ceiling.  Dominated by background hues of blues, the focal point of […]

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Paula Shocron

Posted By Brie Austin In Category: Music , Reviews

In her debut solo performance held at the Notorious Café, Buenos Aires, Argentina, Paula Shocron sat at the piano with confidence in the air and a bottle of water at her feet – which she sipped from frequently. Her playing — like life — was unpredictable. The style was at first without structure, like raw feelings being displayed through her instrument. Whether it was representing the mind of a rebellious youth, or the gritty, furious moods of a city on the edge, it seemed to be spontaneous energy that flowed […]

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Kevin Aviance

Posted By Brie Austin In Category: Interviews , Music

Kevin Aviance is a club kid, party promoter, #1 Billboard dance recording artist! Being fabulous is about mind, body and shoes!  BORN: MALE OCCUPATION: DIVA, SINGER ACCOMPLISHMENTS: 5 BILLBOARD NUMBER 1 RECORDS Regardless of what people say about Kevin Aviance, the name provokes a reaction. My dear friend Jeanette exclaimed, “I love Kevin, she is so fierce!” I assumed she was referring to the look, and the power Kevin brings to the stage. I was to learn in time that Kevin’s strength is so much more than the image you […]

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Lisa Jackson

Posted By Brie Austin In Category: Interviews , Music

If you live in New York and haven’t heard of Lisa Jackson & Girl Friday, you’ve been sleeping for the past year. The band exploded onto the NYC underground scene about a year ago, and since then has taken their music on the road — attracting fan bases in Minneapolis, Chicago, Wisconsin and most recently Boston and Philadelphia. Lisa & Girl Friday performed at CBGBs rock club to celebrate the completion of their newest CD: “I Am A.O.K.” Like in every review I have written about them, the band was […]

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