The Venice Symphony Orchestra

Undaunted and inexperienced, one plucky young, music nerd starts a classical musical revival in the city by the sea. By Taylor Van Arsdale “There’s no symphony orchestra in Venice and Venice is the creative center of the universe in my mind,” says Wesley Flowers, a self-professed ‘music nerd in hipster clothing. He sips drinks with me at Montana Avenue’s trendy […]

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Oedipus: The Return of Rock n’ Roll Intelligentisa

By Yelizaveta Rapoport Photos by Taylor Van Arsdale              Oedipus self-hails as the “return of the Rock n’ Roll intelligentsia.” Their high energy, genuinely fun, and artistically saturated music is both aggressive and melodic, sucking you instantly into their high octane, balls-out loud, and lavishly grandiose sound. They twist together progressive heavy rock, theatrics, and arty […]

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Grace Slick: From Rock Icon to Artist

By Taylor Van Arsdale Legendary rock singer Grace Slick’s eyes still sparkle; although her signature jet-black hair has been replaced by a long grey plait. She is refined and seems comfortable in her own skin, almost serene. It’s hard however to contain my excitement at meeting the rock icon—a woman whose decade plus long career with Jefferson Airplane and later […]

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Canon Blue: Changing the Shape of Country Music in Nashville

Daniel James, an electro-pop solo artist known as Canon Blue, is quickly changing the shape of country music in Nashville, Tennessee. And yes, it’s odd to find an experimental indie artist living in the south, home to “the King” himself, Elvis Presley, along with other county luminaries such as Dolly Parton and Kenny Chesney. James—who is originally from Virginia—began his […]

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