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Shepard Fairey and L.A. Musicians Give Art for Alt Press’ 25th Birthday 7-10

Shepard Fairey has a huge posse, and it’ll only get bigger Saturday, July 10 as he and heavyweights of the L.A. music scene (Mansons Marilyn and Shirley, Gerard Way, Matt Skiba and Adam Jones of Tool) gather to honor Alternative Press magazine’s 25th anniversary. The Merry Karnowsky Gallery will be home to a month-long exhibition of these notables’ artwork. The Deli chatted with Fairey about his contributions to the collection.

The Deli: Describe your pieces in the show.

Shepard Fairey: I have four different faux album covers – Obey designs that reference music history. (They’re) my tribute to the impact of LP designs. One is (Sex Pistol and Indie 103.1 DJ) Steve Jones in front of the jukebox.

The Deli: How did you get involved with the project?

SF: I’ve drawn from the inspiration of music a lot, and Merry Karnowsky is a friend of mine, so it made sense. Music is more populist; it’s more democratic; it’s more fun (than strict art). I try to have my art have that immediate appeal.

The Deli: Any upcoming projects?

SF: Doing illustrations (inspired by) the BP oil spill. There’s an ambiguity to them – seascapes that you sort of see as a Rorschach test. Also going to San Diego for a mural street show (Viva la Revolución: A Dialogue with the Urban Landscape, running July 18, 2010-Jan. 2, 2011, at the Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego).

The Alternative Press Magazine 25th Anniversary Art Show is open to the public July 10-24 at the Merry Karnowsky Gallery, 170 S. La Brea Ave. in Los Angeles.

-Melissa Bobbitt


LC Fest 2nd night with Brian Bonz, Matt Jones and Third Wheel Barrel

Matt Jones, Brian Bonz (pictured) and The Third Wheel Band are performing on the second night of Brooklyn's 4th Annual LC Fest, along with 10 other independent NYC artists. The festival, organized by independent music community Local Correspondents at Bar4 in Park Slope, runs through Sunday, July 11. Jones's guitar-driven Americana can be heard on his first independent release, Butter and Rum, as well as a new EP, to be released later this year, and indie darling Bonz is currently working on a follow-up to his debut album of ambient, intelligent pop, From Sumi To Japan. The Third Wheel Band, a relative newcomer to the scene, is already making a name for themselves with their infectious brand of old-time, foot-stompin' country swing. Performances begin at 8 p.m. For the complete schedule of all five nights (from July 7th to the 11th), go here . For 42 free MP3s from festivals artists, split into four volumes for easy downloading, see here.


Ola Podrida Tour Dates + Remix


Ola Podrida (above) kick off their tour tonight at the Mohawk in the company of Bosque Brown + Dana Falconberry. Above is a celebratory remix of the Podrida track "Monday Morning" courtesy of Spencer Stephenson (of Sleep Whale). Below are tour dates. All around is a general sense of well-being. And rain.


7/8 – Austin, TX @ Mohawk
7/9 – Houston, TX @ Mango’s
7/10 – New Orleans, LA @ Circle Bar
7/11 – Tallahassee, FL @ Engine Room
7/12 – Savannah, GA @ The Wormhole
7/13 – Charlotte, NC @ Snug Harbor
7/14 – Charlottesville, VA @ Twisted Branch
7/15 – Brooklyn, NY @ Littlefield
7/16 – New Haven, CT @ The Space
7/17 – New York, NY @ Cake Shop
7/18 – Pittsburgh, PA @ Garfield Artworks
7/20 – Athens, GA @ The Cine
7/21 – Atlanta, GA @ Drunken Unicorn
7/22 – Birmingham, AL @ Bottletree

7/24 – Denton, TX @ Hailey’s 



NYC Artists on the rise: The Grates play Mercury on 07.09

Australia's The Grates (who have been living in NYC for a while now) are only a three-person team, but the amount of spunk and spark in their upbeat indie-pop makes them sound like they've got a full party in tow. Singer Patience Hodgson, guitarist John Patterson and drummer Alana Skyring play tunes that are infused with scatterbrained quirks and infectious melodies, resulting in what one might consider music that's pure erratic bubblegum goodness. The band's most recent album, 2008's Teeth Lost, Hearts Won, is bursting with these tasty treats, such as the sing-a-long, clap-worthy "Burn Bridges" and the synthy anthem "Aw Yeah." Watch for Hodgson, as she's known to leap off stages and playfully dance her way into crowds, her microphone cord bouncing around not too far behind. Her confidence as an entertainer and her "anything goes" attitude call to mind captivating frontwomen Karen O and '90s Gwen Stefani. The Grates take over Mercury Lounge on Friday July 9th. - Michelle Gelsani


You Are Not Alone

On September 14th Anti Records will released the collaborative project between Jeff Tweedy and Mavis Staples. The thirteen track project was produced by Tweedy and really crafted with care and love. He also wrote several of these tracks which are all filled this powerful form of nostalgic soul music.

On July 20th the first single from the album, “You Are Not Alone” will be released on itunes, but you can stream that track over at Pitchfork right now.


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