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"Space Bean" oil on canvas

by Camille Germain

Irvin Almonte is simply one hell of a guy. I have been trying to piece together a fluid story that illustrates this artist, but this is the best I’ve come up with. And I am not quite sure words can describe what he tells through his paintings — the same paintings he would never sell. He explained to me that if a person wanted a painting he would not sell it to them, but paint one for them. This idea goes beyond being a sell-out, it is about the effects it would have on his work. A day job was then instated. It’s kind of like a superhero from the comics, he is an investment analyst by day and an artist by night.

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by Neil Miller, Jr.

In lieu of telling you to go see Curren$y, tUnE-yArds, Battles, Gang Gang Dance, The Dismemberment Plan, Fleet Foxes, Toro y Moi, Cut Copy, or TV On The Radio at the Pitchfork Music Festival this weekend — although these are all acts that should really be on your 'must see' list — I'm going to offer up three artists that might not have hit your radar that are also worth seeing.  They're lesser known than all those amazing artists I just named, but by no means does that imply that they aren't as good.  So, check it out and enjoy Pitchfork 2011...

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Lollapalooza Preview: SKRILLEX

by Neil Miller, Jr.

One would think that making the jump from fronting a fairly reputable hardcore/screamo band (From First To Last) to becoming a superstar amongst the electronic/dance crowd would be quite a daunting task.  Well, for Sonny Moore, it’s been nothing but a breeze since his inception as Skrillex.  Within the span of one year, he’s been signed to Deadmau5’s Mau5trap label, topped the Beatport charts more consistently than any of his peers (for those who don’t know about Beatport, basically if you have a #1 track on there, chances are you won’t go to a club without hearing it), and he’s been touring practically nonstop.  One thing's for sure, this dancefloor menace is merely getting started.

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Jessie and the Toy Boys

by Neil Miller, Jr.

Flexing a pop muscle with a knack for songwriting, Jessie and the Toy Boys are destined to take the world by storm this year. If it’s not enough that she’s currently touring with Britney Spears and Nicki Minaj on the Femme Fatale tour, which stops in Chicago tomorrow night at the United Center, she also has an album dropping this year with an EP (Show Me Your Tan Lines) out now. Although the EP has been done for some time, the timing for its release couldn’t be better to coincide with the momentous tour she’s on with Ms. Spears. “I wrote most of the songs on the EP last summer/fall, so by the time of completion I had to wait another year to put them out, which worked out perfectly because it takes that long to perfect each song and go through everything with a fine-toothed comb,” Jessie states.

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It's Turban Time

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by Lenora E. Houseworth

I have been so obsessed with different fabrics lately, whether it be scarves or sarongs, there are just so many different things you can do with a mere piece of cloth! That is why I was delighted to see the turban trend levitate off high fashion runways to fashion-forward fashionistas everywhere.

I will be honest, when I first saw this trend a few seasons back, I was completely unfazed — actually, that’s a huge understatement — I hated it. That was until one day I was rushing out of the house and decided to give the look a try. Now, I absolutely love the latest headwear trend, especially on bad hair days. It also is a great alternative to protect your hair from the sun in addition to hats. Even with this style, there are so many ways to wear a head scarf. Look at some of the following examples to get inspired.

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