It was a truly magical night to roam the streets of New York City and beyond transcendental to meet The New Tarot's Monika & Karen Walker. Our destination - Yorkafe Deux, a lovely tiny nook of a café on the East 59th Street. I first notice Karen (vocals/keyboard), comfortably seated in the corner and surrounded by kids. She greeted me with the biggest smile. There's something very darling and comforting about her aura. A very sensitive soul who finds a creative outlet everywhere - whether it be through the music that she makes with her sister, by writing in her journal or even drawing with the kids at the local coffee shop. While Monika was busy with tarot readings, I've asked Karen if it would be alright to ask her a bunch of questions.
Era Istrefi is an Eastern European musical sensation, who won the world over with her incredibly infectious jam - "Bon Bon." (Don't tell me that just thinking about that song doesn't make your hips want to move...) I met Era at the hotel she was staying in, just before her NYC Pride performance. As she came out of her room to meet me, I immediately thought - this is the coolest person I've ever seen! In her white jeans, black bra and colorful blouse, Era is rocking flawless makeup with word "LOVE" spelled in gold under her right eye. Her braids are a color of the rainbow.
Coming from a small town in Oklahoma, Lauren Carnahan has first dazzled her hometown audience at the age of four when she performed “Tomorrow” (from Annie) at her hometown church. Little girl, who was adopted at birth and had just survived heart surgery, received a standing ovation from the churchgoers. That was the defining moment of what’s soon to become her life’s calling.
Who says rock ’n’ roll is dead? If you do, then you haven’t met Gutxi Bibang. He is an unlikely candidate to carry the rock 'n’ roll torch, a second-generation African from the Basque region of northern Spain. Yet he still has more in common with larger-than-life musical icons like Jimi Hendrix, Led Zepplin, and Peter Tosh than he does with his Basque countrymen. Even his unique moniker speaks of his cultural clash heritage – Gutxi (pronounced “Gu-chee”), a common nickname in his Basque homeland, and Bibang, from his roots in Africa.
Confession: I am an avid concertgoer and have been one since my teenage angst kicked in. A year after year, and concert after concert, there happen to be two things that this music addict never experienced – seeing her favorite band at the arena and going to a concert alone.
Photo courtesy of PROPS Are you constantly listening to the same artists over and over again? Is the music you’re listening to right now actually speaking to your soul? Do you feel like you need to expand your musical horizons? If this applies to you, then sound the alarm, because your life is in a serious state of emergency! And you know what people do in case of emergency? Break the glass and listen to I.C.E!
So you really, absolutely, terminally, karmically messed it up. Big time. Right now, you can feel that your soul died a little inside and you have no freaking clue how to make your friends, family or romantic partner forgive you or trust you again. If you hurt someone real bad, you’re not the only one. We all do it, we’re human after all and sometimes we’re just plain - well, stupid. Good news is that there is an antidote, there is a silver lining and for only $9.99 this world of possibilities will be yours when you purchase my book. JK…
Meet Grace Mitchell, your new obsession. She has been on so many “Artists To Watch” lists, but I have found out about her by clicking on a Facebook Ad for her “NoLo” video. When I saw it, I thought: “What is this? Looks fun!” But fun doesn't even begin to describe this young up-and-coming artist.
As we're counting the days, hours and minutes till New Year's, let's take a moment and look back on the year that I consider to be a great one when it comes to music. Without further ado, here they are: 1. Who: Zella Day What: Kicker (Zella Day’s debut studio album) Where: Pinetop Records, Hollywood Records When: June 2, 2015 Why: “Sweet Ophelia” is the first song I heard by Zella and since then I’ve loved every single she released, therefore you might assume that I had some pretty high expectations when it comes to her debut studio album. I’m happy to say that I wasn’t disappointed. Kicker is every bit magical, trippy, seductive and dreamy as I hoped it would be. The guitars, string arrangements, electronic elements, stripped down ballads, impeccable lyricism – Kicker has it all. Zella Day’s style can be summed up in three words, “Spaghetti Western Pop.”