Archive for March, 2011

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Sharon Jones and the Dap Kings blew the lid off Central Florida.

Electrifying the stage Monday, March 21 with a funky nine-piece, Sharon Jones brought dynamic soul to Orange Avenue. With roughly 700 in attendace at the Beacham, a nightclub/ live show venue formerly know as Tabu in the heart of downtown Orlando, the veteran vocalist brought down the house alongside the energy of a large ensemble with a Motown feel. Its not hard to understand the group’s success after witnessing a live show; Ms. Jones has mastered throwing a rocking bash, serenading and dancing with audience members she pulled on stage several times. The merited artist ended the show with a 3-song encore and after party next door at the events sister venue, the Social , for those enjoying the festivites. The general admission for the concert was $20 and was suitable for all-ages.

Special mention goes to Peter Baldwin, a singer-songwriter who provided an opening acoustic act more than worthy of Sharon and the Kings; a suprising highlight included Baldwin’s take of the MGMT single Electric Feel. The former Full Sail student’s raw performance truly makes him one to follow.

 

photo via muzzleofbees.com

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Stumble upon something good? Share it on StumbleUpon Tweet This! Share this on Facebook Share this on Reddit Digg this! Share this on del.icio.us Post on Google Buzz Erin R. Whitchurch and Timothy D. Wilson of the University of Virginia and Daniel T. Gilbert of Harvard recently conducted a study suggesting that uncertainty is a [...]
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Stumble upon something good? Share it on StumbleUpon Tweet This! Share this on Facebook Share this on Reddit Digg this! Share this on del.icio.us Post on Google Buzz Why the web is fretting over how shockingly thin Candice Swanepoel is. It goes from one extreme to the other. One day the world is too curvy, [...]
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0 Bethenny Frankel Gets It!The inspiring Bethenny Frankel stopped by and answered audience questions to help everyone get what they truly want in life.

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0 Susan Blond, Inc. 20th AnniversaryClive Davis, Usher, Sean Paul, Lil Jon, Patrick McMullan, Christine Ebersole, Star Jones Reynolds, Nanette Pattee Francini, Napolean Perdis, Charles Koppelman, Ronnie Spector, Danny Fields, Jimmy Jam, Steve Paul, Paul Shaffer, celebrate Susan, Blond, Inc.’s 20th Anniversary.

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 THE CINEMA SOCIETY & NANCY GONZALEZ host the after party for "MEEKS CUTOFF"

Jimmy, The James Hotel, NYC
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Photo – Nicholas Hunt / PatrickMcMullan.com

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In case you were unaware, Snoop Dogg will be performing at Webster Hall tonight. His latest album, Documentary drops tomorrow.

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TUESDAY, MARCH 29th 9:30pm to 11:30pm JAPAN FUNDRAISER Hosted by: Newest Face of Maybelline & Supermodel LISALLA MONTENEGRO & The New York Knicks’ JARED JEFFRIES Performance by: JARED EVAN http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ext5BuTERRA Music by: DJ DL http://djdlmusic.com/ Funds Will Be Raised to Benefit Efforts in Japan for: FASHION DELIVERS http://www.fashiondelivers.org/FD/DONATE_NOW.html Complimentary Open Bar Provided by: TYKU POLAR Marcel at Gramercy 201 East [...]

 Brandsway Creative’s Japan Fundraiser At Polar
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 Makeup Maven Aileen Quintana Talks to SceneBSeen

Aileen Quintana is one of Miami’s most sought after makeup artists and an Xtreme Lash eyelash specialist. Like many artists, she discovered early in life that she had an innate ability to create and find art in the world around her. Now at the age of 26, Aileen gets to do what she loves while meeting a slew of interesting people. She has worked in fashion hubs like New York, and Los Angeles for their prospective Fashion Weeks and worked with a plethora of celebrities like Nicky Hilton, Pitbull and  Bethenny Frankel.

Aileen gives us her perspective on why Miami is simply a fabulous place to live.

Ebony Montenegro: How is Miami style different from anywhere else?

Aileen Quintana: Miami is very progressive. People travel all over the world just to shoot the Miami skyline and amazing beaches.

EM: What advice do you have for looking your best in Miami?

AQ: Sunscreen is a must, always. A bit of lust Miami bronzer and berry stained lips are essential for creating the beach goddess look.

EM: When it comes to enjoying the Magic City where do you shop and spend your free time?

AQ: I am a vintage junkie. I travel all over the city visiting second hand stores, then I bring them home and make them my own. There is so much to do [in Miami] there is always an event to go to or a restaurant to visit. My all around favorite place to go is Soho House, where the créme of the créme go to hang out.

EM: What is the one item in your makeup bag you cannot live without?

AQ: That’s a hard one. Considering the fact that I sleep near my makeup kit, I can’t live without lipsticks.

EM: Now that the Fall/Winter 2011 collections have debuted all over the world, what makeup trends are you most excited to see on the street?

AQ: Judging that I have worked both Spring/Summer 2011 and Fall/Winter 2011 Fashion Weeks in New York, the 70′s trend is a very large influence on this year’s trends; lots of waves for hair and berry stained lips.

EM: What’s next for you?

AQ: I’m getting ready for Funkshion Fashion Week, March 23-27. Soon I will also be announcing the date of these amazing workshops. They are based on my beliefs of makeup and what I have learned. I want to inspire girls to follow their dream of success and become makeup artists.

 

 photo via Aileen Quintana

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6f5f6b9e32875fd2 the strokes angles album cover.large Album Review: The Strokes  Angles

March 23rd saw the release of The Strokes’ highly anticipated 4th studio album, Angles. After a 5-year hiatus that allowed the members to release solo albums and focus on their family lives, some people were beginning to question whether the boys still “had it.” Signs were not encouraging, with the band scrapping all but one song recorded in their initial sessions with produce Joe Chicarelli, and later deciding to record the album at guitarist Albert Hammond Jr.’s studio in upstate New York, but without vocalist Julian Casablancas. Rumors swirled that the band wasn’t getting along well, and some of the initial reviews, such as those by The Guardian and Pitchfork, were unfavorable. But rest assured, the New York 5-piece that became arguably the catalyst for a new wave of guitar rock music with the release of their 2001 debut album, Is This It has not lost their touch. Angles is not a game-changer like their debut, and is probably not the best album that they could have put out, but it is still a very enjoyable listen and it averts being the critical disaster that their third record, First Impressions of Earth was considered. And that is mighty impressive given the expectations for this band, and the anticipation that builds up in five years.

As far as the sound goes, Angles does not sound completely like you would expect a Strokes record to sound, because it was done as a more collaborative effort than anything before. The album’s title comes from the fact that all five Strokes gave their angle, or opinion, by contributing songwriting. On previous albums, almost everything was controlled by Julian Casablancas, but for Angles he intentionally stepped away from the recording process in order to try to jump-start the creative process for the other members. He had the band send him demos of the songs via email, and then laid down the vocals with lyrics he wrote. The process was called “awful” by lead guitarist Nick Valensi, and it results in an album that sounds more like the members’ side projects than it does The Strokes, but is still very good.

Opener “Machu Picchu” starts strong, with Casablancas singing startlingly high and the guitarists laying down reggae-influenced lines during the verses, keep in mind that it was penned by Valensi. Next up is “Under Cover of Darkness,” the album’s first single. Upon its release, it was seen as a return to form by some and was criticized by others for retreading ground that they had already covered with their first album. It certainly strikes similarities with the style of Is This It, which makes sense given the fact that it was written by the entire band as a whole. It’s chock-full of catchy guitar riffs and has a huge chorus, although they decide to change the tempo a bit with a slower Valensi solo. It’s the point on the album when The Strokes sound most like The Strokes, and I consider it a highlight.

Third on the album is “Two Kinds of Happiness,” which features a chorus far more intense than the verses, and some freaked-out sounding guitar parts. After that, we hear the  B-side “You’re So Right,” penned by bassist Nikolai Fraiture. It is the most experimental moment on the album, and certainly steps further in the direction that First Impressions of Earth hinted at, with very futuristic-sounding electronic parts. Fifth on the album is the Valensi-penned “Taken For A Fool,” which was performed on David Letterman a few days after its release. It is a definite highlight on the album, garnering praise even from the most negative reviews of the album. It has a sort of LA showtime vibe to it, and features funky verses that retain the signature Strokes sound while experimenting. The LA part makes sense because Valensi spent a lot of time there while the band were on hiatus, and being the only member who did not start a side project, it seems that he saved some good ideas for The Strokes, such as this. It works perfectly.

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