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Vans Launches Livestream Broadcast Platform, Channel 66

Broadcasting live on weekdays from New York City, Chicago, Mexico City and Los Angeles, Vans’ new digital streaming platform, Channel 66, will host DJ sets and musical performances, talks and workshops, across cultural categories. Much like their live venues and event series, the Vans livestream network aims to inspire communities and support local artists and creatives. Friday nights will host marquee performances—and talent already booked …

Zero Grocery’s Circular, Eco-Conscious Delivery System

Glass jars and plastic-free packaging from a grocery delivery service rooted in quality Plastic-free shopping can be difficult, even if you bring your own bags. Stores use plastic packaging for house-made items, bulk foods, and even breads and baked goods. Few, especially in the midst of a pandemic, are willing or able to let you repackage an item before purchase. Further, companies often place the …

Director Sam Pollard’s “Black Art: In The Absence of Light” Documentary

Kerry James Marshall, Faith Ringgold, Theaster Gates, Amy Sherald and others share their thoughts In 1976, artist, art historian and curator David Driskell opened the doors to his landmark exhibition, Two Centuries of Black American Art, at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA). The captivating, comprehensive study featured more than 200 works by 63 artists from the 19th and 20th century, but its …

Jeffrey Cheung “Untitled #2” Print

One of three new limited edition prints by Jeffrey Cheung, “Untitled #2” was originally created for a collaborative zine made by the Oakland-based artist and Tiny Splendor. In Cheung’s signature playful style, several hairy, smiling characters cover the print—with many contorted into interesting poses. Measuring 10 by 13 inches, these riso prints are available in an edition of 100, with each signed and numbered by …

Omar Apollo: Stayback

A funk-influenced tune by Indiana singer-songwriter Omar Apollo (aka Omar Apolonio Velasco), “Stayback” is, the young artist says, “the song that I’ve been wanting to make my entire career.” About longstanding unrequited love, “Stayback” features rubbery bass, warped effects and a minute-long guitar solo by Dreamboy Oscar. The Aiden Cullen-directed video furthers the storyline, casting Apollo as a lovestruck partygoer forced to part ways with …

Converse Unveils the Sustainable Chuck Taylor All Star Crater

Three sneakers reference Nike’s Space Hippie effort, but remain true to their iconic silhouette The 100-year-old Chuck Taylor All Star remains not only Converse‘s most popular offering, but also one of the most universally recognizable sneakers. The brand’s desire to develop the shoe with more sustainable materials could have comprised the classic style, but designers decided to “preserve the DNA of the world’s most iconic …

SAULT: Wildfires

From the mysterious funk/soul collective SAULT, the hypnotic “Wildfires” tells a tale of courage and perseverance in the face of police brutality. The song appears on Untitled (Black Is), a glorious and timely record that traces Blackness from rebellion to resilience, radical joy and beyond. The trio—which internet sleuths believe could be Dean “Inflo” Wynton Josiah, Cleo Sol and Melisa Young (aka Kid Sister)—released this statement with …

Steve Arrington: The Joys of Love

Prolific funk legend Steve Arrington says his enchanting new tune, “The Joys of Love,” is a “trust me song.” He explains to Stones Throw, it’s “a song of fun when it all goes right. A song of thanks for every day of life.” Produced by Mndsgn (aka Ringgo Ancheta) and Devin Morrison, it’s soulful, a little jazzy, and tinged with ’70s funk and R&B—altogether it …

Chris Funk: Knifey Vellocet

Multi-instrumentalist Chris Funk—best known for his work with The Decemberists—released his solo album The Painted Porch in late April, from which all proceeds are being donated to the COVID-19 Oregon Musicians’ Relief Fund. (It’s also available to pre-order on vinyl, limited to 250 records.) From that album, the instrumental “Knifey Vellocet” merges twangy guitar with strings and synths for an atmospheric tune that could be …

Colorful Highlights From Frieze New York 2020 Online

Selections from the 200 virtual presentations that comprise the first-ever Frieze Viewing Room Jokes abound that “virtual viewing rooms” equate to nothing more than glorified websites and though there’s some truth to that, a recent Jean Jullien exhibit proved that galleries and artists can do great things together online. With that in mind, Frieze New York lifts the veil from its free web platform (and …