Urban Outfitters is committed to aiding relief efforts in Nepal, as communities in the area struggle to recover from the devastating 7.8 earthquake that struck Nepal on April 25th. We're partnering with Waves For Water to provide access to clean water by distributing portable water filtration systems to community centers, refugee camps and individual families within the disaster zone. Waves For Water has played a significant role in relief efforts around the world since forming in 2009, and they already have a team on the ground making a difference in Nepal.
Although it's already summer here in LA, I still dream about wearing heavy layers. Sandy Liang is a designer based in downtown NYC, she graduated from Parsons in 2014. Her Fall/Winter 2015 is only her third collection but she's definitely one to watch out for. As she quotes herself "I design clothes for the girl who's not obsessed with fashion, but appreciates it."
Artist, producer, and multi-instrumentalist starRo truly creates a memorable experience through his live sets. Originally from Tokyo, starRo gained motivation and drive with his music once moving to Los Angeles. As a member of Soulection, he has taken the beat scene by storm. After seeing him perform live at the Giraffage show, I really wanted to know more about his lifestyle and career. Luckily, I got the chance to speak to him!
How did you pick out the name “starRo?”
My first name is Shinya, which means straight arrow in Japanese. So I picked the first 2 letters of straight and 4 letters from arrow.
How did you first start out with Soulection?
They found my Janet remix and reached me out. They asked me for more tracks so I sent a few including the Sade remix which ended up with being a part of their latest Sade compilation. They really liked it and told me I am in.
How’s your life changed since being part of such a known group of artists?
It changed in so many way as an artist but the biggest thing is the motivation. I got much more encouraged to keep making music when I know there are way more people listening to my music.
Being a part of strong team like Soulection also makes me constantly improve as individual artist. You gotta keep standing out otherwise you will be buried alive among so many talented people.
How would you compare your music career now to where you were 5 years ago?
5 years ago I did not think of music to be something I would pursue seriously. Not that I thought I was not talented but I simply did not see the way this music thing found the way out. Now I could see so many possibilities of where my music career could go. Music is now what I do. And I really love my life now.
Last week, I got the chance to see Toro y Moi live at the Fonda! This is my second time seeing Chaz and the band live, and this time was a totally different experience. Unlike his last tour, his performance focused more on acoustics rather than synths, creating a groovy vibe amongst the crowd. They also had a bright psychedelic background that complimented their performance. And to top it all off, Chaz even performed barefoot throughout their entire set, all the way through the encore.
Most of the songs they played were from the latest album, "What For?" I must admit, it was a little disappointing that most of the crowd didn't even know the songs from the album (I actually listened to the latest album on repeat before going to the show, so I knew most of lyrics/rhythms to the songs and felt pretty lonely among everyone else who didn't). The only time people were really vibing were during his older songs. This includes Toro favorites such as: High Living, Grown Up Calls, Low Shoulder, Rose Quartz, So Many Details, and Say That. I definitely recommend seeing him live; his music sounds even better when he performs!
Womenswear brand Kindersalmon's philosophy is based on the search for balance in a refined design and unconventional mind. Based in Seoul, Kindersalmon offers high-end street, easy-to-wear garments with a polished style. Simple yet never boring. Inspired by youth culture, certain personalities and music.
Hope everyone had fun at Coachella weekend one! This past week, we're happy to hear that Tyler, the Creator and Passion Pit have announced their new albums online!
Tyler's album, Cherry Bomb, was released on April 13th. Since then, it has received a variety of reviews. For the first time, none of Tyler's fellow OF members are featured on the album. Instead, he was able to snag some renowned names, such as Kanye West, Pharrell Williams, Lil Wayne, and Schoolboy Q. Tyler says that the album was very much inspired by N.E.R.D. Physical copies of the album will be available on the 21st, meanwhile, stream it through Spotify here!
Passion Pit's album, Kindred, has not yet released for purchase, but you can stream it on iTunes radio! They bring back their usual upbeat, feel good sound with this new release. Michael Angelakos recently had an interview with Pitchfork and said, "This record was written around the time when I was trying to figure out what constitutes family: who loves you, accepting love, giving love. I was like, "I have no idea what's going on and I wish I did but I just don't have the answers." Gossamer was like, "This is what happened, I'm so sorry" - acknowledging what happened but not saying that I'm going to do anything about it. Kindred is like: "I'm really trying to make this work and be better." Stream Kindred on iTunes Radio here!
Join us along with our friends Amoeba and Org Music for an epic celebration of record store day!
A special art installation by Tv On The Radio where the first 100 guests will get a complimentary caricature drawing of themselves by Tunde of TV on the Radio and their album art designer Julian Gross!
Accompanied by a live DJ sets from Dave Sitek of Tv On The Radio. *Line up starts on Ivar
3PM - 6PM
Live Vinyl DJ sets and full playback of select Record Store Day vinyl releases by: