THE SMOLDERING, SEDUCTIVE SLOW BURN OF ALEXANDER BEDRIA By Sandra Castillo

​He embraces his emotional latitude as titanium, industrial-strength armor, which refuses to bend to anything other than the truth. He is a stalwart force, almost defiant to a beautiful fault but ingrained with just the perfect amount of vulnerability to ward off any residuals of predictability. It’s a given that absolutely nothing is ever going to stand […]

CYAN IS THE COLOR OF THEIR UNIVERSE & THE MUSIC OF THEIR SOULS By Sandra Castillo

​The siren, blindfolded, rises to her feet as the incoming tide circles around her. She stands and slowly removes the choker from around her neck and buries it in the sand. She then reaches down and takes hold of the arm of the sylph breaking through the surface, with three more to retrieve from the […]

JUST ANOTHER DAY IN PARADISE FOR ARTIST RUBY MAZUR By Sandra Castillo

Imagine waking up to a dawn illuminated by the last remnants of twilight and watercolor silhouettes, followed by a glorious morning wrapped in the golden rays of the sun. As a warm, balmy breeze stirs amongst towering palms, graciously caressing your face, you stand at the ocean’s edge and marvel at a horizon serenaded by […]

HEAD TRIPPIN’ WITH BRAINSTORY By Sandra Castillo

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BLACK LIFE: IMAGES OF RESISTANCE AND RESILIENCE IN SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA By Sandra Castillo

The black-and-white images ranged from milieu awash in the ominous shadows of civil unrest surrounding protestors marching through the streets of L.A. to the wide-eyed innocence of a child, the stare permeating the frost of adversarial conditions surrounding her. Each portrait on display was a stunning revelation of a tumultuous, ever-changing era swept up in […]

SWAY WILD ON THE ROAD AGAIN TO NIRVANA AND BEYOND By Sandra Castillo

The scenery in the world premiere video for Sway Wild’s “Chimney Fire” unfolds like a panoramic picture postcard for those looking to escape the concrete jungle to find respite among tall trees and illuminated blue skies. With its striking backdrop of old growth forest enveloped in silhouette and golden sunlight bursting through the majestic pines […]

CONNECTING THE DOTS AND STARS WITH ARTIST JENNIFER PROBERT By Sandra Castillo

The muse can strike at lightning speed. Whether it unleashes itself from the well-spring of one’s fertile imagination or from a song that embraces the listener and reels him in to that perpetual state of nirvana, for an artist, the inspiration to create is just as vital and necessary a function as breathing, in order […]

DANCING THROUGH DIAGONAL FIELDS WITH GON By Sandra Castillo

The stark, somber imagery plays out in haunting, gracefully ethereal fashion, as male dancers veiled in pearl white surround the one blessed with the kind of visage that lingers in dreams cast from the fantasies of the mind’s eye.Yet, in so many ways, the illusion is very reminiscent of the lights, shadows that traversed the mood […]

MICHAEL SACKLER-BERNER TURNS THE PAGE ON A FEW SHORT STORIES By Sandra Castillo

According to Michael Sackler-Berner, it’s all there on his latest album, Short Stories, which boasts an eclectic, introspective array of songs distilled in the crystalline waters of the imagination of the one who employed a “huge list of players” to deliver the goods. A coterie of musical heavyweights, who backed the singer on the album, […]

ELECTRIC MUD WILL NEVER MAKE DANGEROUS PROMISES THEY CAN’T KEEP By Sandra Castillo

It was on a June afternoon, at the 2019 Art Around Adams Street Festival in San Diego, when the crowd had grown considerably in size, as the band launched torpedoes on a tricked-out, stone-cold version of the Rolling Stones classic “Under My Thumb.” Unbridled, raucous, with a propensity-for-danger, the spitfire performance from the wild-eyed, tattooed […]

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