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Nashville alt-rockers Moon Taxi brought their "Let The Record Play Tour" to George's Majestic Lounge in Fayetteville on Wednesday for a sold out Valentine's Day show. Lead singer Trevor Terndrup gave a short introduction as the band took the stage a few minutes after 10 p.m. for one of the few times he addressed the crowd. The room didn't seem to mind, though -- they were ready for the inspiring, guitar-driven indie-pop they came for.
Band’s new album hopeful, spirited
Just days after the Jan. 19 release of the band's fifth studio album, Moon Taxi bass player Tommy Putnam was preparing for a trip to Tampa Bay, Fla., where the Nashville alt-rockers would perform at the NHL All Star game with fellow arena-ready rising musicians Fitz and the Tantrums. "Let the Record Play," Moon Taxi's debut with RCA Records, sees the five-piece exploring new ground in their writing, while simultaneously returning to the familiarity of an internal producer.
For AJ Haynes, lead singer/guitarist of Shreveport band Seratones, performing is all about "animating a space." Drawing inspiration at the same time from artists like punk rocker Kathleen Hanna and soul singer St. Paul and the Broken Bones, Haynes says you never know what's going to happen at a Seratones show: Whether engaging with her fellow musicians on stage or with the audience, she likes to test her boundaries.
Musician goes beyond genre conventions
When you and your band are asked to back up icon David Bowie on what would become his final album, it stands to reason the encounter will affect you for the rest of your career.
peace of mind is
"I think each of these songs has a theme of being at peace with what is."
“We’ve all heard of dinner theater, but I thought that this was a way of pushing it further — by integrating illusion and mentalism, and by making the audience the crux of the experience.”
‘American in Paris’ dances its way to WAC
One of the stars of the musical "An American in Paris," dancer and actor Allison Walsh, has a few key phrases she uses to describe the touring production: visually captivating, melding the best of ballet and theater, fresh and contemporary. Though the musical does have a vintage feel in its homage to the film of the same name, Walsh assures the story is more than just nostalgia.
Artists converge on Crystal Bridges
Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art in Bentonville presents its first temporary exhibition of the year starting Feb. 3, and with it, a momentous symposium featuring artists represented in the exhibition.
Funny guys seek to connect, not divide
It's easy these days for comedy to be political -- to make jokes attacking perceived inaccuracies or failings on the other side of the party line. And just as it can be for other areas of life, comedy is an effective coping mechanism for addressing frustrations about today's political climate. But Krish Mohan and Andrew Frank aren't interested in liberal or conservative labels for their material. The two stand-up comedians performing Feb. 3 at Nomad's in Fayetteville are more focused on taking a deeper look at cultural systems from a socially conscious viewpoint.
Conversation explores artists as assets
What does it take to maintain a creative life? There are so many facets that affect and inspire and drive and strengthen an arts community and those working within it. Artist and educator Sharon Louden's book "The Artist as Culture Producer: Living and Sustaining a Creative Life" comprises personal essays of 40 different visual artists exploring what it's like to be an artist today and the ways in which they contribute beyond a creative economy.