Sing for Hope Pianos Returns to Fill NYC's Public Spaces With Music

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After a year off, Sing for Hope Pianos is returning to New York City, resuming its tradition of installing public pianos throughout the city for two weeks in the summer.

The charity organization was founded in 2006 by Juilliard-trained singers Camille Zamora and Monica Yunus, and aims to make music and art more accessible in the community. The Sing for Hope Pianos public art installation began in 2011 and ran for three consecutive summers (enduring minor complications early on).

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One of the World's Best Run the Jewels Murals Is in...Denver?

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Various stages of the Thrill the Jewels mural at Gamma Gallery.
Run the Jewels is one of the most exciting musical projects happening now. The collaboration between Killer Mike and El-P is having something of a heyday, raising an amount of money that surprised even them for a cat-related remix project called Meow the Jewels, getting featured everywhere from Rolling Stone to Complex. Oh, and the duo just released an album. The frenzy continues with a graffiti project called Tag The Jewels, where artists from around the world took on the Run the Jewels logo.

There have been entries everywhere from New York to New Delhi, but one of the most widely circulated came from Denver, courtesy of Gamma Gallery.

See also: Best Rap Album New York 2013 - Run the Jewels

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Jason Sebastian Russo & Tara Autovino Need Your Help "Getting the Fuck Out of Brooklyn"

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Living with your significant other can be nice and and again, but imagine going on tour with them? Yes, as in, bringing whatever crap you deal with at home and loading it into a compact car, traveling throughout this great country, and praying it doesn't end in separate plane tickets back to New York.

Alright, so we're being a bit cynical, but that reality is what makes this story we're about to share even more incredibly lovely.

Filmmaker Tara Autovino (Ultimate Christian Wrestling, For A Swim With The Fish) and her boyfriend Jason Sebastian Russo (Hopewell, Common Prayer, and Mercury Rev) will be departing fairly soon on a month-long tour. The duo, who live together in Williamsburg, are embarking on a 10,000-mile journey, and will be recording their adventure every inch of the way. The project will culminate in a film and album titled Guiding Light.

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Madonna Fan Art You Really Must Own

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Just as the clamor of Madonna's cameo performance at the Grammys was subsiding, she reappears during Miley Cyrus's MTV Unplugged to perform a mashup of "Don't Tell Me" and "We Can't Stop."

Madonna is the Queen of legendary pop music moments; this time, clad in a bedazzled cowgirl uniform, gettin' some girl-on-girl grinding on, and line dancing, oh my! That's one way to pass the torch... or ignite another.

To celebrate Madonna's return to the masses, we found some really great fan art on

Madonna looks extra voluptuous in this Hung Up art print by Renato Cunha (above).

See also: Prince Fan Art You Really Must Own

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Kanye West and Jay-Z Go Givenchy For New Single "H.A.M."

Did you enjoy your Kanye time off? Good. Because he's back, basically. Just in time for the tail end of the backlash to the backlash to the backlash, West and Jay-Z are ramping up their new project: Watch the Throne, a collaborative EP slated for early March. "H.A.M." is the first single--the god Elliott Wilson suggests that may stand for "Hatin' Ass Motherfuckas," and we would not bet against him--and last night, Kanye returned to his increasingly desolate Twitter account to tweet a release date ("1.11.11," next Tuesday) and some single art:

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Artists Fashion Notorious B.I.G.'s "Ten Crack Commandments" Out Of Actual Marble

Categories: Art, Hip-Hop

Animal New York points us to the hip-hop-inspired art of Swyndle & Hawks, self-described "thieves" who "acquire...icons" only to "degenerate them from their exaggeration and leave them to their insignificance." One piece from this year, entitled "10 Crack Commandments," features the lyrics from the Notorious B.I.G. classic from 1997's Life After Death chiseled into marble, no Moses. Commandments include, "Never let no one know how much dough you hold"; "Never let em know your next move"; "Never trust nobody," and so on. A close-up photo and the song after the jump...

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Q&A: Brooklyn Photographer Jason Shaltz on His Photo Show "The Juggalo," Which Opens Tonight at Mishka

Categories: Art, Mishka NYC

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Brooklyn photographer Jason Shaltz wants you to know that he's been working on The Juggalo, his debut photography show that opens tonight, since this past February. That is, before Insane Clown Posse's "Miracles" video went viral, before the unruly Juggalo masses hurled rocks, bottles, and dildos at Tila Tequila, before The Men Who Stare At Goats author informed the Internet the six-year-old revelation that Insane Clown Posse followed God, before, oh you know, this. What's more, Shaltz has considered himself a Juggalo for over a decade, so when WNYC's Soundcheck wanted a bona fide "Juggalo" to speak on the air about Insane Clown Posse for a segment, he's the only local guy any of us could find to represent the culture. So he'll hear your criticisms that the world doesn't need any more Juggalo-documenting opportunists, but for Shaltz, his project has nothing to do with a meme, but his life.

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Q&A: Brooklyn Artist Aakash Nihalani Talks Designing Mixtape Covers For Das Racist and His New Show, Overlap, Opening at Bose Pacia This Thursday

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The young, Queens-born tape artist Aakash Nihalani did the geometrically stoned cover for Das Racist's Shut Up, Dude mixtape. He's had his distinctive, oddly placed, brightly colored tape installations ripped off by everybody from other street artists to Vampire Weekend. And he's got a new, Jeff Koons-pranking solo show up this Thursday at Dumbo gallery Bose Pacia, entitled Overlap. Das Racist, of course, are playing the afterparty at 17 Frost. In advance of Nihalani's solo debut at the gallery, we chatted a bit about the upcoming show and his brushes with various local musicians, both friendly and otherwise.

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Die Antwoord Were Immortalized In The Guggenheim Last Weekend

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What a pleasant surprise to stagger into the Guggenheim Saturday and, in the midst of the museum's YouTube Play: A Biennial of Creative Video exhibit -- an elaborate display of 25 clips guest-curated by a panel featuring everyone from Laurie Anderson to most of Animal Collective to Ryan McGinley to Takashi Murakami -- encounter the famously mesmerizing Dark Side of the Moon-referencing shot from Die Antwoord's "Zef Side" video. Yes, everyone's favorite South African meme-rappers were, albeit briefly, hailed as High Art.

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New York Artist Maya Hayuk Is Partly Responsible for the Half-Naked and Wet People at Bonnaroo

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photo by Abby Manock

Bonnaroo and body odor go together like Irish men and Jameson, which is why so many of the from-the-mud testimonials focus on the showering aspect of the three-day hackey-sacks-and-hulahoops showdown--or lack thereof. Apparently there are only two primary on-site option for scrubbing yourself clean: 1) Paying $7 for an actual shower; 2) Standing half-naked under a "mushroom fountain" for free, which basically makes this one spot on the grounds, ah, an olfactory oasis. Why anyone here, but not there, might care? New York artist Maya Hayuk, who's work tends to show up in places like Cinders Gallery and Secret Project Robot, is the one responsible for the fungi fountain's trippy psychedelics.

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