Category: Music History

  • How do you feel about CBGB turning into an art gallery?


    If you are, at all, an original punk afficianado, or just give a shit about punk history, or even the history of New York City, you will have heard of CBGB.

    Amazing acts, like The Ramones, Iggy Pop, Sex Pistols, Blondie, like all these amazing acts passed through CBGB.

    The venue actually closed down in 2006 and it became, I think, like a John Varvatos shop or something weird like that, but now it’s becoming an art gallery.

    It’s going to be called Amanita. They’ll have their first gallery showing starting September 29th. Their first exhibition is going to be Leonardo Meoni. He does these really beautiful illustrations or paintings on velvet.

    They’re really beautiful and amazing, so if you’re in the New York City area, go check ’em out. Let me know how it is in the comments below. I’ll live vicariously through you until I can get there myself.

    🎧 Listen to the full episode here.

  • The Tomb of Nefertiti Found?! / The Future of CBGB / More Keith Haring Wall Art / and a $1 BILLION Art Collection

    By Amara is a weekly art and history podcast hosted by Amara Andrew. Each week, we’ll take a quick look at the goings on in the art and history world.

    This week, we’re discussing: the tomb of Nefertiti; the future of punk haven, CBGB; yet another piece of Keith Haring wall art; and an art collection that’s selling for over $1 billion.

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    Who is Amara?

    Hi there! My name’s Amara and I’m a videographer, historian, illustrator, and creator living in Chicago.

  • The Secret Behind These 7 Major Lazer Songs

    I remember it so vividly. 

    It was the most perfect sunny day. I was on my way to go meet up with some friends at the park. Even though it was a relatively short drive, I still wanted to jam out to some feel-good tunes.

    When I put on a random Spotify playlist of contemporary dancehall music, I heard that beautiful, familiar bassline from Nora Dean’s “Barbwire” blast through my speakers.

    But then I realized that it wasn’t Dean’s song. It only sounded like it.