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Archive for February, 2011


Donald Glover + Childish Gambino = IAMDONALD Tour

“Stand-up plus music equals dopeness” is the tagline for the IAMDONALD tour, which actually seems pretty on point. Donald Glover is many things: Troy on NBC’s “Community,” a stand-up comedian, […]

Photo by Robyn Von Swank

All Smiles With Paul Rust

I have the pleasure of talking with some of the nicest, smartest, original, talented, and funniest people in the world. Paul Rust might just be the perfect example of that. […]

Charlyne Yi Interview

In today’s world when you come across someone who is super talented, and doing original, unique things, it’s rare that they put all of their energy in to one medium. […]


SO Fly: Raphael Saadiq – Radio

Could this be the coolest video any of us have seen this year? It could. It REALLY could. Raphael Saadiq’s album Stone Rollin’ comes out March 22nd, and you really […]


SO Hot: Kanye West – All of the Lights ft. Rihanna & Kid Cudi

I know this video is already everywhere, but I don’t care. Watch it here for the first time or the 20th. It’s just SO SO fresh. And really Rihanna? FIRE. […]

Andy Kindler

Instant Classic: Interview with Andy Kindler

Let me give you the breakdown: After two weeks of rescheduling phone interviews (me-flu Andy-stomach virus) we finally connected this past weekend, and I enjoyed a conversation with Andy Kindler […]

New Collage Work by Aaron Frisby

Collage has become one of my favorite forms of art. Yet like photography, it’s an art that can be treated with disregard in that it is art: I have a […]


SO Approved: Wolf Gang – Dancing With The Devil

I normally wouldn’t post anything with “Devil” in the title, because that’s just not my style, I’m pretty anti-devil. (Racist?) Anyways, London based band Wolf Gang just put out a […]

Martin Ouellette: The Beauty in the Banal

When first looking at Canadian artist Marin Ouellette’s paintings, my thoughts were: “Generalized abstract, and I wouldn’t put it on my walls.” This can be such a common mistake, especially […]


Black Iris & Bethany Cosentino of Best Coast – When Will I Feel Love

Bethany Cosentino, from one of SO’s favorites Best Coast has lent her vocals to “When Will I Feel Love”, a new song and video that aims to raise awareness of human […]

steed lord

SO..Much? Steed Lord – 123 If You Want Me

Maybe it’s covering NYFW, maybe it’s because the chorus is great, or maybe it’s just because the video is pretty dope, but for some reason I’m featuring this techno/disco heavy […]


Sam Spratt is Making Journalism Sexy

  Rolling Stone‘s Jan Wenner plucked Leibovitz from college to shoot for his startup magazine in the early 1970s. Forty years later, Nick Denton’s Gizmodo tapped Sam Spratt, a 22-year-old […]

Klea McKenna | Slow Burn

From the artist: “I am interested in human perceptions and representations of nature and photography’s potential to both confirm and disarm those perceptions. Using analogue photographic methods and crude, handmade […]


Tim Barber & Tiny Vices

Sometimes trying to ask the right questions, or get inside the head of an artist can be a difficult thing. What most artists, or at least the good ones do […]