Jerry Garcia Fan Art, You Really Must Own


"We're like licorice. Not everybody likes licorice, but the people who like licorice really like licorice." ~Jerry Garcia

Summer festival season is in full-swing, so what better time to recognize the King of Jam Bands, Jerry Garcia. (August also happens to be Garcia's birth and death month). Here are our favorite handmade items, honoring the Grateful Dead frontman. Licorice for everyone!

This awesome Jerry Garcia painting by RyanJacobsonArt (above) is an original and framed, so you better snatch it ASAP.

More »

Quotes from Pussy Riot, in Illustrated Form

Jena Ardell
Don't call Pussy Riot a band. They are three young, brave women (plus a few anonymous members) who started a feminist movement in Russia. Although we don't agree with their 'protest' which involved surprise open-mouth kissing female security guards, we admire their gumption to stand up to a Russian dictator... err, president.

Pussy Riot member Yekaterina Samutsevich has been freed, but Nadezhda Tolokonnikovan and Maria Alekhina, who was recently denied parole, will remain incarcerated until March 2014 on charges of hooliganism motivated by religious hatred.

More »

Annie Clark (a.k.a. St. Vincent) Quotations, in Illustrated Form

Jena Ardell
Annie Clark has talent, brains and beauty. Yes, it's hard to not love the mastermind behind St. Vincent. She and David Byrne (of the Talking Heads) are currently wrapping up the U.S. leg of their "Love This Giant" tour before heading overseas. Here are five illustrated quotations from our favorite curly-haired crooner.

More »

Musician Quotations as Fortune Cookie Fortunes

Jena Ardell
Sometimes famous musicians say profound things otherwise only conjured by fortune cookie writers. We wouldn't mind finding these pearls of wisdom the next time we crack open a fortune cookie. Moo shoo gai pan with a side of lo mein, please!

More »

ASMR: When Music Creates a "Brain Orgasm"

Photo by Scott Denny
By: Jesse Sendejas Jr.
I was especially bad at science in school. I failed chemistry twice and third-time-charmed my way to finally passing with a C.

So now, of course, I enjoy anything with a scientific bent and listen to excellent podcasts, like Radiolab and This American Life, that present the scientific world in a way even a dodo-brain like me can understand.

Recently, I was listening to a piece by American Life contributor Andrea Seigel, where she related having a specific sensation to the sound of a whispering voice. She described it as "this tingling throughout my skull... it was like starbursts in my head, starbursts that open on the crown and then sparkle down to the nape, like this warm, glittering water rushing under your scalp."

More »

Six Pieces of Pearl Jam Fan Art You Really Must Own

Avocado cross stitch by CrassCross on etsy.

We got so excited when Pearl Jam announced they are touring this fall, that we started scouring etsy for Pearl Jam stuff we could buy while waiting to spend money on concert tickets (which will be on sale July 27). Long live grunge and handmade items!

This Avocado Album Cover Cross Stitch Pattern by CrassCross (above) is as iconic as it is clever. We hope you're crafty!

More »

Famous Musicians Talk About Guitars, In Illustrated Form

Jena Ardell

We like reading quotations just as much as we like quoting musicians. So we illustrated our favorite five quotations from musicians. This week's topic: GUITARS. This magical instrument holds the power to make you cry, sing, smile and want to rip someone's clothes off. Thank goodness for guitars.

More »

Famous Musicians Sounding Off About The Environment, In Illustrated Form

Jena Ardell

Not all famous musicians live a life of excess. Some, like Sheryl Crow, only use one square of toilet paper after using the restroom in order to save trees. Everyone likes the idea of living on a healthier planet, but seldom do people actually change their daily habits in order to make a difference. Here are our favorite five quotations from musicians sounding off about the environment who actually make an effort to be environmentally conscious citizens.

Now go plant a tree and stay safe in the bike lane! And remember to turn off lights and appliances when not in use. And turn off your ignition instead of leaving your car idle while waiting for someone. And stand up for cleaner air and water. (We could go on and on...)

More »

Handmade Boy Band Products You Really Must Own

Sweatshirt by BestFanTees on etsy.

A wise man once said: "I don't believe in guilty pleasures. If you fucking like something, like it." That man was Dave Grohl. We like to follow his philosophy, and how better to embrace 'guilty pleasures' than by purchasing handmade boy band paraphernalia on etsy?! We already did the heavy lifting and found a trove of goodies just for you.

If you want to ensure your girl won't get hit on while she's out and about, buy her this sweatshirt by BestFanTees. (Above). Creepy old men still might offer her candy though.

More »

NorCal vs. SoCal Fests: A Comparison

Can you tell which photo was taken at a SoCal fest?
Everyone says California should be split into two -- NorCal and SoCal are so different in temperature, vibe and personality that it might as well be different states. Check out just how different in our comparison below.

>See Also:
*Our full Coachella Coverage
*Outside Lands: Top Five Do's and Don't For Festival Folk

More »