Known as the “purple haired rock goddess,” audio-visual artist Anastasia Elliot is enigmatic to say the least. Her colorfully curated style, disciplined classical training, and her ability to create an entire immersive universe of cinematic wonder, all alchemize in such a way that sets her apart from fellow artists in the indie art rock world.
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Over the past 10 years, the artistry of Gr3ys0n has gone through many phases. The Bethlehem, PA-based nerdcore hip hop artist — formerly known by the names Maverick da Roninn and NyteXing — is prolific in his creative output, blending his own life experience with references from comic book, anime, and video game culture to create a multiverse of his own.
We catch up with Gr3ys0n on today’s episode of The Quinn Spinn to chat about his new album, Identity Crisis Pt. 4: Hero Saga. We also explore what this project represents at this point in his creative journey, the lessons he’s learned along the way, and the art of balancing passions with the responsibilities of family life.
“Well all hail and long live the legendary
-Dirty Heads, “Indigo”
We will prevail
And make old laws imaginary
It’s our time to shine light
Upon the darkest souls
I follow those who search for more than just a common role.”
Anyone who has followed Dirty Heads for a while know that this is a band unafraid of defying convention. The Huntington Beach, California natives — who gradually caught fire with their 2008 debut, Any Port in a Storm — have shown remarkable versatility over a career that spans nearly 20 years of exploration through reggae, hip hop, rock, roots, and all points in between.
It makes sense, then, that the band’s latest album, Midnight Control, features the band’s most seamless experimentation to date. True to the lyrics referenced above, they unapologetically continue to push the envelope in the modern music landscape.
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UMC is Nashville-based, but our roots are planted in a small former steel city about an hour north of Philadelphia.
We began our journey in the indie music blogosphere in 2016 as Lehigh Valley Underground, a regional publication covering the local music scene in Eastern Pennsylvania. Every August, Musikfest served as an anchor point — a 10-day celebration featuring artists at all levels, from talented locals, to mid-range independent artists catching fire, to some of the biggest names in music.
I had the honor of joining the team at ArtsQuest — the Bethlehem-based non-profit behind Musikfest — as Event Staff in time for the 2014 festival. I tell that story here. Here in the 2020s, I’ve begun taking an annual “vacation” to rejoin the Musikfest family, with the number one goal of making sure you don’t cause a ruckus.
I’m telling you this, because I’ll be a little tied up over the next week or so. I’m also looking at this as an opportunity to find new inspiration from the festival that spawned this publication’s very existence. Expect us to come out swingin’ upon my return from “vacation.”
In the meantime, we’ll still be delivering the goods here over the next week. That includes a new UMC20 (curated by UMC’s own Jenna Rose) and an episode of The Quinn Spinn. Keep an eye out!
And, if you’ve been following UMC since it was LVU, maybe I’ll see you at ‘Fest?
The year was 2016. UMC was still wet behind the ears as a regional blog in eastern Pennsylvania known as Lehigh Valley Underground. Nashville was not yet a twinkle in our eyes. In fact, this whole experiment was still in its, well… experimental stages. Frankly, we had no idea that we’d still be here!
A young man named Doug Keller was writing for us back then, and he told us about a Philly-area band called Duke Maroon, whose single, “Heart Attack,” was featured on WXPN’s The Key as an NPR Tiny Desk submission.
Much has changed since then. We moved to Nashville. Duke Maroon took a hiatus that spanned several years. And now, with Keller in the band, they’ve decided that they’re bringin’ it back.
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Alex Radus’ new album, Tributaries – Recorded Live at Godfrey Daniels, is a beautiful amalgamation.
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Press photo provided by Alex Radus.
Alex Radus will release his long-awaited third album, Tributaries (Recorded Live at Godfrey Daniels), on April 7, 2022. The album is uniquely centric to Pennsylvania’s Lehigh Valley region; it was recorded live at the legendary Southside Bethlehem listening room, Godfrey Daniels, and will be commemorated with a debut performance at Zoellner Arts Center, on the campus of Lehigh University.
After a majorly transformative summer in my personal and professional life, I felt compelled to use The Quinn Spinn’s 8th anniversary to share some revelations that have come to me as a byproduct of my own creative journey. That journey began with this podcast and the desire to have an impact — the desire to feel as though I am contributing something to the world, beyond checking society’s boxes.
This road-less-traveled has brought forth so many incredible moments. At the same time, it has brought about unique challenges that appear at the intersection of the hustle and my presence in other areas of life. As I’ve ridden those waves, I’ve come to a point where I understand what it truly means to create and spread abundance, and how that serves life’s bigger picture.
It’s been an amazing ride to this point, and there is still much more to come. Thank you for being along for the journey.
This Wednesday at 6 p.m. CT, Michelle and Jenna host a special edition of Drinking with Founders, featuring… our founder!
Gerard Longo talks Rapid Transformational Therapy (RTT), learning to ride a bike at age 29 (and all over again at 34), and some UMC, Live from the 615, and The Quinn Spinn stuff, too.
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Full stop: as a recovering English major, I hate using clichés.
However, sometimes the simplest way to get a point across is also the best, and the phrase “remember where you came from” hits home this week.