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artist spotlight: scott dunbar's one man band

Scott Dunbar is not you're average musician. While most cats are clamoring for studio time, Scott would rather sit at the park and kick his suitcase.

Writing, singing and playing. That's what he believes musicians should be concerned with. Not finding the perfect pitch, recording the best take, or organizing your upcoming show schedule. Just focus on your craft.

As a dude that's moderately creative, I can appreciate that approach. Hit the jump for a few of my favorite tracks, some dope live performances and some exclusive MP3s.

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I saw a few videos of this cat a few months back. It was nothing too crazy, or overly impressive. Looking to keep pace with the ever-moving internets, I simply disregarded Mr. Dunbar as nothing more than a random street performer. Shame on me.

Now... my hetero love affair with all things MJ has never been a secret. So, I was pleasantly surprised to see Mr. Dunbar doing an impromptu rendition of "Billie Jean" on the streets of Montreal.

Below you will find his most recent performances, which also happen to be my favorite. As always, captured by the all-mighty Flip Cam.

Pretty awesome, right? I believe the emotion and energy behind a performance often tells the true character of an artist. This dude unquestionably puts everything he has into these ballads. You have to love that.

After some detective work, I was able to cook up an exclusive brew of audio. Below you'll find some audio dope that you won't find anywhere else.

live street performances:

Scott Dunbar - Tin Foil Hat (Live)
Scott Dunbar - Wood Wheel (Live Cover)
Scott Dunbar - Billie Jean (Live Cover)

early recordings:

Scott Dunbar - Tin Foil Hat
Scott Dunbar - Dance Like a Devil
Scott Dunbar - Rocking Chair

He may not be the next big thing, but homie has talent. Be sure to hit him up on myspace (whatever that is), and leave a kind word.


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artist spotlight: without you baby, there aint no us

Meet Comenius Roethlisberger and Admir Jahic.

They are two of the many talented cats from The Invisible Heroes. These gents have extensive portfolios featuring more traditional works, but they decided to team up and do something a little different.

That something is a project called, "Without You Baby, There Ain't No Us."

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I'm a hater. A lot of times I get insulted by "artists" and there seemingly never-ending web of bull shit. You shouldn't have to explain art. An artist should never haver to sell themselves or their works to the masses. You develop a piece and let your audience form their own opinion about it. That's how it should work.

That's why I like exhibitions like the ones Comenius and Admir have put together. There's no bull shit here. Just good natured pieces, that most people can make a personal connection with.

I won't say that any of these pieces are life changing. But they are a breathe of fresh air, in what is becoming a growingly predictable class of young artists.

Taking elements of pop-culture and putting your own personal spin on it is always a good look. These dudes have taken that methodology to the next level with their latest collections of YouTube drawings.

What sets these cats apart from the masses, is how they are able to switch up their exhibitions and keep them unique. The way an artist presents their pieces gives them the rare ability to completely control how viewers experience their work. These dudes get that.

Take these photos of their Paris Exhibition for example. For this show, the gents decided to feature the Infamous Star Wars YouTube video.

Each frame of the video has been framed and mounted throughout the studio. Those that could not fit on the walls, were stacked of various heights across the floor. While the actual drawings might not be that impressive, the sheer amount of work necessary to complete this project cannot go unappreciated.

Check out this stop motion film, pieced together from the individually drawn frames. I don't have the time or patience. Good for them.

At their Kuwait Exhibition, the fellas decided to expand and feature numerous pieces. The size and arrangement of the works added some intrigue to the collection, while the pieces mounted on the wall gave viewers a better look at the details.

Same series of works, but a totally different viewing experience. I can definitely dig it.

Check out some of my favorite pieces below. Most have already been sold, but check out Without You Baby for print availability. (note: site is currently down for maintenance)

So there you have it. A couple of dudes decided to do something different and ended up providing a lot of smiles and chuckles to the masses. Can't be mad at that. Not at all.

All you young "artists" take notes. Art doesn't always have to be something so complicated and deep. Beauty is in the eye of the beholder and I think a framed Mosh Girl would look pretty sexy on my wall.

People buy artwork that they have a personal connection with. The red stickers that follow these dudes around tends to support that theory.

Be sure to check out all the homies over at The Invisible Heroes. The collection of talent in their crew is pretty retarded. Rain Man retarded, not Corky retarded.

For more photos and complete project details, hit up Without You Baby. (note: site is currently down for maintenance)


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artist spotlight: peter beste

In regards to photographers, the homie Peter Beste is somewhat of a strange fig when you get right down to it.

Most cats tend to focus on subjects that are perceived to be glamorous or beautiful, while Mr. Beste focuses his attention on subjects that are sometimes misrepresented and misunderstood.

While his body of work can take you across the world, I'd like to give you a brief tour of Houston, Texas.

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Whether it be a strip club in H-Town or a mosh pit at a black metal show, Beste's work revolves more around the subculture than the actual subject of the photo. In my opinion, this approach gives the viewers a deeper look inside the subject and tells more of a story.

They say "pictures are worth a thousand words", so I'll shut up and let them do their thing.

Below you will find a brief sampling of my favorite photos. Be sure to click the image view an enlarged version.

Understand that this is just a brief sampling of the homie's work. His documentation of the Norwegian black metal scene and Houston strip clubs are definitely a must see.

Be sure to check out his complete portfolio online at


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