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    Thrive: Selling Your Work vs. Selling Out

    Welcome to Thrive! A weekly advice column for creatives and the generally confused.   This week we’re focusing on selling as a creative. Whatever the medium, the dream is to be able to make a living off of our work without compromising the art. It can be hard to strike this balance and even harder to know when we’re ready to take such leaps. Here’s the Thrive guide to getting started on selling your work and keeping it legit. Nothing ever feels finished. How do I know I am ready to sell? As artists we’re always going to feel some fear in sharing our work, add in the additional anxiety…

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    Shenandoah Davis’ “The Wings” Music Video

    Website || Bandcamp || Facebook || Instagram || Twitter   Despite the ephemeral nature of music, Shenandoah Davis‘ 2017 album Souvenirs feels like a distinguished and intimate  keepsake you want to hold dear. With unabashed lyrics and vulnerable introspection, Davis perfects the art of honing in on subtle yet significant moments and memories that ring a universal truth within all of us. Opening Souvenirs is “The Wings”, coincidentally the first track she wrote for the album. Directed by Benjamin Violet, the music video uses stop motion animation to encapsulate a vibrant, surreal world of starkly sketched characters with striking expressions amidst a colorful and vivid background. Davis’ magnificent voice and orchestral…

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    The Face Plant that Woke a Bus

      The Face Plant That Woke a Bus   The Number 5 bus brings together students, shoppers, seniors and the blind, normally quietly. But on Sunday afternoon, one face plant got everyone talking. “Oh shit!” the man yelled as he tripped onto the bus stopped at 45th and Guadalupe. A ponytailed man in the back woke up. He had fallen asleep reading the book now in his lap. The woman next to him took out one of her headphones and looked up. “I’m not normally a slip and fall guy,” the man said as he picked himself and his sunglasses off the ground. He placed them on his head, combing…

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    Las Robertas Takeover

    Facebook || Instagram || Twitter || Bandcamp   Las Robertas‘ roots have always kept the band honest and grounded while still allowing each new musical venture to sound distinct and just as catchy as the last. Comprised of Mercedes Oller (guitarist/vocalist), Sonya Carmona (bassist/vocalist) and Fabrizio Durán (drummer), this San José garage rock & psych trio came as a major inspiration to the indie scene in Costa Rica, paving a DIY path and encouraging other budding musicians that they too don’t have to be an expert to start a band. From making your own merch to putting together creative and innovate shows, the trio forged a larger community in their…

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    Crypt Trip Get Back To Their Roots

    Crypt Trip Get Back To Their Roots By: Jay Armstrong   Sure I’ve written warmly about them before, sure seeing them on a bill raises the quality standard of an excuse I need to stay under a blanket reading for the night, yet there has always been an underlying intangible which kept me from fully subscribing to Crypt Trip. There were sporadic notable flashes certainly but where were they truly at in all of it? Where was their voice and what the hell did it have to say? Their latest album Rootstock does well to make sense of the rift previously unbridgeable between respect and fandom. We now see a…