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Come see us at 3 Rivers Arts Fest!

TRAF_2017_BannerIt’s Arts Fest time Pittsburgh! Come on out and celebrate the arts, in all of their mediums this year at the 58th annual Three Rivers Arts Festival in Downtown Pittsburgh, PA. 10 days of FREE music & art!

Forget your preconception of a typical music or arts festival. This is anything but ordinary. Here are just a few reasons why you need to mark your calendar for the 58th annual Dollar Bank Three Rivers Arts Festival, June 2-11, 2017, an iconic celebration of the arts in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania:

IT’S FREE. Yes, free, as in no tickets are required. As one of the largest and most-celebrated FREE arts festivals in the world, we welcome you for 10 days of free music, theater, dance, public art installations, gallery exhibitions, a visual artist market, creative activities, food, and more. How is this possible? The Pittsburgh Cultural Trust, non-profit producer of the event, is supported by a growing community of individuals, foundations, and corporations who believe in the arts and this iconic Pittsburgh celebration.

We will be in the celebrated Artists Market for the 1st 5-day session (only!) from Friday June 2nd – Tuesday June 6th, every day from 11am – 8pm on Gateway Plaza at BOOTH 68 Between One & Two Gateway Center . (See maps below.) We will have lots of new art prints in tow, as well as rock posters and more. The Artists Market features a very rigorously juried selection of 300+ artisans selling handmade, fine art and fine crafts from literally, all over the country. Artists change throughout the Three Rivers Festival as well so don’t miss out as every artist participates for a varying number of days so, beyond what you find on opening day, you can discover the work of new artists on Saturday, 6/3; Wednesday, 6/7; Friday, 6/9; and Saturday, 6/10.

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Three Rivers Arts Festival features live musical performances by national and local recording artists, (full music lineup here) as well as theater and dance performances, public art installations, gallery show exhibitions, fun creative activities for all ages, literary events, and interactive tech, and more.

Three Rivers Arts Festival is FREE and family friendly. Come enjoy the spring weather in your City all of us!

For more information, maps, music, art and performance line ups, and more visit Three Rivers Arts Festival here!

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New poster released: The National

3-color, all hand screenprinted silkscreen poster for The National. (Click for more info or to purchase.)

Alright! Brand new poster release here for the amazing band The National, as you can see from above.

And, we finally were able to catch them live. And dudes, their reputation is not only solid gold, but it perfectly earned and well deserved.

We arrived at the show early in order to get our posters to the merch table ASAP, and then it was time to relax outside of the beautiful Carnegie Library of Homestead Music Hall grounds in Homestead with a glass of wine and a lovely fall night gathering on the hill. It was pretty spectacular. And things only got better as we met up with our super friends Sarah & Scott from The Wreckids. Sarah had toured with The National in a past band (Boxstep) and invited us to hang out with her & the guys in The National after the show. Rock star sweetpeas, that’s all I can say about the end of the evening. HUGE thanks to The National for the amazing show, the hospitality backstage afterwards and the giggles.

Info about this new poster for The National, with Owen Pallett:

All hand screenprinted poster for their September 25, 2010 show at The Carnegie Music Hall, in Homestead, Pittsburgh, PA. Now available here at my website and here in my Etsy shop.

Etheral & earthbound, all at once. That’s sort of the charm of the amazing band The National. We love this band, and we’re thrilled to be working with them again too on a poster for our hometown, Pittsburgh.

This is our hand screenprinted, limited edition silkscreen poster for The National with dark sky blue, dark yellow and light blue hand mixed inks. Edition of 150, signed and numbered (by me, strawberryluna). Size: 16 x22 inches (39.4 cm x 55.9 cm.) Paper: archival Cougar, White 100lb cover weight.

This poster was sold at the show and on tour with the band, and I have just a small number for sale, so they will go quick. Now available at my website here. I design & hand screenprint my prints and posters. If you have any questions, just let me know.

Here are some quick process shots, too, with more & nicer ones to come soon in my Flickr account.

1st color of our poster for The National. (Terrible photo, I know!)

2nd color down, now we're getting somewhere! Hand screenprinted poster for The National.

3rd & final color in my hand screenprinted poster for The National. (Click to purchase or for more info.)

Phoenix’s magical Blogotheque Take-Away Show


Click to watch Phoenix play live, outdoors in Paris.

Un, duex, trois, quatre!

It’s not secret that I love the band Phoenix, (they’re the best) nor the fantastic paris based music blog La Blogotheque and their signature Les Concerts A Emporter, or Take-Away Shows. If you are not familiar, the basic premise is always the same, where French filmmaker Vincent Moon asks a band to play a short set, often consisting of just 2-3 songs, at an impromptu and outdoor location, usually accoutically, while he films the moment.

The Take-Away Shows are often really lovely and intimate, almost always with small surprises and little treats that can only happen with the unplanned & gentle collision of a band suddenly playing live in public spaces not typically made for such moments.

Click to watch Phoenix play live, outdoors in Paris.

A perfect case in point are the most recent 4 songs on La Blogotheque featuring the French band Phoenix, (who sing just about exclusively in English), and are perhaps better known outside of their home country than withing their native France.

In this heart melting set of 4 songs for Take-Away Shows (or more rightly Les Concerts A Emporter), quite possibly my favorite band Phoenix performs  1901 at Trocedero Square, close to the Eiffel Tower, with lots of passersby simply stopping to get an ear and eyeful of the band. There’s even a freshly married couple among the gathering crowd, and it simply couldn’t be more romantic.

Click to watch Phoenix play live, outdoors in Paris.

Phoenix then moves onto a crowded Parisian tour bus, taking seats at the back of the open upper deck and play 2 songs (Lisztomania & One Time Too Many) while the bus and it’s happily surprised tourists take a ride through Paris streets. The final show is Long Distance Call, played beautifully under a stone bridge along the Seine, complete with a sweet echos from the pigeon encrusted columns of the bridge. My favorite band + my favorite city = I’m done for.

Basically, it’s all awesome and you should watch ’em all. Click the images above or here to watch & listen as well as read a bit more about each performance. Phoenix!

Click to watch Phoenix play live, outdoors in Paris.

New poster released: Lotus w/ RJD2 & Junior Boys

4-color, hand screenprinted gig poster for Lotus, RJd2 & Junior Boys. (Click for more info or to purchase.)

Float on in.

This is my all hand screenprinted, limted edition poster for Lotus‘ show with RJD2 & Junior Boys DJ Set on Saturday, November 28th, 2009 at Terminal 5 in NYC, NY.

Mega chillout Lotus psych-style. Reverberation, symmetry and green dreams.

This is my 4-color hand screenprinted poster with light-green, yellow, and black hand-mixed, non-toxic water based acrylic inks.I have a very imited number of this poster for sale, as most of the edition was sold by the band on the night of the show. Size: 16w x 22h inches. Edition of 125. Paper: acid-free & archival Cougar 100 lb White, cover weight.

Click the above image to visit my website and for more information or to purchase. And hey! Below are some process photographs of this poster being hand screenprinted at my Flickr site:

1st color printed here.

3rd color printed!

Registering the 4th & final color.

New poster released: The Spinto Band tour poster!

Hand screenprinted, 4-color tour poster for The Spinto Band,. Click here for more information!

Hey hey! Brand new poster finally released and out there for you! It’s my fall 2009 tour poster for The Spinto Band, with Generationals & Pepi Ginsberg‘s Park The Van “Family Values” fall super tour.

Hooooraay! I love ’em. Bright, fun, hard workin’ and rad. 3 super sounds in one show poster.

This poster is my all hand screenprinted tour poster for some super bands (check them out and see if I’m lying.)

What you see here is a 4-color poster with magenta, sunny orange and black inks. Size: 16w x 22h inches. Edition of 145, though I have only 30 for sale and the rest were sold on tour with the band. Paper: acid-free & archival Cougar 100 lb White, cover weight.

Now available for purchase at my website HERE!

Here’s a couple photos of the print being built:

1st color down

2nd color, transparent magenta, lets the orange under layer show through and it makes a nice ruby red where they overlap.

And, some more good old fashioned hand printing process photos are here on my Flickr page too.

Lovely new Jason Lytle live NPR set

Let’s get this truth out of the way first: I love Jason Lytle. Unabashedly and completely. What’s not to adore? His songwriting is orignal and fantastic, he’s a funny assed dude, and a sweetpea. He is just super dupes.

We got to see Jason Lytle play a live set as the opening act for Neko Case while touring in support of his first and incredibly good solo record (Yours Truly, The Commuter) this summer at possibly the weirdest venue that Pittsburgh has yet managed to pull out of thin air: a swampy downslope on the Monongahela River next to a water slide park. It was a warm and muggy night full of folding chairs, teenaged ushers with no real idea where one’s seat were, and the slow roll of Jason Lytle‘s music weaving magic. I can’t say it was ideal, but it was perfect, if you get me. Thanks for being so nice too after the show sir, I love my poster and doodley postcards.

With all of the work and travel that I’ve done in September this year, I’m a little behind on some things, and this NPR’s excellent All Songs Considered recorded show of Mr. Lytle’s at The Bowery Ballroom in NYC this past July, but posted by All Songs Considered on 7/11/09 is one of them. Just listen and fall in love.

You can listen and stream or download his set here or click on the photo below.

Jason Lytle, live in concert at The Bowery Ballroom in NYC on 7/11/09. (Photo courtesy of All Songs Considered.)

New poster released: The Decemberists

Hand screenprinted 3-color poster for The Decemberists show on 8/14/09 at The Byham Theater in Pittsburgh, PA

Hand screenprinted 3-color poster for The Decemberists show on 8/14/09 at The Byham Theater in Pittsburgh, PA

No surprise, I love, love The Decemberists, they work the lovely and dark into a thing of beauty and complexity so well, so deftly. We’re really pleased and excited to be working with them once again for this poster.

This poster is my all hand screenprinted ode to The Decemberists “The Rake Song”. It’s a 3-color print with bright & shiny metallic gold, midnight black and rusty pink inks. Edition of just 110. Size: 16w x 22h inches. Paper: acid-free & archival Cougar 100 lb White, cover weight. Available on my website here.

Their show in Pittsburgh last night was fantastic, exceeding even the rumors we’d heard and expectations set up from tales of previous nights’ shows on tour. Playing “The Hazards of Love” from start to brutal finish, kicking much ass with a killer rendition of Heart’s “Crazy”, and giving a magical reenactment of “The Battle Of Fort Pitt” by The Decemberists Family Players, we were spellbound. And now I’m even further in love. Thank you for the magic. And thanks again for signing a copy of your poster for us too!

The Decemberists take the stage at The Byham Theater

The Decemberists take the stage at The Byham Theater.

For more progress photographs of this poster being printed, check out more photos on my Flickr page here.

Finished poster & Carl Sagain. Yep.

Finished poster & Carl Sagan. Yep.

Gold ink, ready to go.

Gold ink, ready to go.

Au Revoir Simone, live on KEXP

Au Revoir Simone play live at Seattle's KEXP (photo by Dan Shultz)

Au Revoir Simone play live at Seattle's KEXP (photo by Dan Shultz)

As a bit of an NPR junkie, you might be able to imagine that the musical offshoot, NPR Music’s All Song Considered is an even bigger addiction for me. If you are not familiar with it, come on, climb out from underneath that rock friend.

As a designer, I’m always interested in how things are put together, and more specifically as a rock poster designer, well, of course I listen to what is likely an ungodly amount of music, all day, and sometimes all night long. So the gigantic culling breadth of All Song Considered and it’s amazing way of finding and showcasing music, bands and process makes it just about one of my favorite stops to park on the web.

A recent addition to All Song’s Considered’s list of Studio Sessions site is this live show by the Brooklyn-based band Au Revoir Simone at the KEXP studios in Seattle, WA. Being fans of both the incredible work of KEXP and Au Revoir Simone for quite some time now, it was one of those “Awww yay!” moments when I came across it.

More photos from Au Revoir Simone‘s live session at KEXP are here on KEXP’s Flickr page.

Hope that you dig it too!

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New poster released: Magnolia Electric Co.

3-color, all hand screenprinted poster for Magnolia Electric Co.'s show on 7/15/09.

3-color, all hand screenprinted poster for Magnolia Electric Co.'s show on 7/15/09.

Heartbreakers. In a great way. That’s what Jason Molina’s band,  Magnolia Electric Co. are, and they’re amazing. I’m pleased as puch to be a part of the summer 2009 Magnolia Electric Co. tour series of posters, (a different limited edition, hand screenprinted poster was produced by artists from all over the country, one poster for each night of the tour) and had such a fun time at the show last night at The Andy Warhol Museum seeing MEC and the super cool Sand Diego band, The Donkeys. Thanks so much again!

Sometimes something beautiful goes wrong, in a beautiful way. KABOOM! This is my all hand screenprinted poster for the heartbreakingly lovely Magnolia Electric Co. It’s a 3-color, print with heart red, alarm-orange and midnight black inks. The orange ink is swirled into the red throughout the bombs and the text so that each print is unique and different. (Just like you Butterfly.) Edition of just 85, so they’ll go quick. Size: 16w x 22h inches. Paper: acid-free & archival Cougar 100 lb White, cover weight.

* This poster is now available on my website here, and also on tour with Magnolia Electric Co. this summer! *

New poster released: The Detroit Cobras!

Don’t mess with these badass ladies. Just, effin’ don’t.

2-color, hand screenprinted poster for The Detroit Cobras.

2-color, hand screenprinted poster for The Detroit Cobras.

Yeah! Kitty kitty. This is my all hand screenprinted poster for the awesome, kickass band The Detroit Cobras‘ show with Dex Romweber Duo on Tuesday, June 16, 2009 at Mr. Small’s Theatre, Pittsburgh, PA. I got to catch the show last night and they were fantastic! Even with singer Rachel Nagy admitting to feeling under the weather, the band was hot and ON. We loved it. Thank you Detroit Cobras! They are still on tour, so do catch a set if they are in your town.

So excited to once again do a poster for some of the most kickass ladies of ROCK, the awesome Detroit Cobras. This feline of a poster is a 2-color, multi-layered print with blood red and midnight black inks. The black is slightly transparent, allowing repetition of awesomeness to show through. See it? Yeah, that’s right pal. Edition of just 80. Size: 16w x 22h inches. Paper: acid-free & archival Cougar 100 lb White, cover weight.

Here are a few process photos of this poster as I printed, with more over on my Flickr page too.

1st color, red, flooded and ready to go.

1st color, red, flooded and ready to go.

First color red, bloody red, flooded in the screen and ready to print (pull). “Flooding” is a lighter pressure pass of ink with a squeegee across the stencil and is the way to get enough ink across the screen to fill the stencil and allow for one perfect print pull with the squeegee.

1st color, red red red, printed, down and done.

1st color, red red red, printed, down and done.

Below is a close up of a freshly printed Detroit Cobras poster showing the red underprinting a slightly transparent black, allowing the red to show through.

Close up and angular to show underprinting.

Close up and angular to show underprinting.

This limited edition Detroit Cobras poster is trimmed, editioned, signed and ready to go. Look for these (and many other awesome posters for the band) on the rest of their tour this summer, and also at my website here.

New poster released: The Pains Of Being Pure At Heart

Hand screenprinted, 3-color poster for The Pains Of Being Pure At Hearts show in Wallingford, CT.

Hand screenprinted, 3-color poster for The Pains Of Being Pure At Heart's show in Wallingford, CT.

So sweet they could wilt a flower. And on tour now, so check them out.

New poster out today! This is my all hand screenprinted, 3-color poster for The Pains Of Being Pure At Heart‘s show on April Friday 24, 2009 with Stephen Brodsky and The Inclined Plane at The Wallingford American Legion, Wallingford, CT.

This poster is a 3-color fella with warm orange, bright red and black inks. Edition of just 88 with 25 going to the venue & the band. Size: 16w x 22h inches. Paper: acid-free & archival Cougar 100 lb White, cover weight. Now freshly available on my website here. As always, there are a few process photos in my Flickr account here for you.

Fresh Del The Funky Homosapien & Sigur Ros coolness

Two cool and fresh things musically that you should be aware of this week:

Sigur Ros, performing in the small Parisian restuarant, la Closerie des Lilas

Sigur Ros, performing in the small Parisian restuarant, la Closerie des Lilas

1. The hauntingly excellent Sigur Ros‘ appearance on the Paris-based fantastic music + performance blog La Blogotheque‘s super dupes Les Concerts A Emporter, aka in English Takeaway Shows. If you are not familiar with the Takeaway Shows, well, here is your chance to get cozy with one of the most fun, creative and intimate things going on with current music. Filmmaker Vincent Moon shoots bands performing acoustically in an ever-changing array of impromptu and unexpected places from small Parisian alleys (Of Montreal vs Axe Riverboy), to hotel rooms (Tom Jones), to an abandoned turn-of-the-century exhibition hall (The Fleet Foxes) and in this case Sigur Ros sitting in booths and playing at the very small, very old, and exceptionally traditional Paris restaurant la Closerie des Lilas. Check out Sigur Ros’ Takeaway Show here.

Del The Funky Homosapiens stimulus package, Funk Man

Del The Funky Homosapien's stimulus package, Funk Man

2. Hell yes! Del The Funky Homosapien is making his new bag of tricks, Funk Man available for a free download. I’m listening to it now, and it is awesome. Click download, enter your email address and zippy little link for you to get your own free copy of funky stimulus is yours. Thanks Del! Get your Funk Man on here.

New poster released: A.C. Newman & The Broken West!

Hand screenprinted 4-color poster for A.C. Newman & The Broken Wests show  in Pittsburgh. PA.

Hand screenprinted 4-color poster for A.C. Newman & The Broken West's show in Pittsburgh. PA.

Yeps! It was a great show, and sold out, did you go? The show was in the film theater of the Andy Warhol Museum, there was room for maybe about 150 people, so maybe you did and maybe you didn’t.  If you’re the latter, too bad. it was an awesome show, replete with jokes about dickery and private dressing rooms in one’s mind.

The above is my poster for the show, proudly a part of the A.C. Newman spring tour 2009 poster series for their show with The Broken West (they were lovely) on Saturday March 28th 2009 at The Andy Warhol Museum in Pittsburgh, PA. Getting to do a hand screenprinted poster for any show at the Warhol Museum is a thrill in an “extension of a legacy” sort of way. If you feel me.

Come closer, that’s it, just a step more…let me take your photo…

This swirling hypnotic psychedelia is my 4-color, all hand screenprinted poster with black, magenta & cyan inks. Overprint magic makes a pretty luscious violet. Edition of 150 Size: 16w x 22h inches. Paper: acid-free & archival Cougar 100 lb White, cover weight.

This poster was available on tour with the bands at the show and is now also available from my website here. And, if you enjoy geeking out as I do, there are some process photos of this poster on my Flickr page of this poster being printed.

Thank you Austin Texas!

Man, whew! I’m beyond tired. We had such a great time at this year’s SXSW Music Festival and Flatstock Poster Convention in good ol’ Austin, Texas.

Lots and lots to tell, but overall the show was really successful. I feel like we all got to talk to a lot of new folks, see some happily familiar faces and once again get people jazzed about posters and music and the art in between them. Such a great feeling. Especially since the Flatstock show was 4 days long this year, up from the former 3-day event.

Dan, from Crosshair Press, photo by Mary Sledd

Dan, cool cat from Crosshair, photo by Mary Sledd

The Austin Chronicle’s Audra Schroeder wrote up a very nice piece about Flatstock and it’s tradition with SXSW here with some super photographs accompanying the article by Mary Sledd, above and below.

Me, strawberryluna, doin my thing. Photo by Mary Sledd.

Me, strawberryluna, doin' my thing. Photo by Mary Sledd.

Dave Witt, being awesome. Photo by Mary Sledd.

Dave Witt, being awesome. Photo by Mary Sledd.

Flatstock is a really crazy mix of super hard work and high-energy talking, particularly the SXSW version and then…so much fun. We bunked up with our best pals from Hero Design Studio, as per usual, and the laughs seriously never stop. Just when you think it’s bedtime and you can’t take any more? BOOM. The North American Free Trade Agreement becomes the funniest thing to happen all week.

Studios we adored hanging out with afterhours and that you should check out: Mike Budai, Delicious Design League, Design Medicine, Doublenaut, DWITT, Hero Design Studio, Largemammal, Brian MercerMiss Amy Jo, Popfuel, and good ol’ Dan Stiles,

Places we ate, and so should you when in the Austin area: Juan in A Million, The Salt Lick, Rudy’s BBQ, Mama Fu’s (they delivered to us in the Convention Center, thank you forever!)

We loved Austin so much that we made a very special stop at Cavender’s Boot City in Austin (with the world’s loudest women’s rest room EVER) on the way to taking our good friends, the Doublenauts to the airport on our last full day in town. Check out the boots that I could not pass up.

Takin a little bit of Texas home with me.

Takin' a little bit of Texas home with me.

Hope to see you all next year!

Je ne suis pas Morrissey

So close, so handsome.

So close, so far away.

Because there is only one Morrissey. And, after 24 years, Pittsburgh finally gets their man at The Carnegie Music Hall.

What a great send off for SXSW & Flatstock. Thank you for a lovely show & a Happy St. Patrick’s Day.

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