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Punch Brothers are back on the road for a Winter Tour and a new EP, Ahoy!

Everyone’s favorite alt-bluegrass band Punch Brothers are back on the road to support their new EP, Ahoy! just released on Nonesuch Records. Chris Thile and company have been riding a wave of success since they released Who’s Feeling Young Now? earlier this year including a highly regarded appearance on Austin City Limits with the Civil Wars. LA’s own Luckman Fine Arts Complex will be hosting the show on December 1st, 2012. Tickets are still available from Ticketmaster for what’s sure to be a hand clapping, foot stomping good time. Check out their video for “Movement and Location” from their episode of Austin City Limits  after the jump and get your tickets to an upcoming show.

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Interview: Deb Sokolow

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Deb Sokolow creates a vertiginous world of invented narratives. Her large-scale, ink on paper installations are hung in a kind of methodized-madness that call to mind police investigations bulletin boards, a mad scientist’s chaotic formulas and revelations, or the bedroom of an obsessive-compulsive conspiracy-obsessed fanatic. Sokolow leads viewers into the tangled web of an information-saturated schematic, leaving viewers at once disoriented and exhilarated. Sokolow talked to us about her creative process and sent us a bunch of behind-the-scenes shots, including her “research binders” detailing subjects such as “Ghosts, Email Scams, Pigeons & Squirrels.” Full interview after the jump.

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Nathan Mabry

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Nathan Mabry’s work makes me laugh out loud like when I was still a wee little tot. This LA based artist is clearly doing his best to represent for the west coast, in the tradition of Ken Price, John Baldessari, and Robert Arneson.

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Now that i’ve covered spooky looking kids why don’t we enjoy the work of British painter Mary Jane Ansell who has stepped it up with her series of teenage girls complete with glossed over sinister looks in their eyes.

Sarah Muirhead’s Bonded, Textural Nudes Will Confront You With Their Stare

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Scottish artist Sarah Muirhead creates mesmerizing, nude paintings that are masterful in more ways than one. Her work is masterful in that it is very skillful, but also in that the subjects of her paintings are in control of their audience. Wanting to steer clear of creating nudes that are submissive to our gaze, Muirhead creates tension filled situations where the nude subject is staring at right back at you. Her subjects are not passive, but instead embody an incredible strength that challenges their audience. Each subject has a somewhat inviting stare, but still holds a control over the situation in their powerful, contorted stances and positions. In the artist’s new paintings, many of her subjects are bound by rope or string; others have intriguing elements like white, chalky substances all over their bodies.

Muirhead’s paintings are both unique and impressive, with an incredible eye for detail and color. However, her work is not entirely photorealistic. They explore this texture of the body in expressive ways. Muirhead is interested in patterns and textures, which you can see on her subject’s skin and hair. In one painting, the hair texture is emphasized by a woman grabbing her own hair and attempting to bite it. In another painting, skin texture and color is further explored and manipulated by depicting a nude posing with digital images projected onto her body and surroundings.  Each subject is in mid motion, adding another dynamic element to Muirhead’s already multifaceted work. You can see Muirhead’s wonderfully tactile paintings on view now at Leyden Gallery in London until June 27th.

Django Django’s WOR, Featuring India’s Wall of Death Riders

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Django Django‘s crazy new video for “WOR” features India’s Wall of Death Riders in Allahabad. Our friends at Noisey shot the video in a documentary style standing right in the middle of all the action.

I was able to catch the Django’s last show of their US tour at the Fonda Theatre in Hollywood last month. “Hello citizens of Los Angeles”, yelled out singer Vincent Neff before  they jammed into “Hail Bop”. The band was a lot of fun to watch since they barely came up for air during their hour long set except when they went acoustic for their song, “Hand of Man”.

Lucky for you they’ll be coming back to the US soon to perform at Bonnaroo and a free show in June at New York’s Central Park Summer Stage with the Zombies and Adam Green & Binki Shapiro so definitely check them out. As for the video, it’s really one of the coolest things I’ve seen in a while.

Corey Thompson’s Arrows & Pointers

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Arrows & Pointers is a vector pack full of arrows and things (download it here) that point made by designer and doodler Corey Thompson. Use ’em for whatever you want. Be dope, show Corey what you make! Check out some more of Arrows & Pointers as well as other cool stuff after the jump.

Lissy Laricchia

Canadian photographer, Lissy Laricchia, creates the beautifully crafted dreamy world of fairy tale references in all its beauty and horror simply using smart props, location, minimal costume, and digital manipulation.