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KK - New artist on my playlist, and on yours after reading this! by Sarvin Haghighi


Best part of living in a city like Chicago is that you can always expect a normal night to turn into an amazing experience. I got to know about KK King through a dear friend of mine. He asked me if I wanted to go and see her perform which of course I said yes. I was looking forward to listening to some good music and spend some quality time with my friend but I had no idea what to expect and I surely was blown away. It was refreshing to see something so different yet so amazing. The music was great and as well as the images on the screen behind the artist. The sound, the story and the images were all a great way of telling a story to which anyone could relate to in their own way. Kaki King, this amazing young artist has been also admired by Rolling Stone, in which she was included on a 2006 list of "New Guitar Gods" along with 19 others. King was ranked ninth, the only female on the list and also the youngest person on the same. At an early age, she was convinced that her music break would come from drumming, so she started playing in bands in high school. However once she graduated in Atlanta in 1998, she picked up the guitar again and revisited the finger-style techniques that intrigued her as a child.  As a long time ovation plater, she was invited to design her own custom guitar, the result being the Adams 1581-kk model.

Whatever mood you are in, don't miss her upcoming shows. It will surely blow your minds away as it did mine.

Click on below link to watch her Kickstarter campaign to get an idea...


Art week at Soho House Chicago by Sarvin Haghighi


It's no secret that Soho House is the place for arts and artists but this week has been something really special. It's the art week at Soho House which means there is an interesting event on each day. This past Wednesday, January 21st, Damien Hirst's piece was unveiled. The piece spells "Chicago" with real butterflies and it is placed in the Allis Restaurant located on the main floor of the building. Hirst was born in 1965. He emerged as a leading figure in the young British Artists movement in the late 80s. He has shocked and surprised the art world with his unusual works. While not everyone was enthralled with his work, his biggest supporter was Charles Saatchi, advertising titan and art collector. Saatchi funded Damien Hirst's first works and also started collecting Hirst's pieces. But whilst his works, has been praised by many art critics throughout the years, he has been also condemned for killing animals in order to create his art. The Artist was landed in a row with RSPCA while exhibiting his work "In and out of love"  after it was revealed that more than 9,000 butterflies died during the 23 weeks of this exhibit in Tate back in 2012. It's understandable that there might be a bit of mixed feelings about his works and the medium that he uses but this should not stop you to go and see one of his pieces up close at Soho House Chicago.


Damien Hirst