If you're looking for a hilarious up-and-coming comedian to follow on Twitter, Mickey McCauley is your dude. I dare you to scroll through his feed and not laugh out loud. I TRIPLE DOG DARE YA. —Hazel
Music festivals are the best part of the weather getting warmer. Any excuse to not shower for three days and drink beer at 11 AM, amirite? While we all know the big festivals that go down every year (Coachella, Bonnaroo, Lollapalooza), there are also a gazillion (yes, gazillion) smaller ones that look like they're going to be just as amazing. I mean, if I were in Austin, I'd totally be front-row for everything going on at the Austin Psych Fest. We aren't able to list every single festival (there are 4,000 Jam Band festivals alone), but here are the best of the best. Even good ol' Kansas is getting in on the action, so there's something for everyone! —Katie
Austin Psych Fest
May 4 & 5
Bottle Rock Napa Valley
Napa Valley, CA
May 25 & 26
The Governor's Ball
Happy Valley, OR
Kansas City, KS
June 28 & 29
Calgary, AB, Canada
Whoa! It's about to get really hard to mindlessly doodle during a boring class or meeting, because with the 3Doodler, your wiener drawings are going to literally burst off the page. But everybody will be so fascinated by your cool gizmo that even your teachers won't care that you haven't been paying attention.
Fiona Stoltze is a Boston-based designer who prints and hand-dyes all-natural textiles; the end results are awesome! I'm so into the above calendar, but her dip-dyed tote is also calling my name. Her Etsy shop is brand new this year, and I'm excited to see what other projects will be put up. (More wall art, please!)—Katie
Crush is an collection of nostalgic, dreamy works from two of our local friends, Erin M. Riley and Jason Andrew Turner, and Pakayla Rae Beihn from Brooklyn. If you're in Boston, stop by the opening tomorrow from 8-11pm, and the show's up until Jan. 7.
Designer Alice Saunders really made a name for herself by using vintage fabrics in her one of a kind bags under the name Forestbound. With The Greylock Collection she's trying something a little different by using new but perfectly durable materials as well as branding the bags with a handsome new logo. Read more about the collection here as well as get a closer look at all five bags. -Bob
The Museum of Useful Things is a store that delivers exactly what it says: a bunch of useful and well designed tools and objects that help organize, carry, measure, and do other useful tasks. The Tube Wringer would be a pretty amazing way to dispense every last bit of tooth paste. -Bob
Honestly, we're excited about this! Most to-go mugs are a pain—they drip and spill, and they're hard to clean. This is a perfect solution, especially if you've already got a bunch of jars lying around. Cuppow! indeed.
It's so cold today that we can't help but think that these Thurlow Thurmocs American Deerskin Slippers would be the perfect addition to our winter attire. They're just one more reason for us to stay in and watch movies!
Creator of Corter Leather, Eric Heins, makes leather products by hand out of his own apartment in Boston, causing each item to be a little different than the next. These leather Guitar Picks come in different levels of thickness and eventually mold to your grip, making them a treat for your fingers.
When I donate an old T-shirt to a store like Goodwill or the Salvation Army, I don't actually know where it will go. I just assumed it would end up on a young American hipster. But chances are, it's going to end up in a place like Kenya or Costa Rica! Due to an abundance of donated T-shirts in these countries, Project Repat comes in and buys those T-shirts, re-sells them in America, then donates the profits to charities in those countries. They recently set up a kickstarter campaign to help local artisans make products out of T-shirts. I think it's a really cool and creative project. Who knew T-shirts could make such a difference? - Hazel
These leather bags from Rennes are perfect for fall! Their designer, Julia, makes them straight out of Boston—drafting, stitching and sewing them all by hand.
By hunting for materials all over New England, Forestbound designer/organic farmer Alice Saunders has managed to create a line of salvaged tote bags almost as interesting as the fabrics they're made from– a stock which includes army duffles, old feed sacks and WWII tents.
Tallahassee, our favorite band named after a town in Florida that none of them are from, just released their debut album, Jealous Hands, yesterday. As My Old Kentucky Blog said, the album is full of 'moonshine-sippin' murder ballads.' But even if you have no plans to drink illegal alcohol and commit felonious sins, this is one of those albums that's bound to become the soundtrack for something important.
For the second and final concert of the Secret Generator Series from Levi's + Urban Outfitters, Neon Indian played a free show powered by a generator in an abandoned power plant in Boston. It was an amazing time, but if you didn't make it we've got you covered with video footage from our friends at Yours Tru.ly. Be sure to watch the footage from the Deerhunter show in Chicago here.
This Sunday was the finale of the Levi's + UO Secret Generator Series, with an amazing concert from Neon Indian at the Power Station in Boston. The generator-powered show's location was kept under wraps until just days before it happened, but a great group of people kept up with our picture clues so they could catch Alan and his band in the chilly weather and grab UO gift cards. We'll post videos soon, and be sure to check out what went down at the Deerhunter show in Chicago here.
Neon Indian is playing a free concert somewhere in Boston this Sunday, but we can't tell you where until tomorrow. We can tell you the show is powered by a generator, so it could happen almost anywhere. This is a picture clue of the venue– if you recognize it, tell everyone still trying to figure it out on our Facebook page. Then, check back tomorrow for the official announcement and we'll fill you in on the details.