watch | Cool Boy 36 speaks on video art, streetwear, Raund Haus

Cool Boy 36 sat down to share what the movement and collection is about, shouting out creatives in the Durham, NC scene. Click to get a little more familiar: Sass.Art Young Estelle Trandle Drozy Raund Haus sister, brother Shop Cool Boy 36 art and gear at bigcartel and keep an eye out for Flora (Cool Boy [...]

“I want them to feel it”: jazz musician Mike Casey on one of music’s undefinable genres

Jazz: just the word alone conjures up many images, perhaps old photographs of noir-drenched scenarios, a dark underground club in New York, a range of colors and beats bounding together in a seamless and yet non seamless dysphoria. One thing that jazz is not supposed to be, however, is forgettable. Mike Casey, 23, originally hails [...]

Canadian band Autopilot takes their ambient rock to the road

“Searching for what we hope to find. We’re just crooked lines,” sings Canadian band Autopilot on their latest release, Hurricane. Based in Saskatoon, Saskachewan, the band, composed of guitarist and singer Marlon Harder, bassist Colton Fehr and drummer Jose A. Fuenzalida, are about to wrap up an extensive North American tour that has taken them [...]

Pie Face Girls: Angry, Attentive, and Anti-HB2

We started off discussing Monsanto on slightly damp benches. Dani’s disdain for the company’s careless disruption of the natural flow of things quickly shifted into the group's deep appreciation for the deliciousness of ugly fruit, specifically blood oranges from earlier in the summertime. “GMO OMG.", she recommended, "It’s on Netflix.”. I ran into the Raleigh-based [...]

Terence Blanchard & the E-Collective: Groove As Advocacy

Terence Blanchard and the E-Collective’s headlining set at the Art of Cool Fest began with a sense of drama that was only amplified by the elegance and grandeur of the Carolina Theatre. Blanchard’s trumpet seemed to howl with anguish while the E-Collective quartet maintained a hard-edged groove underneath, creating a palpable tension and forward momentum [...]

RECOUNT: Art of Cool Festival Playlist

In anticipation of Durham's third annual Art of Cool Festival, RECOUNT presents this 2-hour Spotify playlist of our featured artists! We'll be bopping around the Bull City all weekend; from the free, family-friendly day parties to the late night/early morning jams to the Innovate Your Cool Conference think tank at American Underground. https://play.spotify.com/user/121376883/playlist/3lX9J89zj9xc3lFMMnx42A From the epic, cross-generational jazz of [...]

Alex Quirk invites you to explore memory and perception

"In Western thought, the conscious being is often divided into two parts: mind, and body. Senses, and thoughts. Perception, and memory. It seems every conscious thought is rooted in either instantaneous perception or recall. What, then, can be said about a person’s soul if one side of that duality is completely destroyed?" asks Alex Quirk.   [...]