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Live Art: Ray LaMontagne

I’ve got some more wonderful sketches for you from Philadelphia-local, Diane Roka. This time she captured Ray LaMontagne when he was at WXPN’s Free At Noon series.

LaMontagne is what I’d like to call a classic American singer-songwriter. Music has always been part of his family yet, Ray never paid much attention to it until his adult life when he was inspired by Stephen Still’s album, Manassas. And now, with back to back solid album releases, his most recent, God Willin’ & the Creek Don’t Rise, helped gain him an acclaimed Grammy award.

Listen and download a handful of my favorite tracks and stay connected with him via Twitter.

Beg Steal or Borrow – Ray LaMontagne

You Are The Best Thing – Ray LaMontagne

Sarah – Ray LaMontagne

Trouble – Ray LaMontagne

Right-click and enjoy.


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Live Art: Donavon Frankenreiter

More from the Live Art series featuring the work of Philadelphia’s Diane Roka, this time we’re met with sketches of surfer/singer-songwriter Donavon Frankenreiter.

Known for his easy-going tunes and perhaps that awesome ‘stache of his, Frankenreiter made an appearance at local station WXPN’s Free At Noon series where Roka was able to catch the surfer on stage.

Check out the sketches below and be sure to grab your copy of probably the artist’s most popular song. For more information on his newest album, Start Livin’, visit his official website.

Free – Donavon Frankenreiter

Right-click and enjoy.


Live Art: Charlotte Gainsbourg

Charlotte Gainsbourg has made a definitive name for herself in the art and entertainment world, besides being the daughter of notable European parents. With a famous actress as a mother and a French singer for a father, it’s no wonder Gainsbourg had seamlessly entered the industry when she was merely 15 years old.

Fast forward some years into adulthood and Gainsbourg still has not let up. With multiple film parts and releasing a fourth album last winter (among other amazing collaborations), she appears to still be making her way all over the world performing for the masses. Diane Roka was there earlier this year when the singer/songwriter performed at TLA here in Philadelphia. Grab a handful of music below and check out the rest of Diane’s sketches below.

The Songs That We Sing – Charlotte Gainsbourg

Jamais – Charlotte Gainsbourg

Got To Let Go - Charlotte Gainsbourg ft. Charlie Fink (Noah & The Whale)

There’s actually quite a bit of fabulous remixes out there as well…

Trick Pony (Boys Noize Remix) – Charlotte Gainsbourg

Paradisco (Francophilippe Remix) – Charlotte Gainsbourg

Right-click and enjoy.

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Live Art: Warpaint

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A couple of weeks back we had our launch party for Philly creative organization, Collaborate Philly. I had an awesome time inside the mausoleum-turned art/venue space meeting tons of artists from all over the spectrum.

One woman I met, Diane Roka, told me about how she sketches the artists she sees live. Of course this immediately sounded like an amazing concept to me and I asked her to email me some of her work. Over the course of this week I will be featuring her drawings on the site along with some music from the artists themselves.

First up, Warpaint, the all-female quartet who create churning psychedelic guitar lines and post-punk percussion all while layering haunting vocals over top. Roka caught the group back in December and was inspired to recreate it on paper.

Listen to their most recent album, The Fool, while taking a look at Roka’s work below.

Jenny Lee Lindberg
Theresa Wayman

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