Art & Music

New Paltz teen bound for American Idol

New Paltz teen bound for American Idol

ABC’s hit show American Idol on February 14 will include local singer, songwriter and musician Laila Mach. The New Paltz High School sophomore just punched her golden ticket to the award-winning live singing competition that is fielded by star-studded judges including Katy Perry, Lionel Richie and Luke Bryan and hosted by Ryan Seacrest.

Making Records: Jamal Ruhe

Making Records: Jamal Ruhe

Of the three stages in the process of making a record — tracking, mixing, mastering — it is only mastering that happens behind a veil, performed in optimized listening spaces, employing speakers and amplifiers that cost more than your car and racks of specialized equalizers, dynamics and spatial processors, and metering tools that suggest actions of the highest precision and the finest touch.

Making Records: Danny Blume

Making Records: Danny Blume

A Woodstock-based Grammy- and Juno-winning producer, the Ohio native Blume succeeded first as a guitarist, recording and touring Kid Creole and the Coconuts for over ten years and working with countless other names you might know: Iggy Pop, The Lounge Lizards, Jill Sobule, Medeski, Martin, and Wood, Jewel, Lisa Loeb. Blume launched his first studio in Brooklyn in the year 2000 — a profession and a place right on the cusp of violent change. He soon relocated to the Woodstock area and opened a solo venture, Hidden Quarry Studio, which he has recently transplanted into a new structure of his own design.

Rosendale Waxworks launches art-print gallery

Rosendale Waxworks launches art-print gallery

A year and a half ago, when no one could have predicted that a coronavirus would soon be shutting down businesses and keeping people from traveling, a new regional tourism initiative called Rosendale Outings was introduced, the brainchild of Shaun Johnston, co-owner with Wilda Gallagher of Rosendale Waxworks. It was a website designed to tout the low-key historic charm and funky cultural vibe of that town’s Main Street via a collaborative approach to advertising online.

Virtual holiday craft fairs and auctions help keep Mid-Hudson artists afloat

Virtual holiday craft fairs and auctions help keep Mid-Hudson artists afloat

Have you checked out the cost of renting a drafty garret in the Hudson Valley lately? The vast majority of people who make their living from the arts and the not-for-profit organizations that provide them services have lived close to the edge of destitution for as long as most of us can remember. But Covid-19 has taken that precarious state of existence to a whole new level of dread.