Sunday, February 22, 2015

Watch The Cold and Lovely Perform at Six 01 Studios

"L.A. duo the Cold and Lovely made a huge statement with 2013'Ellis Bell,' an EP that embraced the arena-sized alt-rock of the 1990s and was embraced by many who remember it. Singer-guitarist Meghan Toohey (who counts the Weepies, Lenka, Schuyler Fisk on her resumé) and bassist Nicole Fiorentino (Smashing Pumpkins, Veruca Salt, Spinnerette) have returned with the fan-funded 'What Will I Become,' an eight-song album of lush, driving dream-pop featuring the oceanic reverb employed by artists such as My Bloody Valentine, Lush, Pale Saints and Curve, with a few added twists as well. The new single 'Lost All Control' boasts the big, surging sonics of Silversun Pickups (à la their single 'The Pit'), perfect for rock radio. The new collection featured guest vocals from Louise Post of Veruca Salt and John O’Reilly Jr. on drums, and was engineered by Bryan Cook." - Buzz Bands LA

The Cold and Lovely is the brainchild of Meghan Toohey (The Weepies, Lenka, Schuyler Fisk), and Nicole Fiorentino (The Smashing Pumpkins, Veruca Salt, Spinnerette). After several years as a producer and session player, Toohey returned to her roots as a songstress, writing the band’s eponymous debut album. When her songs began achieving placements on television shows such as Gossip Girl, Grimm, Chasing Life and Vampire Diaries, she knew she was on the right path. The band's sophomore album, Ellis Bell, is an E.P. recorded primarily in their home studio and mixed/mastered by Dave Cooley (Silversun Pickups/M83). After a very successful Pledge Music Campaign to support their third record, The Cold and Lovely are releasing the full length "What Will I Become" mixed by Bryan Cook (One Republic, Train, Autolux) on January 20th, 2015.

Reflecting on the band's work, Toohey says: “With the first record, we were just getting our feet wet. Working together over past few years has matured our relationship, and I wanted our future records to reflect this growth. I dug deep into albums that changed my life, such as My Bloody Valentine's Loveless, PJ Harvey’s entire catalog, and the work of bands like The Cure and U2. But it was Nicole who really helped me shake out the sounds and pinpoint what I loved about the guitar tones and production. We wanted more grit on these records and the result is, for us, incredibly fresh and exciting. The songs are dark and brooding but at the same time joyful."

Toohey and Fiorentino are both staunch believers in empowering young women and girls through music education. Both are volunteers and supporters of Rock N' Roll Camp For Girls in Los Angeles.

The Cold and Lovely on Soundcloud:

Saturday, February 21, 2015

(NEW) THE TOWNSEND - Great Drinks, Food, Music, Art in an Elegant Space in Downtown Austin


Cocktail Bar and Performance Venue at 718 Congress Avenue

AUSTIN, TX-- An exciting addition to the revitalized arts and entertainment district downtown will open its doors in Spring 2015: The Townsend, an elegant high-end cocktail bar and performance venue. Located in a stunningly remodeled 3,400 square foot space in the Townsend-Thompson Building, an historical landmark, the Townsend offers exceptional cocktails and tasty food options along with creative performances in an acoustically dynamic setting. The Townsends visionary group of owners and their design team have worked closely to develop a unique concept that promises quickly to be a fixture in the downtown scene unlike any other in Austin.
We hope the Townsend will become a special place in the downtown Arts district that is as beautiful and inspiring as our city great drinks, food, music, and art in an elegant space,says Steven Weisburd, the primary owner and visionary behind the Townsend. Weisburds partners in the Townsend include acoustics expert Scott Samson, Austin music hall of fame member Kathy Valentine, music industry veteran Roger Sandau, music, film, and television producer Kerry Brown, and film and television producer Stacey Sher.

Guests entering the Townsend are greeted by a parlor rooms glimmering chandelier, an Italian black tile mosaic floor, coffered ceilings, warm furnishings, and an impressive view of the Paramount Theatre and downtown Congress Avenue. The parlors 13-foot antiqued custom mirror adds a dynamic element, reinforcing the theme that the Townsend reflects Austin, and its inhabitants. Adjoining the parlor is a 32-foot restored bar, along with a series of charcoal banquettes and designer bookshelves lined with
leather books and city relics, combining Austin tradition with clean-lined architectural modernity. Stylish slate-colored walls hold framed 65-inch UHD 4K televisions exhibiting a rotating display of artwork. At the end of the lounge, guests will find an impressive boxed skylight feature lit in soft colors, and the fresh flowers throughout the Townsend confirm its design as the epitome of understated sophistication with a beguiling air of fun and class.

Cocktail Program
The Townsends cocktail program is designed by Justin Elliott, winner of 2014s Eater award for his cocktail work at Qui. Its super important to me, especially for a place as elegant as the Townsend, that the drinks themselves show a light touch and a playfulness. Theres a sweet spot there: balancing creativity with something classic and well-refined. And thats the goal with everything in the Townsend, isnt it? Creating a place that seems like it should have been here all along,says Elliott. With additions like the delicate and floral gin-based Blush of Youth,the robust rye-featured McKibbon,and signature variations on a Pimms Cup, the Townsends diverse bar menu features a broad scope of locally sourced ingredients, premium spirits, select wines, and Austin-brewed beers. The Townsends management has also created an innovative royalty program that will feature select cocktails created by some of Austins top bartenders who will receive royalty payments for each drink sold. In addition, the Townsend will offer food on an expanding basis, starting with cheese and charcuterie plates along with other tasteful options to complement its cocktail program.

At the back of the Townsend is a live-music, private event performance space created with artists in mind. The Townsends performance space offers exceptionally high quality sound designed by acoustician Scott Samson. The room has 17-foot ceilings and features dramatically lit black curtains, a custom built stage, and stained concrete
floors. This acoustically adjustable live music venue can accommodate over 120 people standing, and will offer adaptable seating arrangements for events and certain performances. As Samson highlights, Whether we have a single person on stage

speaking, a solo guitarist singer songwriter, or a full rock band, the Townsend performance space will be adjusted acoustically to match the performance on stage.Kathy Valentine has agreed to help direct the Townsend’s performance programs. “As an Austin native, I have watched the city grow and change over the years,says Valentine. Im thrilled that the Townsend provides the opportunity to combine the things I love: music, my city, and bringing people together.
The Townsend will house several exciting musical lineups during SXSW, then will officially begin its legacy with a bang by hosting a formal Grand Opening party in April. Partygoers will be invited to partake in complimentary drinks and experience the exemplary sound system with special performances by friends of the Townsend. Austinites are encouraged to come in and take a tour of the space and sample the Townsends signature cocktail menu at a reduced rate during their daily Happy Hour from 4pm to 6pm. Events and performances from live music, to comedy, to spoken word readings, to short plays will be posted on the Townsends website and social media accounts.
The Townsend is the first Austin-based public project developed and managed by Penumbral Strategic Ventures, LLC. Please direct all general, media, and booking inquiries to

Wednesday, February 18, 2015

Six01 Studio Presents MOTOBUNNY on StageIt!

Members of Catherine Are In The Studio!

We are excited to announce that members of Catherine are currently in the studio putting the final touches on a new album!  

Check back soon and join the Starry Records Email List on the right side of this page for more information and details on the album pre-sale.

Let us know in the comments what your thoughts are on the reunion!

Thursday, January 23, 2014


The celebration, coined #PEPCITY, will span 10,000 square feet and includes an 80 foot wide by 40 foot high custom-designed dome that will house numerous stages. Events will offer the public complimentary tastes of unique, artisanal fare starring PepsiCo’s most loved and admired food and beverage brands, while incorporating Broadway, art, sports and culture displays into multi-dimensional presentations of classic city experiences.
Events and activities will be open to the public on Wednesday, January 29, Thursday, January 30, and Saturday, February 1, from 2 p.m. to 6:30 p.m.
#PEPCITY will convert to a free, ticketed performance space each evening at 8 p.m. Tickets will be available online in advance of performances, on a first-come, first-serve basis.

Daily Events, Activities and Displays
Food items will be teamed with a series of staged tributes that pay homage to signature New York City elements. Performances will occur on a rotating basis, and include segments dedicated to Broadway, art, sports and culture.
Entrance Experience
The entrance area of the experience will feature two original pieces by acclaimed contemporary American collaborative practice Snarkitecture—the image of a fictionalized New York City skyline, incorporating elements from different locations and historic periods into a unified silhouette, as well as an installation based on the famed Pepsi-Cola sign on the East River.
PepsiCo food and beverage items will receive special treatment at the hands of three famed celebrity chefs—David Burke of Townhouse, Kitchen, Fishtail, and Fromagerie; Marc Forgione of Marc Forgione; and Michael Psilakis of FISHTAG, Kefi, and MP Taverna—all based in either New York or New Jersey.
Each chef will create specialty menu items that incorporate PepsiCo products into unique recipes, reflective of their individual styles. Food will be offered at eight individual stations. Upon entering the space, guests will receive a “Taste of PepsiCo” passport that will enable them to sample and stamp each selection. All food samples will be provided for free.

A sampling of the best of Broadway will be on display, with performances fromPippin, Newsies, Motown, Rocky, Mamma Mia!, and Chicago, appearing on stage throughout the day.

Capturing the energy of New York City’s cultural arts scene, playwright Lemon Andersen will perform an excerpt from his critically acclaimed stage memoir. Beginning with a recounting of his win at the Tony Awards, Andersen then takes the audience through a vivid portrait of his coming-of-age experiences growing up in Brooklyn.
As he performs, three artists—Jolt, Valerie Carpender, and Marcela Gutiérrez, will surround him and create real-time visual art pieces.
The passion and rivalry synonymous with New York sports will be brought to life in a dramatic rap battle between rappers Yonas and Dylan Owen. Radio host L. Boogs of Hot 97 will serve as referee. The musicians will face each other in a battle of rhyme and rap, as they represent their respective Super Bowl teams.
A model of New York’s ubiquitous living quarter—the diverse apartment building—will have a home inside the experience. A multi-media, multi-sensorial piece titled “Blackout” will be presented in five screens, and provide a look into the private lives of five extraordinary New York apartments and their respective inhabitants.
Created by artists collective Six01 along with Gary Baseman, Greg Lauren, Danny Ezralow and David Charles
Ziggy Marley will headline and close out the event.


Shot through window frames, five short films play simultaneously providing a look into the private lives of extraordinary New York apartments and their respective inhabitants. The installation depicts New York archetypes: The Businessman, The Fashion Designer, The Artist, The Teenage Girl and The Super.  The style and tone of each film is as unique and diverse as the people in the city it represents. Our installation celebrates New Yorkers as they find connections in small daily encounters. The piece climaxes in a blackout where our main characters find solace in a city without power.

Six01 set out to examine the unseen synergy that exists when 8 million people live in such close proximity to each other. We explore the resilience and beauty of the human spirit in the city we love, New York.  We use windows as observation points into people’s lives, tableaus of the humanity usually hidden behind walls.

“We wrote five, seven-minute films, and had elements from each of the apartments influence the others.  These interactions are sometimes literal, but often surreal. To achieve the look of the widows we shot and edited in portrait orientation knowing we’d present the films on eighty inch flat screens turned on their side.  This allowed us to also narrow the frame and play with what is seen and not seen.”

“The Blackout” was conceived by Anthony Ruivivar, Yvonne Jung, and Kerry Brown.  It is produced, written, acted, and directed by Six01 Studio members along with their network of creative contributors; including Gary Baseman, Steven Weber, Mark Feuerstein, Greg Lauren, Elizabeth Berkley, Daniel Ezralow, Coby Bell, Tia Texada, Sean Wing, Lili Simmons, David Heckel, David Charles and many more.

The Super
Curated by Danny Ezralow & Anthony Ruivivar

This is our ode to the working-man. The surreal world of the piece places him as the man behind the curtain, the Wizard of all the buildings.  The Super struggles to watch the Super Bowl while simultaneously tending to his tenants, but work related calls and an attention-starved wife make this seemingly simple task impossible.

Behind the scenes:
Danny Ezralow gave notes over Skype for the last rehearsal as he’s in Russia choreographing the open ceremony for the Winter Olympics.  The Super piece was shot in one continuous 7-minute take.

Written and Directed by:         Anthony Ruivivar
Choreographed by:                 Daniel Ezralow
Cinematographer:                   Nathan Levine-Heaney
“The Super”:                            Steven Weber
“The Wife”:                              Yvonne Jung
“The Chess Player”:                Sean Wing
“The Doorman”:                       David Heckel

The Fashion Designer
Curated by Greg Lauren

From the mind of acclaimed artist, painter and fashion designer Greg Lauren comes an examination of the iconic images that shape our view of the “perfect” man.  A designer rummages through fabrics and ideas to create her ideal man only to realize he’s been there all along.

Behind the scenes:
Greg and Elizabeth are married in real life!  Greg’s studio was the inspiration for the set and was meticulously re-created for this piece.

Written and Directed by:        Greg Lauren
Cinematographer:                  Justin Gurnari
“The Woman”:                        Elizabeth Berkley
“The Man”:                             Greg Lauren

The Artist
Inspired by the Marley Family

An artist struggles through creative block, searching for the ever-elusive muse.  The blackout forces the artist to look within, finding the light when all is dark.

Behind the scenes:
Michael Beach was to play the Artist but while on his way to set, he was called back to Chicago abruptly leaving production in a lurch.  Gary Baseman graciously stepped in at the last minute and stole the show.

Written and Directed by:           Anthony Ruivivar
Cinematographer:                     Nathan Levine-Heaney
Sound Design:                          Kerry Brown
“The Artist”:                              Gary Baseman
“The Bass Player”:                   Coby Bell
“The Writer”:                             Anthony Ruivivar

The Teenage Girl
Curated by Gary Baseman

From the one of a kind mind of celebrated artist, Gary Baseman, comes a story of a teenage girl’s imagination run wild. We are transported into a whimsical world with familiar characters from Baseman’s universe, making this story a truly unique art-world experience.

Behind the scenes:
Gary Baseman shaved the hair off his arms to shoot inserts of him drawing in a sketchbook to double the main girl Veronica.

Written and Directed by:        Gary Baseman & David Charles
Cinematographer:                  James Laxton       
“Veronica”:                              Lili Simmons
“Wild Girl 1”:                           Lindsey Vaerst
“Wild Girl 2”:                           Clare Scott
“Wild Girl 3”:                           Julia Rose
“Wild Girl 4”:                           Darcy Yates
“Ahwroo”:                                Kasia Kowalczyk  
“Chou Chou”:                          Darcy Yates
“Chou Chou”:                          Denise Gray
“Veritas”:                                 Darcy Yates
“True Self”:                             Tal Harris                              
“Other Wild Girls”:                   Levi Jung Ruivivar & Maggie Brown

The Business Man
Curated by Six01 Studio
The Business Man is a story about greed and redemption.  It’s a portrait of a man who, despite doing regrettable things, has a change of heart and decides to don the title of Urban Robin Hood.  He makes amends after he realizes it’s not the material things in life that count.
Behind the scenes:
Mark Feuerstein, incredibly recorded a vocal track (to be played while he shot) to keep his actions in-line with the critical apartment wide moments for the other pieces. He got it in one take!  Mark Feuerstein and Greg Lauren are childhood friends, both attending Dalton and Princeton together.

Written and Directed by:         Anthony Ruivivar
Cinematographer:                   Nathan Levine-Heaney
“The Business Man”:              Mark Feuerstein
“The Doorman”:                      David Heckel

The Films in “The Blackout”

Produced by:                             Kerry Brown, Anthony Ruivivar, Yvonne Jung and Six01 Studio
Original Score:                          Kerry Brown, Nick Weiss, Kevin Dippold 
Marley Remix:                           Chris Holmes
Edited by:                                  Chris Lanier and Justin Coloma
Facade Set Designer:               Vincent Jefferds
Production Designer:                Shaun Motley
Line Producer/UPM:                 Marc Hammer

More about #PEPCITY 

Ticketed Evening Concerts
In the evenings, #PEPCITY will function as a concert venue and host musical performances by popular entertainers, each free with advance ticket registration. Tickets will be distributed through Eventbrite at specified websites for each concert.
Austin Mahone Ticketed Concert Sponsored by Aquafina FlavorSplash
Seventeen-year-old American pop star Austin Mahone is the recipient of the 2013 MTV Video Music Awards’ “Artist to Watch.”
Wednesday, January 29, 2014, 8 p.m.
Tickets to be available on Friday, January 24th at 12 PM EST, via link:

Prince Royce Ticketed Concert Sponsored by Pepsi
Latin artist Prince Royce’s most recent single “Darte un Beso” has been No. 1 for more than 13 weeks on Billboard’s Latin charts. Royce’s highly anticipated English album will debut in 2014.

Thursday, January 30, 2014, 8 p.m.

Tickets to be available on Friday, January 24th at 12 PM EST, via link:

Prince Royce
Ziggy Marley Ticketed Concert
Ziggy Marley will headline and close out the event.
Saturday, February 1, 2014, 8 p.m.
Tickets to be available on Friday, January 24th at 12 PM EST, via link:

Roxanne Haynes
Super Bowl Boulevard
Be sure to stop by Super Bowl Blvd. on Broadway between 34th and 44th Streets, from January 29 through February 1, noon to 11 p.m., and check out some great events, including:
Pepsi ‘Hyped for Halftime’ Experience
Feel like a football player running through the player tunnel and put your fandom on display for a chance to win tickets to next year’s big game in Arizona.
Dates: January 29 - February 1
Time: Noon to 10 p.m.
Location: Broadway between 37th and 38th Streets

About Six01 Studio

Formed two years ago, Six01 Studio is an artist collective based in Burbank, California run by New York alum Anthony Ruivivar, Yvonne Jung, Maura Tierney and Kerry Brown.

Six01 Studio was created in response to a lack of synergy between artists from different disciplines and to remove the roadblocks that hold up the artistic process: namely the gap between a concept and the resources to bring that innovative concept to fruition.

Six01’s focus is to create a networked hub/incubator for creators, thinkers, artists and problem solvers to experiment with both new and traditional forms of expression and content creation.  It’s a place to collaborate with other talent, exchange ideas and let those ideas germinate.  Six01 Studio exists somewhere between the artists garage and the studio system.  It is a studio designed for artists by artists.  

The first Six01 Studio was operated out of a re-purposed sweatshop in downtown Los Angeles but as it’s grown, the group recently took over, and is renovating a larger production facility in Burbank California.

Now working with acclaimed music and film producer Kerry Brown, (it’s newest member) Six01 will introduce an experimental sound lab & state of the art recording studio in addition to film & video production suites, a black box rehearsal space and 6000 square feet of raw shooting space.