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The July music issue of BLEEP Magazine featuring Carrie Manolakos, Ishi, Larry G(ee) and more.

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    CARRIE MANOLAKOSLARRY G(EE)XYLOPHOLKSPOST POSTLAYNE LYNCHISHI

    SUMMER MUSIC SPECIAL ISSUE

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    Carrie Manolakos may be a YouTube sensation right now, but shes been making music for years. We talk with the Mamma Mia and Wicked actress about her newest venture: singing her own words.

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    If youve taken the train in New York, you may have seen a skunk and a pink gorilla playing a xylophone and an upright bass. Its not just a gimmick. These are some serious ragtime musicians.

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    bleepininsideThis duo met on the open mike circuit and realized they might have something together musically. Turns out, they were right.

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    If you like feathers, neon and music you can dance to, you need to check out Ishi. Theyre on the soundtrack for the new Steve Carrell/Kiera Knightly film Seeking a Friend for the End of the World, and yes, they make that headdress look good.

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    Check out our BLEEP Quiz featuring musician Larry G(ee).

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    One of the things I love most about this life is the fact that hearing a song can instantly take you back to a very specific moment in time. We spend our years creating this soundtrack of our lives without even knowing it, and when we hear that song again, were transported back to that moment and its as real, as vivid and as tangible as it was when it was actually happened.

    Today I was sitting at my desk in Manhattan, listening to one of my Spotify playlists and suddenly, I found myself driving down highway 121 in Dallas, the tops down on my convertible, three of my best friends are in the car and were headed toward Six Flags. As I listened to this song that played in the car so many times, I felt like I was actually there. But it didnt stop there. I could smell the over priced funnel cakes, I could feel the wind on my skin as we rode the Titan, I could feel the air conditioning before we watched the show at the Southern Palace. I was transported to the carefree summers of my youth, a memory made all the more profound with the passing of time. And I can feel all of this because of one song. Thats profoundly powerful.Theres true power of music.

    This issue is our annual music issue and its full of incredible singers and musicians that are creating, today, the soundtrack we will remember ten years from now. From belting Broadway veterans to songwriters just getting started, weve compiled a group of musicians for you to watch out for and add to your own playlists.

    Thats of course not all thats in here. Weve got some really cool features on both interior and exterior design and weve got an incredibly personal and beautiful essay written by one of our favorite writers, Alex Wright. Were also in the Olympic spirit with this issues BLEEP List. Be sure to read through our reasons why you should be watching, even if you arent into sports at all. Much like music, the Olympics make the people come together. Perhaps Madonna was onto something.

    Letter from the Editor

    Ryan BrinsonEditor-in-Chief

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    Alex Wright writes a personal essay about growing up with a model mother, how divorce shaped her and how she channeled all of it to became an actress.

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    We catch up with Larry G(EE) before he heads out on the Warped Tour this summer.

    WELL G(EE)52 Denton Tarver moved to New York to be on Broadway and after conquering the stage, hes set his sights on a new challenge: Your backyard.

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    Our Cocktail Connoisseur Nathan Robins serves up some delicious summer cocktails that will take your 4th of July festivities up a notch.

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    Editor-in-Chief Ryan Brinson Editor at Large Julie Freeman

    Design/Decor Editor Lisa Sorenson Culture Editor Rachael Mariboho Business & Audience Development Manager Sarah Rotker

    Cartoonist Ben Humeniuk

    Cover Photography by Kevin Thomas Garcia

    Contributors: Danielle Milam Alex Wright Charly Edsitty Amy Stone Holly Renner Colton Scally

    Featured Photographers: Colton Scally, Richard Ross

    All articles and photos are the property of the writers and artists. All rights reserved.

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    List by Rachael Maribohothe

    Every four years, an event occurs that brings the whole world together: the summer Olympics. From July 27 to August 12, our eyes will be on the city of London as we marvel at the thrill of victory and weep at the agony of defeat. It is a competition incomparable to anything else in the world, and, unless you are made of stone, you will be as riveted as the rest of us here at BLEEP. However, while the actual athletic events may be the central focus of the games, there are other reasons why we are excited by Olympic season. Yes, it is a season. Dont believe me? Turn on NBC for 2 minutes anytime day or night. Here, in no particularly important order, are five reasons why you should be excited about these Olympic games.

    The opening ceremoniesWhile always a crowd pleaser, Londons opening ceremonies have a lot to live up to. During their 2008 opening ceremonies, China basically showed the entire world what is possible when you have unlimited funds and are the worlds most populous country. No one thinks London, or any place for that matter, can top that. But, as Hugh Grant reminds us in the film Love, Actually, England is a small country, but a great one too. It is the country of Shakespeare, Churchill, and the Beatles. Sean Connery, Harry Potter, and David Beckhams right foot. If England can produce icons like these, then there is no limit to what they can do in one opening ceremony.

    Visa Commercials narrated by Morgan FreemanWhoever came up with this campaign, with its all-inclusive tag line Go World is a genius. I dare anyone to watch the Derek Redmond Visa commercial from 2008 and not cry.

    Womens GymnasticsI know this is a sporting event, but with fierce rivalries, tricks that should not be humanly possible performed by girls who weigh 80 pounds, and the chance that the girl who just won from China might only be eight, this is an event worth checking out.

    Usain Bolt and Michael Phelps. Running and swimming may not be my favorite events (obvious after reading number three) but there is something extraordinary about watching once-in-a-lifetime athletes go after world records again. Win or lose, these are the men we will still be talking about for many Olympics to come.

    Kate MiddletonAn unexpected perk of the Olympics being held in London is that the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge (along with the adorable Harry) are the official British ambassadors of the Olympics. Not only will viewers get an amazing fashion show, but it will be fun to count the number of times she is discussed on the Today show for no other reason than that she is Kate Middleton.

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    Creativity is inventing, experimenting, growing, tak-ing risks, breaking rules, making mistakes, and hav-ing fun. Mary Lou Cook

    I was skeptical when I saw this book. How can anyone define creativity? Doesnt defining it and pinning down how it works take away the magic of it?

    Surprisingly, Lehrer does a good job of defining how to find creativity without completely defining what it is. He mixes science of the brain with narratives of creative genius to shine a light on that spark of creativity we all feel inside of us.

    The first part of the book focuses on individual creativity. Lehrer delves into science to explain that our preconception that some people are creative while others are not is simply wrong. The science says we all have creativity inside us. Some of us are just better at unleashing it.

    Lehrer goes on to describe some seemingly simple steps to take to open our brains up to increase our creative output. This expository is useful but easily becomes drab and uninteresting to read. Luckily, Lehrer mixes in some well-written narrative about

    creative legends including Bob Dylan, the creator of post it notes, and Yo-Yo Ma.

    After exploring the individual journey of unleashing the creativity inside us, Lehrer then explores communal creativity. Again, this section is fraught with more scientific

    experiments and data. This is interesting to a point. More interesting are the personal conversations Lehrer had with the business leaders about how they foster creativity in their business community.

    While the points he makes about creating a creative environment are interesting, I did not find them particularly useful. For example, Lehrer lauds Pixar for their innovative architecture of their headquarters that force people of all fields to collaborate. This is wonderful. However, I have no architectural control over the building I work in.

    Again, Lehrer outlines simple things we can do to generate communal creativity. And, again, he bored me with the depth of the scientific data. Yet, I still found myself suffering through the science to get to the next narrative describing Pixar, Apple, or Shakespeare.

    I am glad I read this book for the simple insights it gave me on my own creativity and what I could do to cultivate it. Was it groundbreaking new information? No. I do most of these things already without knowing why they work.

    Truthfully I recommend skimming through Chapters 1-5 (individual creativity section) and getting your co-workers and