Today we have a brand new Songwriting Scholarship release by the one and only Lorelei K! For those who may not be in the know, welcome: Lorelei K is an alternative pop project created by Dahlia Knowles, an artist based in Denton, Texas. She already released an EP this year (a collab with Paul Slavens), went on a huge tour, and somehow still found time to create with Spiderweb.
We’re #PLEASED our wildly talented friend Sarah Ruth Alexander joined the crew at Shiny Sound Recording Studio in November for the newest installment of our Songwriting Scholarship project, which resulted in the beautiful track we’re releasing today, “We Sing the Body Electric.”
Today we’re excited to share one of the sweetest love songs to ever come out of Shiny Sound Recording Studio: I Got Lucky (With You). This fresh Songwriting Scholarship track was created with our good ol’ pal Andy Cox.
As far as Spiderweb goes, Bess has done it all: zine editor, food writer, poet, cellist, guitarist, singer, emcee, homeless cat, devious witch, enthusiastic flowergirl, dinosaur operator, and so much more.
It’s a pleasure to share & celebrate this week’s featured artist, Nina Chantanapumma, not simply because she is a mind-mindbogglingly talented multi-disciplinary artist and designer, but because she’s also had a major role in administrating and organizing everything that Spiderweb Salon has managed to accomplish as a collective this year.
Our featured artist, John Wilcox, first became involved with Spiderweb Salon after seeing a Facebook post requesting art for Low Power Radio, the zine benefiting local Denton radio station KUZU 92.9FM. The art he sent in ended up on the back cover, a beautiful radio robot bookending the musical ruminations of so many spiders.
For this week’s feature, the crew invited Rachel Weaver to Shiny Sound Recording Studio in early September to make some noise and create something beautiful together, and today we’re unveiling the new track they recorded and released under Rachel’s musical project moniker, blendways.
This week’s featured artist, Bryan Kelly, loves Denton as much as we love Denton. We’ve loved seeing him at the Denton Community Market on Saturday mornings, and his first Spiderweb Salon submission will be published in our upcoming zine, Book of the Dead.
Today’s featured writer, Alejandra Ramos Gómez, is a bilingual educator and a poet who is very active in the Dallas-Fort Worth Metroplex. We are bringing you two of Alejandra’s language-blending poems. Both poems are gripping, drawing from personal experience to show us the dualities of its subjects.
For today’s feature, we are showcasing a piece from the The Dentonite’s new collection of Poetry & Prose from the 940, honoring Hispanic Heritage Month (observed from Sept. 15 to Oct. 15): Pertenezco by Amelia McBride Echenique.
Today we welcome a longtime friend of Spiderweb as our newest recipient of our ongoing monthly Songwriting Scholarship! Robert Fennell would regularly awe us with his skills and electric guitar solos in the early days of our house shows, eloquently merging calculated hardcore rhythms with catchy riffs under his solo project titled, Dyscalculia. His new project, called the fate of stars, carries a similar instrumental djent-prog-vibe.
Feast your eyes upon these galleries of gorgeous new work coming out of SarahFriday’s newest fashion design project and read a little bit about her concepts for the collections, what’s coming up next, and maybe get inspired to create something uniquely you.
This week’s featured artist is Ashley Enfield, a mixed media artist and designer who works mostly with ink. She has a background in sculpture, paint, fibers, and digital media with a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Interdisciplinary Arts.
Nicole Lefteau works tirelessly on a million and one films projects while managing to write and perform poetry and prose as regularly as possible. The focus of Lefteau’s art revolves around womanhood and female sexuality and has recently shifted her creations around queerness and queer anxiety as well.
Lisa Huffaker is a phenomenal poet, a classically trained opera singer, and an abundantly creative visual artist, but she’s also a community-builder and, like us, an appreciator of anything made by hand with love.
Team Spiderweb is so thrilled to bring you our newest musical production from Shiny Sound Recording Studio, “Easy Tiger” by Denton-based creative, Naomi Kliewer! "Easy Tiger" is a magical, tender anthem to the self, and we’re terribly excited to share this song with you today.
This week’s Featured Artist is Taylor Barnes, a Fibers MFA candidate at the University of North Texas. She works with concepts dealing with identity and displacement. She’s attended several Spiderweb showcases and loved being there to support local artists, buy zines, and mingle with friends new and old.
Matthew Sallack has been involved with Spiderweb almost from the beginning; he had his first art installation, a take on the Guess Who? board game, at a show in August of 2012. In addition to displaying art at the shows, Matthew has designed many of the Spiderweb zine covers, posters, and generally provided art where art is needed.
The Revolution Will Not Be Tweeted is more than just a twenty-first century rewrite of Gil Scott-Heron’s powerful 1970 poem, The Revolution Will Not Be Televised; it’s an urgent call to listen to the voices of our own generation, to bear witness to injustices, to dismantle our broken and corrupt systems, to put down our phones and connect, to take action.
Spiderweb Salon’s newest Songwriting Scholarship recipient, DFW-based artist Shelby Orr, seized the opportunity to try something she’s been wanting to do for a long time: record a track of Kitbashes, her rollicking and rocking musical project with co-creator, M.
During her first Spiderweb Salon set at this year’s Winter Formal, Anjelica Fraga had the crowd cheering with a timely poem for the #metoo era. We’re excited to bring you that poem, “Brown Girl,” as part of our feature series.
Today, we’re bringing you Machele Johnson’s poem, “The Warning.” Machele says, “[The poem was] born from a dark journal entry that was focusing on my bruised heart and body pains,” and certainly, the rawness of that journal entry is still present, albeit shaped into some beautifully rendered verse.
Spiderweb newcomer, Clent Roye Wyatt, grew “Turning Seasons” from a seed of nostalgia over the fall and winter of last year. We asked Clent what advice he’d like to bestow upon his fellow artists and creators, and he graced us with this incisive tidbit of wisdom: “Listen to everyone, but mostly yourself.”
Stacy Tompkins is one of those artists who amazes you in the range of her work. We love her colored pencil sketches as well as her sculptures, strange intricate works full of found objects and crafted with all manner of materials.
Spiderweb Salon is absolutely pleased to bring you the newest release from our Songwriting Scholarship, in collaboration with this month’s talented recipient Taylor Teachout and our dear friends from Shiny Sound Recording Studio!
This week, we are featuring our very own art editor, Bonnie Jo Stufflebeam. She is quite an accomplished writer and an active member of the DFW literary community. She runs an her own annual event, a collaborative project called Art & Words, at Art on the Boulevard in Fort Worth.