"Cratedigger Vol. 2" is a nod to the art of the record sleeve. Last year's "Cratedigger" featured artistic renderings of album covers of both real and imagined bands and singers, including Michael Jackson, Prince, Led Zeppelin, Iron Maiden, The Cure, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Radiohead, Rihanna and The Notorious B.I.G. Particularly popular were covers of The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust, Never Mind the Bollocks, Here's the Sex Pistols and The Great Otis Redding Sings Soul Ballads. Curated by Jason Ostro of Gabba Gallery, which recently displayed Val Kilmer's paintings, this year's exhibit gathers nearly 100 international artists who created more designs on 12-by-12-inch canvases that pay tribute to Pink Floyd, The Who, The Doors, Bob Marley and Tupac Shakur. DJ Jonathan Williams spins at tonight's opening reception.
Sales of vinyl albums have spiked in recent years because, among other reasons, people still value the aesthetics of buying music.