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Amanda Van West

Amanda Van West

Artist Manager, The City and Horses


Greater New York City Area

My name's Amanda Van West, and instead of pursuing a doctorate (which would make for the most badass villain name, Dr. Van West), I've spent the past 7+ years working in the crazy, exciting, disruptive world of startups -- most recently at a music tech startup in San Francisco called Applauze. I came in as an unpaid intern, ...



Artist Manager, The City and Horses


Named by the Deli NYC as the top emerging indie pop band of 2015, The City and Horses are a six-piece group with members in New York City and Philadelphia, whose songs have been featured on NPR, MTV2, Pigeons & Planes, Fuse, Indie Shuffle, BreakThru Radio, WXPN, the film Paper Heart and other media outlets.

The City and Horses is lead by Marc Cantone, who is known for writing hook-filled, melodic songs with clever and personal lyrics. Celebrated for their quirky and energetic live shows, the band is rounded out by funk flautist Domenica Fossati, drummer Chris Wirtalla, bassist Matt Manhire, lead guitarist Shane Connerty and synth/sax player Nikki D'Agostino.

For all questions related to the band, please email:

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Founder, Editor-In-Chief // @loldating on Instagram

LOLdating is a hobby/passion project I developed after realizing what a treasure trove of content I was sitting on from trying out various digital dating platforms. The premise: taking the worst messages that were sent to me/my friends, and twisting them into funny doodles. Instead of being offended by these messages, I saw an opportunity to take the most awful aspect of online dating and turn it into something humorous.

In the first week alone, the posts received tens of thousands of unique hits and hundreds of organic followers. I've also expanded beyond my own illustrations by inviting guest doodlers to contribute, including bands.

Interested in participating or having one of your artists participate? Send me an email at