Qais Essar: Tavern of Ruin

Tavern of Ruin is a collection of orphic sentiments formed throughout years of built-up personal documentation. Qais Essar unfurls the human ego and its delicate presence within a vast space while creating a sound that feels almost tangible—but not quite. It’s like cupping sunlight in the palm of your hands and wishing that the warmth…

Celebrate Riot Grrrl Day: A Playlist

Riot Grrrl is a feminist movement found in the 1990s in Olympia, Washington. A handful of punk and rocker ladies have been musically influenced by the Riot Grrrl’s core values, usually calling out on misogyny, racism, domestic violence, female empowerment and patriarchy. There is a DIY state of mind regarding the different art forms to spread…

Raise Awareness, Don’t Be Silent: Chapel Hill Tragedy

I am a Muslim woman of Afghan descent. Last night, Deah Shaddy Barakat, Yusor Mohammad, and Razan Mohammad Abu-Salha were brutality murdered by Craig Stephen Hicks, a 46 year old white male because of their faith and their religion. Islam has relentlessly been bashed over and over again. It seems like no matter how many times…

The Sweet Sounds Of 2014

For me, 2014 was a marvelous year of live music. I attended so many magnificent shows and festivals, I even saw a few of my all-time favorites.  Some of the best: St. Vincent: When I went to see St. Vincent, the fancy theater setting felt foreign as everyone remained in their seats when the almighty Annie Clark came…

Space Neighborhood: A Playlist

During this time, life on earth can become stressful and grueling. Whether it be the constant all-nighters you’re pulling for finals or the holiday madness around you, sometimes you just have to step back and take a trip to Mars. Your voyage awaits you; have a listen, sit back, drink a glass of lemonade and enjoy your time…