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…

Jim Crow Lives On

A couple of weeks ago, I saw The Throwaways at a theatre in Albany, NY. The documentary is filmed in Albany and highlights one of the biggest issues of our time: the mass incarceration and profiling of minorities in this country. The film tells the story of Ira McKinley, who shares his past of incarceration…

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…

We Need Your Submissions!

Dear wonderful readers, I wanted to take a break from our hard-hitting articles and fancy photos to remind you that we run off of your submissions. We love having a group of regular contributors, but also thrive off of one-time submissions. If you’d like to join our team or just share a piece of art…

Taina Asili y la Banda Rebelde

This past week, I had the exciting opportunity to interview a powerful and inspiring artist. Her name is Taina Asili, and she is one of the baddest bitches I know. She is poet, a mother, and a social justice activist. Her band, Taina Asili y La Banda Rebelde, just released a brand new album, Fruit…