All the Famous People, Where Do They All Come From?
The Beatles’ Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band just turned fifty — so super-fan Chris Shaw decided to trace the source photo of each person featured on the album’s iconic cover.
“Sometimes, music can communicate in a space uninhabitable by even the most wildly ambitious words,” writes John at Windstrewn. “Lake Ransom” is his latest piece: an original, ambient musical composition.
It’s Not What You Think
“It’s possible that, along with grunge, Generation X’s other great gift to society is depression.” In his tribute to Chris Cornell, Rich Larsen reflects on despair, aging, and his generation’s struggles with mental health.
The Bucket Drummer
From a poem by musician Thomas Brett:
“but the thing about the beat
that cuts through consciousness
is its sameness
which reminds you how here you are too
walking by this corner again”
The Most Beautiful Thing I’ve Ever Seen
“They both came in close, singing into each other’s invisible microphones. Then, they spread their arms wide as the last verse died, their pot bellies kissing for the first and last time.” Writer Benjamin Davis and artist Nikita Klimov share a story, set some years ago in Minneapolis, Minnesota.
We Need to Talk About How We Write About Women Musicians
“Why do we allow 7,000 truck-song singing men, but limit ourselves to only one or two ‘outlaw’ women?” This Nashville-based music mag wants to ditch the modifiers and change the conversation about women in music.
Love bluegrass, Americana, and folk music? So do the music lovers behind grass clippings — find musician interviews, reviews, reporting from music festivals, and more.
Adam Fleming Petty looks back at his teen years to consider the overlap between hardcore punk and Christianity: “Pummeling my body was what shows were for; performing such abasements myself would have been ineffectual, even disrespectful, like trying to baptize yourself.”
“I am a drummer whose mission is to elevate and celebrate the female voice.” Los Angeles-based musician and activist Madame Gandhi uses her voice, music, and written work to empower her audiences to be their best and authentic selves.
Oren’s, West 112th Street
Musician Parker Ramsay ties together architecture, music performance, algebra, punctuation, and coming of age in a lovely personal essay inspired by his time playing the organ in English cathedrals.
Curating punk rock
Can and should punk rock memorabilia be on display in museums — or does that defeat the purpose of punk’s ethos in the first place? Aging punk Matthew Barlow explores the question.
emotions – silencing;
Brianna Dawn’s compact poetry is dense with imagery: “when you whisper, notes / vanish, shrinking in the air / becoming shadows / of the music your voice could / sing – they could have filled the air”
Losing My Religion: The Demise of Rock and Roll
Is rock’s moment over? Wide-ranging interviews with indie rock bands explore what the landscape looks like for the contemporary rock band (and fan).