[Sound Maven] Meet Taarkus

Get to know the band with a heavy sound, and even heavier themes. Taarkus is an ascending doom metal band from the L.A. area consisting of Stephanie Sallee (vocals, flute), Emma Maatman (organ, backup vocals), Zak Esparza (lead guitar), Greg Howell (guitar), Anthony Tetrow (bass), and Ricky Mendoza (drums). The sextet uses the haunting conduit of sludgy, psychedelic metal to …

[Sound Maven] Video Premiere: Grapevine – “Danger (us)” (Exclusive)

Everybody get Danger (us) Grapevine’s  new single “Danger (us)” offers a buoyant perspective of a tricky situation: finding yourself confusingly enamored with an unavailable stranger. The band is cognizant of its influences such as Shannon and the Clams, The Yeah Yeah Yeahs, and Jefferson Airplane while remaining uniquely transcendent. Evocative front woman Karina Lopez (vocals) weaves a relatable narrative of …

[Cool Girls Read] National Poetry Month – Book Recommendations

As National Poetry Month comes to a near end, we thought we’d share with you some recent editor tested, LSP-approved poetry finds. Read on for some recommendations to add to your never-ending to-read book shelf The Sweetness in Soil – Q. Gibson We were so excited to hear that there was new work from LSPMAG favorite Q. Gibson (you can …

[Sound Maven] Protest Playlist: Songs for Resistance, Vol. 1

Songs To Smash Fascism To It seems like every passing day there is something bigger and more insidious to rise up against, but really what it can be boiled down to is antisemitic, anti-black, misogynistic, xenophobic, transphobic, homophobic, white nationalist, regressive fascist politics. If you’re gonna run around punching nazis it’s best to have a great soundtrack to enhance the …

Spooky Stories to Read by Badass Women

My favorite holiday is here, and I love to find spooky stories to read to suit the occasion. The fun thing about these short stories is that they aren’t your typical scary stories. They don’t involve and supernatural beings or undead creatures, which I absolutely love, too. They focus on complex, interesting characters with struggles and conflicts that readers can …

Cults in Movies: The Good, the Bad, and the Mediocre, Part Deux!

Welcome back to part two of Cults in Movies: The Good, the Bad, and The Mediocre. Here you’ll find the final six of the 13 films reviewed by Entertainment Editor Gaby Harnish. In this round-up, she lets you know what’s worth the watch…and what you should probably remove from your queue.   Martha Marcy May Marlene (2011) Genre: Thriller/Drama The …

Cults in Movies: The Good, the Bad, and the Mediocre

Heaven’s Gate, Jonestown, The Moonies – if you’re anything like me, you find cults fascinating. Much and more has been said about the power of suggestion, the need for spiritual fulfillment, and the vast array of other reasons people seek out and join these groups. But how are they portrayed in popular culture, and what of these portrayals are worth …