[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 …

Love Anonymous, Making Amends

Love Anonymous is a series by Willow Hawthorn, addressing issues in her recovery process for an addiction to love. What follows is her account on Making Amends.   by Willow Hawthorn While I was still with my partner, he attempted sobriety. He started diligently and enthusiastically working the steps, but relapse after relapse, he’d find himself at rock bottom once again. Eventually, I knew …

Proposition

by Chelle Costello Proposition I have an idea: let’s every one of us Walk into a field— Thistleberry and old tires growing over each other, Rusted afterthoughts and migratory birds— And raise our hands to the sky To implore the great one to tell us why we are. I am sure that if all of humanity could cry out, It …

Time to Unfriend: When Should You Delete Family (and Friends!) from Facebook

submitted by Hails I’ve always been someone who actively avoids bandwagons. If something gets recommended to me, I’m immediately suspicious. I ask “Ok, but why is it so popular?” If it’s selling like hot cakes, then I’m staying the hell away from it. Trends make me nervous. I know I’m not a ~*~unique snowflake~*~, but I do think this line …

Meta World News: Poetry and Other Stuff…

by Janea Wilson This month I’ve been really focused on poetry since that is my obsession concentration, but also because it’s National Poetry Month. My graduation is just around the corner but I return to academia in the fall. An MFA in poetry. What a way to make a buck. I wasn’t able to take any creative writing workshops this semester since I added a …