By Dr. Laura Franceschetto In the summer and fall, Dr. Laura Franceschetto can often be found at goth and punk festivals and squat shows across Europe, enjoying their favorite music. But they are also a doctor based in Italy, and as such have been working long hospital hours on the frontlines of Italy’s COVID-19 epidemic. During an interview, we asked Dr. Franceschetto to describe the … Continue reading Ask Your Goth Doctor: An introduction to COVID-19 from an Italian doctor on the front lines
By Anonymous I got sick. It’s hard to tell the COVID-19 symptoms from my typical fibromyalgia symptoms, so I don’t know when I got sick, but I know today it feels definitely different from what I usually experience. The night sweats this time were accompanied by chills and later moved into a low fever during the day. The pain is a little deeper in the … Continue reading How to lose friends and alienate people: A sick person's diary
The Oakland unhoused community has expanded exponentially in the last two years, as tech money swept the Bay Area, raised rents, and spurred widespread evictions. Tent encampments, at first small and sparsely placed, have expanded to tents of 20 to 40, and are now found in most parks, abandoned lots, and beneath nearly every overpass. In response to the growing housing and food crisis, local … Continue reading I Am That Someone: Rogers and Rosewater and the power of kindness
In 2018 and early 2019, punk saw a surge of acid wash and bleach splatter looks. But as 2020 roared in, it started fading away, as bleach splatter does, in favor of 80’s brights and back to the basic black. It seemed on the verge of obsolescence: bleach splattered Aaliyah T-shirts showed up at Ross (granted, a good find, but you get my point), and … Continue reading Punk Fashion Forecast: Bleach Splatter is IN (again!)
There’s nothing to do. There’s no shakin that ass at the club — not even sparsely placed goths, quite used to dancing 6 feet away from each other, can be found waving their spidery limbs in our midst. There’s no greetings at the DIY spot, no hugging friends, no drunken spittle flying through the air as we try to shout over “Lucretia My Reflection”. But … Continue reading Quarantine Music Mixes 1
Oakland deathrockers Mystic Priestess, known for their highly-charged live show and unique take on deathrock, stun loyal fans and new listeners alike with the first single from their newest EP, “Smoke and Mirrors.” At the forefront of the track is guitarist Winter Zora’s piercing, unforgettable guitar leads that dance just beneath the shouts and chants of singer Sierra Rose. Ethereal synths seem awash with the … Continue reading Mystic Priestess cut through the haze in "Smoke and Mirrors"
Hello. If you’re reading this, you might be in the Bay Area. You might be on lockdown and unable to leave your home due to COVID-19. So are we. Or you might be somewhere else in the world, and driven by an insatiable desire for new music, new art, new ways of looking at life. We’re deathrockers, goths, punks, whatever you want to call us. … Continue reading Welcome to Cryptic Species