Our Way Forward: Eight deathrock musicians on COVID-19 and the future of music

Not much is known right now, except that the new normal may last for quite a long time. While society as a whole is making sacrifices, what does it mean for musicians and music fans, and this fragmented landscape we call a “scene,” to not have events to gather at, to not experience live music, to not be able to see each other in person … Continue reading Our Way Forward: Eight deathrock musicians on COVID-19 and the future of music

Ask Your Goth Doctor: A brutally honest account of a doctor’s life in Italy during the COVID pandemic

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 have been working long hospital hours on the frontlines of Italy‚Äôs COVID-19 epidemic for months. Here is one of two articles featuring Your Goth Doctor, who describes their current … Continue reading Ask Your Goth Doctor: A brutally honest account of a doctor’s life in Italy during the COVID pandemic

The Bedroom Witch celebrates the Persian New Year and mutual aid with the transcendent single “Rooze Roshan”

In celebration of the Persian New Year of the new decade, The Bedroom Witch has released a single that explores love, identity, and isolation. Funds raised by the track will be donated to members of the queer and trans community of color that are suffering financially due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Sepehr Mashiahof, the artist behind The Bedroom Witch, explains: “I have a small list … Continue reading The Bedroom Witch celebrates the Persian New Year and mutual aid with the transcendent single “Rooze Roshan”

Ask Your Goth Doctor: An introduction to COVID-19 from an Italian doctor on the front lines

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

How to lose friends and alienate people: A sick person's diary

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

I Am That Someone: Rogers and Rosewater and the power of kindness

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

Punk Fashion Forecast: Bleach Splatter is IN (again!)

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!)