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Bait and Switch: Artist Malena Barnhart's Show at Eye Lounge on Roosevelt

Bait and Switch: Artist Malena Barnhart’s Show at Eye Lounge on Roosevelt

The mélange of youthful feminine iconography is remixed into the shapes of bear traps and spider webs. The contrast with their constituent images creates a dissonance that is at once enticing yet discomforting. Barnhart’s point isn’t that there’s anything wrong with unicorns or princesses or cupcakes per se, but rather, as she put it, how...
"What Are You Afraid Of" - New Single by Paper Foxes

“What Are You Afraid Of” – New Single by Paper Foxes

The dystopic dance punk of Paper Foxes is back with their latest single, What Are You Afraid Of, released July 1st. With music composed by Uche Ujania, the lyrics represent the pooled fears of all five band members.
PREMIERE: Paper Foxes's "Indica Feels"

PREMIERE: Paper Foxes’s “Indica Feels”

Their auras throb outward. Though the band members are in black-and-white, the external manifestations of their inner beings are anything but. Last but not least, rising from the bottom center of the screen, a six-armed Christopher James Jacobson emerges. Although his arms and posture echo the Indian mother goddess of destruction and creation Kali, Christopher’s...
Keep On Pushin' - Art, Birth, and Mother's Day

Keep On Pushin’ – Art, Birth, and Mother’s Day

“In many ways, our society still views the female figure as grotesque and that the things that it does are kind of grotesque as well. We’re always trying to clean up those things or beautify them in some way.” Solis wanted “to really embrace the physicality of the experience and to openly show a vagina,...
Words Within The Rhyme: An Intimate Evening Where Rap Meets Spoken Word

Words Within The Rhyme: An Intimate Evening Where Rap Meets Spoken Word

Mystic Blu elaborated on the idea of having rappers sharing poems minus the usual trappings of musical accompaniment or crews. She wanted to capture the intimate power of poetry, to highlight the words, the feelings, the people.
Song of the Dead Bird - An Interview with Phoenix's Poet Laureate

Song of the Dead Bird – An Interview with Phoenix’s Poet Laureate

Rosemarie Dombrowski being Phoenix’s Poet Laureate feels a little like that amazing girl you know who is dating that awful bro. Like, why is she even with that city, she could do so much better. And yet, she is ours, Phoenix’s, and it’s nice to see the city returning some of that love she so...
Is Phoenix’s Lit Scene Really On Fire—Or Is It Just Blowing Smoke?

Is Phoenix’s Lit Scene Really On Fire—Or Is It Just Blowing Smoke?

It is a cliché that the Phoenix is a bird which burns itself down to birth something new... but it's fucking true.