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    No Joy Instagram Takeover

    Facebook || Twitter || Instagram || Bandcamp   Often we tend to get caught up in the comfort of knowing just what to expect from a band, whether with their live performance or with forthcoming albums. No Joy is a band that has managed to pleasantly surprise their audience since their inception in 2009 to nearly a decade later. Founded by Jasamine White-Gluz and Laura Lloyd, the two started No Joy from online correspondence between Los Angeles and Montreal, with White-Gluz returning to Canada to see the project to fruition. Melding fuzzy and atmospheric shoegaze elements with brooding and haunting qualities, the band has since received praiseworthy reviews and garnered…

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    Mixtape Monday: Wow and Flutter

      Casiotone for the Painfully Alone – Roberta C. Liz Phair – Fuck & Run (Girlysound version) Beat Happening – The Fall Elliott Smith – No Name #4 Neutral Milk Hotel – Sailing Through Teen Suicide – Stay Inside Forever Elvis Depressedly – Weird Honey The Mountain Goats – The Big Unit McCarthy – Celestial City Ruth Etting – I’m Nobody’s Baby Tommy Burk and the Counts – Without Me Beck – Asshole Shangri-Las – He Cried Vivian Girls – Never See Me Again Jandek – When The Telephone Melts Daniel Johnston – The Story of an Artist Death Cab for Cutie – A Lack of Color (demo) Guided By…

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    Emotional Response Records’ Typical Girls Vol 3 & 4: Couteau Latex’s “Colere Vide”

      Confronted with the saturation of male-dominated voices in the punk and hardcore scene, Typical Girls aims to subvert that stereotype with fresh sounds that might otherwise go unheard of. A wink and nod to the Slits, Typical Girls celebrates all that is totally untypical and highlights a vast number of femme-sounds and experiences. A reminder that female-fronted is not a genre but rather a medium, these thoughtful compilations off Emotional Response Records are deemed worthy of multiple listens and sharing with your circle of friends. Highlighting post-punk, electronic and experimental female and non-binary musicians, Emotional Response Records have recently released Volumes Three and Four featuring acts like Alice Bag,…

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    Thrive: When Life Prevents Creation

    Welcome to Thrive! A weekly advice column for creatives and the generally confused.   I’m sure you’ve noticed that life gets in the way of art often and even the most extroverted of artists can crave solitude and consistent days to get their best work done. But the world won’t create this space for us, we have to make it ourselves, which is hard and exhausting and some days doesn’t even seem worthwhile. Whether you have to pick up extra shifts to pay off some bills or you’re busy celebrating someone’s marriage, you’re spending time away from the creative projects that bring you joy and tending to other important life…

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    Mixtape Monday: Disgustingly Cute

      This week’s Mixtape Monday playlist is a collection of upbeat Twee Pop jams, for those of us who are just as excessively and seemingly quaint, charming and only just slightly sad.   Rilo Kiley – Silver Lining The Blow – Parentheses Camera Obscura – French Navy God Help the Girl – God Help the Girl The Magnetic Fields – The Luckiest Guy on the Lower East Side The Pains of Being Pure at Heart – Young Adult Friction Los Campesinos! – You! Me! Dancing! Tullycraft – Twee Voxtrot – The Start of Something Belle & Sebastian – Expectations She & Him – In the Sun The Moldy Peaches –…

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    Band Preview: LOMA

    Photo: Bryan C. Parker   Having toured together back in 2016, Loma is the result of the unusual music chemistry between indie-rock band Shearwater and post-rock band Cross Record. While Shearwater’s Jonathan Meiburg is known for more of an expressive, whirling vocal style, accompanied by heavy synth and chord progressions, Cross Record’s Emily Cross is known for using her whispering/hushed vocals to glide over minimal melodies and fellow Cross Record’s bandmate, Dan Duszynski’s, eerie instrumentals–however, when the musicians’ strengths and styles are combined, what occurs is a vulnerable, emotionally-packed dream-pop ride. The band just released their self-titled debut album through Sub Pop in February and it’s a compilation of dreamlike,…

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    Lost Girls of the American South

        Photographer: Audrey Gretz Model: Samantha Cruz   The sort of juxtaposition these photographs in particular explored was the feeling of being a 16 year old girl, becoming a 22 year old woman in the American south. A hazy place that never leaves your veins, try as you might. Even when you grow up and move away and attempt to exorcise its impact on you through art and culture and liberal media. Every girl, every human, feels like they want to grow up and run to a place where they can be someone else. Learning the range of our own emotions forces us to face the falsity of the…

  • STUFF

    We Are All Beautiful and Gross: An Interview with Margalit Cutler

      Based out of New York, Margalit Cutler‘s artwork struck us as totally bold, totally honest, and totally refreshing. From her animations, sculptures, illustrations and mini-comics, Cutler has created commissioned pieces for Rookie Mag and Protocols and updates her Instagram regularly with original and eye-catching work. She took some time out of her schedule to answer questions we had about her creative process, her stance on female sexuality and tips for other artists.   ANON: How long have you been making art for?  Margalit Cutler: I’ve been making art for as long as I can remember. I recently went home for Passover, and my mom was showing off an illustrated…

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    Mixtape Monday: Wide-Eyed and Brilliant

      Ride – Vapour Trail The Sundays – Here’s Where the Story Ends The Beta Band – Dry the Rain Yo La Tengo – Autumn Sweater Blonde Redhead – 23 Galaxie 500 – Ceremony Radiohead – House of Cards Suzanne Vega, DNA – Tom’s Diner Slowdive – When the Sun Hits Catherine Wheel – Black Metallic The Ocean Blue – Ballerina Out of Control The Black Ryder – Santeria The Raveonettes – War in Heaven Sonic Youth – Teen Age Riot The Stone Roses – I Wanna Be Adored The Smiths – Oscillate Wildly Wide-Eyed and Brilliant is a collection of dream-pop, shoegaze-y tunes to turn to when life is…

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    Through the Glass

      Photography & Makeup: Maria Kinosian Model: Anisia Potapova   Maria Kinosian is a 25 year old conceptual photographer originally from Krasnodar, Russia, and currently based in Saint Petersburg. She finds inspiration from films, music, art and traveling, creating her own unique style in romantic, melancholic and surrealistic photography. Together with Anisia Potapova, she’s created the series “Through the Glass” which plays with water illusions and reflections. It depicts our varying self perceptions as well as how other people view us, and how different one can be from day to day, hour to hour, moment to moment.              

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    THRIVE: The Joy of a Good Cry

    Welcome to Thrive! A weekly advice column for creatives and the generally confused. Every two weeks I jump up here and I ask you to be vulnerable and brave and to explore deep regions of yourselves and your art. It’s not really fair if I don’t do the same, so this week I want to talk about the power of a good cry and the joy that comes from it. I didn’t know it, because I don’t tally these things out in my planner, but I hadn’t cried in about two years. When I say cry I mean the deep sobbing that I just got involved in last week. Sure…

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    Trouble Boys: Bigger Than The Both Of Us

    Trouble Boys Bigger Than the Both of Us By Jay Armstrong In my own living room, as I’m hitting stride on some puffed chest ego stroking story about kicking dust with Cheetah Chrome and Bobby Liebling on some otherwise forgettable night of recent past, a friend interrupts asking “who are they? Should I know them?” With such a harsh truth about reality in mind one is left with only one valid question; what kind of chance do the Trouble Boys (or any other band we give a shit about for that matter) have at all? In the end all of this amounts to nothing, all of it. On a long…