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The Struggle for DIY: The Resilience of Marginalized Groups During the Pandemic

When the U.S. went into an economic shutdown to slow the spread of COVID-19 earlier this year, Shawna Shawnté — an Oakland musician and community…
Stephanie Mendez / November 20, 2020

The Most Influential Artists: #31 Bikini Kill

As part of our 35th-anniversary, we’re naming the most influential artists of the past 35 years. Today, we’re at #31. From Olympia, Washington here’s Bikini…
Stephanie Mendez / November 6, 2020

Tropa Magica Uphold Tradition and Mexican Identity With Psychedelic Cumbia Rock

Brothers David and Rene Pacheco, co-founders of psychedelic cumbia act Tropa Magica, remember the moment all their hard work in the L.A. music scene finally paid…
Stephanie Mendez / September 3, 2020

Squid Ink Challenges Anti-Blackness in Punk Rock for a Better Modern Scene

Eight years ago, Amber Williams was an eager fangirl waiting in line to meet punk icon Alice Bag at a Los Angeles LGBTQ center. The…
Stephanie Mendez / August 5, 2020