The Stars Align for Synth-Pop Phenoms Moon Kissed
Moon Kissed is a promising Brooklyn-based synth-pop trio. The cheerful youth-drunk band has produced an impressive set of catchy, memorable songs and a charged boundary-pushing performance that is energetic as well as daring. The group is known to perform their synth-ladened poppy licks with the occasional appearance of crowd-rousing punkish riffs topless in an unheeding and defiant “fuck you!” to, well, who cares. Just, fuck you.
An Interview with Blues Powerhouse Dana Fuchs
At the altar of song, Dana Fuchs' smoldering voice is a sermon that electrifies and redeems. Her unique brand of triumphant blues forged of profound tragedy enraptures devotees, as she also uses the stage to keep her sister's memory alive with a message of mental health awareness and suicide prevention.
“Music is an escape and a shelter. During treatments, music brought beauty in my life, where everything was so ugly and painful. It helped me to disconnect from my reality and to connect with my emotions. Playing gave me the chance to express my darkest feelings, but also by letting myself be carried away by more soothing and joyful pieces.”
Are we at the cusp of greater societal upheaval? Only time will tell. The collective events of the last year have made it palpable - what divides us is a sickness that runs much deeper than what is seen on screens. If there is a remedy to be had to heal this country and bridge the chasm among its citizens, from the picture that these photos paint, one is only left to assume that time is running out.
Patriots or rioters? Loyalists or terrorists?
They said they were fighting for their children and grandchildren. They said they were prepared to die that day for their country, and some did.
They Chanted, USA! They called to let the Proud Boys get through to the front line as they hurled weapons and debris at the capitol building while succeeding at scaling its walls. They broke barricades, windows, and doors and entered by the hundreds.
Journalists were beaten and stripped of their equipment, attendees of the riot were trampled and stomped upon.
Lawmakers ran from the senate floor to safety. The stark amount of capitol police officers present stood guard with guns drawn to protect cabinet members and democracy itself.
The photos below were taken by the brave photojournalists who were on the ground that day and one undercover law enforcement officer who was willing to share a few shots that he took while on duty. The photos are being shared by permission through Lummoxi’s head of photography.
Photo by Michael Ade
Photo by JasonAndrew/NYT
Photo by Erin Shafer
Photo by Julio Cortez / AP
"Only a cleansing of our whole society can remove this sickness from our souls" - RFK
This short speech by Robert Kennedy from 1968 echoes into modern times, powerful and as relevant as ever. In it, RFK joins in words with Abraham Lincoln to remind us that appeals to violence, mobs of rioters, can never win. And those who make such an appeal will pay the cost.
However, the storming of mobs and rioters is rarely ever about pure anarchy. RFK's words are deafening as he implores us to look upon another kind of violence; the violence of institutions, inaction, decay, and the "slow destruction" of hopelessness, inequality, injustice, racism, and despair. This is the violence the leads the hopeless to hatred, intolerance, conspiracy, and insurrection. This is the violence that must be quelled before peace will prevail.
Now Serving Bacon
With a Side of Sacrilegious Kink Behind the Facepaint of an Impious Clown
The Bacons are a UK based counter-culture couple who seek out defunct abandoned haunts where the subject of their urbex photo shoots are often sexually irreverent, downright creepy, and totally intriguing.
Domestic Tensions Rise as We Learn to Live and Work From Home
Musicians creating music, artists trying to achieve their flow state, professionals on Zoom calls, or students in the books - in a situation where families are working from home - all are now fighting for prime real estate, specifically the quietest areas of the home.
photo by Bella Juliana Imperioli
n a curious string of events, Emmy-award winning actor, Michael Imperioli, puts down the piece and picks up an axe as frontman for the band, Zopa. Read their story and listen to the long-awaited debut album, 'La Dolce Vita'.
photo by Mike Sweetman
The Work of Mark Tennant:
An Ode in Oil to Rebel Youth
All rights to images in this post held by Mark Tennant, shared with permission.
Tennant masterfully paints across time and culture to thread together a contrasted ode in oil to the rebellion of youth, girlhood, and Americana.
Mr. Tennant is a master of movement and the human form in the context of space and time. Much of the artist’s recent work thrills in his ability to freeze a moment in time using all the properties of photographic imagery. Though much of what he captures on canvas carries the quality of motion halted in the flash of a camera...the oil scenes swing, hop, and dance with the exquisite motion of memories being recalled - a testament to the mastery of the painter. Tennant is able to pull off, not only the motion of a subject in a snap-shot but also the energy and flow of the greater context wherein the subject exists.