The Bitch Is an Icon: A Conversation with Leo Paparella of Iconique

Originally appeared on Grimy Goods.  Queer culture has its own vocabulary. In the ballroom scene, the term “legendary” is not meant as an exaggeration—it is reserved for veterans who dominate the runway every time they grace it. RuPaul has taught straight, white audiences terms like “read” and “shade.” Then there are celebrities who earn their own qualifier: it takes a certain personality and stage presence … Continue reading The Bitch Is an Icon: A Conversation with Leo Paparella of Iconique

Death, Rebirth, and Russia: A Conversation with Samuel Proffitt

Originally appeared on the 405.  Samuel Proffitt’s new EP, Good Death, is the embodiment of introspection. The musician is currently working on a PhD at Brown University for Slavic Studies, and, as he describes in the interview below, he actively incorporates his research into his music. It may sound dense, but in reality, Good Death flutters weightlessly. Every moment is filled with purpose, if not … Continue reading Death, Rebirth, and Russia: A Conversation with Samuel Proffitt

“Bad People” Still Deserve Love, Jen Awad Declares

Originally appeared on the 405, view archived article here.  Jen Awad is LA’s glittery, soul idol. She has cultivated a relentless fanbase home in Los Angeles and she has been consistently recording, releasing, and performing for the past few years; her latest EP, released this past spring, is called Jewel of the Nile, a reference to her Egyptian background. There is wisdom spread across its … Continue reading “Bad People” Still Deserve Love, Jen Awad Declares

TheKhue and the Experiments of a Working Stiff

sngalbums: Photo courtesy of the artist Originally appeared on Irvine Weekly.  The daytime hustle of an artist does not define them. Ask them what they do and their secondary answer may include terms like “day job” or “paycheck,” but rarely “career.” It carries too much weight. It suggests that so-called work life is fulfilling and secure. It pretends that there is only one path in … Continue reading TheKhue and the Experiments of a Working Stiff

Alex Lilly Confronts Ambivalence on 2% Milk

sngalbums: Photo Credit: David Black Originally appeared on Irvine Weekly.  Alex Lilly’s new album is called 2% Milk, but she would never touch the stuff. “I’m trying to drink less [of it]…But when I do have milk I definitely have whole milk.” Two percent is just watered down anyway. It reflects a part of society that bothers her; throughout our conversation on a frigid afternoon … Continue reading Alex Lilly Confronts Ambivalence on 2% Milk

The Future Is Bright: KERA’s Queer Journey and an Optimistic New Song

Photo Credit: Michael Tyrone Delaney II Originally appeared on Ones to Watch.  Kera Armendariz is aggressively human. Watch them onstage, and you may feel the freedom that reaches beyond their extremities or giggle at the many expressions that flash across their face. Speaking one-on-one, you’ll notice their boundless charm. … Before they had the vocabulary for it, Armendariz has always centered their art on identity. They … Continue reading The Future Is Bright: KERA’s Queer Journey and an Optimistic New Song

TheKhue and the Experiments of a Working Stiff

Photo courtesy of the artist Originally appeared on Irvine Weekly.  The daytime hustle of an artist does not define them. Ask them what they do and their secondary answer may include terms like “day job” or “paycheck,” but rarely “career.” It carries too much weight. It suggests that so-called work life is fulfilling and secure. It pretends that there is only one path in a … Continue reading TheKhue and the Experiments of a Working Stiff

Alex Lilly Confronts Ambivalence on 2% Milk

Photo Credit: David Black Originally appeared on Irvine Weekly.  Alex Lilly’s new album is called 2% Milk, but she would never touch the stuff. “I’m trying to drink less [of it]…But when I do have milk I definitely have whole milk.” Two percent is just watered down anyway. It reflects a part of society that bothers her; throughout our conversation on a frigid afternoon at … Continue reading Alex Lilly Confronts Ambivalence on 2% Milk

Pander Sera Wants to Rattle Your Sternum

sngalbums: Originally appeared on Grimy Goods.  Sean Draper is a clever experimenter. The first thing you notice about her, especially if her forthcoming record is your introduction to the project, is the wordplay in her album title and moniker. Then you will be hit by the technicolor waves of fuzz and noise. Bothy is Pander Sera’s debut LP due out next week. In honor of … Continue reading Pander Sera Wants to Rattle Your Sternum

Pander Sera Wants to Rattle Your Sternum

Originally appeared on Grimy Goods.  Sean Draper is a clever experimenter. The first thing you notice about her, especially if her forthcoming record is your introduction to the project, is the wordplay in her album title and moniker. Then you will be hit by the technicolor waves of fuzz and noise. Bothy is Pander Sera’s debut LP due out next week. In honor of the … Continue reading Pander Sera Wants to Rattle Your Sternum