Feature Artist: Dave Pahl

By Jake Fertig On a quiet fall afternoon, I ventured up the wide stairs that led to the second floor studio of one of my favorite local artists. At the top of the stairs is a beautiful high-contrast batik covering the window, with soft yellow light shining through. I have …

When Taking a Stand Means Kneeling Down

“It’s not about unreasonable force by the police or unethical profiling of specific ethnic populations in our country! It’s not about equality, or seeking to rebalance the national, cultural landscape. You’re disrespecting the flag! You’re disrespecting our sacred symbol for “the land of the free”. How dare you disregard ‘the …

Nier Automata

On June 16, 2015, Japanese video game director Taro Yoko appeared at the Square Enix E3 press conference wearing a mask resembling one of his characters. He then announced his next game, Nier: Automata. An indirect sequel to the cult classic Nier, the announcement excited fans and shocked everyone else. …

LCD Soundsystem’s American Dream

Some bands are really just one person, one individual without whom the group could not exist. There may be many other voices, some of them very important; but ultimately, the music remains an expression of that single person’s creativity. LCD Soundsystem is more or less James Murphy, the same way …

WV Punk

In my 36 years on this planet, I’ve lived a fair number of places in the US. From San Francisco, to Eugene, Oregon to New York City, and I can say in all seriousness that West Virginia is a punk rock mecca. We have such an unknown and wonderful history …

Being Bi in West Virginia

I’m used to being unusual. Exotic. More than the usual. After all, I’m black in America; black in WV. Of course, that means I always have to be different. That said, I’m also bisexual and a bit of a late bloomer. I consider myself queer. A queer, bisexual, black, socialist …

Buskers Welcome

Have you ever been to a major city and seen a street musician with his or her instrument case open on the sidewalk for donations? All the while, he or she plays with little regard to the world around them, often improvising or practicing a tune from memory. There’s a …