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Everybody Can Pussy Riot

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A night with Maria Alyokhina and Alexandra Bogino of Pussy Riot By Isobel Thieme “Don’t you know that a wall has two sides and nobody is free?” – Pussy Riot in their EP “xxx” Pussy is a word I’ve seen and heard quite a lot lately, how it is “grabbed” and how it “grabs back,”

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Pussy Riot–A Wake Up Call for American Women

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By Molly McGrath Let me start off by saying that American women just can’t relate to Pussy Riot. Most American women have never served time in brutal Russian prisons or Serbian workcamps. Most American women don’t have to worry about the police coming into their house and quite literally stealing their belongings. Most American women

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Bob Mould Lights Up the Oriental Theater

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Photos by Michael McGrath, Story by Billy Thieme After decades of almost no stage banter or commentary, Bob Mould had some things to say to a near-packed house at the Oriental last Saturday night, both in and in-between songs. The ‘80s/’90s influential punk rocker cut a slim, professional figure, alone on that large stage save

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A Garden of Surprising Delights at the Marquis Theater

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Photos by Sandisz Thieme, Story by Molly McGrath Something about the energy of the Garden as they played the Marquis last Tuesday was shocking and innovative, chaos in its best form. The Marquis lineup was one of the strangest, most innovative lineups I’ve ever seen; The Garden, Fat Tony and Loretta Kill all highlighted each

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Tinariwen Come in From the Desert to Play The Oriental Theater

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Photos by Michael McGrath Taureg guitar band Tinariwen delighted a near-packed Oriental Theater with their unique blend of blues, psychedelic guitars, and rhythms often reminiscent of a slow, majestic plodding across hot dunes, camels in tow as night falls. The band was promoting its eighth international release, Elwan (Elephants), the latest product of 20 years of global

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Foxygen breathes new air into Gothic Theatre

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Photos by Michael McGrath Foxygen brought its big, high-energy show to the Gothic Theatre on Tuesday in support of their 2017 release, Hang. 

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The Orwells provide relief and release at The Gothic Theatre

photos by Michael McGrath, words by Amy McGrath It’s hard to frame any of my current musical experiences outside of the madness that’s happening daily in our country. The Orwells show at the Gothic Theatre on March 22nd was no exception, and I landed at the show feeling irritated by the day’s terrible news, and very

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Peace, love and psych rock rule at Santa Barbara’s Starry Nites Festival

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Photos by Michael McGrath, Story by Amy McGrath On St. Patrick’s Day, Michael and I ate a late afternoon seafood lunch by the foggy, gray Malibu seaside, the heaviness of work, parenting and “grown-up life” falling away moment by moment as we laughed and drank mid-afternoon fruity martinis. We meandered the empty beach across from

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