Issue 12  •  Spring 2013

Rebel Girls

Zoe Boekbinder Casts Her Spell

Written by Niina Pollari
I saw Zoe Boekbinder play her spellbinding folk-pop at the adorably ritzy Joe’s Pub (with Mal Blum), with its table seating, theatre ceiling and gorgeous lights. Her music is beautiful, but it is live that Zoe feels magical: when she sings her story songs, the air is huge with her voice, and everyone sits, listening.
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EMA—Erika M. Anderson—just released her debut album, Past Life Martyred Saints, in June 2011. On the record, she mixes gentle, pathos-filled folk, ingratiating halos of feedback, electro-aggression (especially on the single “Milkman”), and even hip-hop. In other words, this South Dakotan—now Californian—perfectly embodies this mixed-up, jumbled-up, data-filled, genre-exploding world of ours.
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Miranda Sajdak is on a mission. The up-and-coming, award-winning filmmaker is doing everything in her power to promote and fundraise for her new short film, Gone, a film about grief, loss, and dealing with issues of identity. I had the chance to sit down and talk with Sajdak about her inspirations and aspirations for Gone, her future filmmaking ambitions, her thoughts on the LGBT film community, and on LGBT films in general.

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As part of Philadelphia’s renown Live Arts Festival and Philly Fringe, I recently attended New Paradise Laboratories's newest work, Extremely Public Displays of Privacy. New Paradise Laboratories is a performance ensemble that imagines theater as visionary experience. The pieces value sudden inspiration, paradigm shifts, and shocks to the system. The company aims towards the ecstatic in both the form and content of its work. It uses a variety of creative strategies to achieve its ends, including company-devising techniques, cross-media design elements, and installation in alternative spaces. The collaborative environment of its working process influences the content of the pieces.
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“OMFG,” the opening track off Deluka’s album You Are The Night, is one of the best songs I've heard in a long time. It gets trapped in your brain and bounces around in there until it’s the only thing you want to listen to again, ever. Actually, the whole album is like that: full of smart, sharp, catchy pop rock songs that become your favorite as soon as you listen to them. Fans of the Yeah Yeah Yeahs and Franz Ferdinand will eat up this Brooklyn-by-way-of-Birmingham’s debut. And, I recently had the opportunity to interview Deluka’s impossibly cool frontwoman, Ellie Innocenti.


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