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Entries in heavy metal (8)


Rape Kits, Heavy Metal and Baroness Golden Tickets

I've written several new articles that I'm very proud of, including an investigative feature revealing that San Francisco still has untested rape kits from up to 30 years ago -- despite saying its backlog is cleared. I also published my first piece with Bitch, about heavy metal's racism and sexism problem, and a fun piece about Baroness' upcoming show in San Francisco (and the band's plan to hide a pair of free tickets somewhere in the city the day of the show). 


'With a Perspective, I'm ...'

This week, I shared a story from my teenage years -- how I discovered heavy metal, and why it mattered and still does matter so much to me -- for KQED's "Perspectives" series. You can read the text and listen to my story here


Give the Gift of 'Columbine' + IO Radio

Adrien Begrand over at Decibel Magazine's "Sucker for Punishment" blog included The Columbine Effect in his metalhead gift guide, and gave it a pretty sweet writeup. He calls it "Easily the most thoughtful book I’ve seen about heavy metal/youth culture this year." 

Last night, I chatted with Invisible Oranges editor Scab Casserole on East Village Radio about the book, told stories and aired a number of metal songs that were scapegoated in the 1980s and 1990s for allegedly leading people into suicide or violence. It was a great conversation, and if you missed it, you can catch up (and see the playlist) here

On Sunday, I did a lengthy interview with the folks at the Mystical Positivist (on KOWS Radio) about paganism, teens, stereotypes and spirituality. That's now online here.


Offensive Music, Ethics, and ... Breastfeeding?

PopMatters editor and columnist Craig Hayes recently wrote an insightful column on the darkest aspects of heavy metal -- and the ethical choices fans make to listen or not listen -- called A Very Dirty Lens: How Can We Listen to Offensive Metal?, which includes some quotes and comments from me as well as several other prominent metal writers. Click on through to read the whole thing. 

Also, I wrote a guest blog over at Doula Trainings International about Have Milk, Will Travel that includes an excerpt from my essay.

As a warning, there is content in both of these links that might not be safe for work!


New @ IO: Locrian review, Egypt arrests

Last week, Invisible Oranges published two new pieces I wrote, a brief review of Locrian's new album Return to Annihilation and an article detailing the wrongful arrest and detainment of six Cairo metalheads. I was lucky enough to interview several of the youths who were detained, as well as their friends and attorneys, for this frustrating and difficult story. 

When the guards put Safy in his cell, that’s when reality set in. “I felt like I should accept my fate, and began to get used to the jail, as it’s my home,” he says. “I know that they are great liars, and they know how to put you in a place no one can reach you.”


"An Unusual Heavy-Metal Love Story"

I wrote a piece about female heavy-metal musicians in the Middle East and North Africa that was published this week on the New Yorker's website. Follow the link to check it out. 


Misplaced blame, suicidal metal, education news and an actor's triumph

Today, as news spread about a high-school shooter in Baltimore, Maryland -- and his love of heavy metal -- I wrote a piece for the SF Weekly about why it's wrong to drag misfit music into the conversation: Don't Blame Heavy Metal For Alleged Baltimore Shooter Bobby Gladden

As usual, I've been busily writing. Although it's a mistake to say that every heavy metal band has written a song about suicide, there are some that have. I provided a roundup on Invisible Oranges

For the Examiner and the SF Weekly I've delved into some education topics: Students doing better, but scores don’t show San Francisco program impact, iPads for School Lunches: SFUSD Woos Applicants with Prizes

And, in cheerier news, I profiled Sons of Anarchy actor Kurt Yaeger, who plays Greg the Peg: 'Sons of Anarchy' star scoffs at challenges


"The Heavy Metal Witch Hunt Lives On"

In much of the western world, heavy-metal musicians and fans take their freedoms for granted. But in parts of the Middle East, Northern Africa, and even Eastern Europe, people in the metal scene can face serious human-rights violations: losing jobs, arrest, torture, even death. Why do they stick with heavy metal if the consequences can be so awful? Read my latest article at PopMatters to find out.