The True Outlaw Attraction of the Heartbreakers

In 1975, Johnny Thunders and Jerry Nolan joined Richard Hell and Walter Lure to form the Heartbreakers — “the first great punk rock supergroup.”

How Black Francis of Pixies Writes His Own Narrative

Narratives matter. Our personal narrative – or the story that we tell ourselves and others about our life – can have a tremendous impact on our well-being and behavior.

How Lisa Lampanelli Found Her ‘Choir’

Of all of Lisa Lampanelli’s accomplishments, being on her own side has not been something that she’s been able to do.

Don’t Call Giraffe Tongue Orchestra a ‘Supergroup’

“Supergroup.” The mere mention of the term can cause involuntary eye-rolling and exasperated sighing.

How Olya Viglione Stays True to Herself

Throughout her life, Olya Viglione, the singer and piano player of the band Scarlet Sails, has had people telling her what to be and what to do.

Why You Can’t Break Heather Mae

Heather Mae’s new EP, I Am Enough, is off to a great start. Part of the reason for the rave reviews is not only Mae’s voice, but her willingness to address difficult social issues.

Andrew Shapiro’s Perfectly Imperfect Minimalism

At first blush, it would be easy to conclude that musician Andrew Shapiro is making a conscious statement with his music...

Thinking Visually With DeAngela Napier

DeAngela Napier is a visual thinker. Napier, who works as a photographer, video producer and editor, thinks of her work as visual storytelling...

The Beautiful Randomness of the Band Suicide

When describing hardcore punk music, Lester Bangs wrote that “hardcore is the womb.”

Why Jared Watson Is a ‘Feel Good’ Addict

Jared Watson, lead vocalist for the band Dirty Heads, told me, “I was the guy. If you wanted to party, it wasn’t just going to be one night..."

Why We Still Love ‘Please Kill Me’

In “Please Kill Me,” Gillian McCain and Legs McNeil have delivered to their readers one of the most important ingredients of effective therapy - unconditional positive regard

How Macy Gray Settled Her Heart and Mind

Grammy Award-winning singer Macy Gray overcame multiple hurdles, including mental illness and racism, as she built a dynamic and creative career.

Ian Anderson’s Progressive Path

Jethro Tull is considered by many to be one of the greatest progressive rock bands of all time.

Why MC Sha Rock is Still the Luminary Icon

As a member of the group Funky 4 + 1, MC Sha Rock is the first prominent female emcee in Hip Hop history and is considered one of the greatest female Hip Hop artists of all time.

The Helping Hand of Hardcore

On May 29th, a group of hardcore punk bands will play a show at Highline Ballroom to raise money for Alexander Owens, a three-year old boy afflicted with neurofibromatosis.

Jon Mills Finds His Answers

Jon Mills was put on this earth to pursue his athletic goals and to help people do the same. But it took a long time for Mills to find his purpose...

The Unconditional Love of Chonda Pierce

On the one hand, Pierce, the “Queen of Clean,” makes a successful living from laughter. On the other hand, Pierce has lived through years of tremendous sadness and tragedy...

Alexander Owens’ Fight Against Neurofibromatosis

To promote awareness of this tragic disease and to call attention to how it affects children and their families, May has been designated National Neurofibromatosis Month.

Moby and Existentialism: It's All in the Family

For Moby, acceptance of the absurdity of life is what helps him to recognize that he may never fully understand certain ontological questions regarding the nature of our existence.

Margaret Cho Wants You to Embrace Your Darkness

There would be no contrast in your existence if the bad and dark parts didn’t exist.

Epoch Failure’s Attitude of Gratitude

When national radio DJ Casey Kasem said, “Keep your feet on the ground and keep reaching for the stars,” Epoch Failure was listening.

Why Weirdos Win

Have you ever been called “weird,” “crazy” or “strange”? Well, fear not, fellow weirdos: There is hope.

The Secret of Steven Blush’s Success

It starts with deconstructing the definition of 'rock star.'

Why Only a Vegan Can Defeat Negan

Chris Cooney explains how a plant-based diet will help us survive a zombie apocalypse.

How Alex Woodard is Building a Culture of Empathy

Alex Woodward shows us that having empathy not only helps others, but also inspires us to grow rather than wither from tragedy.

Talib Kweli Knows Hip Hop Will Never Die

Talib Kweli shares how Hip Hop is thriving and continues to challenge stereotypes.

The Childlike Wonder of Zach Gill

Zach Gill explains how he embraces creativity in parenting.

Shawn Antoski Wants You to Fear Nothing

Shawn Antoski shares how he went from an NHL 'enforcer' to a mental health advocate.

The Relentless and Raging Resteghinis

Meet Dale & Kim Resteghini, the couple behind Raging Nation Films. From their story, we can learn how to chase down our dreams by not only working hard, but working smart.

Why Alyssa Coco’s Mind is “Like a Burning Clock”

Alyssa Coco of Roses and Revolutions shares her struggle with obsessive-compulsive disorder.