I caught up with Making the Band star turned electronic pop auteur Dawn Richard after her performance at Pitchfork Music Festival.
The brave souls who devote their lives to selling records face specific challenges in addition to the usual retail headaches.
An interview with an internet famous rapper & meme maker on mental health, being true to yourself, and fucking with the vision.
An introductory primer to Mexican soft drinks.
I profiled a rapper out of Chicago's DIY scene who created an musical roadmap to healing and love dedicated to a young niece growing up on the west side.
A memorial for a dearly missed Chicago rapper, singer, and founder of Pivot Gang.
A guide to hip-hop gems on the overwhelming Lolla lineup.
At a time when so many streetwear shops depend on a coastal presence to make their mark — and on selling coveted items like Yeezy sneakers to make their money — FTW is doing something different, and they’re doing it in a way that honors the place where they were raised.
I wrote about 90s/00s nostalgia in rap and what it says about youth as a hip-hop status symbol.
The Store Brand Soda version of a End of the Year List, which is to say not one at all.
The most popular article Store Brand Soda has ever published. It uses the framework of an experience I had at a bar in Austin to examine the larger issue about how abuse in punk is often tolerated due to a lack of concrete policies and staff training at venues and a lack of social consequences for abuse within scenes.
I explain my thought process when considering the creative output of an abusive individual, and pour forth conflicted feelings about The Beatles, James Brown, Modest Mouse, Drunkdriver, and Pablo Picasso.
I wrote about taking trauma and mental illness into account when we discuss Kanye's unpredictable behavior.
I wrote about Famous Dex, fandom, and how we react when it turns out artists we've supported have perpetrated abuse.