“I am a rapper who happens to do drag”, is how drag queen Aja recently defined herself via Paper Magazine. The Brooklyn-based queen first came into the limelight on Season 9 of RuPaul’s Drag Race. Although she went home early (placing ninth overall), she quickly became a fan favorite. Her legendary “You look like Linda Evangelista” speech to fellow contestant Valentina spawned countless memes and even a song. Aja immediately returned to the show on Season 3 of RuPaul’s Drag Race: All Stars, and quickly showed her true charisma, uniqueness, nerve and talent. Now, she is ready to take the world by storm with her music, and follow in the footsteps of her fellow Drag Race sisters Trixie Mattel and Alaska. Her new EP, In My Feelings, showcases her rapping ability in and out of drag. Through six tracks, such as “Finish Her!” and “Brujería”, Aja combines intelligent references with her signature style. We spoke to Aja about her musical inspirations, her Drag Race journey, and what she wants people to take away from her drag.
We talked to Lisa Ann Markuson of NYC-based performance collective The Haiku Guys + Gals about her take on Western haiku, politics, and writing poems for senators, passerby, and revolutionary women. “If a poem cannot change the world, it can contort it into something we can understand.”
When she isn’t in class at Northeastern or creating doodles for her mom to embroider, Boston-based Sidney Gish is writing, playing, recording and mixing her own music in her dorm room – and she has a 7.7 Pitchfork rating on her latest release ‘NO DOGS ALLOWED’ to show for it. We had the chance to talk with Sidney about her writing process, identity, and – of course – Carrie Brownstein.
Sticky-sweet but never cloying, Pearl and the Oysters’ eponymous debut album is equal parts fantastical space opera and cult 60’s beach movie. We were honored to have the chance to chat with the band about their debut album and what comes next.
If you were to envision LA-based duo The Marías solely from their sound, you would end up in a 70s lounge with velvet booths, dim lighting and smoke in the air, somewhere in the streets of Los Angeles. Modern Girls met up with María and Josh shortly before their very first New York City show to dish on the band’s music and their own past lives.
Modern Girls talks music, fast food, and Criss Angel with Justine Dorsey and Kassie White of the OC-based glitter rockers ‘Precious Kid’. Be sure to catch Precious Kid next time they play your area – they’re one of our favorite bands to watch and one of the most fun groups making music today.
Vampire Weekend’s Chris Tomson talks to us about his New York faves and his new solo record under the name “Dams of the West”. There’s also some necessary discourse about “Boss Baby” and One Direction, because we have a duty to bring you the hardest-hitting internet journalism. Hot dams!