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.”
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.
Meet Arrow De Wilde, the force of nature behind glam rockers Starcrawler. Our friend Megan-Magdalena had the chance to chat with Arrow about her inspiration, Catholic school, and how she found the confidence to put on the best live show in music today.
Our fave babe Megan Magdalena Bourne brings us this conversation and photo editorial with Vancouver-based drag queen and event producer Jane Smoker. Check out Megan’s hand-painted leather jackets in the Polaroids!
Meet Fanta – freelance critic and all-around badass. Read on to hear her wisdom on the relationship between black people and the film industry. Trust us, she’s brilliant.
Meet Yasmine Panah – our favorite NYC music business babe. She started working at Cult Records when she was only 18 (!) and now she’s killin’ it as a campaign manager at Weller Media Agency. As our #moderngirlcrush of the week, we talked to her about her career, where the music industry is headed, groupies, and her current music faves. We can’t get enough of Yasmine – read on to see why!
Meet Penny—one of the coolest 17-year-olds on the east coast. She began her work in fashion and culture journalism editing and writing for Things Mag, a Boston-based indie mag “dedicated to giving underrepresented East Coast artists a space to thrive.” Now, she’s a junior in high school and a co editor-in-chief of her own publication, Nether Magazine, a fashion magazine run by teens, for teens that “aims to take back fashion from top-tier corporate magazines” and embodies “the rebellious spirit of those underage, underground, and underestimated.”
Meet AIVA, an empress of the electro-ethereal based in DC. From singer to visual artist to spiritual healer, her talents are as multi-layered as the mystical new age project she has fashioned. After being discovered on MySpace and signed to a label in London, AIVA has now taken control of her visionary projects by producing AIVA AFTER, a multimedia experience that is an ode to her unique and creative expressions fully connecting you to your bliss body. As our #moderngirlcrush of the week, we asked to peek inside her creative process, her experiences working with a label based in London and what it means to be an independent artist of the new age.
Meet our newest editor, Chaia!
Our first featured #moderngirlcrush is Christina Cacouris, a freelance journalist based in NYC. She’s living the dream – interviewing MG faves such as Julian Casablancas, Albert Hammond Jr., and Daphne Guinness – and she’s only 21! But it doesn’t stop there – she’s also worked on a few projects with Nick Knight’s SHOWstudio. Although she is used to asking the questions, she answered ours on inspiration, her relationship with art, and more. Read on to see why we are #crushin’ on Christina!