Z Ivan Miller

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Photo by Hannah Verbeuren

Photo by Hannah Verbeuren

The Man Who Didn't Sink: An Interview with Oliver Baxxter (May 22, 2015)

“I was at Barnes & Noble the other day and some older woman came up to me and was like, ‘Can you sign my daughters AP [Alternative Press] magazine?’ and it’s Fall Out Boy on the cover. I’m like, ‘What?’ Oh yeah, right, because I’m on the 9th page.” He laughed, “This can’t be real. I’m probably more nervous to talk to this lady than she probably was to come up and talk to me. Is this real life? This is bizarre.”

 
Photo by Sam Hong

Photo by Sam Hong

Romeo Goes From Warped to Wavy: An Interview with Brandon Sidney (July 22, 2016)

Looking at his presence now, either in music videos or in his various photoshoots, it’s clear that Romeo is much more Complex than Alternative Press. Despite the diversifying of massive alternative events like Warped Tour, the idea of counter-culture still runs deep. Unless your name is Tyler Carter, R&B and pop in the style that Romeo aspires to embody often acts as a placeholder in the alt-scene, not as the main draw.

 
Jacky Vincent

Jacky Vincent

Guitarist Jacky Vincent talks Star X Speed Story, Power Metal, and Dealing With Genre Elitists (July 25, 2014)

Star X Speed Story continues to showcase not only his ability to shred with the best of the best, but also his incredible ear for catchy melodies, even without the help of a vocalist to guide him. Throughout the album’s 13 instrumental tracks, which feature anything from 80’s metal to power metal to electronic-jazz-fusion-core, Vincent demonstrates that his technique is beyond just technical skill. The ability to compose songs that bounce back and forth between shred-heavy guitar, trance beats, and sky-rocketing choruses, is an impressive display of what can happen when Vincent is unleashed.

 
Sum 41

Sum 41

A Fan Retelling of 5 years of Sum 41’s 'Screaming Bloody Murder' (March 29, 2016)

Screaming Bloody Murder, for me, wasn’t just about a few songs listed together on the case of a disc. It’s what convinced me that art is larger than life and there are things in music that can’t be said with words. To the fans that paid attention to the album process, this was Whibley’s mind laid bare for all to see — post-serious injury, post-divorce, and though it wasn’t known at the time, the beginning of a near deadly downward spiral.

 
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angelawhite.com // Star Factory PR

Porn Star Feminism and the Ownership of Pleasure (April 8, 2016)

Feminism is defined by the Oxford English Dictionary as the advocacy of women’s rights on the grounds of political, social, and economic equality to men. Economically, women make on average 79 cents on the dollar of what men make doing the same job. This is where porn excels: women can make up to four or five times as much as their straight, male co-stars — something that other entertainment industries, and especially Hollywood, cannot say.

 
Champlain College

Champlain College

Champlain College’s Sexual Assault Numbers Mimic Vague National Trends (May 18, 2016)

In September of 2015, the College's Security Crime Log has two recorded instances of rape, one in Pearl Hall on the 9th, which is still labeled as an “Open Incident,” and one in Bankus Hall on the 20th, which has been closed and referred to “Judicial Review.” In both cases, students on campus were not made aware of the action through email, which usually acts as the main source of alerts and campus-wide communication.