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Hip-hop from Lizzo, great new tunes from Little Lapin and Judah and The Lion, and some great piano tunes from Moonface!
Los Angeles bands, punk, shoe-gaze and tons of new music on the show today including Sarah Bethe Nelson and Mr Elevator and the Brain Hotel
For the several years photographer Daniel Cronin attended The Gathering of the Juggalos, an annual festival for die-hard fans of the horrorcore rap group The Insane Clown Posse. In his photographs, Daniel depicts Juggalos of every stripe, likening his approach to that of early 20th century German photographer August Sander who made egalitarian portraits of his countrymen. These photographs have been published in a book by Prestel, and I spoke with Daniel over the phone from Portland about his experiences at Gathering, misconceptions about Juggalo culture and some of his other projects.
Fred Ritchin is an authority on the future of photography. He's written several books on the subject, and his newest, Bending the Frame: Photojournalism, Documentary and the Citizen, is published by Aperture. In the book Ritchin takes a critical look at the state of documentary photography and visual journalism in the twenty-first century media landscape. Richin wonders, do photographs still have any power in a world where billions of images are made, shared, linked, and liked every day? Bending the Frame also asks the question: how can photojournalists and citizens use photography to help solve some of the world's problems, rather than just document them?
Jenny Vogel is a new media artist working in video, photography, printmaking, performance and installation. She's interested in the world as seen through communication technology --- web cameras, morse code, fax machines --- and the way we use these tools to overcome distance, alienation and loneliness. Her work exposes the glitches and limitations of technology and reveals the strange miscommunications it can produce. Jenny is especially interested in the video feeds from web cameras that are placed in city centers and homes around the world. These cameras broadcast ghostly pictures of places that seem to be devoid of human activity, and Jenny uses images from these broadcasts to construct her own narratives in her videos and prints.
New York-based artist Ross Racine creates aerial views of fictional suburban landscapes. This month his work is part of an upcoming exhibition at the International Print Center in New York. I met with Ross to look over some of his prints and talk about his drawing technique and his interest in aerial views and suburban geography.

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