Join Us at the Pioneer Works Zine Exchange

#Blkgrlswurld Zine will be sharing custom Zines at the Pioneer Works Zine Exchange in Brooklyn on May 13, 2016. Please consider bringing along your own DIY zines for the exchange, its one of the best parts of printmaking, trading amazing art with friends.

See you there! Event runs May 13 from 7pm-10pm + many thanks to Paper Cuts for inviting us to participate.

Details: http://pioneerworks.org/programs/zine-exchange/

Zine Sharing and Selling

Zine makers are invited to display and sell zines from shared tables for a $20 tabling fee. Table space is limited and first come first serve. Registration opens April 26 and closes May 7. If you will be tabling, we ask that you bring two extra copies of a zine to donate to the exchange.

Featured tables include: Soft City, Endless Editions, Selfish, Small Editions, Math, Suffragette City, Arno Mokros, Frenemies, #BLKGRLSWURLD & more…

Zine Exchange Game

bring a zine to play for free, or buy a $7 ticket

All participants will randomly choose a number that corresponds to a zine on display. From there, you can either keep your selection or get a sticker that will show others in the room that you want to trade. Talk, meet, debate the virtues of your zine, and see what you end up with!

Underoath: Rebirth Tour Recap

As Underoath’s comeback tour finishes up in a couple of weeks, I wanted to weigh in on the experience of seeing these guys again after a 3.5 year breakup. For those of us familiar with the band’s history, you know it was a ‘Breakup’ in the most serious way. The band’s departure in 2013 became a coming of age moment as intense as Peter Pan getting kicked out of Neverland for many of the twenty-somethings in the scene. After nearly of decade of touring and creating amazing genre bending heavy music, the boys had grown into men with different ideals, families and long term career goals. The pain of leaving behind their joys of youth was real. They decided to create one final exit tour for the fans in 2012, which became an emotional roller coaster for all involved and was further exacerbated by the documentary filming that sought to capture their last moments together as a band.

As a fan going through similar growing pains I was beside myself when they first announced retiring, a metalcore scene without Underoath leading the way? WTF did that even look like? Every move made with each metal album was new and different from what everybody else was doing at that time. I think a lot of us wondered if the metalcore genre was over altogether.

Here are some old posts from my Facebook that capture so much of our journey as fans of this band.

“One time in college, I was sitting in the local Kzoo (Kalamazoo, MI) beauty salon raving about some crap band I had just seen with my sister at the Taking Back Sunday show in Ypsi. ‘They were the worst! I exclaimed, I think they called themselves Underoath or something – terrible set man, they looked so confused on stage…’ Suddenly, a girl who’d been sitting under the dryer jumps up and says, ‘Wait a minute, are you talking about UNDEROATH?! Like Spencer and the guys? I LUV that band! They’re awesome!’ What ensued next was a 45mintue debate on metalcore and what elements stay true to the style…we must have been 19/20yrs old at the time…” Mar. 2012

“I’ll never forget the first time I saw Underoath, I was not impressed, I thought they sounded terrible, unfocused and disconnected. But they kept practicing and performing and each time I saw them perform they were better and better. Still hard to believe they’re gone after 10 years of great work.” Jan. 2013

Seeing them back on stage at NYC’s Playstation Theater this month was like falling in love with them all over again. There were so many moments where I found myself shouting from the barricade, “Yes! Yes! Exactly!” to various riffs and vocal shifts that touch upon so many metal styles of the past towards creating novel moments. Back in the day they were the one band that drove my parents crazy when I blasted metal from my bedroom- moreso than System of A Down.

The Rebirth tour focused wisely on performing in full the albums, Define the Great Line (2006) and They’re Only Chasing Safety (2004). You can call Underoath metalcore, mathcore, post-hardcore, I don’t care – one thing I do know is they’re original. There’s an authentic style about them that so many bands have attempted to mimic but never can and its that ability that has inspired so many fans to hold them with high regard.

The album that really solidified my interest in them was their later work on Lost In The Sound of Separation. In songs like Emergency Broadcast: The End Is Near, you can feel them landing on musical narratives as if they’d surprised themselves. They had in fact landed someplace amazing and weren’t lost at all.

The fans of Underoath are a great snapshot of the larger metalcore scene too. They’ve always had a vast multicultural reach, inclusive of the most punks of color boys and girls I’ve seen at an NYC show in a long while. At the show I found myself standing among 7 other Black girls in a space that is often known locally as housing the caucasian hardcore kids from suburbia, Long Island.*Sidenote: I wore my From Autumn to Ashes band shirt to the show and as I walked into the venue there happened to be a song from The Fiction We Live blasting during soundcheck, with people singing along :P* Post side note: From Autumn To Ashes are a post hardcore Long island band…

 

At the end of the day the boys have moved on to other projects, with Spencer touring with Sleepwave and Aaron producing solo work, so the likelihood of them fully coming back and making new work as Underoath is slim. I think it would be great to see them transition to bi-annual tours or fewer similar to cult favs like Deftones or System of A Down, without the finite declaration that they’re over. A talented band with an established legacy doesn’t have to pressure themselves about making new music every 18 months. It’ll be nice to see if Underoath’s fan-base could inspire them to see themselves this way towards hitting the stage every once in awhile.

I’ll close this out with a final rambling I found on my Facebook from 2015:

“It’s a Spencer kind of night, where only the roar of the band and the chants of the crowd will do. Bodies clamoring towards the stage, arms twisted, weaving through the sound while limbs float above our voices-drowning out our dreams. Aaron’s on the drums shouting, “You’re a part of something! This matters, this moment matters for all of us!” July 2015.

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Underoath Rebirth Tour, 2016 Photo by Blkgrlswurld Zine

 

 

 

#Blkgrlswurld on Alternative Arts Panel @ The New School

#blkgrlswurld zine, by Christina Long

#blkgrlswurld zine, by Christina Long

#‎Blkgrlswurld‬ Zine is looking forward to joining host Laina Dawes and some amazing ladies of the various underground scenes later this month at The New School. These are going to be some lively panels so don’t miss out! We’ll be chatting on the panel titled, “Are You Quirky? Challenging the Status Quo in Arts and Culture”

Women CLAP BACK in Music and the Arts

Saturday, April 30, 2016 at 10:00 am to 5:00 pm

Klein Conference Room, Room A510, Alvin Johnson/J.M. Kaplan Hall Room 510, 66 West 12th Street, New York, NY 10011

“This one-day symposium features writers, activists, musicians, and creative artists whose presence as women of color, queer, trans* and/or gender non-conforming enables them to clap back to patriarchal, sexist, and racially intolerant creative spaces today.”

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Paper Cuts Radio Interview w/ Zine-makers

Click here to listen to Paper Cuts field team Christopher Kardambikis, Christina Long, and Arno Mokros roam the Paper Jam Fest-organized zine fair at Primal Screams –an event featuring underground bands and video premieres, and presented in collaboration between Clocktower and Times Square Arts at a massive movie theater in Times Square on March 15, 2016.

Many thanks to Chris Kardambikis of Paper Cuts for inviting #Blkgrlswurld Zine to participate!

ZINEFEST PARTICIPANTS include:

Paper Jamhttp://paperjamfest.tumblr.com/
Mary Shynehttp://maryshyne.com/
Kat Fajardohttp://www.katfajardo.com/
Vreni Stollbergerhttp://www.stillvreni.com/
Hazel Newleavanthttp://newlevant.com/
Stephanie Mannheimhttp://www.stephaniemannheim.com/portfolio/
The Bettyshttp://www.thebettys.com/
Mike Taylorhttp://late-era-clash.tumblr.com/
Alabaster Pizzohttp://www.alabasterpizzo.com/
Robert Richburghttp://www.robertrichburg.com/
Suxy Xhttps://suzyx.wordpress.com/
AT Pratthttp://atpratt.net/
Suffragette City Magazinehttp://www.suffragettezine.com/
Fvck the Mediahttp://www.fvckthemedia.com/
Paper Cutshttp://clocktower.org/series/paper-cuts

Originally aired 4/4/16

Source: http://clocktower.org/show/primal-screams-zine-fest

#Blkgrlswurld Radio Interview w/ Paper Cuts Zine Now Online

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#BLKGRLSWURLD Paper Cuts episode

Check our interview with Papercuts Zine here>> http://clocktower.org/show/blkgrlswurld

Many thanks to Chris and Taylor of Paper Cuts Zine for inviting  us to share our love of metal music on Clocktower Radio 😀

Synopsis:

#BLKGRLSWURLD is a quarterly zine run by Christina Long and her younger brother and sister since 2013. As a trio of artists and writers they are known as Trifecta Studios. Being young African American metalheads sharing their love of the Metalcore music scene, they share footage from live shows and host open calls for art and prose. The zine is free to download online.

Born in Chicago and raised in Metro Detroit, Christina Long received her MFA in Printmaking from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago in 2012 and is also a violinist for NYC’s New Amsterdam Symphony Orchestra. Being heavily involved in the Metal community for over a decade, she cares about promoting the many women of color who love heavy music genres. #HeavyGirlsLoveHeavyMusic

Recap of the Primal Screams Punk Show in Times Square

Screaming Females, Priests, and Greg Fox’s Guardian Alien played energetic sets on March 15th, 2016  in AMC Empire in Times Square. Presented by Times Square Arts and Clocktower Productions and Clocktower Radio, this multimedia event was a fun celebration of the femme presence in DIY punk culture. Here are some photos of the zine fair and band performances.

Spring Zine Edition 4.2 Is Here!

#Blkgrlswurld Zine Spring Edition 4.2 is here and popping! The Zine is free to view, download or print 😀

On March 15, 2016 custom printed copies will be available for under $5.00 at the Primal Screams punk rock show and Zine fair in Times Square. 3 female led bands will play Tuesday, March 15th @ AMC Empire 25 theater, 7pm.

A pdf version can be viewed here

Thanks so much to all of our friends, artists and supporters. Couldn’t do it without you!

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Our Spring Zine Goes Live Next Week

Zine_insta promoBlkgrlswurld Spring ZINE goes live this weekend!

We’re thrilled to share the latest print edition with you at these upcoming NYC  events. Join us at Pioneer Works in Brooklyn for Clocktower Radio’s 2nd Sundays session with Paper Cuts Zine. We’ll be chatting about DIY culture and girls who love metal music at 6:30pm on Sunday, March 13th.

On Tuesday, March 15th at 7:oopm our latest zine will be for sale at the Primal Screams: Female Punk show at AMC Empire 25 in Times Square. The event will feature underground bands Screaming Females, Guardian Alien, and Priests. Each defiant performance of howling, shredding, and polyrhythmic drumming is accompanied by the premiere of an eye-popping experimental video work, glowing on the theater’s monumental screen.

The whole concert will also be LIVESTREAMED on the radio at clocktower.org!

Lobby opens at 7:00pm for Zine Fair + DJ Set
A selection of small press, mini-comic, and DIY publications, organized by Paper Jam, with a live set by DJ Cassie Ramone (of Vivian Girls).

Seating at 7:30 pm | Show starts at 8:00 pm

Screaming Females has collaborated with video artist Faye Orlove for a mischievous animation, signature to Orlove’s style while specially crafted to match the band’s powerful sound.

Tickets at: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/primal-screams-tickets-21736743184

Looking forward to seeing you there 😀 Many thanks to all of our friends and family who support us.

 

Metal Shows Coming To NYC This Season

As we rev up for our Spring Zine, we’re putting together a list of the most anticipated Metal acts hitting NYC this season. Having a preference for Metalcore and the Manhattan locale over some of the other Burroughs, I’m especially looking forward to Blessthefall’s return to Webster Hall this March (Best crowd energy in the scene). Take a look at the list below to check out tickets for these kick ass bands. (bolded are the ones we’re attending)

Jan. 24th, 2016 Lamb of God, Anthrax @ Manhattan Center Hemmerstein Ballroom

Feb. 19th, 2016 Nightwish, Sonata Arctica, Delain @ Starland Ballroom, New Jersey

Feb. 21st, 2016 I SEE STARS – Light In The Cave Tour, Chunk! No, Captain Chunk!, Get Scared, Palaye Royale, White Noise @ Gramercy Theater

Feb. 25th, 2016 Black Sabbath @ Madison Square Garden, Manhattan

Feb. 28th, 2016 Cannabis Corpse, Snafu, Coagula @ Saint Vitus, Brooklyn, NY

Mar. 5th, 2016 Blessthefall, Miss May I, The Plot In You, Sirens & Sailors, A War Within at The Grand Ballroom @ Webster Hall, East Village

Mar. 8th, 2016 Cradle Of Filth, Butcher Babies, NE Oblivicaris @ The Grand Ballroom @ Webster Hall, East Village

Mar. 8, 2016 The Word Alive’s “Dark Matter Tour” Fit for a King, Out Came The Wolves @ Gramercy Theater, East Side Manhattan

Mar. 9th, 2016 Hawthorne Heights, The Ataris, Mest, Handguns, London Falling at The Marlin Room @ Webster Hall, East Village

Mar. 16, 2016 Megadeth, Suicidal Tendencies, Children of Bodom, Havok @ Terminal 5

Mar. 25th, 2016 SILVERSTEIN 2016 USA TOUR with special guest Being As An Ocean, Emarosa, Coldrain, Rarity @ Music Hall of Williamsburg, Brooklyn, NY

Mar. 28, 2016 Like Moths To Flames, Ice Nine Kills, Make Them Suffer, Light Up the Sky, Varsity @ Webster Hall, East Village

Apr. 2nd, 2016: Norma Jean @ St. Vitus in Brooklyn, NY

Apr. 4th, 2016: Disturbed @ Irving Plaza

Apr. 17, 2016 August Burns Red, Between The Buried And Me ,The Faceless, Good Tiger @ Webster Hall, East Village

Apr. 14th, 2016: Underoath – Rebirth Tour @ Play Station Theater

Xoxo

Stay tuned here for updates**