Shaunt Avakian is a musical force to be reckoned with. Throughout the past year or so, Avakian has proven not only committed to growth as a singer, songwriter, and stellar guitarist, but also to his vision of bringing his creative passion and emotion to the ears of listeners. Earlier this year, he released his debut EP, Intensity, featuring six tracks which showcase Avakian’s versatility and ability to appeal to a variety of genres and styles while remaining true to his voice. Read on for our interview with the artist, and be sure to check out Intensity!
Pussy Riot made their U.S. debut at the newly opened Lodge Room in Highland Park, playing a forty-five minute set consisting of the very performance art tactics that got these incredibly brave women jailed and reprimanded in their home country. Seemingly straight out of the history books on Stalinist Terror, Pussy Riot’s founding member, Nadezhda "Nadya" Tolokonnikova, along with Maria "Masha" Alekhina and Yekaterina Samutsevich, endured ridiculous show trials, beatings by Cossack guards, and two years in a Siberian prison camp. Tolokonnikova and her comrades don’t just talk the talk; their six years of existence as a group and their perseverance through authoritarian, oppressive leadership, and the risks posed to their own freedom, security, and lives, prove that they are truly committed to their cause, for a better, more democratic Russia, and by extension, world. Read on for a full recap of their first-ever U.S. show!