Amber Schadewald

Zola Jesus rises from the dust of the rural Midwest

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Rural Wisconsin is full of freaks. I can attest to this because I grew up one state west and interacted with similarly entertaining crazies on a pretty regular basis. This brand of strange usually keeps to small town shenanigans, but Nika Roza Danilova translated her weirdness into artistic independence and rose to become Zola Jesus.

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Secrets of our lives

SF duo Silver Swans makes midnight music for contemplation

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MUSIC Cast in the shadows of flashlights, candles, and streetlamps, Ann Yu sings herself to sleep, hiding under soft sheets and contemplating lyrics instead of counting sheep. Her secrets escape at midnight in the form of gorgeously moody melodies, that when paired with slow-motion synth and beats by DJ and producer Jon Waters, become the encapsulating repertoire of Silver Swans.Read more »

Thirty years of radical sex, as seen by Michael Rosen

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It's been more than three decades since Michael Rosen began photographing radical sex, giving insight into sexual explorations that ridicule the notion of "mainstream" sexuality. People of all shapes, genders, and lifestyles have come out of their bedrooms to play in front of Rosen's lens, but today it's the man behind the camera who is giving it away, free of charge.  Read more »

Get off on green

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Your outdoor environment is looking a little cleaner after Friday's Earth Day efforts, so now it's time for some dirty bedroom rewards. Don't worry-- it's possible to carry your eco-ethics into the other room. Let your passion for saving the environment slide between the sheets for love making in all shades of green. Read more »

Leathered looks: Fashion takes at International Ms. Leather

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The four-day celebration of leatherwomen has come to a shiny, exhausted, possibly bruised, and blushing close. The 2011 International Ms Leather title was awarded to New York's Sara Vibes Saturday night and she proudly accepted her glorious hide-sash with a naughty grin. Vibe and fellow contestants looked stunning in an array of leather accessories throughout the pageant, but intermission exposed an entire audience of notable leather-bound fashion from hat to boot. Read more »

Playing in a Domina's toy box: Mistress Minax shares her favorites

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Cat whiskers and raindrops are horribly dull items to top a list of favorite things -- Maria was obviously not the right person to ask. Professional and lifestyle domina, Mistress Minax, has the real list and a collection of preferred leather, rubber and steel toys that will make more than just the hills feel alive.

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Out of the shadows

Cults is made up of real people, not lizard people

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MUSIC The Cults out of the bag.

The initial mystery surrounding the Brooklyn band of two has been solved, as rumors turned into a year of lengthy articles, photographs, and live performances, all soothing the flea-ridden hype. The official promise of a debut full-length this summer is sure to stimulate some additional excitement, but once again the information age has won and indie snoops are left with a furry clump of truth.Read more »

iPod voyeur: YACHT looks into the future of the past

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The future has potential to be totally fun. Eco-friendly flying cars, new friends from outer space and moon parties sound like a great way to spend the year 3000, but these are only amateur, optimistic predictions. The Portland-bred dance duo YACHT has been surveying the possibilities for years, taking notes and spacey tips from musical scientists of days past. And today, a retro-futuristic playlist has been born. 

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Male lingerie: The proof is in the panties

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Lingerie has long been a lady thing. Lots of lace, ribbons and girly details ideally made to display womanly humps and lumps. Dudes can easily purchase a pair of Vicky’s panties to pretty up their anatomy but not all bodies can or want to rock their cock in female style. Options do exist. Read more »

Wicked Grounds suspended in limbo

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Coffee pots and spankings may soon cease to coexist at Wicked Grounds, San Francisco’s only kink café that announced plans to close last week due to crippling debt. Fans of the sexy space have since pleaded for a chance to help and offered up donations, but instead of accepting the cash with a hungry growl, owners have asked people to hold off and “think about it.” Read more »