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In Rotation: Photographer Todd Diederich on "demon bass"

Plus: the Reader's Miles Raymer on Eek-a-Mouse's private language, and Xina Xurner's Young Joon Kwak on "sonic cross-pollination"

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Tina Turner
  • Tina Turner

Young Joon Kwak, artist, singer in Xina Xurner, what she's obsessed with. Her answers are. . .

Shape Shoppe Xina Xurner recorded our first album here over the winter, but Shape Shoppe is much more than a live/work recording studio. It's a hub of cultural production—where diverse bands and artists and the communities that support them convene to hang, share ideas and resources, and collaborate. Sometimes sounds spill over from studio to studio, which is almost a metaphor for the sonic cross-pollination that takes place between resident bands as diverse as the Chandeliers, Mr. 666, Magical Beautiful, and Golden Birthday.

Chicago's new musical sisterhood There's a sisterhood of local bands—Gel Set, Forced Into Femininity, Toupee, Mayor Daley, Wume, Lady Rollins, Ono, the Ovens, Pooper, Pure Magical Love, and many more—that continually redefines notions of feminine power through musical performance. This amorphous community provides a complex collective vision of joy, rage, bravery, and catharsis, as well as an endless source of camaraderie and inspiration for new feminine creation.

I, Tina: My Life Story, by Tina Turner and Kurt Loder An obvious inspiration to Xina Xurner, Tina Turner is a glimmering vision of hope, exuberance, glamor, and triumph. The story of her life's journey and music exemplifies the potential for liberating oneself from past personal/social abuses through one's voice and body.

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