The Spectator

Macaulay Culkin For Quadstock 2K16

Maggie Molloy, Author

April 22, 2015

There is not a single ’90s kid who does not fondly recall Macaulay Culkin’s sassy style and mischievous smile in the “Home Alone” series. And although the charming child star fell off the grid for about a decade before returning to the big screen as the star of the drug-addled disco bloodbath “Party Monster” in 2003, he’s always had a...

Editorial: For the Records (Stores)

Maggie Molloy, Author

April 16, 2015

As someone pursuing a career in music, I have a pretty big stake in the state of record stores and the music industry at large. But even if I didn’t, I would still be spending my Saturday afternoon browsing Seattle’s fine collection of local independently-owned record shops. Yes, I realize I can access essentially any music in existence from...

Visual Artist Strives To Capture The Invisible

Maggie Molloy, Author

February 25, 2015

“I have a mantra that all art is sacred,” says artist Emily Ann Pothast. “If you’re looking at something and you can’t figure out whether or not it’s sacred, then I wouldn’t call it art.” Pothast’s new multimedia art exhibit, “Drawing God from Direct Observation,” explores the human creative practice as a function of spirituality...

Music Notes: Punk in Love (Vol. 2)

Maggie Molloy, Author

February 13, 2015

Single or not, when Valentine’s Day rolls around everyone is sick of the sappy love songs. And so, as a Valentine’s Day gift to you, I’ve compiled a list of 14 punk love songs with a little more bite. The following is a compilation of some of the greatest punk love songs from the 80s, 90s, and now. (And in case 14 just aren’t enough, check...

Music Notes: Patti Smith’s Brand of Feminism

Maggie Molloy, Author

February 4, 2015

"I remember getting totally pissed off the first time I got a letter that started off with 'Dear Ms. Smith,'" Patti Smith recalled during a 1976 interview with Penthouse Magazine. "A word like 'Ms.' is really bullshit. Vowels are the colors and souls of poetry and speech. And these assholes take the only fuckin' vowel out of the word 'Miss.'" And...

Music Notes: Shock Rock

Maggie Molloy, Author

January 18, 2015

Ahh, winter break—an all-too-brief reprieve from the late nights, early mornings, and endless schoolwork that is university life. I always try to devote at least some small portion of my break to recreational reading, and this year I chose a book written by one of the world’s most controversial rock stars: Marilyn Manson. Manson’s 1999 autobiography...

Music Notes: Movember Music Inspiration

Maggie Molloy, Author

November 14, 2014

November is a time of crisp air, colorful leaves, ripe harvest, and, oh yeah, hairy men. For years, pubescent boys and grown men alike have celebrated No-Shave November—and, more recently, Movember—as a way of raising awareness and funds for men's health issues. And so, in honor of this hairy holiday, I have compiled a list of five musicians...

Music Notes: The Undead Spirit of Psychobilly

Maggie Molloy, Author

October 31, 2014

Halloween may only come once a year, but that doesn't mean you can't indulge in spooky tunes all year round. In fact, some musicians have even created an entire musical genre—no, an entire musical subculture—based on horror-themed imagery. Psychobilly began in the 1980s as the mutant child of 1950s rockabilly and 1970s punk. However, it soon ...

Music Notes: Dawn of the Dead

October 23, 2014

This summer brought a lot of exciting new adventures for me: a musical trip to Paris, a short jaunt through London, several American...

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Seven Seattle Bands You Should Know

October 1, 2014

For decades, Seattle has prided itself on its unique and vibrant music scene. With countless local bands performing every night...

Fall Fashion

Maggie Molloy, Author

September 24, 2014

1. Oversized Knits Grandpa sweaters are back and bigger than ever. Literally. This season, the bigger and bulkier, the better. Oversized knits are taking over the runway, and what better place to wear this trend than in the chilly Northwest? A word to the wise: to avoid channeling too much Grandpa, pair your sweater with leggings, skinny jeans or a short s...

Critic’s Corner: A Benevolent ‘Maleficient’

Maggie Molloy, Author

June 4, 2014

If you want to see “Maleficent,” my advice is to remind yourself of the movie’s rating: PG. As the enchanting world of “Maleficent” is revealed through panning camera shots and cheesy narration, you may think to yourself, “This is going to be terrible!” And you would be right. For the average college student, “Maleficent” is...

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