20 · The Music Issue

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Erik Parker

Stationed in front of a large canvas, holding the tiniest brush I've ever seen, one of Erik Parker's studio assistants paints neon yellow saliva dripping from the mouth of an ornate, psychologically disturbed h...
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Eric Yahnker

Eric Yahnker's left forearm is permanently marked by what he calls his "Heebraham" tattoo—a portrait of Abraham Lincoln with a Star of David resting just below the beard. "Whenever a gentile asks me what it tak...
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Adult Nights

Seth Pitman, Wild Light's keyboardist and backup vocalist, tells me the story of the highly noticeable Star of David dangling around his neck. "An Israeli soldier gave me the necklace, and I've worn it pretty m...

Me So Normal

by Brian Abrams What happens when a hip-hop svengali notorious for his sexual exploits and raunchy musical stylings finally ties the knot? Well, if you're Luther "Uncle Luke" Campbell, the 2 Live Crew ringle...
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Bound but Not Gagged

"Ellen or Rosie and I have nothing in common; they're old-school joke tellers," says Sandra Bernhard. "My act is more akin to burlesque-rock 'n' roll-cabaret. If I don't get my audience turned on, then I'm not ...
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The Future is a Memory

When DEVO appeared on '80s sitcom, Square Pegs (which starred Sarah Jessica Parker), they whipped everyone—from the censors to the actresses—into a frenzy. On the episode, the band headlines a "New Wave Bat Mit...
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Gimme Shelter

Nearly every morning, California filmmaker Laura Bialis and the rest of Sderot's residents wake to a female voice chanting, "Tzeva adom." The words echo through the streets as the inhabitants of the small Israe...