Stefanie Howell

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Women on the Edge

The straight-edge subculture arose from the male-dominated punk scene in 1981. The rejection of mind-altering substances and promiscuous sex was an idea presented by Minor Threat lyricist Ian MacKaye in the song "Straight Edge." Though ...

Of Guyish Girls and Girly Women

"I play violin, viola, and piano," says Miss Amina James, a local emcee who knows about balancing her image. The 26-year-old says, "First of all, I don't dress sexy. I almost always wear a hoodie ...

Tour Notes

Tour Notes ...from the Screamin Yeehaws, a local self-described "HonkyTonkPunkRawk" band that claims its 2006 outings were exceptionally bizarre. "We traveled this country many times over," says singer Nick-Bone Hollerin. "There's been stuff done in ...

Black Pharaoh Ascending

De Shjon Mitchell, a.k.a. Spectrum, is a wheelchair-bound hip-hop artist who became paralyzed after the van he was in went out of control and rolled down a 45-foot drop. He wasn't wearing a seat belt. ...

How Are the Kids?

In 1981, hardcore punk band Minor Threat's "Straight Edge" song presented the idea of living drug-free. The song became the impetus for a subculture that advocated abstinence from promiscuous sex, alcohol, and recreational drugs. Today, ...

Sea Jammer

Few people outside of the military know of guitarist Jim Earp's career as a sailor. "Discharged from the Navy in 1979, I've been working for the Department of Defense/Navy Department as a civil servant since ...

Reinventing Girl

For 14 years, Stacey Ellis was the lead singer for San Diego threesome Ellis. The band, including her husband Brett Ellis on guitars and Mike McFarland on drums, had its share of ego clashes. Yet, ...

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