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Fourth annual debate aims to spark public discussion

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This story was originally written for the Anchorage Press. A hot-button topic throughout the 2016 election and one that continues to bring out strong opinions in Facebook arguments and family dinners is immigration policy in the United States. On Nov. 13, the Seawolf Debate Program and Alaska Dispatch News are co-sponsoring the fourth annual Arguing Alaska Debate Series. Picking a topic that sparks public debate and has experts readily available is the job of Steve […]

Music video: In Ivan Night’s ‘Can’t Lie,’ a mysterious figure out on the town

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This story was originally written for Alaska Dispatch News.   Ivan Night’s music video “Can’t Lie” features a mannequin meandering around Anchorage, taking shots of liquor and burning wooden pallets.   Night, who plays in Pamyua and Superfrequency in addition to his solo project, said he shot the video alongside photographer and filmmaker Kerry Tasker for Open Projector Night at Bear’s Tooth, a showcase for local filmmakers to show their work. They made the video […]

’90s alt-rock stars Everclear to perform at Williwaw in Anchorage

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This story was originally written for Alaska Dispatch News. If you were a rebellious teen in the 1990s, you probably had an Everclear album in your Discman at some point. This week, the Portland, Oregon-based alternative-rock band best known for the hits “Father of Mine” and “Santa Monica” will be returning to Anchorage.   Art Alexakis founded Everclear in the early ’90s, and said he’d wanted to be in a rock band since he was […]

Music video: Portraits of loss in Mary Jane Riemann’s ‘Goodbye’

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This story was originally written for Alaska Dispatch News.  The inspiration for Mary Jane Riemann’s song “Goodbye” came from a challenge she made for herself to write a song about grieving the death of a loved one. Riemann was becoming tired of hearing the same songs over and over at funerals, memorials and other somber events and knowing that the lyrics didn’t really correlate to what was happening.   “Sometimes people attach songs to these […]

Music video: Strange dreams in Saucy Yoda’s ‘Melatonin’

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This story was originally published for Alaska Dispatch News.   You’ll see twerking businessmen, a mysterious horse-masked figure and many more strange characters in Saucy Yoda’s music video “Melatonin.” Saucy Yoda is Anchorage resident Melodie Langer, who parades around in the video with a horned helmet and sword while wearing footed pajamas. The video begins in black and white, as Langer wanders the streets of downtown Anchorage. Then the drums kick in, the scene changes […]

Music video: Anchorage post-hardcore band Thera’s ‘Ancient Mariner’

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This story was originally written for Alaska Dispatch News.   Thera is a post-hardcore band that’s played Southcentral Alaska for almost 10 years.   Their third and most recent EP, “For Someone, Somewhere,” was released in late 2014 and features the track “Ancient Mariner,” a song inspired by “The Rime of the Ancient Mariner,” an 18th-century lyrical poem by Samuel Taylor Coleridge. Vocalist Stephanie Plate thought the poem was a “great, creepy, dark story” and […]