David Ensminger
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Features // 3 Articles
Columns // 29 Articles
Reviews // 8 Articles
Blogs // 20 Articles

All That Turns to Gold: The Post-Punk Alchemy of My Gold Mask! | 25 Apr 2013 // 5:14 PM

Chicago's artfully embellished trio My Gold Mask deliver style, panache, and otherworldy grooves with eerie ease.

The American Flag, Revisited | 2 Jul 2012 // 5:25 PM

A July 4th photo essay, on seeing the American Flag in a different light.


Abandoning the Ear? Punk and Deaf Convergences Part II | 27 Jan 2013 // 4:30 PM

Deaf and punk cultures seem to share a similar outsider status, and Deaf clubs and social media, like punk bars and fanzines, offer refuge and regeneration, community-building and cures for boredom.

Abandoning the Ear? Punk and Deaf Convergences Part I | 12 Nov 2012 // 4:25 PM

The vibrant subcultures of deaf and punk communities have a long, storied, and interwoven under-the-radar past that sheds light on both allies.


Folk Rebel Blues: 'Phil Ochs: There But for Fortune' | 31 Aug 2011 // 1:35 AM

As a folk-rebel, Phil Ochs feels charmed and harmed and rattled, talented and slightly twisted, in-the-grain and adrift at the same time.

Roiling R&B and Rebellious Rock ’n’ Roll in 'Keep on Pushing' | 15 Aug 2011 // 6:30 AM

Denise Sullivan paints with condensed strokes, documenting in succinct sections how the music segued with powerful protest movements to smash disfranchisement and rouse sometimes fleeting victories.


Dissident Dissonance: The Rites of Springs Demos | 23 Oct 2012 // 1:30 AM

The scrappy demos of Rites of Spring reveal the passion, fury, and profundity of an entire genre recasted and re-imagined.

Dissent: American As Apple Pie: Top 20 Punk Protest Songs for July 4th | 2 Jul 2012 // 11:00 PM

As punk music history verifies, American citizenry are not all shiny, happy people. These 20 songs reflect the other side of patriotism -- free speech brandished by the brave and uncouth.

//Mixed media

Because Blood Is Drama: Considering Carnage in Video Games and Other Media

// Moving Pixels

"It's easy to dismiss blood and violence as salacious without considering why it is there, what its context is, and what it might communicate.

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