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QC REVIEW: THE RAKES – KLANG

by cheryl santa maria When British post-punk quartet The Rakes announced their split in late October, I, like others, was shocked.  As a starving writer who’s been busting her ass seven days a week for a small breadcrumb of recognition, I cannot understand why a talented (and successful) group like The Rakes would up and walk [...]

A BRUSH WITH FAME IN MEXICO

by cheryl santa maria I’m scurrying down La Quinta Avenida in Playa Del Carmen, Mexico, a shopping area that is teeming with tourists. I zip in and out of the crowds of people, past the colorful booths and the shopkeepers inviting me to check out their wares. I’m on a mission. Ah Cacao is two [...]

NO STONE

by cheryl santa maria The bar was really, really smoky. It was 2006 and I was sitting at the back because I had arrived late – as usual. I could hear the opening act but from where I was sitting the stage looked distorted. Will, my boyfriend, was not impressed. He was annoyed because I [...]

WE’RE FOR BARTON

by cheryl santa maria There are a gazillion different “types” of artists out there but for the sake of saving space, I’m going to group them into two categories.  First, you’ve got the artists that use big words you won’t understand.  They’ll tell you that most things come from pain and that the masses are [...]