Helping Victims Find their Voices

A Voice for the Innocent, a non-profit organization founded in 2012, gives a voice to victims of sexual abuse, offers support, and raises awareness.

We talked to founder Jamie Sivrais about his journey, bands who have supported the cause, the organization’s run on the 2016 Vans Warped Tour, how to combat victim blaming, and more.

Take a read below.

Trigger warning: discussion of abuse

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The City and Horses

We’d like to thank Marc Cantone, singer and guitarist of indie band The City and Horses, for taking his time to talk about the band’s upcoming album,  the stigma surrounding mental illness, how venues can be more inclusive, and how songwriting has made a positive impact on his life. Take a read of the interview below.

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Friday Feature: Noname

Although Noname had been rapping and performing poetry locally since 2010, it took a feature on fellow Chicagoan Chance the Rapper’s “Lost” for the hip-hop community to start paying attention to an astonishingly creative new voice (Chance himself calls it the best guest verse of his career). And while more and more features steadily poured out for listeners over the next few years, it wasn’t until 2016 that Noname gave us her free debut mixtape, Telefone.

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Using the Scene’s Platform to Invoke Change

It should surprise no one to hear that right now in the alternative music scene there are issues that need to be addressed. These issues range from a lack of female fronted bands and representation for them, to allowing alleged abusers to perform at Warped Tour, as well as blatant disrespect for each other as members of the same music community.

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