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Make Muse

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Make Muse

Here at Magalleria, there’s a magazine for everyone. And when it comes to women’s magazines, there’s probably more than one magazine for one person. There’s something for for female guitarists, for mothers, crafters, the whimsical and the academic. Make Muse has joined the ranks of our shelves as a societal standard smasher, covering wellness, education, entertainment, the body, community – and more. Based in The Bronx, New York, Make Muse’s concept integrates women, trans-women and non-binary individuals under its umbrella, creating a safe space in which to discuss issues which affect daily life. Its eclectic topics are mirrored with equally...

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She Shreds

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She Shreds

Sometimes magazines are made because someone wants to speak but doesn’t know what to say – or worse – has nothing to say. She Shreds has a voice and a clear-cut message: despite doubt, women guitarists and bassists exist. It seems an absurd statement to make, but the prevalence of the constant disregard and exclusion of women musicians has ignited this magazine into existence. And the fire is fierce.    Now on their fourteenth issue, She Shreds is ever shifting with the tide, only recently celebrating five years of ‘pushing the guitar industry forward through inclusivity, visibility, education, and embracing alternate perspectives.’ Only last year,...

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Gather Journal

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Gather Journal

We’ve noted before that Lucky Peach, one of the standout independent food magazines, is mopping its mouth and bowing out before the next course. So who's head of the table? Already there is Gather Journal, which in fact launched 2012, and it’s magisterial. Eat with your eyes. A great many independent foodie magazines are focused on professional chefs, the farmers, the vegetable growers, the artisanal distilleries and brewers in sheds in backstreets. We live in a time where you can find practically anything now, from tons of varieties of apples to multi-coloured heritage carrots. We are practically spoilt for choice. There are...

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Messy Heads

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Messy Heads

When a magazine selects a theme it can be quite loose and tenuous, a thin net containing a random collection of work. Messy Heads has dealt with the self in its first issue and rebellion in the second, but its third issue really, well, hits home. Rather than just a fluffy representation of a nostalgic place, filled with jolly memories and festive holidays spent around the dining table, Messy Heads invites you to re-evaluate the notion of home. Within its four walls are family conflicts and constrictions, itchy feet and celebrations. The balance of belonging and independence is well kept, with a steady removal...

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Record Culture

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Record Culture

A decade ago my record collection took over our home. I now have a handle on it and try to avoid record shops. If I enter a charity or junk shop the urge to rummage for vinyl is under control. Attending a record fair is out of the question because they're particularly ruinous. I confess that I used to buy records not just for the music, but often for the covers. I must have been the youngest person on the planet to own a copy of Relax with Raymond Wallbank at the Organ. For the past year we’ve been regularly...

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