Tag: punk

Is Islamic Punk Dead? How Taqwacore Came, Went, and Left A Bittersweet Trail

MTV Iggy, May 28, 2012 EXCERPT: The first problem you face when trying to catch up with the Taqwacore movement—sometimes, if erroneously, summarized as “Muslim punk”—is that the man most closely identified with it really, really doesn’t want to talk about it anymore. “I’m tired of talking about Taqwacore,” says author Michael Muhammad Knight. “I […]

Cut it up & eat it: the bloody soul of Le Butcherettes

MTV Iggy, January 10, 2012 If you came for the severed pig’s head, you’re too late. Ditto, possibly, for the blood-stained butcher’s apron — though Teri Gender Bender, the leader and frontwoman of the punk-inspired band Le Butcherettes, has not yet removed that trademark prop from her performance wardrobe. She may still, when she feels […]

Taqwacore: Salat, angst and rock & roll

MTV Desi, August 12, 2010 On a warm evening last August in Oakland, California, a group of young men – relaxed, casually dressed, not all of them freshly showered – stand barefoot on flattened cardboard boxes in the yard behind a scruffy bar on Telegraph Avenue. They figure out which way is East: Mecca is […]