Shortly Cares About Community

Shortly wants listeners to see each other. In previous projects, Alexandria Maniak often felt tokenized and not taken seriously, but as Shortly, she is building herself into a beautifully introspective songwriter while building a community, too. Her EP, Richmond, stresses the importance of finding the ambiguity and nuance of the world in order to create more original, honest work.

Hell Yes Fest is Cracking Up

The stereotype of stand-up comedians is that they’re neurotic messes. The game show structure behind Comedy Central’s @Midnight seems to heighten the stand-up contestants’ antic qualities, and NPR’s Linda Holmes affectionately described comedian Marc Maron as “an open wound”—a phrasing he might not choose but an emotional assessment he doesn’t deny.

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