Top 10 stories of 2014

1. A Modern Rewind

Over the past year, bands and musical groups across the city have contributed to the resurfacing of the cassette tape. In an enterprise, David Zisser pointed about how and why this phenomenon is making a comeback within the DIY scene.

2. Boys, boxers and burlesque

In the past year, male burlesque – boylesque – has been on the rise in Philadelphia. At Tabu Lounge and Sports Bar, the Burlesque Battle Royale includes both male and female performers. Kerri Ann Raimo talked to Temple grads, city natives and seasoned burlesque performers last February about the slice of Philly that showcases “pasties, tassels and glitter.”

3. All the rage

This long-form enterprise examined rave culture and its changing face for electronic dance music lovers. Kerri Ann Raimo focused the piece on drug use inside raves and how “kandi” collectors, or ravers, venues and DJs are reacting to the newfound stereotypes.

4. Intimate setting, amplified sound

Andrea Clearfield has been hosting a European-style salon in her loft for the past 25 years. This underground safe-haven for classical, new-wave, eclectic, indie, experimental and traditional musicians is one of Philadelphia’s hidden gems. Emily Rolen attended Clearfield’s invite-only Salon to experience the intimacy of ensembles of acclaimed musicians across the nation.

5. Behind the screams

Haunted attractions throughout the Philadelphia area carry a culture in and of themselves. J.C. Moritz took an in-depth look at this culture in a long-form piece about the actors, owners and staff members of these spooky productions for Halloween.

6. A ‘dive where you can dance’

For last spring’s Bar Guide, Opinion Editor Jerry Iannelli wrote a profile on Dolphin Taver, or the “dive where you can dance.” The former dive bar has turned into a young, dancey hot spot within recent years.

7. Feminism on wheels

Sky Kalfus didn’t feel welcome in skate parks across the city – and so, Shred the Patriarchy was born. This feminist group of skaters has been “grinding a spot” into Franklin’s Paine Park since last May. Brianna Spause found that the group has been taking parks by storm by going in groups to “assert an unapologetic and empowered attitude on wheels.

8. Picking a destiny

Khan Park was studying to be a molecular and cellular biologist at Bryn Athyn College. That is, until he decided to pursue a career in music. Now, Park can be seen playing his guitar and an hours worth of music on a street corner in City Hall. Cheyenne Shaffer wrote this story last April and talked to Park about his endeavors in book writing, science and the connections he makes between all three.

9. A permanent vice

Vice Coffee is a place for vices. The most obvious would be coffee. But, this coffee shop offers a fix to vices in a more permanent solution: tattoos. This coffee shop aims to make tattooing more accessible to people intimidated to go into a tattoo parlor. Kerri Ann Raimo found that the store’s owner, although not tattooed, supports looking into who lives in what neighborhoods and what may drive the development of that neighborhood.

10. They Call It Puppy Love

Philadelphia commercial photographer Chris Sembrot and self-proclaimed “dog-lover” decided to photograph dogs and their owners in a more, intimate, setting. Sembrot posed dogs and their owners in a project last April titled, “Humans Kissing Dogs.” And the photographs were just that. Erin Edinger-Turoff got the story behind these anything-but-ordinary photographs and their owners.

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