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Meet Ladybeard, the Crown Prince of Japan’s Strangest Music Scene

Richard Magarey has facial hair, pigtails, a closetful of schoolgirl outfits and an endless supply of energy. In Tokyo, he became the world’s unlikeliest death metal superstar.

The Ex-Jehovah’s Witness Who Found Her Voice When She Lost Her Clothes

Born in an ultra-strict community, Shelbie Dimond found freedom in nude self-portraiture—and cost herself everyone she loved.

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The Old-School Saint of Nouveau Bushwick

Andy Mineo Raps About Christ. Just Don’t Call Him a Christian Rapper.

Blending the rhymes of the Lord with the hymns of hip-hop, an earnest young musician seems poised to conquer the mainstream. But will listeners look beyond the labels?

The Nightmare Audit of an Indie Artist

A performer’s life is thrown into chaos when tax collectors ask a terrifying question: Are you really an artist?

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The Spontaneous World of a Roman Street Circus

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Secrets of a Die-Hard Ventriloquist

A talented and acclaimed New Yorker dreams of the big-time. But does the big-time even exist when your muse is a lip-synching dummy?

Far From Home

Jonah Matranga keeps coming back to perform in New York City, embracing all its glorious grit and grime.

Barking at Strangers

Hitting the streets with a comic who just wants to get on stage.