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The High Priest of Heavy Metal

First he found God. Then he found death metal. But Father Robert Culat believes there’s no reason the two can’t co-exist.

Confessions of a 30-Something Hanson Fanatic

How rediscovering the boy band I obsessed over when I was 12—and connecting with other superfans from all over the world—helped me navigate life as an adult.

The Outcasts of Drag Have a New Kind of Queen

As this once fringe cultural scene goes mainstream, women and gender-nonconforming artists like Ata Racks are challenging notions of who can take the stage.

Rapper on the Run

When Spanish authorities sentenced this provocative musician to prison for “glorifying terrorism,” his dedicated fans helped him make a daring escape across the border.

Confessions of the Only Woman on a Rock Star Tour Bus

One roadie’s guide to surviving nomadic life in the hardest-partying business on earth.

America’s Next Top Male Model Wears Size XXXXL

Ady del Valle grew up idolizing the fashion industry, but never saw anyone in it who looked like him. He decided to change that.

The Pirate Radio Broadcaster Who Occupied Alcatraz and Terrified the FBI

Fifty years ago, John Trudell overcame tragedy to become the national voice for Native Americans—and a model for a new generation of activists.

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.

These Fearless Females Are Drumming Their Way Into Music’s Biggest Boys’ Club

How an international contest is inspiring everyone from little girls to grandmas to pick up drumsticks — and may be saving the musical instrument industry in the process.