Japanther's Ian Vanek on the DIY scene, 'zines and the authenticity of handmade objects

Japanther (due tomorrow night at Glob) was started by a pair of art school students who wanted a way to create art beyond the confines of a specific medium or traditional methods. The resulting New York duo has been just as involved in the art world and performance art as it has been in writing raw yet catchy pop songs. All aspects of Japanther's creative expressions are interrelated in both concept and execution.

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Tom Murphy is a writer, visual artist and musician from Aurora, Colorado. He was a prolific music writer for Westword and a documenter of the Denver music scene.