Dark Snack

The Moaners. <I>Yep Roc</I>

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In her previous band, Trailer Bride, Mississippi’s Melissa Swingle overplayed the Southern gothic pose. But fronting the Moaners, she straps on a feedback-heavy electric guitar and makes liberating noise. Backed only by pounding drummer Laura King, Swingle evokes comparisons to everyone from the Velvet Underground to PJ Harvey, but the driving sound is wholly her own. She unleashes barbed-wire chords while reflecting on life’s outrages with unsentimental disdain. The churning “Terrier” seethes, “Don’t pretend to be my friend,” while on the woozy “Hard Times” Swingle mutters, “It’s hard to be proud to be American.” Amid the raw simplicity, there’s surprising variety: King bangs out a funky groove on “Flannery Said,” and a great pop melody lurks in the static of “Talk About It.” Stronger than a caffeine overdose, Dark Snack is disruptive, nasty fun.

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SIX TRUTHS

Reclaiming power from those who abuse it often starts with telling the truth. And in "This Is How Authoritarians Get Defeated," MoJo's Monika Bauerlein unpacks six truths to remember during the homestretch of an election where democracy, truth, and decency are on the line.

Truth #1: The chaos is the point.

Truth #2: Team Reality is bigger than it seems.

Truth #3: Facebook owns this.

Truth #4: When we go to work, we're in the fight.

Truth #5: It's about minority rule.

Truth #6: The only thing that can save us is…us.

Please take a moment to see how all these truths add up, because what happens in the weeks and months ahead will reverberate for at least a generation and we better be prepared.

And if you think journalism like Mother Jones'—that calls it like it is, that will never acquiesce to power, that looks where others don't—can help guide us through this historic, high-stakes moment, and you're able to right now, please help us reach our $350,000 goal by October 31 with a donation today. It's all hands on deck for democracy.

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