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ICYMI: Avril Lavigne’s comeback, Pussy Riot survives poisoning, & more

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Pussy Riot member “okay” after being poisoned

It’s hard not to wonder how Pussy Riot manages to continue it’s activism under Russia’s politically repressive climate, rife with poisoning, arrests, and murders. But last month, the group cut it close.

Russian-Candian Pussy Riot member Pyotr Verzilov was hospitalized for probable poisoning on Sept. 13, citing loss of vision, control of his limbs, and even total loss of his memory.

Verzilov has more or less recovered from the ordeal and remains largely unbothered by it. “Obviously when you do things like that in Russian, you have to be prepared for certain things to happen to you,” he said to CNN.

Pussy Riot members were arrested this summer during the World Cup when they ran onto the field dressed as Russian police, disrupting the high-profile game. Verzilov was among the members arrested, for which they got 15 days of jail time. He believes the light sentence may have been a motive in the alleged attack.

Watch the full interview here.

Avril Lavigne’s first new song in five years

Avril Lavigne’s worship-tinged song, “Head Above Water,” was released with a new music video on Sept. 27. Her upcoming album shares the same title as the track which boasts a more polished, cinematic feel than her eponymous fifth album.

“Head Above Water” is inspired by her struggles with Lyme disease which left her bedridden for months. In spite of her illness which left her weak, lethargic, and even feeling close to death, Lavigne’s long-awaited comeback has arrived.

“Under my breath, I prayed ‘God, please help to keep my head above the water.’ In that moment, the song writing of this album began,” she said in a statement. “It was like I tapped into something. It was a very spiritual experience. Lyrics flooded through me from that point on.”

And don’t forget all the new music we’ve been teased with!

Halsey released a new music promo while Frances Bean Cobain shared a video of herself performing some original music. So much to listen to, so little time!

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Lauren Zaknoun

Lauren Zaknoun is an artist, photographer, music enthusiast, and founder of BANSHEE ZINE. With no musical talent to speak of, she supports her local scene by going to shows, shooting bands, and loudly reminding everyone that Paramore is the best band in the world.

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