Online Music Festivals

While all upcoming concerts have been cancelled, artists move online to provide fans with an at-home live music experience through virtual festivals.

By Hunter Carroll

#1: Digital Mirage

Digital Mirage, organized by Proximity Records, as well as the Los Angeles-based event organizer Brownies and Lemonade, took place from April 3-5. The event was streamed over YouTube for three days and raised over $300,000 for Sweet Relief Musicians Fund, an organization that provides financial assistance to career musicians and music industry workers. The lineup featured popular electronic artists like Louis the Child, Alison Wonderland and Kaskade. Over the three days, the event has more than 1 million attendees, setting a new standard for virtual music festivals to come. 

Pluko | Digital Mirage 2020

Pluko’s set was my favorite of the entire weekend. At just 18 years old, Sam Martinsen, also known as Pluko, has already seen incredible success, including support from the popular electronic group Odesza, who signed him to their Foreign Family Collective in 2018. This set stood out to me because of the use of almost all original tracks at such a young age. It was also fun to watch because he played a live set instead of mixing his tracks, which can be seen in the video link above.

Medasin | Digital Mirage 2020

Grant Nelson, also known as Medasin, has found success in recent years, especially in 2017 with remixes for Portugal. The Man and Martin Garrix. In 2018, he released an album titled “Irene,” and he went on tour for that album as well. Just recently, he released his second album titled “RIPPLS.” His set for Digital Mirage gave off a very chill, electronic vibe, with some of his own music, including one of my favorites from his new album titled “Melody X.”

#2: Room Service Virtual Music Festival

After the success of Digital Mirage, another virtual music festival is set to take place from April 24-26. The event is presented by Andy King, famous for his role in the Fyre Fest documentary on Netflix, as well as Chill Nation and Trap Nation. Proceeds from the event will go towards the Sweet Relief Musicians Fund, as well as Feeding America, where $1 provides 10 meals to those in need to help those affected by COVID-19.

Kasbo | Room Service Music Festival 2020

Carl Garsbo, also known as Kasbo, is known for his chill electronic music. He gained popularity in 2013 and has continued this success through today. Like Pluko, Kasbo was also signed to the Foreign Family Collective and has had multiple world tours since then.  

Whethan | Room Service Music Festival 2020

Ethan Snoreck, also known as Whethan, is a 20 year old producer from Chicago. He is known for many of his songs, including his hit “Can’t Hide” featuring Ashe, as well as his Life of a Wallflower EP that he released in 2019.

Lane 8 | Room Service Music Festival 2020

Lane 8 is known for his progressive house style. He has many popular tracks, including his song “Road,” as well as remixes that he has done for Porter Robinson and Odesza.

#3: Boiler Room: Streaming From Isolation

Boiler Room has been streaming intimate DJ sets from around the world since they began in 2010. They have hosted events from major cities around the world, but hosting sets from artists homes was something new to come out of quarantine for them.

Disclosure | Boiler Room: Streaming From Isolation | #13

Made up of brothers Howard and Guy Lawrence, the electronic music group Disclosure began making music in 2010. They did not begin to gain popularity until 2012 with their song “Tenderly,” which was released in January, followed by one of the most popular songs, “Latch,” released in October. Recently this year, the duo released an EP titled “Ecstasy” which has become popular recently, gaining support from multiple artists. This specific mix features Guy Lawrence mixing groovy house tracks for an hour and a half from his home.

#4: Folamour | Defected Records Virtual Festival 2020

Similar to Boiler Room, Defected Records has been posting sets online for quite some time, but these live stream events during the COVID-19 pandemic have their highest number of viewers ever. This set from Folamour aired on March 27 as part of the Defected Records Virtual Festival.

#5 Marc Rebillet | Quaranstream

By creating all of his music live and on the spot, Marc Rebillet has brought attention to a new form of electronic music.

Pets in Quarantine

Pets take home the win with stay-at-home orders across the nation

By Reagan Zimmerman

With families stuck at home together, pets are getting more attention, cuddles and photo shoots during the COVID-19 health crisis. Animals are the true winners of quarantine.

Willow has enjoyed endless snuggles with her family since the beginning of the quarantine. | Photo by Reagan Zimmerman
Lucky has decided to cuddle in his mom’s arms whenever she has to get anything done. | Photo by Reagan Zimmerman
Hugo spends all day napping while his family works. | Photo by Reagan Zimmerman
Gastby likes to spend his nights outside on the quiet town and his days inside snoozing while his family works from home. | Photo by Reagan Zimmerman
Maru (left) and Zaku (right) follow their parents everywhere in the house during quarantine. | Photo by August Schultz
“Smile Sandy!” This cute golden has been smiling ever since her family has been stuck at home. | Photo by Aaron Patterson
Boston (left) and his sister Sandy (right) like to spend days lounging with their family while they work from home. | Photo by Aaron Patterson
Dakota and Dawson get some sunny snuggles in. | Photo by Maddy Primeau
Luna refuses to leave her owners arms while they spend some genuine time together during quarantine. | Photo by Piper James
Tia enjoys a sunny nap while her family works from home. | Photo by Hunter Carroll
Coco poses for the camera while she lounges during the day. | Photo by Hunter Carroll
Chester enjoys a walk and some playtime during a snowstorm on Easter. | Photo by Shelby Evans
Emily Higgins is really enjoying having a snuggle buddy all day, every day now that her family is home. | Photo by Michael Maddox
Rugger has taken on the role of babysitter for his little sister, Emma, while their parents work from home. | Photo by Katie Splittgaber
Ziva is such a good sport by smiling for the camera now that her family is home to constantly take photos of her. | Photo by Marissa Davis
Video games have become Banksy’s new hobby so he can spend time with his dad. | Photo by Jodi Moffett
Molly and Bailey practice social distancing by hunting squirrels from the windows. | Photo by Alex Will
Dexter loves giving his mom puppy eyes while she is working so she stops what she is doing and takes him for a walk. | Photo by Shaunda Jennings
Coco the pug found a new hobby with her mom — playing dress up! | Photo by Jackie Nelson
Isabella has decided to turn away from the TV and not listen to the news anymore. | Photo by Jackie Nelson
Yogi has been enjoying porch hangouts with his mom and dad during quarantine. | Photo by Brianna Davis
Rex has been enjoying movie nights with his family while they have been home. | Photo by Jen Wagner
Wayne has found a new enemy during quarantine — the leaf blower. | Photo by Courtney Disterhaft
Gus enjoys spending time with his family and napping with his legs straight out. | Photo by Haley Westerfield
Ginny likes to entertain her family with her favorite toy, her pheasant. | Photo by Kate Lawless
Gunnar Joe snuggles up with his owner while she is home from college. | Photo by Shelby Williams
Buddy (front) and Winston (back) are happy to be chilling lakeside with their family. | Photo by Lori Csaszar
Lilly’s family are teaching her a new skill during quarantine — how to balance a toy on her head and focus for a treat. | Photo by Andrew Gibson
Jake is using quarantine to catch up on sleep with his pal and his family. | Photo by Krista Olson
Dixie is wondering why her dad won’t let her play ball in the house all the time now that he is home. | Photo by Cale Belau
Maggie enjoys spending time with her family on the deck after a rainstorm. | Photo by Heidi Buchholtz Pavlu
Lola is enjoying having her roommates home all the time to play tug of war and take cute pictures of her.
Lola (left) and Harper (right) have discovered that running through mud and tracking it inside for their family to clean up is their new favorite pass time. They also never forget to pose for cute muddy photos every time they do it!

COVID-19 Mental Health

Students particularly affected by mental health disorders during quarantine, expert says

The US has seen a 34% increase in severe anxiety since start of the coronavirus pandemic

By Abby Doeden

In light of COVID-19 and stay-at-home orders, students struggle with severe anxiety and other mental health issues.

With COVID-19 forcing classes to move online, students to move home and most of the country to #stayathome, many things have changed in the last few months. For University of Wisconsin sophomore Audrey Swanson, the biggest change has been to her mental health.

“I’ve struggled with anxiety and depression since like before I can remember,” Swanson said. “So I mean, it’s definitely had its ups and downs in college, but now it’s kind of down. It’s not the worst it’s ever been, but I can definitely tell that there’s a lot I need to work on.”

Swanson said since she has struggled with her mental health for so many years, she notices when it is better and when it is worse. Swanson said she noticed such a change because her mental health was actually the best it has ever been this semester, before the COVID-19 pandemic hit.

And Swanson is not alone in noticing an increase in anxiety and depression during the pandemic. 

According to Mental Health America, there was a 34% increase in people screened per day for severe anxiety in the first two weeks of March alone. Because of this, the number of “excess severe anxiety” results associated with the coronavirus rose to over 1,000 on March 15, and has grown since.

Expert on adolescent mental health and Associate Professor in the UW School of Social Work, Tally Moses said this increase has been particularly noticeable among her students.

“This period is causing a lot of people to suffer — whether they have a history of mental health conditions or not,” Moses said. “As we know, rates of anxiety — depression too — but in particular rates of severe anxiety has been going up with recent cohorts.”

Moses said college students may be more prone to anxiety during this time, as rates of young adult anxiety were already really high before the pandemic happened. Moses credits this trend to young adults having grown up with social media and greater social pressures surrounding them.

While the uncertainty of the pandemic can be anxiety-inducing enough, Moses said the anxiety students are facing is different for different people. 

For students with more privilege, anxiety comes more from the ambiguity of what will happen with the pandemic, coping with new living situations and struggles of social isolation while in quarantine, Moses said.

“The other piece of it has to do with the social isolation during an age and a developmental stage where it is sort of expected and developmentally desirable to be with your peers,” Moses said. “And not being able to do that and having that monotony in most routines and not really having a lot of social stimulation I think is, is just putting fuel to the fire.”

However, for less privileged students, anxiety comes from worries of financial insecurity, what their next meal will be and having a secure place to complete school work, along with those other anxieties. 

Moses added she has noticed many of her students struggle with motivation and being able to focus on school work — a problem Swanson said she has been noticing in herself. 

Swanson said while her anxiety can keep her motivated to complete classwork, she has noticed a lack of motivation to exercise and get out of the house during quarantine.

“For things like working out, since the gyms are closed, I can’t motivate myself to do that at home,” Swanson said. “So I haven’t exercised since quarantine started. So that’s the big thing that I haven’t been doing.”

Swanson, who was in Madison for the first half of quarantine and is now quarantining at home with her parents in Florida, said she gauges her mental health on what time she gets out of bed in the morning. And while it has been better at home with her family, Swanson said she often doesn’t get out of bed until 2 p.m. in quarantine. 

“I had classes to get me out of bed this semester and it was great because some of them were earlier and some of them a little bit later,” Swanson said. “But mostly I was able to get all of them in the morning, which was great because that is kind of how I gauge how I’m doing mental health wise, is how easy it is to get out of bed in the morning. And I was doing really well before quarantine, and now it’s just so bad. So if I can get up before 11, it’s great.”

Moses said this kind of regression is ok during this time and should not be something students beat themselves up over. 

“One of the things I would say for people who are coming into the pandemic with a preexisting mental health condition is to give yourself a break” Moses said. “Expect a regression, expect that you’re not going to do as well as you have been doing potentially, expect that some of the work may be undone — and don’t panic about that.”

One of the most important things for people struggling with mental health right now, Moses said, is to remember things will get better soon and to start taking small steps to get there.

Peyton David, a senior at UW who also struggles with anxiety and depression, echoed Moses’ advice, saying what helps her the most is remembering she will get through this tough time. 

“At some point, it’s over and at some point you feel better — and that’s just kind of what you have to tell yourself to get through the day,” David said. “And you don’t really know when it’s going to be over, but you’ll know when you’re on the other side, I think that’s the best advice I can give anyone who’s starting to deal with anxiety, or depression because of this.”

David has found that working on creative projects and reconnecting with old friends has helped her during quarantine. Swanson said she has been working to do this by trying to set a routine for herself and recommends anyone currently struggling with mental health do that as well.

Moses agreed with David and Swanson’s recommendations, adding that it can be helpful to limit your intake of social media and news, and create a strong sense of community right now — whether that is virtually or six feet apart. 

However, Moses said the most important thing for everyone during this time to remember is that everyone is in it together, fighting COVID-19 as a community.

“I think a lot of what I think people need to do right now is to, I guess, accept where we are,” Moses said. “Don’t individualize your stress. Try to understand [this pandemic] as a collective experience.”

Far From Home

Far from home: Living a time zone away with aging parents at the heart of the pandemic

By Ben Farrell

Faizan e Madinah Mosque, 715 Coney Island Avenue, Brooklyn

It was a grey March morning in Madison, Wisconsin. I sat, slouched in Helen C. White library “cafe”, kneading the final quarter of that day’s peanut butter Clif Bar in my left hand, trying to gauge the minimum effort possible to earn the ever-illusive AB on a test I had later that day. I opened my email, falling back on procrastination, thinly veiled in productivity. “Updates to Campus operations”, from Chancellor Becky Blank, was the first message I saw.

Though what I read wasn’t entirely unexpected, I was shocked. Classes had been moved online until at least April 10th. At the time, I was dumbfounded. Was this Corona thing really that serious? In just under 48 hours, I had a flight back to New York to see my mother and father. Until that moment, I hadn’t had any second thoughts about going home. But if an institution of this size was exercising extreme caution, shouldn’t I be too?

That same day, my mother, Denise Rinaldo, boarded the subway at Beverly Road near our home in Flatbush, a neighborhood in south Brooklyn. She was on her way to teach a fourth grade english class, help highschoolers locate much-needed books, and keep the general peace in the ever-chaotic library. My father, now retired, sat at home in the kitchen, preparing a pot of coffee, waiting to embark on his daily walk around prospect park. None of us knew it, but that was the last normal day we would have for who knows how long.

Mitoushi Sushi, Atlantic Avenue, Brooklyn

As an only child, the focus of our familial anxiety is almost always directed toward my academic pursuits. After I decided not to come home, things felt different. My father suffers from Parkinson’s disease and has poor heart health, rendering him extremely vulnerable to severe infection. My mother, though healthy, is a senior. We are extremely lucky in our relative financial and home security. Even so, my parents have been stripped of their agency (along with everyone else in New York). I’ve never felt more physically secure than them, and so responsible for their wellbeing. This change prompted me to ask a question: How have their lives changed in the past couple of months? I decided to interview in the hopes of answering that question.

On April 22nd, I stepped out of my house, and walked down to James Madison Park. I took my place on a bench, and dialed my phone, “Mom?”

“I hear you’re outside. Is your mask on?” she scolded.

“You’re in New York, not me”

I started out by asking her a simple question: when did it become clear to you that this was really and truly going to affect your life, in a way that other things just hadn’t?

“I realized when I talked to my friend Eileen. She’s 85, and her husband just died. We go to the same dance class, she’s still in really good shape, but she hates being stuck inside. As each thing closed, she got more and more upset and there was just nothing we could do.”

Church of the Holy Innocents, E. 17th Street, Brooklyn

As stores shuttered and the city’s residents fled, my mom said she was looking for a way to do something. For years, a network of thousands of people had built up around her. The unspoken co-dependencies and silent relationships every New Yorker has, from aloof neighbors to the man on our corner who sells watches out of a suitcase, began to fall away. This sea of many individuals, which becomes the unified medium onto which your life cast, can only be seen for what it is when its gone, “I found myself just standing by the train station the other day like waiting for the Q train to come in, just to see the Q train, to help me imagine being with everyone each morning,” my mother said, exhaling.

My father, unsurprisingly, started our interview with a joke, “soon there’ll be kids roaming the streets again. As soon as it’s warm, I bet they’ll be out.” He also made sure to let me know that unlike my mother, he was managing to stay positive, “unlike your mother I’ve been starting to hate the subway. How many times can a man my age be expected to let some dweeb like you cough in his face?”

A goofy seventy two year old, his approach to things both serious and trivial has always been tinged with humor. But, as our conversation continued, a twinge of sadness became audible even through the phone, “Mr. Vincent, our barber, he’s worried. He might be going bankrupt. What can I do? I don’t know. No people, no haircuts, no haircuts no money.”

“I just want to walk down the street and greet people,  say hi to people,” he said almost indignantly, “I’m here with your mom but you know how I talk to people. Now everyone crosses the street when they see me. Well not me… But that’s how things are.”

Mashallah Restaurant, 663 Coney Island Avenue, Brooklyn

In essence, what my father was trying to tell me was this: never before had New Yorkers been defeated like this, “A lot of people draw the comparison to 9/11. To me that’s just wrong. When 9/11 happened, it was this horrendous thing. Then in a week or so, at least in New York, me and the people we knew, we were back to business. We all talked about it, we wanted to help each other as a community, but it wasn’t fear that won the day. Now, it’s just fear. People are afraid.”

The phone line fell silent. My father, like my mother a few minutes earlier, let out a long sigh, “It’s creepy Ben. I don’t know what else to say. I don’t like uneasiness, and that’s what it is.”

After I said my goodbyes to my Paul, my dad, my mom took the phone again, “let me tell you one more story; we were standing outside of this church, on Flatbush, admiring it… and this guy got out of his car and said, ‘want to buy it?’

Obviously, we didn’t. But he was really nice, and you know, socially distanced, he showed us everything about the church. The pastor, this guy, was involved with the black power movement in the 60s or 70s. And he said that Sunday, they were having their last service. And I just in that moment, realized how sad it is that, like, people can’t gather together and like how you take it for granted that you can just, like, go and play Sunday with their community.”

My mother said she wanted to remind me that, as bad as things got in our heads, we need to remember who to really look out for. Who it is that doesn’t feel uneasy, but is uneasy. We exchanged our love, and hung up.

Quarantine Crafting

Creative crafts to pick up while in quarantine

By Abby Doeden

These four crafts are fun ways to distract yourself and have some fun during quarantine.

If you’re like me and need something to keep you active in quarantine other than work or school, crafting is a great hobby to pick up. Whether you coordinate with friends and do a craft happy hour, or turn on a movie and paint a little, these crafts will use up a few hours of your day and give you something to be proud of when you’re done. 

Here are some popular crafts to make while using items commonly found in your home. And if you don’t have these items, you can pick them up at any local craft store doing pick-up orders, or order them on Amazon!

Home Sign

This home sign is a super fun craft and can be adjusted for any state you’d like! This is also a craft that can be adjusted for any piece of wood or canvas you have at home, any paint you may have (I used ceiling paint) and any design you’d like.  

Although I’m a Badger through and through, I’m a Minnesota girl at heart and wanted to make my sign with that in mind. Follow these steps to make your own home sign!

What you’ll need:

  • Printed stencils of the letters and state, sized for the wood
  • Wood 
  • Paint (of any kind – I used ceiling paint and acrylic paint for the MN)
  • Paint brushes or sponges
  • Scissors or a X-Acto knife


String Art

String art is a fun craft to get out stress from a long day and can be adjusted for any picture you want to create. I decided to create a Wisconsin for my string art because I’m hoping to use this in my apartment at UW next year! Follow these steps to create your own string art.

What you’ll need:

  • A stencil of your shape, sized for the wood 
  • Embroidery thread
  • Wood
  • About 200 nails
  • A hammer


Bleach Tie Dye

String art is a fun craft to get out stress from a long day and can be adjusted for any picture you want to create. I decided to create a Wisconsin for my string art because I’m hoping to use this in my apartment at UW next year! Follow these steps to create your own string art.

What you’ll need:

  • A stencil of your shape, sized for the wood 
  • Embroidery thread
  • Wood
  • About 200 nails
  • A hammer



Macrame is a craft that is coming back into style and can be either very easy or very difficult depending on the pattern you follow. For my marcame, I loosely followed this guide and adjusted it for the pot I wanted to use and the amount of string I bought. Follow these steps to make a macrame plant hanger.

What you’ll need:

  • Macrame cord – I used 3mm cord
  • A metal hoop
  • A pot
  • A ruler
  • A pencil
  • Scissors


COVID-19 Masks

How-to make different masks using common household goods

By Abby Doeden

Masks of all kinds have become part of spring fashion during the COVID-19 pandemic.

As the number of COVID-19 cases continues to rise in the U.S. and states continue their safer at home orders, it has become a strong recommendation to wear masks around others and when leaving the house. Because of this, people have flocked to Amazon, Target and Etsy to buy face masks, and as a result, many places don’t have them in stock anymore. 

Instead of buying a mask, some are sewing them at home using sewing machines and some are even donating them to local hospitals and businesses to help the cause. However, others that don’t have sewing machines are left mask-less. 

If you are one of those people without a sewing machine – like me – here are a few easy ways to make a mask to help keep you safe during your errands and outings to visit family (six feet apart, of course).

Bandana Mask

This bandana mask is a great option for people who don’t want to spend much time on a mask or don’t have great sewing skills. For this mask, you only need a bandana, two elastics (I just used hair ties) and to know how to fold! While I would not recommend this be your go-to mask, as it can come unfolded and be a bit bulky, it is great if you need one for a last-minute outing. If you need a video to learn, here is the tutorial I used — otherwise, follow these steps!

What you’ll need:

  • Standard Bandana (22” x 22”)
  • Two elastics (either rubber bands, hair binders or elastics)
  • An iron (to make the folds better)


Bucky Mask

Everyone has old t-shirts lying around their house and most badgers have a free one from the UW Bookstore, and here is a way to use it! This mask is a great option for a no-sew more permanent option as it stays in place and is pretty comfortable. For this mask, you will need a t-shirt, two elastics, an iron and ironing board, and a needle and thread. Again, if you need a video tutorial, here is the one I followed — otherwise, follow these steps to make this mask!

What you’ll need:

  • An old t-shirt or rag, cut 8 in by 14.5 in
  • Scissors
  • Two elastic pieces, cut 7 in
  • A sewing needle
  • Thread
  • An iron


Here is a good tutorial on how to make a cotton face mask, and here is a beginner tutorial on how to make one using a sewing machine.