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Otep is the frontwoman for the group of the same name. No mere vocalist, Otep is also a poet and artist whose themes include politics and the many forms of abuse. Claiming that she would love to publish some of her poetry one day, Otep said she spent a lot of time writing in her journal on Nov. 2, Election Day.

What was the first concert you ever saw?

I saw Radiohead at Red Rocks. I think they were on tour for the Amnesiac album.

What CDs are in your changer right now?

I don't take my CDs with me; I just throw everything onto my iPod. Lately, it's been Mudvayne's and Nirvana's first albums.

How many total albums do you own (CDs, vinyl, cassettes, 8-tracks)?

Not many; maybe 25? I'm not much of a music collector; I have more books than I do CDs.

Do you download music, and if so, legally?

I'm a staunch opposer to illegal downloading. I have my iPod, which I put music onto.

What was the first album you owned?

Nirvana, In Utero, from what I remember.

What song would you like played at your funeral?

"The End" by The Doors.

Musically speaking, what do you love that your friends don't know about? What's your favorite guilty pleasure?

I like a lot of underground hip-hop. The group Cannibal Ox is my favorite. It's too bad they're not around anymore.

What band or artist changed your life, and how?

It's hard to say. From watching and reading about various people, I felt that I had a kinship towards them, a place in the world when I feel isolated.

Figurative gun to your head, what is your favorite album of all time?

It's a toss-up between Slipknot's first, Nirvana's In Utero and Radiohead's OK Computer. I think that bands' best albums are their first. They're the songs worked on the longest and hardest.

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