Unless you live in the Twin Cities, prepare to be very jealous, indeed. This May, St. Paul will host the Girls Got Rhythm Fest, a two-night concert extravaganza featuring veritable music legend Ronnie Spector, among other acts. A pioneer in the girl rock scene since the 1960s, Spector is no stranger to the limelight. She is responsible for hits like "Be My Baby" and "Baby I Love You," which were basically written to be sung into the mirror with a hairbrush in hand. ... Read More
Phil Moore and Beth Tacular, the couple at the heart of Bowerbirds, journeyed through intense personal hardships—breakups, breakdowns, brushes with death—and returned with The Clearing (out now on Dead Oceans), their most rhythmically and lyrically complex creation yet. Combining elements of dissonance and darkness with moments of remarkable beauty and wisdom, this 11-song LP is an emotionally and visually evocative sonic cinema from start to finish. ... Read More
It would appear that Rick Santorum, of all people, now considers himself an advocate for women. In a statement released on his campaign website, he says the United States is “suffering a pandemic of harm” because of the rising prevalence of pornography on the Internet. Not only does he seem to think that porn is “toxic” for healthy relationships and marriages, but he also thinks it contributes to “misogyny and violence against ... Read More
Having a place of one's own is quite the challenge, and not only with regard to paying the bills and making sure that the couch isn't consistently covered with cat hair. On top of these basic requirements, there is also the task of making one's house a home, adding those tender touches that can really transform a living space. A perfect way to create visual interest and generate conversations for those grown-up dinner parties you've always wanted to have is by ... Read More
  Get out the rag and polish ladies, because—as Frank Bass at Businessweek explained—"Women who want to earn more on Wall Street than their male colleagues have one reliable option. They can set up a shoe-shine stand in Lower Manhattan." That's because the only industry where women earn more than men (a whopping $1.02 to every dollar) is that of personal care and service. That is the one (one!) out of 265 major job categories where women can ... Read More