When a festival is named after a Velvet Underground song (All Tomorrow's Parties) you know it is going to be legit. Looking at the line up of bands and talent, my mind is sort of blown by how diverse and real the organizers kept it. From smaller punk bands big in their own scene like Toronto band Fucked Up, to the sweet, melodic voices of Hope Sandoval and the Warm Inventions, ATP is super well read-and well rounded. And not to get off topic, but speaking of Hope ... Read More
What should you expect from a band that lists robin's eggs, cat energy and the symphonic faint technicolor web as musical influences? Raw, ambient energy. And although I have not seen all-girl Portland band Purple Rhinestone Eagle live, their recorded tracks are stellar and have a pretty commanding presence. With a voice that is similar to Grace Slick's (Jefferson Airplane), singer Andrea G. sort of sing/chants melodic metal that is somewhat reminiscent to a genre ... Read More

Macho, Macho Men?

BY Nissa in Boob Tube |

BUST-y lady, and our lovely managing editor, Emily Rems appeared as a guest this morning on the NPR show "The Takeaway" to discuss the death of the "macho man" in present day cinema. Today, two very different movies are being released in theaters nationally - "Eat, Pray, Love" and "The Expendables." The question at hand here is, when a movie is so crammed with tried and true, and stereotypically "strong" actors, and all of those actors happen to be over forty, ... Read More
Feeling down cause you haven't made any plans for the weekend yet? Check out these happenings in the NYC area and make your weekend a little better. Friday (the 13!) If you're not doing your own spooky stuff, get over to Brooklyn to see some fine ladies on bikes- Join the Babes On Bikes for their (sure to be awesome) first burlesque show at The Trailer Park (304 Meserole St.) Starts at 10pm. Get there at 8 for a metal show with bands Big Gunz, Spicoli and Jarvis ... Read More
I love Arcade Fire. And while I was one click away from buying my ticket to their U.S record release show for The Suburbs last week at Madison Square Garden, I went against my instinct and bought a bus ticket out of town instead. But it worked out in my favor regardless. Turns out director Terry Gilliam livecasted the entire show on YouTube for everyone who missed it. But the recording of the show is more than just a video recording, Gilliam seemed to layer images ... Read More
And really, were they ever? They are, and have been, at the root of so many problems. Today, dealers in Zimbabwe began selling rough diamonds mined from a territory where human rights activists say soldiers killed 200 people, raped women and forced children into hard labor.  But even these stark facts barely qualify as news, now that the blood diamond trade has been flourishing for years. In fact, it seems the world forgot about blood diamonds until Naomi ... Read More
Ex-Blondie bassist Greta Brinkman said it best when referring to women in the music scene in the 1980's:"At that time, there was this shining moment in American DIY music when everybody was in their own bands, driving around in the back of a beat-up van and putting on shows in their basement. And every band had at least one woman in, it seemed, it was no big deal. It wasn't until the late 1980s when everything went testosterone-mad that the scene became hostile ... Read More

Prop. 8 Rejected!

BY Nissa in Feminizzle |

Today, in a huge win for gay rights, Federal Judge Vaughn Walker overturned Prop. 8, ruling that it was indeed unconstitutional. Like many advocates of gay rights, I have been waiting all morning to learn the outcome of this decision.  This is a great victory for civil rights, and for all people who believe in equality. Supporters of Prop. 8 have claimed that they will work to appeal the ruling. Rachel Maddow says it best: You need to a flashplayer enabled ... Read More

Some Pretty Cute Food

BY Nissa in Eat Me |

I keep hearing on the news that the reign of cupcakes in the fad-food hierarchy is finally coming to an end. And while I think that the idea of trendy food is kind of dumb, I couldn't help being intrigued by an article which predicts that "Popsicles" and frozen treats will the next big thing.  The "Popsicle" was invented on accident in 1905 when an eleven year old accidentally left water, powdered soda and a stick outside on a cold night. Since then, the food, ... Read More

A Dress A Day

BY Nissa in Style File |

Today marks the 248th day of Marisa Lynch's eco-friendly fashion project New Dress A Day. The goal: renew 365 articles of used clothing in 365 days, for 365 dollars. Transitively, a new dress for just a dollar a day. When Lynch was laid off last November, she channeled the change positively, inspired by the movie Julie & Julia. “[Julie] was finding something to do every day that made her feel great. I was jealous. I thought, I want to find ... Read More
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