What a great Valentine's Day surprise! Yesterday evening, a federal court toppled Virginia's lingering ban on gay marriage. According to an NBC report, presiding Judge Arenda L. Wright Allen wrote in her opinion:    "Justice has often been forged from fires of indignities and prejudices suffered. Our triumphs that celebrate the freedom of choice are hallowed. We have arrived upon another moment in history when We the People becomes ... Read More
  Tickets go on sale today for four intimate solo shows with FEIST — whose 2011 album Metals won attention and praise from Pitchfork, The New York Times, and various smaller zines. While this body of work is less pop-y than her previous albums, make no mistake: this lady's songwriting skills have only improved with time. For the woefully uninformed, Feist (,Leslie) is a Canadian musician with with deep roots in early-aughts indie rock. She’s ... Read More
Ahh, Valentine’s Day — that 24-hour block designed to sell greeting cards, indicate the lonely and breed competition in healthy relationships. I love flowers and candlelit dinners as much as the next pair of pants, but we can all agree on the somewhat forced aspect of a holiday that first calls to mind overcrowded restaurants and cheap plush teddy bears. The brouhaha is enough to make you wanna  take your celebration (or, demolition...) inside. ... Read More
As a several year veteran of Bonnaroo Music and Arts Festival (which, for those in the know, is the dubious lovechild of Burning Man and Coachella), I now feel able to offer advice on that fraught annual conundrum: should I go to _____ music festival? Your friends are probably going. Kirsten Stewart is probably going. And above all things, a newly reunited OutKast might be going – and if anything in this world is worth braving foul weather, crowds, noise, ... Read More
Though these days, it's almost difficult to imagine a world B.B. (Before Beyonce...), in honor of a news day so indebted to women who rock, yours truly has trawled the internet for lasting evidence of the power in a live performance. As MTV becomes a fond footnote in music history, as drum machines and auto-tune close in on the once-holy territory of the epic ballad, as Lady Gaga dons meat and Miley rides demolition equipment (I am clearly behind the times...) ... Read More
Don't lie – "Rebel Girl" was an important part of the soundtrack at your angriest teenage sleepover. Le Tigre helped initiate that tenacious (and in retrospect, highly dubious) clubbing phase. And now, some twentysomething years down the road, you're digging The Julie Ruin. You've gotten older, sure – but has Kathleen Hanna? I don't think so! In addition to retaining her particular knack re: wearing-the-hell-out-of-a-printed-shift, Ms. Hanna's ... Read More
Two photographers -- the fashion and fine art-minded Omar Victor Diop and the self-proclaimed cultural-critic, Antoine Tempe -- recently teamed up to create an attention-grabbing photo series. Their angle? Re-casting classic stills from old Hollywood movies with "a representative sample of the cultural scenes in Dakar and Abidjan."  The project was funded by the Onomo International hotel group, and includes images ... Read More
Ethan Fixell of MTV's Guy-Code won himself a little flack last Wednesday when he published an article decrying the typical lack of hot chicks at metal concerts. The piece, somewhat obtusely titled “Why Are There So Many Cute Girls at Metal & Hardcore Concerts Now?” challenges its readers with funny, true remarks like “Death metal events are known to be...how do I put this...'vaginally challenged.'” ...yup. But Mr. Fixell is also pretty good at ... Read More
Though I remain convinced that this year's sweeping Twitter trend, “#readwomen2014,” was the agitated invention of my personal two good friends over a literary-minded meal one day – this movement, whatever its genesis, is gaining plenty of traction. The idea is this: in response to the hundreds and hundreds of years wherein penis-toters dominated literature, science, politics, you name it – we ladies will now do a bit of reclaiming and make ... Read More
You should already be a learned fan of St. Vincent (a.k.a. Annie Clark), synth-y solo artist extraordinaire – but in case you're not, the singer's new self-titled album is set to hit stores this February 24th.  Already carrying heavy stamps of approval from Robin Hilton and Bob Boilen at NPR, the new set of songs is highly influenced by our current digital culture; there's a dance-y bass line ribboning through singles like below's "Digital ... Read More
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