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  Austra (Toronto-based singer/songwriter Katie Stelmanis) took the stage at Brooklyn's tiny, Glasslands Gallery in a fairly undramatic fashion, yet conjured up some dark drama during an hour-long set that was moody, broody, and beautiful. Recently signing to Domino records, she was accompanied by several others on stage, compared to Austra's typical line-up of Stelmanis, drummer Maya Postepski, and bassist Dorian Wolf.  "Young and Gay" chimed with ... Read More
Well, better late than never. Brooklyn-based rapper, Jasmine Solano along with DJ NIRE released their mixtape TWO OF HEARTS on Valentine’s Day. This mixtape, just short of an hour, is jammed packed with fresh beats and inspired by the roller rink. Jasmine Solano blogged that the mixtape keeps the “old school vibes tight” and is a reminder of “innocent teen love.” This collaboration Latin freestyle mix can be downloaded here and ... Read More
Renowned artist of many mediums, Yoko Ono is set to appear as a very special featured speaker for the SXSW 25th Music Conference and Festival. In a highly anticipated interview with Jody Denberg, Yoko Ono will be discussing her pioneering, one-of-a-kind life’s work, from the Dada-inspired Fluxus movement in the 1960s, to the Iceland Imagine Peace Tower, and even her creative collaborations with her husband, John Lennon, a love story that continues to inspire ... Read More
I don’t know if three weeks is enough time to mentally prepare for the Downtown Music Festival and all it’s musical-goodness.  In partnership with The Fund for Public Schools, New York-based Downtown Records will be taking over BOTH Webster Hall and Terminal 5 on Friday, March 4th and Saturday, March 5th.  Celebrating the label’s 5th anniversary, Downtown Music Festival is fundraising for the first ever New York City Public School alumni ... Read More
So maybe he’s not a band per se, but Brooklyn-based producer DATALOG  and his new EP, Threads, is worth an alert. Threads is a hazy, warm blend of electronica, jazz, and world beats, all wrapped up in one kicked-back, noir-tinged package. Fans of everything from Flying Lotus to Massive Attack take note. Songs like “Sink Babies” offer subtle samples and thumps aplenty; the title track is a melancholy acid trip that demands ass shaking. Not ... Read More
Grammy-nominated English duo, La Roux, is digitally releasing Gold Edition that will feature remixes, b-sides, and acoustic versions of their self-titled 2009 debut album. Gold Edition will be available on both iTunes and Amazon on February 8 with photos, artwork, and video footage that have never before been seen. Co-producers and songwriters, Elly Jackson and Ben Langmaid have made an incredible impact in the states and continue to live up to their Grammy ... Read More
BUST HQ is one of those places that's crawling with all kinds of new music. As I'm sort of a strange person with pretty particular taste, I don't often listen to a lot of it, but today I was forwarded the music of Arron Dean, and loved it.  Raised on a small farm in an area called Knoppieslaagte outside of Johannesburg, amid the country's political upheaval, Arron followed his muse stateside to play jazz in Boston. Disheartened by the general apathy people ... Read More
What better way to give a celebratory memorial to Ari Up than a PUNKY REGGAE BIRTHDAY PARTY? This Sunday, January 16th, Dunia Best and Aram Sinnreich (Brave New Girl, Agent 99), the Punk Professor Vivien Goldman, Joly McFie of Punkcast.com and friends are honoring the pioneering lead singer of bands True Warriors, the Slits, and New Age Steps. Honoring Ari Up is an incredible assortment of talent. Led by Musical Director Ira Heaps, the original and current members ... Read More
When I first saw Project 60/40 perform, I was floored. Four ladies so talented, creating a style of music so unique- I dare say it's unparalleled- made me want to know more about them right away. After some research and a coffee date with the performers themselves, I learned that they use their classical backgrounds to reinvent modern music, and vice-versa, breathing new life into old favorites and making contemporary tunes accessible to all generations. As they ... Read More

Black Girls Rock-ing on BET

BY Mary S in Boob Tube |

Black women have long been part of rock music’s cultural landscape, from Lauryn Hill to Betty Davis to Tina Turner to Missy Elliot. But mention people who rock, and black girls will rarely show up at the top of a list most likely populated by aging white dudes with expensive guitars. Black Girls Rock Inc., a New York based non-profit whose mission it is to empower young women of color through mentorship, arts education, cultural exploration and public service ... Read More
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