BY Emily Robinson in General on Aug 19, 2014 |
Haim’s new music video for “My Song 5” is a well-built, star-studded tease of a music video. It’s also safe to say I loved pretty much every minute of it. If you haven’t seen it yet and don’t want me to spoil it for you, STOP READING and watch the video below.The standout, beat heavy track from their debut Days Are Gone creates a pretty dramatic backdrop for a Jerry Springer/Maury Povitch-type show. ... Read More
BY Emma Tilden in Music Stuff on Jul 30, 2014 |
Brand new country duo Maddie & Tae are calling out the crazy-high levels of sexism in the music genre known as “Bro Country”—the hyper-masculine, woman-objectifying trope that has come to dominate modern country music. They use their new song, “Girl in a Country Song” to point out the ridiculousness of portraying every woman as an overly sexual yet faceless being.
The lyrics are pretty great:
“I hear you over ... Read More
BY Gwen Berumen in Music Stuff on Jul 29, 2014 |
Lana Del Rey has opened up about a particular song from her album Ultraviolece. "Fucked My Way Up to the Top" is the 9th track on the most recent album, and the song hinges on the narrator’s pursuit of stardom and using sex to achieve it.
Knowing that Lana is an artist who writes songs based on voyeuristic nostalgia, I assumed that elements of this track (including lyrics like: ‘I’m a dragon, you’re a whore’ and ‘What I ... Read More
BY Gwen Berumen in Music Stuff on Jul 20, 2014 |
For the first time in four years, The New Pornographers are back with a new album, music video, and an upcoming fall tour.The official music video for “War on the East Coast” premiered yesterday at Rolling Stone and is taking a “mid-nineties second tier britpop attitude.” A.C. Newman comments that he’d previously never felt the need to appear in any of the Pornographers’ music vids, but with this one, they “wanted to ... Read More
BY Caelan in Music Stuff on Jul 15, 2014 |
Jenny Lewis is one of my favorite musicians of all time. I didn’t think my love for this maven could’ve grown any more after years of touring as one-half of my favorite band Rilo Kiley, her very successful solo albums Jenny Lewis with the Watson Twins: Rabbit Fur Coat and Acid Tongue, or the fact that she played Phyllis Nefler’s daughter in the cult classic Troop Beverly Hills.But she’s topped everything, and the Internet might just ... Read More
BY Amy Carlberg in Music Stuff on Jun 25, 2014 |
Bridget Everett, how do I love thee? Let me count the ways. You wear fabulously revealing get-ups for all your sets, you're a lady whose size can rival the guys, you look hot all the time, you make some of the bluest jokes I've ever heard, you have "the voice of an angel," you guest regularly on Inside Amy Schumer, and Time Out named you one of the "funniest New Yorkers."
If you aren't acquainted with all that, Bridget's brand-spankin'-new NSFW video is ... Read More
Searching for a summer jam to make you feel AWESOME? Girl, have I got something for you. I’ve been listening to Meghan Trainor’s new single, “All About That Bass,” nonstop for about an hour and my mood has significantly improved.
The best part of Trainor’s single is that it’s all about loving yourself, no matter what you look like. Trainor starts off her retro pop jam singing about how she “ain't no size two”but how ... Read More
BY Claire Filipek in Music Stuff on May 23, 2014 |
M.I.A released an uncensored music video for her song “Double Bubble Trouble” off her 2013 LP Matangi. She directed the video herself, but let her fans know via Twitter that her label was holding up its release.Soon after the tweet, M.I.A took matters into her own hands and uploaded the video herself.Universal Music Group obviously did not okay this move and the video was blocked within minutes, as UMG cited copyright infringement.
A few ... Read More
BY Amy Carlberg in Music Stuff on May 16, 2014 |
As the Amazing Spiderman, Andrew Garfield is no stranger to skintight costumes. But the outfits he wears in Arcade Fire's new video, "We Exist," are revealing in a whole different way.We kicked off the week with another new video featuring a blonde wig, so this seems like the perfect bookend. Both music videos highlight the performance of gender; how femininity is nothing inherent, but rather a set of learned behaviors. "Please" by Hers and "We Exist" by ... Read More
BY Amy Carlberg in Music Stuff on May 12, 2014 |
Pull on your red pleather boots, slap on some lipstick and a pair of heart-shaped glasses and go out dancing. In a field. Or outside a post office. Or in the forest.
This is what front woman of HERS, Melissa L. Amstutz, does in the video for "Please." She places her hand stiffly on her head, positioning her own body. She dons a platinum blonde wig, and we are forced to see her enact a strange femininity. Gender truly is a performance, and one we all undergo each ... Read More