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Neko Case, the amazingly talented and soulful singer and songwriter, will be performing for FREE at the second annual Lowdown Hudson Blues Festival. Neko has developed a new sound all her own - a mix of country, gospel, torch, and pop. She has earned Grammy nominations and a huge fan base with her seven albums and EP. And now we get to enjoy her live for free! By the way, she is also featured on The Hunger Games soundtrack.The festival is a two-day outdoor ... Read More
My inner Harriet the Spy came in handy when I was on the bus a couple of days ago, eavesdropping on a conversation between two elderly women (yeah, I know, I’m really that cool!) talking about a new exhibit that opened at the New York Public Library called “Lunch Hour NYC.” After a couple of minutes of listening to the women reminisce about how cheap food used to be “back in the golden days” when they’d hangout at diners with ... Read More
  You’ve heard of the amazing things going on in Russia. Right? You’ve heard of the protests in Red Square and surprise show at the Cathedral of Christ the Savior in Moscow. I know you’ve seen images of these fiercely brave women dawning balaclava head gear and outfitted in neon. Well at least I hope so. Russian all girl punk band Pussy Riot has made headlines over the past couple of months with the guerilla style activist work and the ... Read More
The Occupy Wall Street movement doesn't exactly have the most shining reputation. It has been criticized for having no concrete goals or any sort of discernable structure, for oversimplifying the complex issue of the economy, and for its treatment of gender and race (among other things). #OWS's treatment of women in particular hasn't been great. From the repulsive Hot Chicks at Occupy tumblr (which I know isn't a blog sanctioned by #OWS, but still represents ... Read More
At 17, I waited for hours on end to be front-row-center for my favorite new songstress Regina Spektor at Austin City Limits. The festival experience was grueling yet thrilling, and as the show came to end, all I could think was, “That was totally worth it.”  So at her recent show, as she started to sing, a wave of nostalgia came over me. The venue for this performance, the United Palace Theater, was quite grandiose and seemingly fit for an opera. ... Read More
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