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We've been fans of Rachel Trachtenburg since she was but a wee lass, bangin' the drums for her family's band, the Trachtenburg Family Slideshow Players. So it's a little hard to believe that she's turning 16. What's not hard to believe though, is how many awesome people will be helping her celebrate on December 13th at the House of Yes in Brooklyn! With performances by Murray Hill, Care Bears on Fire, and Rachel's new band SUPERCUTE, this is a sweet 16 party you ... Read More
This review is long overdue -- but cut me some slack, it's hard to be a double intern and a retail employee during the holiday season. A couple of weeks ago, I saw Amanda Blank and Peaches at Terminal 5 in NYC, and it pretty much made my month. Amanda Blank, who I've described to friends as a hip-hop heir of Peaches, kicked everything off with a bang, warming up the crowd with her in-your-face lyrics and dance-tastic beats. Blank was wearing a crazy outfit that a ... Read More

Holiday Tunage

BY Lisa in Music Stuff |

Bear with me while I dork out for a second. I love Christmas music. I do, I can’t help it. I think it started with my cherished New Kids on the Block, Merry Merry Christmas cassette (featuring Donnie Wahlberg’s seminal tune Funky, Funky Xmas), and these days come December 1st I’ve got A John Waters Christmas on repeat. So you can bet I was down to see The Brian Setzer Orchestra’s Christmas Rocks! Extravaganza at the Hammerstein Ballroom on ... Read More
Seeing a band or performer who you really like play live for the first time is such a delicate situation. Let's say that you've been listening to a certain album non-stop for months, are madly in love with it, and then you go see the songs performed live and they just majorly stink up the place. It's a sad thing when that happens, but let me just tell you that this did NOT happen when I went to my first ever Jemina Pearl show at Music Hall of Williamsburg on ... Read More
I am considering making it "my thing" in writing up concert reviews to re-tell the occurrences of fights that broke out while I was there. It seems to happen at every show I go to and is distracting in that sort of "this is so awkward, I can't look away" sort of way. Last night I attended the Julian Plenti show at the Bowery Ballroom, which was also apparently attended by the inhabitants of some sort of local mental hospital.     Julian Plenti is ... Read More
Okay, Okay, everyone knows how super cool Jon Spencer is, but have you seen him lately? People, if Heavy Trash is coming to your neck of the woods on tour, I strongly advise you get yourself out to see this band perform. They KILLED it last month at the record release party, and I can safely say he's one of the greatest performers of our time. Check out the latest video for Gentle, off their latest album Midnight Soul Serenade on Fat Posum. PS. this vid was made by ... Read More
I love this new video from Nneka, the Nigerian-born, German-based singer and songwriter. She'll have a full length album, The Concrete, out in Feb 2010. Click here for tour dates and downloads. You need to a flashplayer enabled browser to view this ... Read More
Attention, fans of free concerts! The Jelly NYC Pool Parties need your help ASAP. According to the Open Space Alliance, Brooklyn's East River Park may not be available in 2010 for everyone's favorite free concert series. This year featured FREE performances by all of these incredible bands: Girl Talk, Dirty Projectors, Deerhunter, HEALTH, Fiery Furnaces, Grizzly Bear (Jay-Z went to that one, remember?) and many, many more. So if you're as bummed about this news as ... Read More
Lady GaGa's antics have got everybody taking it to the next level, including her recent partner in crime Beyoncé. Hot on the heels of her fierce collabs with GaGa, B is again staking her claim as 'hottest chick in the game' by stage-diving into a crowd at her London show during a performance of 'Halo.' The video quality is a little bit terrible -- but hey, it's an illegally filmed cell phone video from an arena show. It still gets the point across. So who's ... Read More
(Intern Amber Bela Muse checked out Amanda Palmer on Saturday, November 14th, in Brooklyn. She asked me to post her review of the marvelous show while she's a busy bee traveling to and fro. Enjoy!) Last Saturday night, in front of the Music Hall of Williamsburg, I stood waiting in a long line to get tickets to see Amanda Palmer.  It was cold, rainy and my mood was beginning to sour. When I finally got inside I bee-lined for the bar to get a drink.  To my ... Read More