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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
As a person who actually cried the day Sleater-Kinney announced their indefinite hiatus, I am constantly looking for new music to seriously rock out to. A girl can only listen to Live Through This so many times before her friends start to think she's losing it. But this week, thanks to the buzz-happy bloggers over at Pitchfork, I discovered Sleigh Bells, a rockin' duo from Brooklyn fronted by tattooed badass Alexis Krauss (who may be the only person in the history ... Read More
In an earlier post today, I brought you the joy that is Gwen Verdon's dance number, Mexican Breakfast, with her various moves helpfully explained.  An astute reader pointed out that the dance moves looked suspicially like Beyonce's "Single Ladies" video dance moves (beloved by single babies around the world).  Now it turns out that not only are Beyonce's moves similar to Gwen's, they are directly  cribbed from her. Here are the two videos intercut ... Read More
Kid Sister (AKA Melisa Young) is really fun to talk to on the phone. For the first five minutes of our conversation she asked me questions about where I was from, having called me out on my Midwestern accent. Born and raised in suburban Illinois herself, Melisa credits the drought of suburban entertainment options for the creativity that grew from it. When there's nowhere to go but the yarn barn and the local Walmart, might as well start banging some pots and pans ... Read More
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