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The so-called feminist magazine, Playboy, recently published an article written by a dude who argued that Neko Case is, “too smart—and frankly too old—to be one of those shiny young pop starlets who sing about love with superficial life-or-death stakes."  Earth to everyone; she is not a commercial pop star. So, why compare her to the likes of Katy Perry or Beyoncé?     The problem with the article is ... Read More
I love the band X. In the '70s and '80s, these California punk rock icons inspired many young people like myself, and I’ve always especially admired lead singer Exene Cervenka. But I noticed something distressing over the past few months. She's calling herself a “Conspiracy Therapist” on Twitter, writing some disturbing tweets, and posting videos like The Blunt Truth about The Trayvon Martin Case. (Which essentially complained that the uproar ... Read More
 Nicki Minaj’s brand new single, “Pills N Potions,” dropped recently, and it appears that the hip-hop goddess is doing better than ever. The song's off her upcoming album, The Pink Print, and signals what might be a rather drastic transformation for an artist who has been known to rock more hair colors than you'd find in a box of Crayola crayons. She's definitely heading in a different direction, musically and personal-style-wise, than what ... Read More
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
Alex Winston may be one of the most underrated pop musicians of this generation. I first saw her perform live three years ago at a dive bar in London, where she and her band burst with fearless energy and impossibly dynamic talent. The Detroit native is able to write classic yet fresh melodies that’ll give you a sugar rush, but her brand of pop is more indie-folk inspired than bubblegum.It’s not too surprising that Winston is classically trained in ... Read More
Today The Knife released a preview of their new digital EP, "Shaken-Up Versions," featuring a video for the "shaken-up version" of "Without You My Life Would Be Boring" and three remixes. The EP will be available digitally June 17th with CD and vinyl versions to follow, and was developed in conjunction with their Shaking the Habitual Tour.If "habitual" is music videos filled with blondes with suntans, beaded with sweat, bottles raised in the air, this new ... Read More
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
Nikki Lane met Dan Auerbach of The Black Keys at her pop-up vintage clothing stall. She was wearing a hunting jacket he wanted to buy. It turned into a case of being in the right place at the right time. Auerbach ended up producing Lane’s sophomore album All Or Nothin’, a collaboration nothing short of sensational. The 13-track record starts of with “Right Time”, an outlaw anthem that showcases Lane’s bluesy soul and country attitude. ... Read More
I first got stoked on post-punk DC band Priests when I heard “USA (Incantations)” off their EP Tape Two. It’s less of a song than it is a spoken word statement that outlines exactly how our country was wrongly built upon a constitution designed solely by rich, white, landowning men. The narrator recites facts and statistics that demonstrate how the US is built upon a false idea of freedom and fairness, yet popular culture and public education ... Read More
  The Julie Ruin has been forced to cancel tour dates on their North American and European tours in the upcoming months due to vocalist Kathleen Hanna’s ongoing fight with Lyme Disease. The singer first opened up to SPIN Magazine last year about her experience battling the disease, which required her to wear an internal IV inside her arm to more effectively deliver medicine closer to her heart. Hanna’s current treatment will take three months, ... Read More
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