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Upon discovering that Juliette Lewis was going to be playing in Brooklyn to promote her new album Terra Incognita, it wasn't at all odd to me that I wanted to go - even though I don't own any of her albums, or know any of her songs. I can only imagine that this is the sort of thing that actors and actresses in bands hate, and why Jared Leto of 30STM fame prefers to keep on the down low (meaning he wears lots of makeup) in his own celeb-fronted band, but sometimes ... Read More
Indie dance-pop band The Ting Tings are releasing a new album, Kunst, and the release date remains a mystery as of yet. HOWEVERRcrdlbl.com has a free download of a remix by Low Sunday to their new single "Hands". You can check out the original song over at their site or at their Facebook page.  The hook of the song is this catchy repeated phrase of "Clap your hands if you're workin' too hard..." and I gotta say, it kind of makes me giggle a little, being that ... Read More
New Orleans' Sissy Bounce Queen, Big Freedia, is most definitely gonna be in Brooklyn this weekend to kickoff her U.S. tour!  Consistently BUSTing gender norms, Big Freedia will be bringin' her crew of dirty dancers including Altercation (booty bounce instructor on the side)  and her pal DJ Rusty Lazer along for the ride. During the day on Saturday, August 28th, the troupe will be at MoMA's PS1's Warm Up Party beginning at 2pm.  When the sun sets, ... Read More
It's Monday. Which means you are probably as tired as I am. Or maybe not. I didn't have my coffee today. Also, it's raining here, which I don't know if it's doing that where you are, but that tends to make the day drag on that much more. That being said, here's a big eff you to the weather, the first real day of the week, and whatever else is bothering you! (Thanks Cee-Lo, you are awesome.) You need to a flashplayer enabled browser to view this video There's a ... Read More
It's hall in a days work as Leslie takes time out to show us around her hometown of Ames, Iowa.  "GOOD MORNING! I'm so happy to see you show up at my house for a museum tour.  The mobile Museum is behind my house, I can promise free admission but I can't promise that I'll be dressed or not be gas-y." "To stay in shape, I find bicycles to be the easiest non-sweaty way to burn lower leg calories.  This mud pile is a hole my dad dug up ... Read More
The Thermals (a band I had to all but arm wrestle my editor to let me include in the music section for the Oct/Nov issue) released a video for the first single from their upcoming album Personal Life. The song is called "I Don't Believe You," and it features Carrie Brownstein (Sleater-Kinney guitarist and KRS label mate) running around in some leisure wear. That's really all there is to say on the matter, other than the fact that sometimes it really does seem like ... Read More
  For one night only Leslie and the Lys took over the Des Moines Social Club by pushing back all the tables and chairs and creating the ultimate dance party. With lessons and games and DJ Mona Bones on the decks, nobody went home without getting up on the dance floor.  The following is the photographic proof with captions by Leslie Hall. "This crew I would consider top tier providers of lovely-ness. When they show up they have style class and a pinch of ... Read More
    Okay, so this Sunday he's celebrating his 90th birthday. And okay, so this is not the first song to lionize a specific writer or even just being a writer, but dude. Dude. Rachel Bloom is adorbs, you can't get it out of your head once it worms its way in there, and really, you can totally dance to it. I give it a Fahrenheit 69.   You need to a flashplayer enabled browser to view this ... Read More
After several years of applying for Iowa's state fair, Leslie Hall was finally granted her childhood dream come true . With weeks of preparation which included rehearsals, new videos, and the construction of massive state fair specific props , Leslie  and the Lys set the stage at 9am on a Tuesday in the pouring rain! However, this didn't stop her and the Lys from giving the crowd of early risers their all.  Proving yet again Mother Gem is a true ... Read More
Why walk together when you can rock together?  Such must have been the mentality of lovebirds-turned-songbirds Jenny and Johnny. Jenny and Johnny is the musical pairing of indie rock queen, Jenny Lewis, and her equally talented beau Johnathan Rice. The couple met back in 2005 through Bright Eyes front-man Connor Oberst and have been inseparable ever since--Rice joining Lewis’ tour in 2006 for the release of her debut solo album Rabbit Fur Coat. Jenny and ... Read More
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