Sleater–Kinney had a twelve-year career with seven epic albums; they exuded raw, riot grrrl energy everywhere they toured. The band received high praise from Rolling Stone for “pushing rock to the boiling point,” and Rob Sheffield called them, “America’s best punk band. EVER.” Not counting their 2013 reunion (joining Pearl Jam to cover Neil Young), it has been eight years since fans have had pure Sleater-Kinney ... Read More
Kim Shattuck, guitarist of The Muffs, had missed her band. She had been playing with the LA-based punk rock group since their formation in 1991 and up until they decided to take a break after their fifth record in 2004. About a decade later, she paid a visit to her mother’s house, where a number of previous Muffs songs were written, to see if the environment sparked any new inspiration. Shattuck came up with an album’s worth of all new material and ... Read More
BY Rachael Roth
in Music Stuff
on Dec 03, 2013
I’ve found my new musical crush in Sharkmuffin, an all-female noise-punk trio from Brooklyn whose third EP 1097 debuts this month. If their first two EPs were humble admissions of guilt, 1097 is the realization that they were right all along—a giant ‘fuck you’ to whoever pissed them off personally or politically.
The cover for the first track, "Foul Play" features lead guitarist/vocalist Tarra Thiessen on a beach between two cairns, maybe ... Read More
BY BUST Magazine
on Nov 26, 2013
Like a fanzine come to life, "The Punk Singer," directed by Sini Anderson, is a tender and totally absorbing documentary portrait of Kathleen Hanna—beloved riot grrrl frontwoman of the bands Bikini Kill, The Julie Ruin and Le Tigre.
The film is brimming with expertly edited archival footage and behind-the-scenes glimpses of Hanna’s private life. Viewers not only get to watch her find her voice in the feminist art-punk scene of the early ’90s, ... Read More
Amazing singer-songwriter and all-around fabulous lady Patti Smith, wrote a lovely piece for The New Yorker honoring Lou Reed.
Recalling their mutual love for poetry, as well as her appreciation for the late musical legend, Smith addresses both the enigmatic and beautiful qualities of Reed in her essay.
She writes, “I didn’t understand his erratic behavior or the intensity of his moods, which shifted, like his speech patterns, from speedy to laconic. ... Read More
BY Kelly Maxwell
in Style File
on May 08, 2013
I know y'all have seen the ridiculous ass-backwards looks from the red carpet gala at the Costume Institute Ball. I will NOT bore you with talk about how the glitterati got it all WRONG. Punk is not putting a thousand dollars of studs on a three thousand dollar Burburry jacket (I'm looking at you Sienna Miller). If you haven't seen the pix, check them out here and come back to me laterz.
The Metropolitan Museum is super important and does a great job preserving ... Read More
On Monday, Kathleen Hanna (of Bikini Kill, Le Tigre and The Julie Ruin) had a radio interview on “Q with Jian Ghomeshi,” where she spoke about the importance of public mistakes, the resurgence of the ‘90s, and why she is still pissed off twenty years later (“Does anybody remember that the Equal Rights Amendment never passed?”).
In the wake of the reissue of Bikini Kill’s entire catalog, Hanna speaks a lot about the band’s ... Read More
BY Amy Bucknam
on Aug 29, 2012
Screaming Females’ front lady Marissa Paternoster comes back from the dead (uh, literally) as a cat flesh eating zombie out for revenge in the Jersey-based punk band’s weird new music video for “Leave It All Up To Me.” The video, which premiered on RollingStone.com, is meant to be a continuation of the playfully gory story started in the previous video for “It All Means Nothing,” where the two boys of the band kill ... Read More
BY Amy Bucknam
on Aug 17, 2012
Icelandic actor, comedian, politician and Mayor of Reykjavík Jon Gnarr showed his support of the Pussy Riot ladies at Reykjavík pride parade this past weekend. Gnarr rode through the streets of the Icelandic capital on a float that read "FREE PUSSY RIOT" clad in a pink dress and a balaclava mask, in solidarity with the provocative protest band that protested the Orthodox Church's support of Vladimir Putin. This was prior to ... Read More
BY Intern Tessa
in Music Stuff
on Jun 19, 2012
When I think of punk music, my mind’s eye is flooded with images of white males jumping around with spikes on their belts, heavy boots, and an anarchist patches safety pinned onto their jeans. But recently, black women have become a presence on the punk scene as well, and they are owning it just as much as any testosterone filled mosher.
Local band TheDeathSet has taken notice of this, and made a mini documentary about the new development. The ... Read More