After Lisa’s "Awesome Lady Drummer Roundup," there was so much positive feedback, enthusiasm, and an overwhelming amount of suggestions, it was undeniable that a second lady drummer roundup was called for.  As a drummer myself, I am honored to share with you the musician babes whom I worship and who inspire me. We present to you the following roundup of mainly current and underground bands in hopes of shedding a little bit of light on these kick-ass bands whose drummers happen to be female. Read More
  D.C. native and Brooklyn-based designer Ellen Van Dusen is Dusen Dusen. Her label is bursting with vibrant textiles featuring hand-drawn designs which complement her sleek, no-fuss shapes that say "relax—you can do this; I understand you." At the crux of Van Dusen’s designs are sought-after elements of comfort and accessibility without the sacrifice of personal style or dignity. The line is as wonderfully unpretentious and refreshingly laid-back as the designer herself. Read More

Rad New Band: Bleached

BY Annelise S in Music

  When noise/punk band Mika Miko split up, telephone-microphone hybrid fans were left heartbroken across the sprawl of greater Los Angeles (and beyond). Mika Miko were known for raising hell in DIY settings and venues, especially at downtown L.A.'s The Smell, where they played their final show in January 2010. Today, however, I am thrilled to inform everyone of Mika Miko's resurrection of sorts. No, the band is not back together. But the group's sister duo, Jessica and Jennifer Clavin, just released a single from their new project, Bleached. Read More
As a big fan of both temporary tattoos and  artful conception, I was very excited to come across Tattly: Designy Temporary Tattoos.  Graphic designer Tina Roth Eisenberg, aka swissmiss, heard the call for higher quality temporary tattoo alternatives once she became fed-up with the current offerings of unattractive and bland temp tats. With her own child's adornment in mind, Eisenberg decided to stop complaining and take matters into her own hands. The result: a small yet superb collection of temporary tattoos, each crafted by a different independent designer. Read More


BY Annelise S in TV

After a nutty accident involving a bottle of Advil is misconstrued as a suicide attempt, Jenna ends up in a pretty brutal arm cast (see above picture) and an entire high school full of confused rumors. In MTV’s “AWKWARD.”, the typical cast of any high school TV show is present (the two sidekicks, doofy teachers, cheerleaders, confused parents, lame jocks), all dealing with the typical issues (virginity, popularity, personal identity, relationships) but with a refreshingly intelligent twist that distinguishes this show from the rest. The dialogue in “AWKWARD. Read More
This just in... During World War II, German soldiers were getting STDs in droves because of all their activity with French prostitutes. As any concerned commander would do, Hitler ordered blow-up dolls that would fit into the troops’ backpacks. According to The Sun, records reveal that Nazi scientists developed "synthetic comforters" for German soldiers stationed in Paris. The project began in 1940 after SS chief Heinrich Himmler wrote: "The greatest danger in Paris is the widespread and uncontrolled presence of whores picking up clients in bars, dance halls and other places. Read More
A week ago, the New York Times shed light on this issue with a feature entitled ‘Women, Uneasy, Still Lag as Cyclists in New York City”. The article features Julie Hirschfied, owner of Reade Street bicycle boutique, Adeline Adeline. Hirschfeld opened the store with the intention of catering exclusively to female cyclists. One year after the store’s opening, Hirschfeld could no longer deny the lack of enthusiastic female bicyclists in New York City, and she expanded the boutique to cater to male cyclists, as well. Read More
  Calling all New Englanders: From the Back of the Room, a documentary chronicling female involvement in the diy punk community, is going on tour through your home state! ABOUT THE FLIM: “Many people have the impression that the Riot Grrrl movement in the mid-90s was the end-all, be-all of female involvement in DIY punk. This is definitely not the case! Plenty of amazing ladies prior to this era paved the way for it, and plenty of amazing ladies continue to help keep DIY together today. Read More