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On their sophomore album, Portland-based Sallie Ford & the Sound Outside cull the best bits from music’s past eras, creating a mercurial hybrid of rockabilly, blues, country, and garage rock. Ford’s vocals have just enough of a worn edge to sound appropriately world-weary and jaded, but she’s smooth enough in her delivery to pull off sweeter, poppier tracks. Catchy “They Told Me” brings to mind the tight hooks of fellow retro rockers the Black Keys, while Ford’s vocal style on “Do Me Right” owes a...
  Loads of great things happened in 1993: during the second day of her Supreme Court confirmation hearings, Ruth Bader Ginsburg supported legal abortion in the most direct language ever used by a nominee, BUST Magazine was founded (!), and Chloë Sevigny (photographed above by Larry Clark) moved to New York and was dubbed one of the "coolest girls in the world" by The New Yorker. Loads of not-so-great things happened in 1993, as well: Representative Henry Hyde successfully defended his restrictions on federal Medicaid financing for abortion, Audrey Hepburn...
The "Maggies" in 1950s Dublin The Irish government has changed its tune about offering an apology to victims of the Magdalene Laundries. These institutions, operated by Catholic nuns, incarcerated up to 10,000 women from 1922 to 1996. Since the last laundry was shuttered, survivors and advocates have been demanding an official apology from the state, as well as compensation for wages, pensions, and healthcare.  For the last decade or so, these demands have gone unanswered by the government. But a new report that details the state’s involvement...
It’s been nearly four years since Phoenix released their award-winning album Wolfgang Amadeus Phoenix. This April will bring the release of their follow-up LP, Bankrupt! from Glassnote Records. They have been posting tantalizing teasers on their website, but yesterday they finally revealed a video for their debut track “Entertainment.” Check it out below. It’s eighties influence is definitely showing: think Siouxsie and the Banshees’ “Hong Kong Garden,” with a modern Versaille twist. Thomas Mars’ characteristic vocals lead the musical romp through layers of synth, and danceable...
Jessica Valenti is sick and tired of the question, “Why are you so angry?” We’re all aware of the “angry feminist” stereotype that’s been bandied about for decades; anger and aggression are prominent qualities of the caricature version of feminism. This unfair and false characterization is often invoked by those who would silence the voices of feminists, dismissing their views as irrational or otherwise invalid.  During a luncheon held by Planned Parenthood Gulf Coast on the occasion of Roe v. Wade's fortieth anniversary, Valenti discussed her...