N.Y.C.’s MNDR serves up a rough-cut gem with its first full-length, Feed Me Diamonds. Comprised of duo Amanda Warner and Peter Wade, the band’s ’80s-inspired, electro sound doesn’t go down as easily as straight-up pop music because the beats and synths are unrefined, raw, and gritty. Werner often wavers between hitting and not hitting her notes, which adds tension to the already deliciously strained music. The single “#1 in ... Read More
  Despite its title, Eleni Mandell’s eighth solo album, I Can See the Future, is the opposite of forward-looking, in a good way. A lovely trip into the past, it’s deliberately old-fashioned, lo-tech, and rooted in mid-century country and pop sounds. “Magic Summertime” has vintage R&B-style chord changes that could have soundtracked a slow dance at the prom in Grease, while Mandell’s sultry phrasing on songs like ... Read More
Four new documentaries profile leading ladies from all over the globe--and they're coming to a TV near you!   Director Jonathan Demme captures the verve and perseverance of a civil-rights activist and lifelong Ninth Ward resident in PBS POV’s I’m Carolyn Parker: The Good, the Mad, and the Beautiful (premieres September 20, 10 p.m.) as she works to rebuild her New Orleans neighborhood post-Katrina.   Two-part PBS series Half the Sky ... Read More
Lady-friendly TV shows you won't want to miss this season The Mindy Project Premieres: Tuesday, September 25th, 9:30 p.m. (FOX) Thank Maude Mindy Kaling is starring in a show of her own creation, just in time for Tina Fey to pass her the funny-female-writer torch as 30 Rock enters its last season. Playing a hot mess of an OB/GYN who’s obsessed with romantic comedies, Kaling’s Mindy Lahiri seems to combine a less-grating Kelly Kapoor (her character from ... Read More
  With an emphatic nod to the ’80s, Omaha-based trio Icky Blossoms’ eponymous debut is a super danceable affair that’ll have you caking on the blue eye shadow and hiking up your acid-washed jeans. Extroverted songs dominate the album, with explosions of cosmic synthesizers and drum-machine claps (this band loves clapping) that recall a poppier New Order. “Sex to the Devil” showcases frontwoman Sarah Bohling’s hypnotic ... Read More
  Brooklyn mother Sonia is less than thrilled to learn she is unexpectedly pregnant with her third child. After having put her artistic aspirations aside to raise her first two kids, she was looking forward to finally having time to herself, and the baby will only put everything on hold once again. As her family demands more and more from her, and her humorously depicted pregnancy symptoms — including frequent flatulence and sensitivity to smell — ... Read More
In 2001 Stars released Nightsongs, a sleek soundtrack for after-hours spent under bedside lamps instead of city lights. Despite lyrics about breakups, it sounded a little like Portishead for people who haven't had sex yet. Eleven years later, the Montreal quintet is still singing about young lovers, but their gimlet eyes have narrowed. On "The Theory of Relativity," the first single from their sixth studio album The North (out now on ATO), frontman Torquil ... Read More
  That's right, folks-- the BUST Magazine issue-release party is *tonight* at Bar Matchless in Brooklyn. (557 Manhattan Ave.) We’re celebrating our August/September issue (with the fantastic Tavi Gevinson on the cover), so stop by any time after 8 p.m. for free magazines, cheap drinks, DJs, and rad bands. Bring all your lady bros! (Man bros also very welcome.) This’ll mark the first of a series of free (you know, as in zero dollars) ... Read More
Mike Birbiglia has released three comedy albums, starred in three Comedy Central specials, is a regular contributor to This American Life, and both wrote and starred in two award-winning off-Broadway one-man shows. But even he struggles with staying professional from time to time. During filming for Sleepwalk With Me—the new movie he co-wrote, directed, and stars in based on his sleep disorders and love life—he had to make it through an ... Read More
  Dear Roseanne, I’m in my mid-20s and will soon be getting a divorce from my high school sweetheart (we’ve been together a total of 10 years). While we may no longer be partners, we’re still friends. My family is very small and I’m close to his parents; I consider them to be family. It’s hard enough to see my relationship end, but losing them too would make things even harder. Is it possible to continue talking to them? My ex ... Read More
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