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Sonita Alizadeh was just fifteen when her parents told her she going to be sold into an arranged marriage. It’s a sickening reality many young girls face in developing countries, where one in three will marry before age eighteen. Terrified of becoming a part of that statistic, Sonita resisted – by rapping. In a recent interview with PRI, she told her story. She grew up in Tehran, where a non-profit organization taught children things like photography and music. It was here that her passion for rapping would begin: “Rap music let’s you tell your story to other people. Read More
  This guest post was written by Shannon Carlin.   BEST COAST California Nights(Harvest Records)   The chord progressions are the same on Best Coast’s latest album, which, production-wise, falls somewhere between her perfectly flawed debut and its too pristine follow-up, but this time, Bethany Cosentino has more on her mind than just boys.   “Sleep Won’t Ever Come” is her prayer for a good night’s rest and chance to turn off her brain, while “So” has her contemplating the meaning of life. Read More
Multi-talented musician Marcia Richards might be living the dream now, touring the U.S. with her London-based band The Skints, but not long ago this lifestyle was nearly impossible for her to imagine. Not only was she more of a classical music nerd growing up than an aspiring reggae rocker, but nearly all of the now-25 year old’s teenage years were spent battling Nephrotic Syndrome, a highly rare kidney disease that meant lots of extended trips to the hospital. “I lost all of my hair and was very sickly. Read More
  Legendary Ari Up started making a documentary about the influential herstory of her band The Slits. She teamed up with former band manager Jennifer Shagawat to deliver this epic story of social rebellion, riot, and really awesome music. It’s crazy we don’t know that much about The Slits yet, considering they laid the foundation for so many feminist and punk movements that happened after them. They were pre riot grrrl, post punk, and transformed the music scene into an irreversibly different culture.   Five years ago Ari Up passed away from cancer at the age of 48. Read More
Cult-classic indie-rock. Experimental improvisation. Jazz standards. If any or all of this appeals to you, check out Little Black Egg Big Band and Oren Ambarchi’s show at Pioneer Works in Brooklyn coming up in June. Little Black Egg Big Band, a.k.a. Yo La Tengo & Friends, includes the three members of Yo La Tengo, Georgia Hubley, Ira Kaplan and James McNew (Hubley’s solo project is called Little Black Egg); bassist Tony Maimone, formerly of Pere Ubu; jazz artists Susie Ibarra, Daniel Carter and Taylor Ho Bynum; and many more still to be announced. Read More
Looking for something to do in Brooklyn tonight? Check out "Another Fucking Group Show," 8 'til late at Superchief Gallery on 66 Greenpoint Ave. The bands start at 9 pm, and you can check out the crazy installations from artists in the Frontal Labatomy space all night. Seriously, get there if you can. Read More
    To fans of Hole’s seminal 1994 album Live Through This, the sound of Patty Schemel behind a drum kit is simply unmistakable. As I wandered through the factories of East Williamsburg in search of the venue where Patty and her pop-punk band Upset were sound-checking before their show, I heard those blistering clicks and felt as if I’d found the north star. I knew I was in the right place.   Patty Schemel is an unusual figure in contemporary indie music. Read More
It’s true. The weekend is over, but that doesn’t mean the fun has to stop. Party all day long; Cubical or no cubical, with these 9 female singers (who are coincidentally all from Athens, GA, one of our fave places in the south). Strong, talented, and feminist—you’re going to want to put these women on your radar! Rising Appalachia   Rising Appalachia is composed of two rad sisters with a sound as distinct as their style. They're easily compatible  with Ani DiFranco and Alanis Morrissette except with a smoother jazz undertone. Read More
 Since 1999, thousands of people have flocked to a remote valley in Southern California every year in search of music, desert, and the timeless cool of Festival. It has become quite the maiden voyage for some young women—a journey and an event that has far deeper significance than any other weekend party or camping trip. Naturally, humans crave peak experiences, heightened awareness, and spiritual expression: music festivals are historically a motherland for this. Woodstock, Burning Man, and Coachella are a part of our American vocabulary. Read More
Rolling Stone’s recent feature on Frances Bean Cobain proves the 22 year old is wise beyond her years: A visual artist who already understands how important it is to force yourself to regularly create, Kurt Cobain and Courtney Love’s daughter is currently in the spotlight because the documentary about her father she helped produce—Montage of Heck—will be released by HBO on May 4: The whole article is worth a read, but here are some of our favorite moments from Cobain’s interview: “... Read More
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