Do remember that silly faux-viral-but-actually-an-ad-campaign First Kiss Video from a while back, and the adorable song playing in the background? Well, that sweet tune is one of Soko’s chart-topping songs, "We Might Be Dead By Tomorrow" and it is worth much more than an overshadowed role as background music. The song tackles the presence of death in love, spot-lighting the ever-present and insatiable fear of the loss of a loved ... Read More
The past few years have seen an explosion of retro-leaning, surf-y bands with style for days. But our favorites, bar none, are the Dum Dum Girls. Led by frontwoman Dee Dee Penny, the band is known for its updated girl-group sound and goth-princess stagewear. Think the Shangri-Las (if they smoked a lot more weed) or the Ronettes (if they traded their beehives for black leather jackets.) Their third LP Too True finds the band departing from its ’60s ... Read More
To me, most of today’s indie music feels like fluff: pop tarts and faux-alternative “stars” with songs that have no context and rarely any lyrical challenges. It seems like there’s a dearth of strong females who write catchy, strong rock music that deeply questions popular culture, femininity, misogyny, and women’s place in the world. But Brooklyn-based psychedelic R&B band Teen will restore your faith. Their second LP, The Way ... Read More
What do swimming pools, sexual voyeurism, elevators, and eco-terrorist extraterrestrials have in common? They’re all the subjects of songs on Hotel Valentine, Cibo Matto’s first release in 15 years. Much of the album is written from the perspective of a wry ghost who haunts a hotel and delivers deadpan lines like, “I had some cheese and seedless grapes for lunch and floated around for the rest of the afternoon.”
The band’s ... Read More
BY Amy Carlberg
in Music Stuff
on Apr 05, 2014
Chloe Temtchine's voice is clear, sultry and strong. She has pouty supermodel lips and high, perfectly arched brows. She's thin and tall with tan skin, and silky black hair. Chloe Temtchine wouldn't look out of place on any red carpet, maybe with the exception of the breathing tubes she uses, even while performing.
BE BRAVE MEDIA - CHLOE TEMTCHINE PERFORMANCE MONTAGE from Marvin Acuna on Vimeo.
On April 3 Chloe Temtchine released her song "Be Brave," ... Read More
BY Amy Carlberg
in Boob Tube
on Apr 02, 2014
With the event of increasingly female-centric TV programs like Broad City and Girls, more often than usual we find ourselves yelling passionately at the screen, "Yes! Yes! That's exactly how it is!" That's the power of representation, and the reason it matters. Individuals who never feel kinship with what they see in media can wind up with a nasty sense of isolation. Seeing people with whom I can identify represented on TV makes me feel more comfortable with ... Read More
BY Gina Furfaro
in Music Stuff
on Mar 31, 2014
Usually music festival season comes with a roller coaster of emotions: first, excitement to finally see who made the line-up, then hope that maybe I’ll actually make it this year, then the crushing, heartbreaking reality when I realize I can’t afford it (unless I don’t do anything else for the next three months).
Luckily for those of you in LA, a super-affordable festival is headed your way. Brokechella, an arts and music festival ... Read More
In honor of the reunion of Fleetwood Mac announced this week (we’re talking new album AND tour!!!!), you should not miss this gorgeous cover of “Dreams,” performed by former Gossip Girl star Leighton Meester and musician Dana Williams. The song was written by Stevie Nicks for the album Rumours (1977), and it was Fleetwood Mac's only #1 hit in the US to sell over one million copies. Yea, Stevie's good like that.
The cover is ... Read More
BY Michelle Beiter
on Mar 27, 2014
Bjork dorks (...it'll catch on)! The Scandinavian songstress has created a documentary montaging the most important live performances from her Biophilia tour. Biophilia, released in October 2011, is Bjork's eighth studio album — and as with most things the lady's put her hands on, it's pretty exciting.
The film was directed by old hats Nick Fenton and Peter Strickland, and it will premiere April 26th at New York’s ... Read More
BY Maggie Carr
in Music Stuff
on Mar 26, 2014
I'd like to introduce you to my favorite person in the world.
Yep, this guy.
He is Gene Kelly on bath salts. He is Tom Jones' best impression of William Shatner. He is a Celtic warrior with a bass drum for a chest. He is an infomercial dad with Satanic leanings. He has seventy-five hip joints, and he is using all of them.
He is Samuel T. Herring of the electro-pop band Future Islands, and he is my future husband, and we will have a beautiful life.
Why do I love ... Read More