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Tune in musical folks - we have some good news for the busted guitar stuffed in the back of your closet, begging to be united with your once curious fingers. Owners of Brooklyn Lutherie, Mamie Minch and Chloe Swantner, run the only female-owned, and staffed stringed-instrument repair shop in all of New York City and Brooklyn. These two highly masterful ladies have dedicated their expertise to meeting the needs of your precious instruments. Brooklyn Lutherie offers a welcoming space for all musicians, and women in particular, to engage with the unique processes of their specific repair. Read More
For those of you who don’t remember Fefe Dobson, she was yet another Canadian musical gem. Dobson was relatively big in the mid-2000’s pop rock scene, but, unfortunately, her fame didn’t quite make it past 2010. Fefe’s look was a cross between Rihanna’s Unapologetic Goth thing and Avril Lavigne, who the media often pitted her against. Her music was whiny in the best kind of way and most of her songs were about typical teenage matters like, crushes, breakups, and lost loves. Read More
Angel Olsen is a Chicago-based singer songwriter, and her 2012 album Half Way Home got a LOT of play in my apartment last year. Check her out on Spotify if you enjoy Patsy Cline, Bonnie "Prince" Billy (she’s toured with him), or beautiful folk songs about restless wandering and dudes who don’t call. If you get the chance to see her live, do—she played Pitchfork Music Festival last summer and managed to turn day-drunk festival goers into a mostly silent crowd of mesmerized fans. Read More
  I know, I know, we’re all sick of talking about Miley Cyrus. Regardless of the obvious cultural appropriation and insensitivity she displayed at the VMA’s with her twerk debacle, the debate on whether or not her overt sexuality is empowering (or degrading) continues.  Today, she released her new video for her song “Wrecking Ball.” In the song, she describes the heartbreak and loss that can come with truly falling in love with someone who might not reciprocate the feeling: “Don’t you ever say I just walked away/ I will always want you. Read More
I spent a good chunk of my weekend partying at the Governors Ball, the 3-day NYC music festival that featured performances by Icona Pop, Azealia Banks, Dirty Projectors, and Ms Mr. (And some semi-unknown dude musicians called Guns n’ Roses, Nas, Kings of Leon, and Kendrick Lamar.) And while I had an awesome time eating food on sticks and getting mild sun damage, I and all the other festival attendees had to contend with one especially annoying festival guest: mud. A particularly nasty-ass hurristorm on Friday night left the grounds almost comically muddy for the rest of the weekend. Read More
  As a self-identified geek and longtime Music-Obsessed Human, I’ve tried more than my fair share of headphones. Nobody wants to spend all their dang beer money on a crazy-fancy pair, but I’m definitely willing to shell out a bit of cash for quality sound and good construction that’ll withstand some abuse. I’ve tried everything from the ultra-cheap earbuds at Best Buy to massive 1960s-era Pioneer headphones (thanks, eBay!), but I’ve had nitpicky issues with most of them. Read More
L.A. singer-songwriter AG (of the Rescues), industry giant Maia Sharp, and Missouri musician Garrison Starr are touring together, and, believe me, you want to see this show. AG,  Sharp, and Starr are all expert writers and performers who merge a variety of influences, including folk, pop, rock, and Americana, to create their own individual styles. I had the good luck to see them perform together at New York’s Rockwood Music Hall last Tuesday. Unlike most "group shows," the women take turns being in the spotlight while the others play backing band and sing harmonies. Read More
When Rupa Marya isn’t healing the sick as a doctor at her day job, she leads the world-music quintet Rupa and the April Fishes. Their newest album, BUILD, is produced by Todd Sickafoose — best known for collaborating with folk songstress Ani DiFranco — and promises the gritty, bass-heavy folk realness that is Sickafoose's trademark. Based in sunny San Francisco, the band's members come from all over the world to fuse R&B with many multicultural influences, including Latin, African, Yelamu Indian, and Islander music. Read More
You guys, do you know about Who Took the Bomp?, the new Le Tigre documentary? I was lucky enough to check out its New York premiere last week at MoMA and I have three words for you: go see it. If you can watch it in a theater full of like-minded riot grrrls, even better. If not, nab the DVD when it comes out in June and relive those blissful, dance-ridden years in the privacy of your own home, where no one will look at you strangely if you try to emulate the band's choreographed moves (bonus). Read More
Fellow M.I.A. fans, I hope you have your credit cards and daily planners ready! On July 17th, the versatile Sri Lankan songstress will be making her 2010 national stage debut at the first ever HARD LA music festival in Downtown LA.  The two-stage festival will also feature special guest, N*E*R*D along with Die Antwoord, Flying Lotus, Rye Rye, Switch, Joker, Sleigh Bells, Theophilus London, 12th Planet, Jason Bentley, Borgore, Nguzunguzu, Destructo, Ninjasonik, and The Gaslamp Killer.   Then, on July 24th, M.I.A. Read More