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    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
If you've seen Rent, then you probably have a pretty good idea of what squatting entails—except in reality, it's far less glamorous than being an indie documentarian avoiding your cranky mother. During the 1970s and '80s, squatters filled abandoned homes and apartment buildings in droves all over New York City. In the 1990s the movement became less organized, but still persisted. The Lower East Side remained heavily populated with law-thwarting youths into the 2000s, when it became one of NYC's most gentrified areas. Read More
SoKo knows what she wants, and she knows how to get it. When I visit her hotel room in Manhattan, the French singer/musician/actress sends everyone else out of the room and invites me to sit with her on the bed. “If I do this,” she says, “I want to be able to connect.” It’s this insistence on connection that’s won the 29-year-old so many diehard fans. Born Stéphanie Sokolinski in Bordeaux, France, today SoKo lives in California and is openly bisexual, vegan, and straight edge. Read More
It looks like Pussy Riot—the Russian feminist punk band who’ve served time for hooliganism, as if you could forget—is tackling even more social justice issues, and we couldn’t be more impressed. Earlier today, the band released the video for their first English language song, “I Can’t Breathe.” Recorded during the anti-police brutality protests in New York City in December, both the video and the song are disturbing and visceral. Read More
Yesterday punk/riot grrrl band Sleater-Kinney hosted a Reddit AMA where they not only answered questions from fans, but also released the new single "Surface Envy" from their new album No Cities to Love (Sub Pop), which is their first album in 10 years! The album comes out January 20. Corin Tucker, Carrie Brownstein, and Janet Weiss also came onto The Chris Gethard Show last night as guest panelists to play the made-up, ridiculous game "All Hands on the Bad One," with musical guests Priests. Read More
Babes in Toyland are back! Once dubbed "foxcore" by Thurston Moore -- a label the Babes did not appreciate, the Minneapolis-based, babydoll dress-wearing, punk power trio that ground guts onstage in the nineties have reunited their Fontenella-era lineup for a show, presumably to kick off a bitchin' tour, in L.A. at the Roxy on February 12th. The 18 years since Kat Bjelland, Maureen Herman and Lori Barbero last stepped on stage together cannot be described as silent. Babes in Toyland influenced legions of musicians to rage and riot, including Sleater-Kinney and Bikini Kill. Read More
  Are any of you rad ladies looking for some new music that will make you feel good? Then Girlpool’s got what you’re looking for. Responsible for empowering young women in the US and beyond, the L.A.-based punk duo, BFFs Cleo Tucker and Harmony Tividad, are starting to make waves in the lo-fi music world. The ladies just finished playing a bunch of packed shows in Brooklyn for CMJ, including shows at Silent Barn and Baby’s All Right. They’ve also been performing at New York colleges including Bard College, and my very own SUNY Purchase. Read More
Last night I saw a band sing about slut shaming.  The band is called Hag Face and they stopped by Brooklyn on their “East Infection Tour.” On stage, they are four witchy, imposing blonde punks from Calgary who scream loud and play fast. The lyrics? “I fuck. I fuck. I fuck. I fuck.”    Image and audio via HAG FACE. Read More
  This year has been a landmark one for the band Blondie. Not only have they celebrated their 40th anniversary, released a greatest hits album, Ghosts of Download, and went on a world tour, but now cofounder and guitarist, Chris Stein, has a new photo book out, Me, Blondie And The Advent Of Punk, published by Rizzoli and containing fab photos of the band’s adventures in it’s early days (some never published before!). Read More
If you’re looking to breakup with someone you don’t really want to talk to ever again, or want to upset your parents, CHILDBIRTH is the band for you. The crass-as-fuck trio hits on themes traditionally abandoned by the punk community, such as menopause and sister wifehood, and they're performing in Seattle on Monday.  I saw CHILDBIRTH during their summer tour at the Third Space Art Collective in Davis, CA, in a venue small enough to see the waxy texture of their token hospital gowns. Read More
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