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It's easy to say that guys sometimes don't understand the struggle inherent in the female experience. They haven't had to endure the hardship, live in the carefully negotiated bodies we women occupy, or deal with the unfair boundaries society sets for us. And then I read something that suggests men might not be the only ones who are deluded. Mariel Loveland, a musician in the band Candy Hearts, recently wrote a piece for Noisey called "How to ... Read More
Pull on your red pleather boots, slap on some lipstick and a pair of heart-shaped glasses and go out dancing. In a field. Or outside a post office. Or in the forest. This is what front woman of HERS, Melissa L. Amstutz, does in the video for "Please." She places her hand stiffly on her head, positioning her own body. She dons a platinum blonde wig, and we are forced to see her enact a strange femininity. Gender truly is a performance, and one we all undergo each ... Read More
It does not come to a surprise that Norway has nurtured yet another electro-pop gem; quintet, Highasakite, led by the fervent vox of Ingrid Helene Håvik, has finally reached U.S. soil and they're already blossoming. Norway's capital, Oslo, being renowned for its eclectic music scene, was a rich and resourceful environment for the band's innovative sound. Highasakite was born out of the members' involvement in Oslo's jazz scene, where lead vocalist ... Read More
"Just Won't Do" is the softly sassy, acoustic premier track from trio Wise Girl's newest EP, Sing Me to Sleep. The band is fronted by Abby Weitz, whose pop vocals carry off Wise Girl's bubblegum rock sound perfectly. She's part Taylor Swift, part Liz Phair, and her flat-ironed hair is dyed a purply auburn. "Just Won't Do" might sound cloyingly sweet, like many other pop tunes where a female singer pines for her lover and tries to cajole him into returning her ... Read More
After playing with the Pixies for 25 years, bassist Kim Deal called it quits in June of this year. Her replacement, Kim Shattuck, is lead singer and guitarist of The Muffs, and previous member of The Pandoras. Recently, Shattuck was reportedly "let go without explanation" from the group earlier this month. Why you would ever give up the magic of Kim Shattuck? Who knows! Not even Kim Shattuck!  Now, The Pixies are hopefully going to break the Kim Kurse with ... Read More
    LA band Bleached has debuted a new video for their single “Next Stop”. Shot in black and white, the video is composed of shots featuring the girls of Bleached partying it up, straddling motorcycles, and dancing beneath clouds of glitter. Everyone in this video looks like they’re having a genuinely good time—how often do you see someone laughing his ass off while being covered with strategically-placed Pringles in a music ... Read More
Moms know best, which means they’re sure to know what your favorite snacks are, and keep them on hand. Imogen Sheeran, mother of British singer-songwriter (and ginger) Ed Sheeran took things one step further, and created a line of wearable faux-candy creations inspired by Ed’s favorite snacks.  Her line of jewelry, called Allsorts Licorice, features a selection of rather yummy imitation sweets made from molding clay. Licorice might not have been ... Read More
As with Jordan Catalano’s group, "The Frozen Embryos" on the 90s TV show, My So-Called Life, band names don’t necessarily have to make sense. Especially when you’re a teenager-- they’re just another way to express bottled-up angst.  Although I could stare at pictures of early Mick Jagger all day, I'm less excited by band members than by the bands' names themselves. I just love coming up with names for fictional bands that will likely ... Read More
At this point in winter, it feels like our down jacket is melding with our skin, and that spring may never actually materialize. But watching "Be Still," the spacey-yet-cheery new video from The Curious Mystery, is making us believe that bare legs and beach parties are just around the corner. This psych/garage-rock band from Seattle, Washington will make you move with their lively beats, while simultaneously sending you into a mellow trance. This tune--which ... Read More
The summer might be winding down to a close but that doesn't mean that the music that makes you wanna grab your bike or skateboard and cruise down your nearest boardwalk is ceasing to exist. With their dreamy pop tunes the band Veronica Falls can be compared to favorites like Best Coast. Made up of Roxanne Clifford, Patrick Doyle, James Hoare, and Marion Herbain I'm pretty sure you can find a place to put them among the other jams in your "Summer Time" playlist. ... Read More
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