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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 sound in favor of something more ’80s—fewer hooks, slower tempos, and moodier lyrics. Read More
Best Coast got me through my first break-up, funeral, homesickness, and pretty much a decade of teen angst. I remember driving around during summer feeling so hopeful and young, yet sooo looow and moody. Best Coast was probably my only best friend at one point…therefore, I went to see them at a music festival so I could cry front row. Read More
This 1981 LEGO ad featuring this adorable red head and a very feminist and very true message about children, creativity, and leaving the whole gender stereotype thing at the door, has recently blown up a lot of news feeds: LEGO was selling "Universal Building Sets," and saying specifically with this image that being a builder, creator, or inventor, is never gendered.   Unfortunately, the reason this ad has resurfaced with a vengeance is because LEGO doesn't seem to believe that so much anymore. Read More
The terrific Jessica Williams appeared on Girls last night. This interview first appeared in Feb/Mar '13 of BUST Magazine with Jason Schwartzman. Subscribe Now! For most of us, our first job after college involves trying to keep up with people older and more seasoned than we are, adjusting to paying bills, and stumbling into adulthood. That’s pretty much been the experience of 23-year-old comic actress Jessica Williams. Read More
I wouldn't call it "regret" exactly but in a recent interview J.K. Rowling admits to selfish motives regarding the beloved romance between 2/3rds of our favorite trio.  From the hybable article on the matter: “I wrote the Hermione/Ron relationship as a form of wish fulfillment. That’s how it was conceived, really. For reasons that have very little to do with literature and far more to do with me clinging to the plot as I first imagined it, Hermione ended up with Ron.”  Betrayal hurts. Read More