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There is still no word about the fate of the Nina Simone biopic that premiered at Cannes this year despite controversy and criticism. But don’t stop feelin’ good, because there is another way to bask in the legacy of the fine, honest, powerful singer and activist. Verve Records will release a tribute album November 10 that features ten contemporary artists conjuring Simone’s ghost through her music. Read More
Do you like 60s-era tunes? Do you like music videos? Do you enjoy things that are awesome? If you answered “yes” to any of these questions, you’ll need to head directly to Scopitones.com. For the uninitiated, Scopitones were the precursors to music videos—these short flicks were created in the 1960s to be played on specially made video jukeboxes in bars, restaurants, and amusement parks.     Too weird to live and too cool to die, Scopitone videos are packed with retro charm, amazing costumes, and beyond-odd plotlines. Read More
D.C. ladies, now is your chance to celebrate women who rock! The National Museum of Women in the Arts is closing its 25th Anniversary year with an awesome exhibit called “Women Who Rock: Vision, Passion, Power,” opening September 7.     The exhibit covers women in popular music from the 1920s to today, including icons like Billie Holiday, Janis Joplin, Yoko Ono, and Madonna. Visitors will see handwritten lyrics, instruments, and clothing, including Joan Jett’s electric guitar, one of Meg White’s drums, and Lady Gaga’s meat dress. Read More
         These girls rang in my summer last year and this year, they’re doing it again. Dara Puspita (“Flower Girls”), an Indonesian quartet from the 60’s,  put out four albums during their six year run. Though they disbanded in 1972, Dara Puspita made Indonesian history by being one of the few girl groups that provided their own instrumental backings. At the time of their debut, rock and roll was a big no-no with the Indonesian authorities - the music of the Beatles was banned and rebels faced possible jail time. Read More
Personal music libraries are like fingerprints. Each is unique and fascinating in it’s own special way. Some are more refined around the edges, and others just down right awful. Read More