BY Hanna Lustig
on Jul 09, 2015
Three defiant chords open Negative Scanner’s self-titled debut album (dropped today! stream here), ringing out like sirens before a looming tempest. But then, charging through the ominous silence, comes the voice of Rebecca Valeriano-Flores, her emotive warble perfectly balanced by thrashing instrumentals from guitarist Matt Revers, bassist Nick Beaudoin, and drummer Tom Cassling. Read More
Sleater–Kinney had a twelve-year career with seven epic albums; they exuded raw, riot grrrl energy everywhere they toured. The band received high praise from Rolling Stone for “pushing rock to the boiling point,” and Rob Sheffield called them, “America’s best punk band. EVER.” Not counting their 2013 reunion (joining Pearl Jam to cover Neil Young), it has been eight years since fans have had pure Sleater-Kinney goodness.
However, the people at Sub Pop Records are giving fans a real gift. On Oct. Read More
BY BUST Magazine
on Aug 11, 2014
Kim Shattuck, guitarist of The Muffs, had missed her band. She had been playing with the LA-based punk rock group since their formation in 1991 and up until they decided to take a break after their fifth record in 2004. About a decade later, she paid a visit to her mother’s house, where a number of previous Muffs songs were written, to see if the environment sparked any new inspiration. Shattuck came up with an album’s worth of all new material and couldn’t wait to show Muffs bassist, Ronnie Barnett, and drummer, Roy McDonald. Read More
BY Rachael Roth
on Dec 03, 2013
I’ve found my new musical crush in Sharkmuffin, an all-female noise-punk trio from Brooklyn whose third EP 1097 debuts this month. If their first two EPs were humble admissions of guilt, 1097 is the realization that they were right all along—a giant ‘fuck you’ to whoever pissed them off personally or politically. Read More
BY BUST Magazine
on Nov 26, 2013
Like a fanzine come to life, "The Punk Singer," directed by Sini Anderson, is a tender and totally absorbing documentary portrait of Kathleen Hanna—beloved riot grrrl frontwoman of the bands Bikini Kill, The Julie Ruin and Le Tigre.
The film is brimming with expertly edited archival footage and behind-the-scenes glimpses of Hanna’s private life. Viewers not only get to watch her find her voice in the feminist art-punk scene of the early ’90s, but also bear witness to how she dealt with the misogynist backlash that ensued. Read More
BY Eloise Giegerich
on Nov 05, 2013
Amazing singer-songwriter and all-around fabulous lady Patti Smith, wrote a lovely piece for The New Yorker honoring Lou Reed.
Recalling their mutual love for poetry, as well as her appreciation for the late musical legend, Smith addresses both the enigmatic and beautiful qualities of Reed in her essay.
She writes, “I didn’t understand his erratic behavior or the intensity of his moods, which shifted, like his speech patterns, from speedy to laconic. But I understood his devotion to poetry and the transporting quality of his performances. Read More
BY Kelly Maxwell
on May 08, 2013
I know y'all have seen the ridiculous ass-backwards looks from the red carpet gala at the Costume Institute Ball. I will NOT bore you with talk about how the glitterati got it all WRONG. Punk is not putting a thousand dollars of studs on a three thousand dollar Burburry jacket (I'm looking at you Sienna Miller). If you haven't seen the pix, check them out here and come back to me laterz.
The Metropolitan Museum is super important and does a great job preserving (high) culture, I am not going to argue against that. Read More
BY Kari Belsheim
on Feb 20, 2013
On Monday, Kathleen Hanna (of Bikini Kill, Le Tigre and The Julie Ruin) had a radio interview on “Q with Jian Ghomeshi,” where she spoke about the importance of public mistakes, the resurgence of the ‘90s, and why she is still pissed off twenty years later (“Does anybody remember that the Equal Rights Amendment never passed?”).
In the wake of the reissue of Bikini Kill’s entire catalog, Hanna speaks a lot about the band’s goals, such as encouraging girls to get out and make their own music. Read More
BY Amy Bucknam
on Aug 29, 2012
Screaming Females’ front lady Marissa Paternoster comes back from the dead (uh, literally) as a cat flesh eating zombie out for revenge in the Jersey-based punk band’s weird new music video for “Leave It All Up To Me.” The video, which premiered on RollingStone.com, is meant to be a continuation of the playfully gory story started in the previous video for “It All Means Nothing,” where the two boys of the band kill Paternoster after discovering her taste for kitty meat.
Sure, it’s a random, but it's a fun story line. Read More
BY Amy Bucknam
on Aug 17, 2012
Icelandic actor, comedian, politician and Mayor of Reykjavík Jon Gnarr showed his support of the Pussy Riot ladies at Reykjavík pride parade this past weekend. Gnarr rode through the streets of the Icelandic capital on a float that read "FREE PUSSY RIOT" clad in a pink dress and a balaclava mask, in solidarity with the provocative protest band that protested the Orthodox Church's support of Vladimir Putin. This was prior to the verdict on Friday of two years in prison for each band member, on "hooliganism" charges. Read More