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Epic Rock Show Alert!

BY Emily Rems in Music

Attention music fans! By now I'm sure you're all planning on hitting the Warsaw this Sunday for the BUST Spring Craftacular. Read More
When I discovered that The Blow was going to be having a show in Brooklyn on the very day of my birth (May 13th,) I actually did a fist pump and exclaimed something along the lines of, "ALL RIGHT!" The last time I had seen Khaela Maricich in action was a few years ago at the Empty Bottle in Chicago where she performed songs off of Paper Television sans the help of her sometimes collaborator Jona Bechtolt. Read More
First Aid Kit, the Swedish folk duo comprised of sisters Klara and Johanna Söderberg, are making their second trip to the States to promote their album "The Big Black & The Blue," which will be officially released in North America on May 25th.  By the strength of their music, it's surprising to find out that Klara and Johanna are just 17 and 19 years old.  Klara's deep and powerful voice is reminiscent of such seasoned players as Neko Case, and Johanna's harmonies make their music magical and timeless. Read More

Boy's Noise

BY Sophie Johnson in Music

In spite of losing two of their band mates in the past year, John Ptacek and Andy Cobb of The Itchy Hearts have managed to put out an impressive second album titled 'Do Ya Best'.  The tracks combine Dylan-esque folk with elements of bluegrass, zydeco, and even a little punk. Even those who normally steer clear of this type of music can find themselves swept up in the ruckus.     The Itchy Hearts will be on a tour of the US this Summer. Check the schedule and listen here. Read More
Joan Jett is back in the public eye with the release of The Runaways movie in March of this year, but the movie only captures a small portion of this rock-and-roll heavyweight’s epic and impressive career.  Thankfully, Todd Oldham has released a beautiful and well-rounded monograph of the legendary artist, aptly titled, Joan Jett.  Oldham compiles over thirty years of photos, interviews, and other unreleased ephemera in over 200 pages into a linear narrative that tells the story Jett, The Runaways, and The Blackhearts, all from Jett’s perspective. Read More
Our writer Ned Hepburn took time out from being a man about town in his home base of Los Angeles to conduct a phone interview with Ellen Allien about her music and fashion ventures. Here is the result of that very interview.  I'm not going to lie. Ellen sounded like she was unwinding; the kind of unwinding one might do after staring at a computer for eight hours a day. Some might look at this like "hey, Ellen's unwinding." Others might look at it like "hey, I'll have whatever she's having. Read More
Once you have reached the zenith of fame and become an international household name, then who’s to say you shouldn’t have a go at a whole new career? You know, indie pop siren to low-down dirty DJ. Well, maybe Björk isn’t planning an entirely new redirect, but she sure will twist some vinyl with Alex Ross and Brandon Stosuy of Stereogum in the name of charity. Last night in Brooklyn, hundreds of fans flooded the Escher-like labyrinth of Above the Auto Parts Store to catch a glimpse of Björk spinning records. Read More
Legendary poet rocker Patti Smith was the featured guest at last night’s installment of the Live from the New York Public Library series in Manhattan, and the evening was nothing short of magical. There to promote her new memoir, Just Kids, Smith had a spirited chat with moderator Paul Holdengräber, performed three gorgeous acoustic numbers, and even stuck around afterward to sign books and chat with the sold-out crowd. Read More
Many many years ago I took a trip to Olympia, Washington for the purpose of seeing the rock opera The Transfused. I stayed in Olympia for ten days and had a great time (The Transfused was awesome and Wynne Greenwood sat next to me during the show and offered me a stick of gum,) but the highlight of the trip was walking down some random street and seeing Rachel Carns, formerly of The Need, walking towards me toweling her wet hair, having just come from the local YMCA. Read More
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