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Fans of ethereal folk songstress Angel Olsen may be shocked to learn that her first musical project was a Christian ska-punk band she fronted in high school. “I just sang and ran around on stage like an idiot,” the 27-year-old St. Louis native says, laughing. “I wrote lyrics that I’d probably slap myself for now.” Soon after, Olsen bought an old Airline acoustic guitar, and it wasn’t long before she added a stint in Bonnie “Prince” Billy’s band the Babblers, two solid records, and countless sold-out shows of her own to her résumé. Read More
After being asked about her song "Swine" on the Howard Stern Show, Lady Gaga, the queen of all things strange and beautiful, claimed a record producer raped her when she was just nineteen years old. "Swine," a song associated with the infamous bull riding and vomiting during Gaga's 2014 SXSW performance, was inspired by the strife she felt years after feeling demoralized.  During the interview Lady Gaga said, "You could never, ever degrade [me] as much as I could degrade myself, and look how beautiful it is when I do. Read More
A one-off Sleigh Bells and Tink collaboration, “That Did It,” was released last week along with a bright video directed by Grant Singer, featuring the two artists reveling in their lyrical chemistry. The noise-pop-rap pairing makes a perfect dance jam that exudes both woman’s take-no-shit attitudes.    Besides visiting Sleigh Bells in the studio, Tink has been busy. The rising Chicago rapper released “Tell the Children,” a harrowing Timbaland-produced Ferguson protest track about racial injustice and police brutality. Read More
  American indie folk artist, Angel Olsen, debuted a new video last week for “Windows,” the lament that closes her 2014 album, Burn Your Fire for No Witness. The deluxe edition of the album, featuring five bonus tracks, was also released last week on Jagjaguwar. For the video, Olsen collaborated with director Rick Alverson (who has previously worked with Sharon Van Etten and Bonnie “Prince” Billy), saying "I gave him total freedom to set the tone and I wanted only to be present within it. Read More
  T-Swift is always making headlines. Among other things, she's recently seen the light and is a self-proclaimed feminist, Diplo has been calling her out on Twitter for not having an ass (with none other than Lorde quickly coming to her defense), and have you guys seen her ridiculously gorgeous cover for Wonderland Magazine?? But we can’t forget why she’s here in the first place—she’s an amazingly talented artist. Her highly anticipated album, 1989, has topped the charts and blown out speakers everywhere. Well, at least in my apartment. Read More
  LaJune Grant is the first female to have seven straight wins on BET’s “Freestyle Friday Competition,” retiring to the Freestyle Friday Hall of Fame in 2003, and making it into the hearts of everyone who has ever experienced her talent. Grant regularly performed when she first moved to New York (at The Apollo Theater, Arlene’s Grocery, The Delancy, and so much more) to pursue a music career, and she finally stepping up to the mic again at Joe’s Pub on Dec. 1 at 7:30 p.m. Read More
Indie darling duo She & Him is back to cover the Dusty Springfield 1964 classic "Stay Awhile" in the premiere of their new video out on Vevo today. The music video, directed by CANADA, begins with M. Ward picking up his invisible guitar and plugging it into his matching invisible amp. Zoey Deschanel appears in a dreamy blue dress, singing to her ghostly lover as he pulls her off her feet to dance. They spin and twirl around the house, which seems trapped in the 1960s, as Ward plays along. Read More
Lion Babe is the New York City duo of singer Jillian Hervey and producer Lucas Goodman, but most importantly, they have made your new favorite jam "Jump Hi" and it even features rapper Childish Gambino. The track, off their new self-titled EP, came out in late October but the music video just premiered last week.  The video follows the lion-haired, high-spirited, and vocally talented Hervey dancing around New York City with Goodman following close behind, both pictured jumping in slow-mo to reach for the sky as the track pulses rhythmically with a loop sampled from Nina Simone's "Mr. Read More
Babes in Toyland are back! Once dubbed "foxcore" by Thurston Moore -- a label the Babes did not appreciate, the Minneapolis-based, babydoll dress-wearing, punk power trio that ground guts onstage in the nineties have reunited their Fontenella-era lineup for a show, presumably to kick off a bitchin' tour, in L.A. at the Roxy on February 12th. The 18 years since Kat Bjelland, Maureen Herman and Lori Barbero last stepped on stage together cannot be described as silent. Babes in Toyland influenced legions of musicians to rage and riot, including Sleater-Kinney and Bikini Kill. Read More
Meghan Trainor's single "All About That Bass" is currently number two on Billboard's Hot 100 and her music video has gotten a lot of attention for her commentary on "bass." As a piano player, I do not choose between, nor discriminate against, bass and treble, musically or body-wise. There is a lot of body shaming that goes on for all women due to photoshop, and one's ability to genetically produce a booty should not affect whether they are deemed beautiful. This is probably why so many people have commented on and parodied the song. That and it's catchy. Read More