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Lizzy Mercier Descloux was a French artist, poet, and musician who left Paris for New York in the mid 1970's to pursue her creative interests. After settling in NYC, Mercier (with her androgynous cool looks) quickly fell in with various local luminaries and CBGB punk rock club alumni like Richard Hell and Patti Smith, to whom she was something of a muse. Lizzy soon was signed to ZE Records, whose roster included Was (Not Was), Kid Creole & The Coconuts, and Cristina (whose albums Light In The Attic Records will hopefully reissue next). Read More
Chvrches singer Lauren Mayberry confronted another dose of online misogyny yesterday following the release of the band’s newest music video for “Leave A Trace.” Mayberry responded to the sexism coming from a thread on the website 4Chan. The thread included a whole bunch of seriously lewd comments about Mayberry and her latest music video performance. I sifted through the comments so you don’t have to, and here are some of the horrible things that were said: Mayberry and fellow band mates took to Twitter to address the comments on 4Chan. Read More
Toronto-based shoegaze band Vallens’ new song “Dark Tunnel” is a moody track off of their upcoming Twin Peaks inspired album. The band’s lead singer, Robyn Phillips, says she is inspired by the atmosphere of the show and “buries it inside heavy guitars and synths.” On “Dark Tunnel”, that feeling is evident as she sings over a wave of sound reminiscent of the show’s tone of melancholy. It’s an essential listen for fans of David Lynch’s acclaimed series and for anyone whose fingers are always on the pulse of new music. Read More
Like sipping water or applying sunscreen, the hunt for the Summer Jam is a tedious, but necessary seasonal ritual. We heard several contenders compete for the coveted title – sizzling Top 40 insta-hits like Bad Blood, Cool for the Summer, Trap Queen, and Cheerleader, for example, are still dominating the radio. Summer won’t last forever, though, and neither will your amusement with these overplayed chart-toppers. Read More
LINDI ORTEGA Faded Gloryville (The Grand Tour/Last Gang Records) 5 There’s a big divide between the two sides of mainstream country music today: Corporate country, and the real stuff, Americana. The former seems to be littered with overblown, overproduced, and overrated stars. In the midst of all this, Canadian singer/songwriter Lindi Ortega returns with her fourth full-length album, Faded Gloryville, on which she successfully continues her quest to keep country real—and cool.   The songs assembled on this smokin’ new release run the gamut of country styles. Read More