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Poor MIA, everyone on the interwebs seems to be bashing her performance last Saturday during the Hard NYC Fest on Governors Island. Read here and here. What went wrong? I’ll tell you what went wrong…two words: Heat Exhaustion. I was one of the thousands that day who left before she sang her second song… but I didn’t think she was all that bad. Read More
When I heard that Bangs and The Need (two well-loved punk bands from the Olympia, Washington area) were reuniting to play a few shows as a benefit for a friend who had fallen ill, I bought my ticket right away. Too bad I live in New York and while a $15 concert ticket was no problem, the $400 plane ticket to Portland was a little harder to swing. Luckily our writer Elisabeth Wilson lives there and was able to go on our behalf. Here's what she had to say about her experience at the last night of the bands' three show nova. Things got pretty exciting here in Portland last Friday night. Read More

Jim Jones Revue

BY Laurie in Music

I saw these guys play last night at Mercury Lounge and they were so awesome! Londons own Jim Jones Revue are the real deal,  down and dirty Rock-n- Roll,  all sweat and swagger. They are playing a handful of shows, if they come to your town, grab your wig and go see them! click here for dates. Read More

Take THAT Katy Perry

BY Lisa Kirchner in Music

I admit to stealing this idea (thank you, Eric), but it's so dead on I had to post. Janelle Monae's "Tightrope" may have gotten 23 million fewer hits on YouTube than Katy Perry's "California Girls," but no CGI gummy bears were injured in the making of this video. I think it makes a way better Song of the Summer. Read More
I tend to hate the idea of one woman giving an interview where she winds up speaking on account of “all women.” We are all very different and of course can only speak from our own individual points of view.That being said, NPR is my hero. The good people over there have officially launched their new series “Hey Ladies,” which is based in this crazy new-fangled idea of working woman musicians. In March, they sent out a pretty decent list of 18 questions, the wonderful type that look simple but elicit story after story. Or, in some cases, no stories at all. Read More
Happy Wednesday ya'll, here is a fun cover of X's "Nausea" by one of our favorites, Yacht. I love X, and I've always loved this song, but it's funny, on this version, the words are much clearer, X's version is pretty raw, and I always thought Exene was singing "Nausea, bloody red eyes girl," but on this version, Claire L. Evans sings 'bloody red eyes go" so yeah, I learned something new today! Check out the upcoming Yacht dates, below, news has it they are working on a new album for DFA. Read More
So, here’s the deal. Amanda Palmer, infamous member of The Dresden Dolls and now flourishing solo artist, has recently been liberated from her record label, Roadrunner Records. (…home to Nickelback. Yes, seriously.) Her newest release, an album full of Radiohead covers on the ukelele is scheduled to come out tomorrow. This will be her first official release as an independent artist (hooray!), and the awesome thing about this whole independence thing is that she, the actual artist (GASP), is the one in sole control over her sales. She makes the decisions. Me likey. Read More
People use a variety of things to combat the grumpies. Booze, bad television, shopping excessively, and arguing with strangers is just a short list of things that can be brought into play to chase the blues away. But nothing quite does the trick like conjuring up an image of Zooey Deschanel in a sun dress, jumping up and down while banging on a tambourine - which is exactly what she did for about an hour and a half at the sold out She & Him show at Terminal 5 in Manhattan a few nights ago. Read More
Seeing  Glass Candy, Portland’s Italo/Disco darlings, on a New York stage was, one would imagine, like seeing Elvis play Vegas. You're watching an artist you love, who sound as great as ever, but the setting is cheesy and wrong and it just feels weird. In Portland, Oregon, where Ida No and Johnny Jewel originate and perform regularly, their shows feel like family reunions—crowded, but exciting and intimate. They fill to capacity the same old warehouse space, preferring intimacy over bigger venues, with their post punk/electro/disco dance parties. Read More
Fellow M.I.A. fans, I hope you have your credit cards and daily planners ready! On July 17th, the versatile Sri Lankan songstress will be making her 2010 national stage debut at the first ever HARD LA music festival in Downtown LA.  The two-stage festival will also feature special guest, N*E*R*D along with Die Antwoord, Flying Lotus, Rye Rye, Switch, Joker, Sleigh Bells, Theophilus London, 12th Planet, Jason Bentley, Borgore, Nguzunguzu, Destructo, Ninjasonik, and The Gaslamp Killer.   Then, on July 24th, M.I.A. Read More