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I really love Top 40's pop/hip hop.  Normally, I just tell people that, as a middle school teacher, I have to listen to it so I can relate to my students.  But it's all lies.  I mean, it does help with the whole relating thing but really it's just so I can dance around my house to Three 6 Mafia.A lot of the time the lyrics are objectifying and gross (the Ying Yang twins got deleted from iTunes one night in a fit of feminist rage). Read More
Surfer Blood's debut album, Astro Coast, was released by Kanine on the 19th, but all the kids have been worked up about them for months. We ran out of room to include a review in our FEB/MAR issue, so HERE IT IS, written with love by our Portland based writer, Elisabeth Wilson.  There are at least two kinds of people who should love Surfer Blood’s debut Astro Coast: people who love '60s hand clappy surf-pop and people who love that '90s indie rock you wanna sing along to while driving at night. Read More
  Bounce Music performers and promoters in New Orleans have been invited to a showcase at this year's South By Southwest Music Conference in Austin.  They are all creators and originators of what we call Bounce, which has become the music of the streets of New Orleans. Some of the performers are- Katey Red, DJ Jubilee, Big Freedia, Partners n' Crime, Vockah Redu, Magnolia Shorty and Miss Tee. For those that don't know, Bounce Music is merely the latest unique offering from a city that defines originality...taking its place among the many historical gifts of New Orleans. Read More
    It's settled: if you don't love Blondie, then you aren't a human being. In spirit of their infectious music and if you're free this Saturday night - head over to Lakeside Lounge to check out the Blondie cover band, Pretty Babies.   Details, details: Pretty Babies   Where: Lakeside Lounge at 162 Ave B, between 10th and 11th Sts. (212-529-8463)   When: Saturday, 1/30 at 11 pm   Price: FREE!   Don't leave us hanging! Go out and see the Pretty Babies.    For more info & Image courtesy of Read More
THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 4TH- 11PM @ LE POISSON ROUGE-NYC$10 Advance tix available www.lepoissonrouge.comHaiti Ladies: A Benefit for Doctors Without Bordersw/ Lady DJ's: Ari Up, Lady Miss Kier, Allison Wolfe. Kim Ann Foxman, Dirty Jean, Ilirjana, Aleix M. Read More

Get Happy, it's Friday!

BY Laurie in Music

Singer-songwriter extraordinaire, Patty Griffin, releases a new album today of Inspirational material called Downtown Church (Credential/EMI).  I’m lovin’ it so much that I need to testify to you all about how great it is. Let’s face it, not alot of white girls (the great Neko Case aside) can sing this type of material and pull it off but, but then again, they ain’t Patty Griffin. Read More
Melissa Auf der Maur has spent the last five years working on her second solo album, Out of Our Minds, and she will totally punch your lights out if you let it leak before the March 23rd release date. She told me as much, and much more, during an early afternoon phone call where we touched on such topics as aliens, David Lynch, and the "C word."And by "C word," I mean Courtney. Melissa is probably most known for having spent five years playing bass for Hole, as well as her stint with the Smashing Pumpkins. But guess what? Her solo stuff is better. True story. Read More
   Oh that's right.  On the last day of March, the New-York-Post-canonized "Our Lady of Perpetual Motion" will release recordings from her 2008 "Sticky and Sweet" global concert tour on DVD and CD.  The video portion was filmed over four days in Buenos Aires, and also includes backstage footage from other stops around the world.    Madonna has been making records since Reagan was in office.  Her music precedes the Chicken McNugget and the Thriller video, not to mention my birth and Britney Spears'. Read More
Okkervil River took a break from their year long lull in touring to perform with Levon Helm at the NYC venue Terminal 5 last week. Seeing Okkervil as an opening band can be disappointing because their sets are over in what feels like seconds, and even when the band is headlining a performance there is never enough time once you’re immersed in their songs and the stories within them. The band took the stage at 8pm on the dot and played a solid forty-five minute set, that although short, was far from disappointing. Read More