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BY Susan in Music

If you're in New York, looking for something to do after you check out the Peaches listening jam we're sponosring, check out Heeb Magazine's Music Issue Release party. Brooklyn babes, Suckers , (pictured) team up with Heeb to celebrate the release of their rad new EP, and are joined by dancetastic duo, Tanlines, and a DJ set by Chris Keating of Yeasayer. Colt 45 from 8-9. Read More
Annabel Alpers - New Zealand's one-woman-and-her-computer act Bachelorette - is about to release her third record, My Electric Family. The album nicely lives up to the description that Alpers gives for herself on Bachelorette's MySpace page - it is indeed like she ''took too many mushrooms and fell in love with a computer.'' The opening guitars of the first track, ''Instructions for Insomniacs'' have a repetitive, almost hypnotic sound to them. Read More
So, last week we posted about Record Store Day , when indie music shops across the country hosted events and appearances by awesome artists. Well, that was last Saturday and while I wasn't able to go to any of the events, it looks like they were pretty fantastic. I was very upset that I couldn't go to Generation Records to see my favorite band, the Bouncing Souls, live and acoustic (*sigh*) so I thought I'd post a couple of YouTube videos of their performance. Read More
The band Saint Bernadette is proof that it's possible to be as sweet as an angel and edgy as hell at the same time. Despite the saintly name, lead singer Meredith DiMenna's silky smooth vocals, and the fact that the band collects money for charity wherever it performs, what Saint Bernadette does best is thrash around on stage and belt out bad-to-the-bone, throwback-drenched tunes that will rock you to the core: 'Face-melting rock,' as Saint Bernadette describes it. Read More

Rhymin' in the Midwest

BY Web Intern in Music

Hey, Midwesterners, here’s something for you. The Soundest Festival is at Canterbury Park in Shakopee, MN on May 24. This is an all-day music fest featuring a bunch of independent hip-hop artists. Some of the artists that will be there include Atmosphere, The Pharcyde, MF Doom, Brother Ali, Freeway Jake One and a few dozen others. The tickets are $30 and you can get them online at the Rhymesayers site. You can also see the full line-up and listen to tracks from the artists. -Liza (photo via www.myspace. Read More
In the world of iTunes and BitTorrents, it's nice to give local records stores some recognition. Enter Record Store Day . On April 18, over 1000 indie record shops across the U.S. will participate with appearances by all sorts of awesome bands. Read More

Go West, Young BUSTies

BY Web Intern in Music

Last night my friend (and perennial concert companion) asked me if I've seen the newly released All Points West festival line-up . I hadn't, so I checked it out. It's pretty fantastic. Day 1 includes the Beastie Boys, the Yeah Yeah Yeahs, Vampire Weekend, Fleet Foxes, the National and Ra Ra Riot. The last time the Beasties played in the NYC area the tickets were $75 a pop for just them. A one-day pass to All Points West is just under $100 for about 20 bands. Day 2 has My Bloody Valentine, Gogol Bordello, Neko Case, the Ting Tings, Arctic Monkeys, Kool Keith and Tool. Yes, that Tool. Read More
Rapper Lady Sovereign will be appearing at Hot Topic stores in support of her new album Jigsaw before she goes on a U.S. tour. She will also have a record release part at Tribeca Grand in April. Visit her website or her MySpace page for more information. Details after the jump. Read More