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Last week I caught a screening of Hit So Hard, the documentary about Hole drummer Patty Schemel, and despite some of its flaws (hokey title screens, confusing cuts, and about 20 minutes too many), I highly recommend it for any Hole fans. What I really took away from it though, is what an awesome drummer Patty is, and since female drummers are oft-overlooked and still rather few and far between, it inspired me to do a little video roundup of some of my favorite bands featuring femmes behind the kit. Read More
So I just found out about this event, She's Got the Power: A Girl Group Extravaganza at Damrosch Park Bandshell, Lincoln Center and I'm kind of spazzing out because it sounds so amazing. It's a symposium AND concert featuring some of the most legendary, amazing girl, group singers of the 1960's. I saw Ronnie Spector of The Ronettes about two years ago and she was just phenomenal. She was so nostalgic and never missed a beat by singing all the hits. It kind of made my life when she singled me out to wave because I was dancing like a maniac. Read More
Like deluxe sundaes from the sky that we’ve all been waiting for, Cherrytree/Interscope has announced that Feist will be dropping her highly anticipated album, Metals, on October 4th. This twelve-piece album comes four years after her internationally acclaimed The Reminder, which sold over 1,000,000 copies worldwide and provided one of the best soundtracks to an Apple iPod Nano commercial. Feist co-produced the project with longtime collaborators Chilly Gonzales and Mocky, as well as Valgeir Sigurðsson, who has worked with Bjork, Bonnie ‘Prince’ Billy, and CocoRosie. Read More
  Montreal's Claire Boucher (aka Grimes) seemed a bit shy on stage in front of a sold out crowd at NYC's Bowery Ballroom recently. She confessed that she hadn’t played a show in a while and was forgetting songs. Well, I didn’t notice. Here’s what I did notice: Grimes’ songs are basically the perfect soundtrack for a f*ed up Grimm Brothers Fairytale. It’s that tense "Hansel & Gretel lost in the woods after being coaxed to the candy house" kind of  creepy. In other words, goth/industrial synth-pop that’s eerie and drugged-up dreamy. Read More
The news of Amy Winehouse's death this weekend was, while perhaps not a shock, still  devastating. And in the days since, much been made of her addiction, as though somehow she got what she deserved, or what she was looking for; that being an active addict is about having a death wish. But I don't think Amy did drugs or drank because she wanted to die; I think she did them in order to manage living.Like so many true artists, Amy seems to have felt things, deeply. Read More