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Learn to Bounce

BY Kate Senecal in Music

  Hailing from New Orleans, Big Freedia; Bounce's queen Diva who was featured in out Men We Love issue; is spreading the buzz about Bounce (a sexed-up, booty-shaking based, call and response style of hip-hop) by playing shows all over the country and demanding that folks shake it until they can’t stand up anymore. If you're in the New York City area and you've been to any of these performances, gotten totally pumped about Bouncing, but felt a little self conscious about technique; the New York School of Burlesque might be able to help you out. Read More

Leslie Hall's New Jam

BY Kate Senecal in Music

    There is not much that Leslie Hall can’t do. My favorite performance artist/singer/dancer/awesome-gem-sweater-maker’s band, Leslie and the Ly’s, has just released a new jam from their new album Destination Friendship: The Feelings Album.  “Hydrate Jirate” promises a quality dancing experience; layering Leslie’s sweet, droney voice over a pulsing beat that’s reminiscent of old school Madonna’s “Burning up” (which I have always been a total sucker for). Read More
My favorite festival out there, NYC Popfest, is coming up this May 19th-22nd, Thursday-Sunday for their exciting 5th year anniversary! Since 2007, NYC Popfest has brought New York City some of the best indie, twee, fuzzy, and jangly pop acts around. Read More

Gaga Almighty

BY Eileen Milman in Music

    The Music Video for Lady Gaga's new single has leaked! Thank God for the internet. This song, is like some bizarre fan-fiction that Stefani Germanotta wrote while she was in her bible studies class at Catholic School. It's real weird.  In the video Gaga plays Mary Magdalene, one of Jesus's homegirls. Now, I have no religious upbringing (thank you, overeducated, liberal parents!) but I learned about this repentant prostitute in an Art History course I took in college. Read More
If you're a devotee of Depeche Mode, New Order, and The Cure, Wesley Eisold is your man. If you're not, well, he may still be your man. Cold Cave, Eisold's musical nom de plume, is quite a departure from his past endeavors. Having fronted hardcore and noise rock bands Give Up The Ghost and Some Girls, with Cold Cave Eisold dives head first into '80s electronic synth-pop. The opening track, "The Great Pan is Dead," is a high energy Franz Ferdinand-style assault complimented by Eisold's melodramatic vocals, which bridge the small gap between Robert Smith and Dave Gahan. Read More