So last night I had a free pass to go see Small Black play a show at Music Hall of Williamsburg, but opted to stay home and work on my night cheese instead.  This morning I am riddled with anxiety about having missed it, because I am quickly becoming a massive fan of their melodic Casio stylings. Their debut self-titled EP is set to come out later this month on Jagjaguwar and it's pretty much a perfect little nugget of lazy keyboards, casual boy singing, and ... Read More
Our video lady, Vanessa Rees, and I met up with Jemina Pearl before her show at Union Pool on February 13th. And just so no one could call BS on it, we taped it. Check it out!    You need to a flashplayer enabled browser to view this ... Read More

Street Boners!

BY Kelly McClure in Style

Did you ever do that thing where you sat down with your yearbook and went through each page, marking down notes on pictures of your classmates that said stuff like, "always smells like bologna," "has a juicy booty," or, "ate gum from under a desk once?"  Did you ever do this? Hopefully if the answer is yes, you did this during a high school/college age, and not last week, because that's some America's Most Wanted crap right there. But yeah, this book that I ... Read More
Yesterday was pretty much amazing. Before even arriving in Austin for SXSW, I knew that I was going to be seeing Hole play at the Spin Magazine party being held at Stubb's BBQ. The organizers of the event sent laminate passes via Fedex, which was fancy and exciting enough, but then when I read "complimentary beverages provided by ..." my excitement level went through the top of my head. So even though excitement was for sure present, there was a certain amount of, ... Read More
Well I have been here in Austin for SXSW since Tuesday, but am just settling down at a computer now because there is SO much going on that I literally haven't had my hands free for a second!  On Wednesday I went to a party at The Beauty Bar that showcased Mantler and Ben + Vesper, among others. The show was thrown by K Records, Asthmatic Kitty, Tomlab and Sounds Familyre. There were some minor equipment glitches in the opening set, but all-in-all, the show ... Read More
As I sat down to write this blog, JC Penney (yeah, the store) sent me a friend request on Facebook. Weird.  Anyway! I'm not sure what the weather is like where YOU are sitting and reading this right now, but it's dark and drizzly here in NYC. I am keeping my spirits high by packing my suitcase for my flight to Austin tomorrow for SXSW, where I will be blogging from the trenches , and also by listening to the debut self-titled CD by Happy Birthday, which comes ... Read More
Despite the charms of the two boys behind me in the balcony yelling, "don't be a bitch" at various members of the band as they made banter with the audience, Wild Beasts expressed being *most* excited about the two NYC dates scheduled on their first ever tour of North America, which ends with their show at the Music Hall of Williamsburg tomorrow (2/28.) Coming all the way from their native UK, the boys travelled through Europe and Australia just to come here and ... Read More
Our writer, Erin Griffith, put on a happy face at the Mercury Lounge in NYC a few days ago while checking out the Dum Dum Girls. Here is her first hand account of the fun time she had. (I honestly don't know why I'm taking this tone with you right now.) At the beginning of their set, Dee Dee, the band's lead singer, delivered her bubblegum lyrics as if she’d popped a handful of Valium. But as the set built up to the band’s faster ditties, the Dum Dum ... Read More
Although she is a busy lady, and in the midst of a tour, St. Vincent's Annie Clark took some time to chit chat with our writer Ned Hepburn about fashion, minivans, and song stylings. Here's what happened:  Annie Clark is a funny girl, who talks with the kind of soft yet engaging purr that makes you forget there's anybody else in the room but her. She's charmingly self-aware in the exact opposite way that so many 'cool music people' so often are. She's the ... Read More
Screaming Females, one of our favorite bands on Don Giovanni Records, released a compilation of their singles a few days ago called ... Singles. We ended up being pretty jazzed about it, so  we had our writer Erica Varlese whip up a review. Here it is:  As the Jersey saying goes, “We pump our fists, not our gas.” And Screaming Females is fist-pumpin’ music. The female-fronted, psychedelic, pop-punk band hails from the ... Read More
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