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 ... Read More
Miranda July alert for Southern Californians! Tomorrow night (Tuesday) the inspiring auteur will be hosting Show and Tell at Cinefamily, a brand-new series that invites "artists, filmmakers, musicians, and other cultural heroes to divulge their deepest, darkest media obsessions." Basically MJ will get on stage and talk about whatever she damn well pleases, and knowing her, it will be completely freaky, fascinating, and funny.    Show & Tell at ... Read More

Vibrator Truck Comes to NYC

BY Lisa in Sex

These days food trucks are a dime a dozen. But come next weekend, there’ll be a new truck in town, and it has nothing to do with meals on wheels. The Good Vibrations/Trojan truck will be hitting the streets of NYC July 28 – July 30, and while it’s mainly a marketing ploy for Trojan’s line of vibrating products, it’ll also feature some pretty cool stuff, like giveaways, live interviews with sexperts, and handing out “fun” ... Read More
I’m a sucker for a lady with a sweet set of pipes and a singer/songwriter sensibility, which is why I love me some Jolie Holland, and have since I first heard her demo Catalpa when I was a wee baby music writer back in the day. In fact, I had the good fortune to interview her at the time, even though I had no interviewing skills to speak of, and over coffee in her San Francisco apartment, she proceeded to be one of the most gracious, open musicians I’ve ... Read More

Got a roommate horror story?

BY Lisa in General

Ladies, do you want to bitch about your roommate? I want to hear it. We’re working on a story about all the ways living with other girls can go south, so if you’ve had a bad roomie situation (whether it involves significant other overstaying their welcome, weird neuroses about borrowing stuff, chore-splitting disasters), please share your story (I promise not to use your real names). But it’s not only the dirt I want. If you’ve been able to ... Read More
You guys, do you know about Who Took the Bomp?, the new Le Tigre documentary? I was lucky enough to check out its New York premiere last week at MoMA and I have three words for you: go see it. If you can watch it in a theater full of like-minded riot grrrls, even better. If not, nab the DVD when it comes out in June and relive those blissful, dance-ridden years in the privacy of your own home, where no one will look at you strangely if you try to emulate the ... Read More

Be a Betty in Betty

BY Lisa in Style

Betty White’s been everywhere lately, and now she can be on your very own chest thanks to a new limited edition line of T-shirts and hoodies featuring the last Golden Girl standing. Don't worry, she sanctioned the use of her mug and a portion of the proceeds even go to the Morris Animal Foundation of which Ms. White is a trustee. And if you're wondering why this gal has the hoodie strings in her ears, it's cause they're machine-washable earbuds (the input ... Read More
Our writer Alyssa Pinsker got the goods from author Anna Fields about what a rebel deb is, and what it means to be one. “Put simply, like my Momma always says...Every one of us starts off a debutante, then becomes a rebel, but when we finally grow into our own...we’re a little bit of both.” So writes Anna Fields in her new debut memoir, Confessions of a Rebel Debutante (Penguin Group), which will make every girl who didn’t fit in, acted ... Read More

Good Golly Miss Molly

BY Lisa in General

Molly Ringwald has a new book out. It’s called Getting the Pretty Back: Friendship, Family and Finding the Perfect Lipstick and though I haven’t read it the title alone kinda triggers my gag reflex. But she’s Molly Ringwald! Samantha Baker! Claire Standish! I will love her till the day I die so I don’t really care what she’s shilling, if Molly Ringwald is making an appearance, I will be there. Which is exactly what drew me (and ... Read More

Class Actress? Class Act

BY Lisa in Music

Any band that cites Madonna’s first album as a major influence is gonna get a listen from me. And in the case of the forthcoming EP from Class Actress (it hits ears Feb. 9), another and another and another. After totally falling for the Brooklyn trio’s throwback synthiness and lead singer Elizabeth Harper, who has a voice like buttah, I had to check them out at the Highline Ballroom last night, where they opened for Au Revoir Simone. They took the ... Read More
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