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DJ Sheila Burgel and Rob Santos bless us with HONEYBEAT: Groovy 60's Girl-Pop, a compilation of Girl Group treasures that Sheila B. describes as “refreshingly unselfconscious, emotionally open, and made of the dreamiest, sweetest, snappiest melodies that grabbed at my heart and never let go.” Twist your hips to the classic "Stand by Me," covered by Little Eva with the same charming voice that made her famous for “The Locomotion.” Feel all the feels via the hypnotically moody melody of “The Rider” by the Pussycats....
What if you could change gun violence laws with a shirt? That sounds like something from a fairy tale, but this summer, music festivals are collaborating with activists to do just that. Chicago summers are known for two things, music festivals, and gun violence; however, the Pitchfork music festival is working with two gun violence prevention organizations, Everytown Against Gun Violence, and Mothers Against Senseless Killing, to make summer more about the music and less about the violence with its recent initiative, BEATS>BULLETS. “You’re kind of...
(Photo by Hailley Howard) Led by colorist Chelsey Pickthorn and Creative Brand Director Jocelyn Simone, We Color Live has been spreading style, color and badass music across the States and into British Colombia. The all-star team of 10 packed into a tour van named "Gus," working with over 100 hair students and 80 musicians during the course of 35 non-stop days. The tour was one of the first of its nature, featuring a two-day stylistic education workshop focusing on a new style concept of slow hair...
WASI (We Are She Is) is a pop dream for woke grrrls. The queer, feminist duo creates a pop landscape that is both politically engaged and pure danceable fun in a Robyn-meets-Tegan and Sara sort of way. They (Merilou Salazar and Jessie Meehan) were recently called "a more poppish Sleater-Kinney for the next generation" by Curve magazine. Taking seriously the feelings of alienation and self-doubt that they experienced in their young lives, they center their narratives of growing up queer and celebrating the safe spaces they are actively creating. WASI explains: "The...
Madonna: the artist, the icon, the inspiration. Whether she's dressed in a power suit, a wedding dress, or something in between, Madonna consistently proves that authenticity is the best policy. In fact, it's the only policy. If you're in need of a push towards originality and self-love, let these Madonna quotes do the talking.  When I'm hungry, I eat. When I'm thirsty, I drink. When I feel like saying something, I say it. Be strong, believe in freedom and in God, love yourself, understand your sexuality, have...
It’s a 12-hour drive from Texas to Alabama, but when you take the time to sit with (in?) football, etc.'s new album Corner, it shares so much of the hazy, summer sentiment of Katie Crutchfield’s Ivy Tripp. That kind of unhurried, clear vision of a record is surprising, considering it was actually produced in five days with minimal overdubs. But yet, holed up in J Robbins’ Magpie Cage in Baltimore, Texan trio football, etc. have channeled some of that Waxahatchee Lakeside shimmer into this album. Indeed,...
After taking a break to embrace motherhood and domesticity, Nikka Costa is back releasing a new song available for download today on iTunes, ”Arms Around You.” This new track was co-written with Justin Parker, who is best known for his work with artists such as Lana Del Rey, Rihanna, and Sia. It’s just a sample from her new kickin’ album Nikka & Strings, Underneath and In Between (Metropolis Recordings), which will be released June 2nd. Recorded in a single day with minimal overdubbing, Nikka & Strings, Underneath...
When she was just 17, Alynda Segarra ran away from her home in the Bronx. Since then, she’s been a rambler, frequently on the road playing her unique combination of folk, Americana, and roots rock. Now 30, Segarra is reckoning with where she came from on The Navigator, the newest full-length album from her band Hurray For The Riff Raff. It tells the story of a character named Navita Milagros Negrón, a teen girl from the streets adrift in a rapidly gentrifying city. Segarra spoke...
“There’s so many ants happening right now. I’m actually okay, they’re fine. Are you okay?” This nonchalant thoughtfulness is Mary Lambert in her truest form. She told me about her new crowdfunded album BOLD the day it was released over coffee - featuring ants - which she was charmingly unbothered by. Of all the things to adore about Lambert’s new album, what the musician loves most is that she produced half of it herself. “I feel like I’ve always had straight white cis male producers and crafters helping...
As a fan of Paramore for roughly ten years, I was ecstatic upon finding out the news that they were releasing a new album. The album’s first single, "Hard Times," was practically all I was listening to for days - the catchy melody getting stuck in my head. The album, After Laughter, released on May 12th is wildly different from anything the band has done previously. The sound leans more '80s synth-pop than the pop-punk tunes Paramore became known for. A running theme in this album, the...