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Survivor’s Toolbox is the web series women need right now. The mini-episodes seek to give survivors of sexual assault emotional support and guidance in dealing with things like PTSD, reporting an assault, therapy, and communicating with friends and family about sexual assault. To continue their efforts in being an online resource for survivors, the creators of the series are hosting a launch party and fundraiser on August 27 in Brooklyn to support the filming of their next two episodes. The event starts at 6 PM and...
As if there was any doubt about Baby Shakes' rightful place at the top of the leather-clad punk-n-roll heap, their new single, “Love Song In Reverse,” seals the deal with a liquid-lined wink and a snarl. The NYC four-piece's fourth full-length album, Cause a Scene, is due out September 20—and if this catchy semi-sweet anti-love song is any indication, you will be skipping class for the remainder of the semester. Dump a tangle of distorted power pop guitar over a red-blooded back beat, soak it in beachy-keen...
    MANNEQUIN PUSSYPatience(Epitaph) On its third full-length album, Philadelphia’s Mannequin Pussy explores the amorphous blob that is life after love. Patience, the band’s third LP, is that painful in-between, a place of finding balance and that raw awakening we all need. Lyrically and melodically the collection is accessible, yet also full of mood swings—blistering punk tracks (“Drunk I,” “Cream”) balance the more introspective moments (“Drunk II,” “Fear/+/Desire,” “High Horse”). Overall, the band has woven the intricate, the delicate, and the not-giving-two-fucks into a cohesive body of...
ESTHER ROSEYou Made It This Far(Father/Daughter Records) Esther Rose is all about the journey. From the very first acoustic whisper on sophomore album You Made It This Far, the folky/bluesy country singer-songwriter snaps us from past to present: a little June Carter Cash, a little Patsy Cline, all wrapped up in a resolutely modern bow. Rose uses these old-school cues to revel in the small moments—the cool be-mine of “Lower 9 Valentine,” a snowy-morning memory in “Five Minute Drive.” But they each paint a vivid...
  Netflix recently dropped the third season of GLOW. Created by Liz Flahive and Carly Mensch, the loosely based on a true story series, follows the Gorgeous Ladies of Wrestling, a group of former actors, models, dancers, stuntwomen, and an ex-soap-star who started their own professional wrestling promotion in 1985. Starring Alison Brie, Betty Gilpin, Marc Maron, and Britney Young—among other talents—the comedy series brings us into the middle of the ring and behind the scenes. It explores the lives of the women who became underground...
QueenieBy Candice Carty-Williams(Gallery/Scout Press) A necessary addition to the literary canon, Candice Carty-Williams’ fiction debut Queenie widens the lens of the Black woman’s experience to include an international perspective. The novel tells the story of the titular character, Queenie, a Jamaican-Brit writer in her mid 20s, who completely disregards the notion “when you know better, you do better.” Speaking to the hearts of quirky-yet-messy women everywhere who are trying to find themselves, Queenie is recovering from a “break” from a long-term relationship in the only direction...
  Doxology: A NovelBy Nell Zink(Ecco) Spanning three decades and two generations, Nell Zink’s latest novel opens on New York’s Lower East Side with Pam, Daniel, and Joe, a trio of bandmates struggling to make it in the punk scene circa 1990. As the decade progresses, the band’s dynamic does, too: Pam and Daniel have a baby, and Joe finds success as a solo musician. Then tragedy hits New York on September 11, 2001. Post 9/11, the bulk of Doxology follows Pam and Daniel’s daughter, Flora, as...
Lara Prior-Palmer was surfing the internet when she discovered the Mongol Derby: “a 1,000-kilometer race on twenty-five wild ponies…that mimicked Chinggis Khan’s postal system but seemed from afar more like a perfect hodgepodge of Snakes and Ladders and the Tour de France on unknown bicycles.” A year out of high school and straining for something lifelike to sink her teeth into, she’d been dreaming of going to Kyrgyszstan, anyway—“…long-maned ponies streaming over green steppes, space poured wide and free…”—and here was a way to get...

Now that we’re right in the middle of August, it’s the perfect time to celebrate the end of summer with a nice cool drink and a great book—or maybe a great new song, too. Here are some of our recommendations this week. MOVIES/TV  Where’d You Go, Bernadette Based on Maria Semple’s bestselling novel, Where’d You Go, Bernadette is a mystery/comedy/drama film about a mother who disappears—and her daughter’s quest to find her. In theaters August 16. This Way Up Irish comedian Aisling Bea is coming to Hulu (and America!) with her new...
The best one-sentence description of The Art of Self-Defense I have managed to conjure up is “Fight Club, but directed by Yorgos Lanthimos.” It takes place in a completely generic 1990s-era town, where the dog food in the grocery store is literally labeled a brandless “Dog Food,” where the protagonist’s home answering machine informs him that he has “only” one new message, while a news anchor blithely recommends protecting oneself with a gun or large knife while out in public. The Art of Self-Defense pulls no punches. (There’s the...