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We previously highlighted all the amazing comedians who will grace the stage at our 25th Anniversary Party on August 28. But they won’t be the only ones—we also have an amazing lineups of musicians and DJs who will keep you dancing all night long. The party will take place at Brooklyn’s iconic House of Yes, and a portion of all ticket sales will be donated to the NNAF (National Network of Abortion Funds). Check out our list of musical acts, grab your ticket today, and stay tuned for more updates!  Photo...

From new Mitski to the return of Neneh Cherry, here's our music reviews from our August/September issue—plus, a Spotify playlist with some favorites from each album. MITSKI Be the Cowboy  (Dead Oceans) On Be the Cowboy’s opener, “Geyser,” Mitski begins to reveal her tumultuous relationship status: It’s complicated. This dispute fuels the entirety of the record, wherein she grapples with her nuanced passion, often to the point of explosion. Upbeat piano and synth-driven songs like “Washing Machine Heart” bounce with a half-hearted happiness, while the more transparent “A Horse...

The Queen of Soul, Aretha Franklin, died the morning of Thursday, August 16, in her home in Detroit, and she leaves an infinitely deep trace on the world. As evidenced especially with her hit song “Respect," the iconic singer transformed a male-dominated industry. Her music fueled an era of ideological change, becoming an unofficial anthem for the civil rights, black power and feminist movements. Before laying down “Respect” on Valentine’s Day of 1967 at age 24, Franklin was a little-known gospel singer living in Detroit. Her father,...
In her newest track, musician, performance artist, and all-around visionary Yoko Ono asks a question that isn’t an unfamiliar one in 2018: where do we go from here? Ono’s latest song tackles blood, horror, and God, and raises questions about power and humanity. Like much of her music, "Where Do We Go From Here" uses simple, harsh images to create a point about the world we're living in. "If we sweep the bottom of the river, we'll find bodies that shouldn't be there," she chants. "If...
As a queer woman of color, it is not often I go out to a show on my normal stomping grounds and see someone representing for myself and others who identify the same. When I first ran into tubafresh it felt like a breath of fresh air, to not only see a band who was doing something different and holding down a unique sound but also, to be frank, wasn't just made up of a bunch of white people. We sat down with band leader...
Chavela (born Isabela Vargas Lizano) was a famous Costa Rican singer and was a huge influence on Latin American music from the 1950s to today. She was known for her soulful, intense, and gravelly voice; her ability to hold her drink; her reputation with women; and her incredible artistic output. Seriously....how hot was she?! Chavela was born in Costa Rica in 1919. She never really knew her parents and was raised by relatives in the countryside. Chavela wanted more than country life. She bided her time until she...
For the fifth consecutive year, Lincoln Center’s Out Of Doors Music Festival is in full swing in New York City. Their Roots of American Music Weekend: AMERICANAFEST NYC 2018 is happening on Saturday, August 11 an Sunday, August 12. Saturday night’s show features singer-songwriter Joe Henry and gospel and soul legend Mavis Staples, whose recent collaboration with Wilco’s Jeff Tweedy, If All I Was Was Black, was released to critical acclaim in 2017.  Sunday night’s performance features Lukas Nelson (as in Willie’s son) and one of the coolest young feminist musicians...
We are so stoked to head out to Croydon, NH for the 5th annual Wild Woods Music and Arts Festival. The carefully curated lineup accompanied by the intimate vibes make this the perfect festival to gather with your music family. The two-day festival, slated to be one of its bigger years, will be held on Page Farm from August 10th-11th. The stacked lineup features live music from Hayley Jane of Hayley Jane and the Primates and Yes Darling, Lespecial, Emancipator Ensemble, Consider the Source alongside so...
Queen Bey has slayed yet again. She was given unprecedented control over the September issue of Vogue as its cover star, and she did not disappoint us. The article starts off with Beyoncé talking about how much pressure she felt to get back into shape immediately and go on a short tour immediately after Blue was born, even while she was still breastfeeding. But after giving birth to twins Rumi and Sir last June, she is handling her body-image and motherhood differently. She had to have...
Just a few years ago, Daddy Issues was just a scribble on a wall in a Nashville DIY venue that caught Jenna Moynihan’s eye. After going home and expecting to find a feminist punk band of the same name, her Google search came up empty. After recruiting two of her friends and learning how to play instruments, Daddy Issues formed out of friendship and into the three-piece Nashville punk band of Moynihan, Jenna Mitchell, and Emily Maxwell. Their debut record, Deep Dream, dropped last year, and spans...