Unless you were into very underground punk in the early '80s, you probably don't know Frightwig--but you should. They were perhaps the first all-female DIY punk band, and they blazed a trail from San Francisco across the U.S. in the name of feminist rock 'n' roll. Along the way, they influenced youn ... More >>
Better Than: Many of the riot grrrls who inspired them. "Thanks for coming to our matinee," White Lung singer Mish Way said in a voice dripping with sarcasm, as if that were another self-aware punk-rock trope the band were adding to its arsenal. (Judging by the packed room, no one seemed to mind th ... More >>
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Emmy Wildwood is a fan of strange combinations. She has played in both punk and country band,s and her current style is a mash-up of '50s and '80s iconically rebellious looks that she describes as "Lolita Hip-Hop Cheerleader." Wildwood's most important unusual combination is the business she has run ... More >>
'I'm on the Elliott Smith diet," jokes Liza Thorn. "When he was really strung out toward the end, he only ate ice cream." It's midnight on a Thursday, and both members of Brooklyn-via-Los Angeles-via-San Francisco duo Starred have ducked into the sweltering office of Heathers bar. Despite the heat, ... More >>
Courtney Love plays Warsaw
"Good music programmers are rock stars to the women of this generation, just as guitar players were for their mothers." From the Beloit College Mindset List, in which two dudes at a Wisconsin college attempt to get a bead on What The Freshmen Class Might Be Thinking via the making of a list w ... More >>
Every May, there's no shortage of mawkishly sentimental songs to play on Mother's Day, but a month later, there are comparatively few Father's Day equivalents. Sure, there are some treacly tracks like Bob Carlisle's 1997 adult-contempo hit "Butterfly Kisses," but fatherhood is more often than not in ... More >>
Got three hours and 41 minutes? LCD Soundsystem, Liquid Liquid Saturday, April 2 Madison Square Garden Better Than: Seeing the Strokes there on Friday. Midway through the evocative "Someone Great," James Murphy wiped his cheek with his hand. Maybe he was crying. Or maybe he was sweating. It could ... More >>
Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown's in town, and she's not one of them.
A brief interlude between dirty jokes. Pics by Rob, more below.Marnie Stern The Rock Shop Tuesday, October 5 Better than: Most Sarah Silverman routines Marnie Stern talks about vaginas a lot. Maybe you knew this. Tonight we are celebrating the release of her pretty great new album (self-tit ... More >>
Run Tila, run! Photo by Nate "Igor" Smith.In the week one of us went to the Gathering of the Juggalos and came back with what is increasingly looking like Stockholm Syndrome, we witnessed Tila Tequila (and Method Man) battle a pack of angry ICP fans and--shortly after she took her top off--lo ... More >>
Like Courtney Love before her, M.I.A. has responded to a less than kind Lynn Hirschberg profile -- Love's in Vanity Fair and M.I.A.'s in this weekend's New York Times Magazine -- the only way she knows how: angry music. Love's band Hole had the bootleg "Bring Me the Head of Lynn Hirschberg," ... More >>
No, I didn't have one. Don't worry, I'm committed to being a spinster for at least 40 more years (at which point the male version of Anna Nicole Smith willl surely find me and bury me). But CLICK HERE for my column about how I happened to see the show of that title--the one starring the fetc ... More >>
What if you lived in a city where there was a bar with a happy hour, for every hour of the day? Guess what, New Yorkers: You do.
Still a good song though right Pretty inspired mini-manifesto here about old-guard female rockers (looking at you, too, Cherie Currie) sassing the new, innovative, vastly underrated wave of female rockers, just because we're all too nostalgic for Liz Phair or L7 or whatever. Thesis in one line: "L ... More >>
New Year's Eve...no idea, basically. Photo by Rebecca Smeyne.In the week we learned that Animal Collective's manager is apparently endowed with a baby leg, in the one dark place where that would be a meaningful statement, we did our best to otherwise cleanse the ol' SOTC soul, apologizing to ... More >>
SOTC's life just became 300 times less interesting now that courtneylover79 and clcobain no longer exist. CLTranslated, Love's own personal Babel Fish, is speechless and temporarily out of a hobby. Thank God for Tracy Morgan. Once again: "The wait is over! The black Svengali has arrived! I'm on th ... More >>
Fame, the musical is watered-down, unlike von Trier's Antichrist.
On September 26, Vienna will be home not to just mountains of high-caloric wiener schnitzel, but to scads of bad-for-you stars singing their love for Michael Jackson so they can gain a mass televised audience and revive their careers. It's basically the memorial all over again, but without al ... More >>
--One King to another: New York congressman Peter King released a YouTube video in which he calls Michael Jackson a "pervert" and a "low life." Released on the Fourth of July, King begins by praising "cops, firefighters and teachers," but quickly moves to his less-than-remorseful point: "Let's kn ... More >>
Justin HyteJustin Tranter is a rock star (he's lead singer of the glammy Semi Precious Weapons) AND a jewelry designer (his sexy FETTY line sells at Barneys NY and Barneys COOP). He's ALSO a perfect subject for this widely read blog! So, in between bouts of rubbing sea kelp into my hair, I cornered ... More >>
He breaks the Mouldyes, we went there
The news that Amy Winehouse has said yes, yes, yes to rehab fills me with the craziest batch of mixed feelings since Courtney Love's Versace makeover and Paris Hilton's intended descent on Rwanda. The humanitarian in me is delighted that Amy's seeking help, but the pop culture commentator is absolut ... More >>
Stopping, looking, and glistening at the Maria Felix bash; wondering what colors Michael Moore will paint on his rainbow.
Seattle's EMP proves that great popular music conferences cannot live by inclusive intentions alone
Scissor Sisters take a break; Asia Argento breaks your Heart
America's sweet tart fails to live up to her tabloid potential
Sex Drive Outpaces Death Drive as the Biz Goes Down the Toilet
Style Slumps at the Met
Limelight's updated layout is sort of like Jocelyne Wildenstein's new face not better or worse, just different.