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My sister’s a fucking rockstar

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By Molly Freedenberg

Yeah, yeah, I know, your sister’s in a band too, and she plays at local venues and has Myspace stalkers from Wisconsin, just like mine. But does your badass bass-playing sister have a nationally distributed album coming out on August 21? No? I didn’t think so.

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Photo by Romy Suskin.
Sally Hope does wear shoes on stage, I swear.

See, my sister’s in this band called Poets and Pornstars. Read more »

Fine. Here. Bearforce1

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Yes, dears, I know Perez fricking Hilton posted this earlier today -- but the thing's gone so viral, my inbox has gotten overloaded from rabid, hyperintellectual fans! Plus, I use more exclamation points!!! So here I repost it for you (and for me -- I really can't stop watching it.) Plus it's kind of a personal triumph. It's, in a way, vindication. And isn't that what blogs are for? Read more »

Taking the joke too far?

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Freekend alert! Glitterbox, Chrome, Dirtybird, more

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It’s gonna be one of those crazy too much weekends on the club-freak circuit again. Luckily, I’ll be chasing drag queen Jackie Beat’s voluminous tinfoil skirts and jamming to Morris Day and the Time at fab street fest Sunset Junction in LA -- somebody bring me a mirror! -- so I don’t have to choose. Read more »

Oakland's Saviours sign with Kemado

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Saviours' first 'un, Crucifire.

This in recently from Kemado Records:

"Explosive, Oakland, CA outfit Saviours has inked a deal with NYC label Kemado Records. Read more »

Lollapalooza day 3: Pearl Jam censored by AT&T, Stooges, Yo La Tengo, and more

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By K. Tighe

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The Lollapalooza Chicago skyline: don't stare at it too hardit might bite. Photo by Cambria Harkey.

Dear readers, I have failed you.

I've been attempting to experience the whole of Lollapalooza, which of course includes after-parties, and their obligatory next-morning results. However, while Lupe Fiasco and Amy Winehouse were playing on day 3, Aug. Read more »

Whither Jascha Ephraim?

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By Robert Bergin

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Dear Jascha Ephraim,

Stumbled across your CD a couple days ago. I was going through my collection, looking for stuff to sell to Amoeba because I’m broke and I needed a copy of Pootie Tang. If you haven’t seen Pootie Tang, you should. It’s right up your alley. But yeah, I came up with three or four CDs I didn’t want anymore and some promos, which I figured would be enough. Read more »

Fly, fly, Ladybug Transistor

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Poor Ladybug Transistor. The NYC band suffered the demise of their drummer San Fadyl this spring, around the time of the release of the chamber poppers' latest album, Can't Wait Another Day (Merge). The band got through it and they'll be here once more tonight, Aug. 9, at Bottom of the Hill. Read more »

Lollapalooza day 2: Clap Your Hands say Yeah Yeah Yeahs - and Roots, Patti Smith, and more

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By K. Tighe

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The Lolla crowd gives it up for Kanye West. Photo by Cambria Harkey.

Notorious for delivering live sets that sound nothing like their album cuts, New York/Philadelphia indie rockers, Clap Your Hands Say Yeah translate surprisingly well to the festival environment. Sure, most songs were unrecognizable, but still enjoyable. Read more »

Get yer bootie to Bootie

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By Molly Freedenberg

Mash-ups are a special kind of math: the whole is greater than the sum of its parts. While I like dancing to Britney Spears (her early years) as much as the next thirteen-year-old-masked-as-an-adult, and while Bon Jovi fills me with a juvenile joy few other bands can evoke from me, hearing the two mixed together is something else entirely: I wouldn’t say transcendent, because I have no illusions that pop music (and dance music, for the most part) is best when taken at face value. Read more »