B-Sides: That Dog

Gratuitously girly writing implements, knee-highs paired with chunky Mary Janes, faux Oxford collars, Coolio’s “Rollin’ with My Homies”, and Paul Rudd’s career—Thanks, Clueless! Fifteen years ago, the bubbly feature launched the success of these trends–for better or... Read more »

B-Sides: Genya Ravan

On B-Sides last month, Sara Kantner introduced us to the pioneering female rock star Suzie... Read more »

B-Sides: Ladies Rock Camp

Boys aren’t the only ones who play air guitar. Granted, I didn’t pretend I was David Lee Roth, but I’m sure I shamefully mimicked those epic “Free Bird” riffs. If you’re like me and still haven’t grown out of... Read more »

B-Sides: Suzi Quatro

School’s out for summer, and I’m feeling antsy. I want to throw garbage cans at mailboxes, drink warm Budweiser in the back of a pick-up truck, and smoke cigarettes in front of the arcade. I want to drive around the neighborhood with the windows down so everyone can hear the... Read more »

B-Sides: Stellar OM Source

My mind is seemingly always on overdrive. If I don't have constant (over)stimulation, I am not a very fun person to be around. It's not surprising, then, that my taste in music generally reflects my mindset... Read more »

B-Sides: Sabrina Chap's Oompa!

Don’t let the picture fool you–Sabrina Chap’s forlorn album cover of Oompa! doesn’t reflect what inside: bouncing rhythms, complex instrumentation, and intelligent lyrics covering everything from heartache to performing femininity. Read more »

B-Sides: Gay Vatos and Rockin' Roommates

Two new gay-friendly ways to rock out... Read more »

B-Sides: Esperanza Spalding

Esperanza Spalding has been flying just under the radar for years now, especially for those who don't follow jazz pop news (it's not all about Norah Jones, people!), but recently experienced something of a breakout in her February performance on the PBS program Austin City Limits. The day after... Read more »

B-Sides: Abjeez

If you, like me, think M.I.A. jumped the world pop shark with the "Born Free" video, try Abjeez, an Iranian pop/ska group based in Sweden fronted by sisters Melody and Safoura Safavi. Their music is political, personal, satirical, funny,... Read more »

B-Sides: News and Notes

After a string of EPs and self-released singles, Brighton’s Peggy Sue finally have an LP out!!….. in the UK. Fossils and Other Phantoms will be released in the US in June, but if you’re in Europe, you can probably see this soul folk... Read more »