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B-sides: Calliope Musicals

I’ve been in Austin, Texas for the past week, and the highlight of my hectic live show calendar has been Calliope Musicals, a young, up-and-coming indie country/folk band started by Carrie Fussell and Matt Roth less than a year ago. This is exactly the kind of thing indie fans swoon over: the chance to say we knew them back BEFORE they went mainstream and got picked up by the radio (patooie). So fall in love with them, quick!

B-Sides: Buke & Gass

Buke & Gass (featured on our Action podcast) aren’t your average duo from Brooklyn. For one, they have almost the same name (Arone Dyer and Aron Sanchez). For two, they traded in their ukulele and guitar for a buke and a gass.

B-Sides: Sleater-Kinney Reloaded

“Indefinite hiatus” are two words you never want to hear from your favorite band. But when it comes to Sleater-Kinney, it means rad new rock projects rather than a riot grrl death knell.

B-Sides: MFNW wrap-up

To wrap-up our coverage of this year's Musicfest Northwest queer and female musicians, we just wanted to share a final wrap-up of some of the live shows we saw, from little kid audiences to confetti-throwing back-up dancers, starting with Seattle rappers THEEsatisfaction...

B-Sides: The Thermals Get Personal on Personal Life

Do you know what today is? It’s Personal Life release day! If you’re a Thermals fan (and you know I am), you’ve been excited for this day for a while now. And you won’t be disappointed, because Personal Life delivers all of the energy, catchy hooks, and sing-along lyrics you’ve come to expect from these cuties. Check out their latest video if you need proof: Pssst… You can also preview the new album at NPR First Listen, and if you live in PDX you can see The Thermals live this week at MusicFestNW (oh, and you can see us there too!).

B-Sides: Tila Tequila Vs. the World

 Last Friday night, reality TV star/pop singer Tila Tequila was attacked by concertgoers at the 11th annual Gathering of the Juggalos in rural Southern Illinois. But you probably already knew that. It's a story made in gossip blog heaven; a Playboy-model-turned-Myspace-celebrity-turned-reality-TV-star being attacked by the fans of the self-appointed "Most Hated Band in Music." Yet, both Tequila and the Insane Clown Posse are comparatively unpopular and disrespected, so why is it that Tila Tequila is the one getting the bad rap?! 

B-Sides: Surf's Up!

Even though August showed up faster than product placement on Bravo, summer's not over yet, and you can get your sun on with this sampling of bands bringing back garage and surf rock to a town near you....

B-Sides: Music quick hits

  • On PRI’s This is the World, host Marco Werman talks about Indonesian surf band Dara Puspita, who “may be the rockingest garage band you’ve never heard of.” (Audio)
  • Reel Grrls’ latest vlog is on the Gaga-fication of pop music (Video)
  • On CNN, Maragaret Cho talks about her first all-musical comedy album Cho Dependent, and the first track “I’m Sorry”…which is about domestic abuse (Video)
  • The Saturdays cover Justin Bieber’s “Baby” with just guitars and their sweet, sweet harmonies (Seriously, give-you-a-cavity, maybe-a-bit-too-precious, harmonies.) (Video)
  • New music! The Corin Tucker Band (listen to “Doubt” from ex-Sleater Kinney member’s new band)! The Arcade Fire (stream thier new album on NPR)!, Robyn (watch “Dancing on My Own” at a recent show in Williamsburg)! MC Invincible (pre-order the Invincible + Waajeed “Detroit Summer” 7”)!

Bitch Radio: The Action Episode

Another Bitch podcast ready for your aural consumption! Like the Action issue, this podcast speaks broadly to the theme: Annie Leonard on the big deal with cap and trade, what Lady Gaga has to do with labor unions, and one feminist film buff who loves action movies (and thinks that Judi Dench should be in more of them!) Plus, music by Brooklyn duo Buke and Gass, whose debut full-length album Riposte is due out September 14th from Brassland records. Stream it below, subscribe on iTunes or RSS, or download it! Podcast script and links after the jump! Transcript (PDF)

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 worse—and a television show with a theme song almost as sticky as Cher’s situation with Christian. But, this post isn’t about the gang. It’s about That Dog, the surprisingly overlooked 90s pop punk quartet who have stolen my heart.