Music

Dumbfounded Takes Aim at Whitewashing

Militant Ginger
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“Whitewashing” has been hitting the headlines a lot recently, with a lot of movies getting criticized for placing white actors and actresses in roles originally written for Asians. Emma Stone in Aloha was perhaps the most egregious, but Scarlet Johansson staring in the live-action Ghost in the Shell and Tilda Swinton playing The Ancient One in Doctor Strange […]

Bye Bye, Dee Dee – Hello, Kristin Kontrol

ModCon02
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I’m firmly of the opinion that great pop music, no matter how fun and frothy it may sound at first, needs to have a tinge of regret coasting just beneath the surface. For instance: Van Morrison’s “Brown-Eyed Girl” is one of the happiest, danciest slabs of white boy soul-pop ever recorded; right up until the […]

Garbage Returns and is Feeling ‘EMPTY’

Doug L.
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In the music business if a band can last 20 years together that is quite an accomplishment. Garbage did just that and is still going strong. Returning to the studio after the successful ’20 Years Queer’ tour last year promoting the 20th anniversary of the band and first studio album, Garbage returns with a new […]

Tenacious D Is Back In The Studio!

Tim Makoid
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You heard that right. The D. Is. Back. Here’s a little video courtesy of Kyle Gass, showing J.B. rocking out in a sound booth, laying down some sort of fast paced guitar riff:   Their last album, ‘The Rize of the Fenix’ was a masterpiece, says me. It came out in 2012. We caught them […]

Of First Kisses and Purple Rain

Jason Bennion
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[This piece originally appeared in a slightly different form on Simple Tricks and Nonsense.] The first girl I ever seriously kissed was a major Prince fan. I didn’t see the appeal. The appeal of Prince, I mean. The kiss was awesome. I can still remember it with almost shocking vividness. But Prince… really? Sure, “Let’s […]

Get Your Fix of Prince Here

Tim Makoid
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For the past few days I’ve been in a sort of trance. I found out the news of Prince’s death while I was sitting in a board room on a business trip in NJ and I just shouted out right in the middle of a presentation, “Prince died!” I honestly don’t know what my clients […]