Nobody knows Mykki Blanco is in New York. She’s hiding out in a press room when I reach her by phone two days before she’s set to celebrate her debut studio album, Mykki, at a release show in Brooklyn. After that, she’ll cross the Atlantic, go to France, tour Europe, and play some festivals and club dates for the far-flung fans she’s gathered over the past five years. But for now, she’s in New York, hiding.
The performance persona of Michael Quattlebaum Jr. was born in New York, where Quattlebaum … read more
I was in the back of an Uber in Los Angeles, on my way to an orchestral performance of Hole’s Pretty on the Inside, when I realized that I don’t know much about Courtney Love. I didn’t even discover Nirvana until college — I was too busy fucking around with 1980s art punk — much less get familiar with the music made by their late frontman’s wife. I was dimly aware of her reputation as rock’s most sensational Hot Mess, the one who may or may not have slapped Kathleen Hanna backstage and … read more
I’m transmitting (barely) live from a crumb-encrusted, makeshift desk setup somewhere in a virtual swing state jammed with post-Stuxnet deathcode, patriotic internment facilities, weaponized disenfranchisement, mortgage-lending SWAT teams, mosquito militias, cargo-shorts consumer hordes, and virtually no summer songs that don’t feature Drake or one of his cynical minions. So, yes, there is a heightened state of anxiety out here! We’re taking fire from all sides. We can’t see where it’s … read more
By Matthew Kessler
Kick-ass concerts didn’t come to Mobile, Alabama, in the 1990s. We had one venue, the Mobile Civic Center, and second-string hair metal bands like Cinderella might play once a year if we were lucky. Everything I knew about cool music I learned from cable television. In 1995, I was 14, and my summer days were occupied by Hacky Sack, cigarettes, MTV, and calling friends on my parents’ cordless phone. My nights: cruising around Mobile with friends who were old enough to drive, … read more
Sitting at a table flanked by her four bandmates in The Julie Ruin, Kathleen Hanna is very much in her element. “I really wanted to give myself the gift of being able to write with people who brought themselves to the table and brought their own ideas in,” she says of her decision to assemble the group six years ago. That gift has certainly paid off: The synergy between each member of The Julie Ruin — keyboardist and vocalist Kenny Mellman, bassist Kathi Wilcox, guitarist Sara Landeau, and … read more
“I am not a piece of food,” T-Rextasy announce on “Chik’N,” the first track from their cleverly named debut LP, Jurassic Punk. It’s a declaration of independence from a band young enough to fearlessly defy expectations, and brave enough to truly subvert them. “Some people, especially adults, have brought up ‘Chik’N’ in a way that implies that somehow the subject of ‘women as meat’ isn’t relevant anymore,” bassist Annie Fidoten tells MTV News. “Sort of like, ‘Oh, don’t … read more
“You, so troubled, so shy, you couldn’t be that kind of guy,” Teen sing in unison on “All About Us.” The song, vocalist Teen Lieberson has explained, is about “the quiet misogyny that women experience too often.” It’s a track for all those nice feminist #ally boys who are actually total creeps. “Blame it all on me, your lack of confidence and sexuality,” the group sings sarcastically, the punchy synth-pop track sounding like Freedom of Choice–era Devo. Over their past two records, … read more
Bikini Kill has a brand-new song out today — except that’s not. New that is. At all. The iconic riot grrrl band is out with “Playground,” a previously unreleased track from their 1991 album, Revolution Girl Style, and according to the band’s Kathi Wilcox, they don’t rightly even remember recording the sneering, warped childhood rhyme of a track.
“Playground” — which heavily samples from old classics like “I am rubber, you are glue” — won’t be the first new/old track from … read more
Lauren Mayberry of CHVRCHES seen at the 2015 Pitchfork Music Festival, on Friday, July 17, 2015 in Chicago. | Barry Brecheisen/Invision/AP It’s been a divine couple of years for Chvrches.
The Scottish synth-pop outfit — featuring vocalist Lauren Mayberry, synth-master Martin Doherty and guitarist Iain Cook — burst onto the scene internationally with dark-yet-danceable tracks like “Lies,” “The Mother We Share” and “Recover” in late 2012. By 2013, the trio was among the top five on … read more
Miley Cyrus is threatening to go all Kim Kardashian on our a$$es (fitting) — in that she’s planning to “break the Internet.” And she’s going to do so, it seems, dressed in her go-to outfit of pasties and little else — with the snazzy addition of a sparkly eye patch. Miley shared a slew of snaps on Instagram early Thursday (July 9), promising “good $h-t coming soon.” The photos aren’t all that clear, but they include cameos of Miley’s menagerie of pets — and myriad people are … read more
Avril Lavigne has been struggling silently with her Lyme disease, which was first revealed as a mystery illness last December. But on Monday morning (June 29), the “Hello Kitty” singer spoke up about the disease on “Good Morning America,” telling people who suffer from it, “There is hope.”
Lavigne said she was bed-ridden in Los Angeles since October 2014 — “literally the worst time of my life.” When she consulted doctors about why she was so tired all the time, many of them didn’t … read more
Taylor Swift’s 1989 made major waves upon its October release, partially because it became the first platinum-selling album released in 2014. We know that high sales numbers aren’t always indicative of an album’s artistic merit, but it’s still a pretty impressive feat — and in our dream world, these 23 LPs, EPs and mixtapes (listed in no particular order) would have also sold at least a million copies this year. more: Best Songs Of 2014 Lykke Li, I Never Learn No one else this year captured … read more
Here we are now, entertain us … with trivia. NIrvana’s “Nevermind” was released on Sept. 24, 1991. The band’s original record contract with Sub Pop only paid them $600, but this album would go on to sell 30 million copies worldwide. Perhaps they weren’t always understood at the time — MTV even misspelled the group’s Moon Man award in 1992 as “Smells Like Team Spirit” — but over the years Nirvana has certainly captured the zeitgeist for anyone who wishes to come as they are, no matter what team … read more