Jon Spencer & The HITmakers Begin Winter Tour!

“We are back–primed and loaded–ready to bring the HITS to all the rockers!”– Jon Spencer Legendary king of weird-cool, Jon Spencer (Pussy Galore, The Blues Explosion) hits the road with his new act, Jon Spencer & The HITmakers on January 24th in Cambridge, Massachusetts the Middle East., wrapping up on February 4th in Ridgewood, New York at TV Eye. The tour will also showcase talent by Bob Bert (Sonic Youth, Pussy Galore), and Sam Coomes (Quasi, Heatmiser). Recently, Spencer released his latest album, Spencer Gets It Lit, described as typical of the “Spenceresque sound,” wielding “electro art-pop beats” and stamped … Continue reading Jon Spencer & The HITmakers Begin Winter Tour!

Terry Hall, Lead Singer of The Specials, Dead at 63

Terry Hall, the legendary lead singer of the ska revival and two tone English band, The Specials, has passed away due to a brief illness at the age of 63. The Specials originated in Coventry, England in 1977. The band found success in the late 1970s and early 1980s, with “Ghost Town” (1981) being one of their most notable hits. The Specials were well known for their outspoken politics, especially concerning racial injustice. Terry Hall later left The Specials to form Fun Boy Three, and later a solo career in 1994. Hall regrouped with The Specials in 2019, and they … Continue reading Terry Hall, Lead Singer of The Specials, Dead at 63

The Sound, Spirit, & Edutainment of Sihasin

“These are rez dogs,” Clayson Benally is surrounded by puppies, who are bouncing excitedly at his feet. The Arizonian landscape behind him shows an azure horizon that stretches for miles. Before long, his sister and lifelong bandmate, Jeneda Benally, arrives on schedule. Jeneda & Clayson Benally have quite the resume. Together with their brother Klee, they formed the punk rock trio, Blackfire, protested (and sued) the federal government, and balanced their Ramones albums with the traditional Diné songs told to them by their father. In fact, their star power runs in the family. Their mother/momager Berta Benally was a folk … Continue reading The Sound, Spirit, & Edutainment of Sihasin

Siouxsie Sioux Set to Perform for the First Time in a Decade at Latitude Festival

Post-punk icon Siouxsie Sioux, is set to perform for the first time in a decade next summer at the U.K. Latitude Festival. The singer last graced the stage in 2013 when Sioux performed at Yoko Ono’s Meltdown Festival at the London Royal Festival Hall. Latitude announced that Sioux will headline the BBC Sound Stage, joining previously announced headliners Pulp, Paolo Nutini, and George Ezra. Siouxsie Sioux, of Siouxsie and the Banshees and the Creatures, is hailed as the Queen of Goth. Her signature dance style was the number one inspiration behind Jenna Ortega’s legendary goth dance in Wednesday (2022). Sioux … Continue reading Siouxsie Sioux Set to Perform for the First Time in a Decade at Latitude Festival

The Lemonheads Kick off Their ‘It’s a Shame About Ray’ 30th Anniversary Tour

Fresh from a sold-out tour of the United Kingdom and Ireland where they performed It’s a Shame About Ray in its entirety for the 30th Anniversary of its release, the Lemonheads kick off their North American tour on November 17th. The tour will include special guests Rusty, The Nils (performing 11/18), Bass Drum of Death (11/25-12/9), On Being An Angel (12/7-12/18), and Juliana Hatfield (12/7-12/18). North American tour dates are as follows, get your tickets while you still can! Tour Dates: 11.17 Lititz, PA Mickey’s Black Box 11.18 Toronto, ON Phoenix Theatre 11.19 Cleveland, OH Grog Shop 11.20 Bloomington, IL The … Continue reading The Lemonheads Kick off Their ‘It’s a Shame About Ray’ 30th Anniversary Tour

Keeping Up with Kayden

“I’ve been surrounded by horses my entire life.” Kayden Muller-Janssen (or simply, Kayden) grew up on a horse farm in Florida. The Disney actress/singer-songwriter is the bubbly personality behind Hartley, the equally charming neighbor in the Disney comedy The Villains of Valley View. Kayden has much in common with her on-screen persona, especially her bubbly personality. With the release of her latest singles, “No Maybe” and “Crave,” Kayden is pumped for the release of her debut EP, Unraveled—and the second season of The Villains of Valley View. This isn’t an act—Kayden really is this excited.   “I’ve always been really bubbly and … Continue reading Keeping Up with Kayden

Kid Congo Powers Announces Book Tour

Kid Congo Powers of Kid Congo and the Pink Monkey Birds (and former member of The Gun Club, The Cramps, and Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds) recently announced tour dates for his book launch and conversation events. His book, Some New Kind of Kick: A Memoir, will be released on October 20th, 2022.   Some New Kind of Kick: A Memoir is currently available for pre-order and is described as: “An intimate coming of age memoir by legendary guitarist Kid Congo Powers (The Gun Club, The Cramps, Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds), detailing his experiences as a young, queer … Continue reading Kid Congo Powers Announces Book Tour

Kate Dressed Up Delivers a Folkloric Dream with ‘In Another Lifetime’

When you listen to In Another Lifetime by NJ rock-folk band, Kate Dressed Up, you are transported to a space of storied wonder and ethereal expansion. Intended as a concept album inspired by The Little Prince by Antoine de Saint-Exupéry, the anticipated timeline for In Another Lifetime was pushed back due to the pandemic. During that time, frontwoman Katie Miller found that the album had taken on new meaning. What Miller did not expect was that she had more to say beyond the themes found in Antoine’s philosophical children’s book.   Never being the sort of songwriter who chooses when or … Continue reading Kate Dressed Up Delivers a Folkloric Dream with ‘In Another Lifetime’

BTN!M’s Bummer Summer Playlist 2022

(Summer is ending. Yes this is late and we’re not sorry). Every year when I tell my husband that I’m in the process of making a summer playlist, he always says one thing: “You know that summer’s almost over, right?”  First of all, summer officially ends on September 22nd and besides, I need to feel what the year’s summer is like—and this year is a real…UGH. Remember this is a subjective playlist, which means that it’s my personal opinion. So, before you Keyboard Karen’s unite and start sending me hate emails because “this song sounds like Halloween,” you don’t have … Continue reading BTN!M’s Bummer Summer Playlist 2022

‘Pistol’: Reviewing the Punk Rock Drama on FX

by Amaris Pollinger When I first heard about Pistol (2022), I rolled my eyes. “Here we go again,” I thought, “another failed attempt at telling the Sex Pistols story.” You can’t really blame me here. After all, Sid and Nancy (1986) was an absolute train wreck of a film. Besides a few documentaries, the Sex Pistols story has been a complete disaster in the hands of filmmakers. Thankfully, I’m the kind of person that’s willing to accept when I’m wrong. And FX has certainly made me eat crow. Based on the autobiography Lonely Boy: Tales from a Sex Pistol, by founding … Continue reading ‘Pistol’: Reviewing the Punk Rock Drama on FX