Week in Review: Female Guitar Players Are the New Black

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The beach is in Bed-Stuy, suckers. Photo by Rebecca Smeyne.
In the week we asked a Georgia-certified divorce attorney whether The-Dream had left his wife while she was eight and a half months pregnant because he would have had to pay more child support had he waited the full nine (or was it just because he's a terrible guy?), we also thought of happier things, like our now triumphantly concluded Siren Festival. Follow along in retrospect: Marissa Paternoster for MVP. Matt of Matt and Kim, rapping the R. Kelly song "Ignition." The Missed Connections aftermath. And the Ted Leo-assisted video flashback. See you next year?

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Plus we mourned Big Star bassist Andy Hummel, who died this week. Chink Floyd complained to us that they didn't win our "Worst Band Name In New York" contest, which is actually a valid point. Chart savant Maura Johnston asked whether "The Ultimate Chart" will change the way we quantify the ubiquity of Eminem, Katy Perry, Lady Gaga, and Justin Bieber. And Ice-T, Twitter champion, called a New York City police officer a "punk bitch," to no visible repercussions.

Burning Spear toasted Rockefeller Park. The preposterous supergroup that is Best Coast's Bethany Cosentino, Kid Cudi, and Vampire Weekend's Rostam Batmanglij attempted to play that song they wrote together at the Music Hall of Williamsburg. The profoundly discomfiting Perfume Genius did a lot of eerie whispering at 92Y Tribeca. Bob Log III dawdled some ladies on his knee at the Knitting Factory. The Williamsburg Waterfront hosted the Murder City Devils, JEFF the Brotherhood, and...Agyness Deyn? Golden Triangle got electrocuted at Saturday Night's Bed-Stuy Bikini Bash. Our nightlife columnist braved the heat for Bushwick's hazy Tiki Disco spectacular. And Thee Oh Sees and So Cow did not riot at the South Street Seaport.

Curren$y and producer Ski Beatz (and Damon Dash) talked the rapper's new Pilot Talk, Dame's BluRoc, and eating at Bubby's in Tribeca. Sleigh Bells finally confirmed to us that Treats is good for exercise. And the rapper Theophilus London gave us tips for remaining cool and fashionable at this weekend's HARD NYC festival.

Not to mention the near-shutdown of Rubulad, the Department of Homeland Security vs. The Specials, Bob Dylan's entire career distilled into a single Tweet, Questlove's celebrity stories, an amazing new single from Katy Perry, the return of Marnie Stern, and randy ladies of John Mayer's Jones Beach concert. We're back on Monday.


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