OG Feminist Rockers Frightwig Still Blazing a Trail

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Frightwig today: Deanna Ashley Mitchell, Cecilia Kuhn, Mia d'Bruzzi, and Eric Drew Feldman
Unless you were into very underground punk in the early '80s, you probably don't know Frightwig--but you should. They were perhaps the first all-female DIY punk band, and they blazed a trail from San Francisco across the U.S. in the name of feminist rock 'n' roll. Along the way, they influenced younger musicians like Courtney Love and Bikini Kill, planting an early seed for the riot grrrl movement that followed in the '90s.

The chemistry of Frightwig has changed a bit with Eric Drew Feldman on keys, but singer and bass player Deanna Ashley Mitchell, who turns 56 Tuesday, remains an outspoken fighter for women's rights. She's leading Frightwig in an East Coast crusade that kicks off Monday, Sept. 8, at The Knitting Factory (with Jane Lee Hooker also performing) and culminates in the We Are Women Constitution Day Rally next weekend in Washington, D.C. We spoke to Deanna about women in music, women's rights in America, and male strippers.

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Anthony Cumia Was "Getting Tired of SiriusXM's Bullshit" Anyway

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"Within pretty much a month, I was fired and now I'm up and running again."
By now you've surely heard the story about radio jock Anthony Cumia getting fired by SiriusXM, so we're not going to get into it. Whether you stand by Ant or not, life moves on. And so too does Cumia, when his new HD video podcast show, the aptly titled The Anthony Cumia Show, hits the web on August 4th and the lines of dialogue open up. And make no mistake, those lines will be very open.

On the new show, broadcast on his own, there will be no rules, no restrictions, and no bosses to tell him what to do. You only thought you were offended before. We talked with Cumia about the now-infamous end of his relationship with Sirius, and what's in store for fans starting next week.

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Eula Walk the Fine Line Between Chaos and Order

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Brooklyn-by-way-of-Connecticut post-punk outfit EULA is a force of nature. Incorporating shades of Wire, Bikini Kill, X-Ray Spex, The Yeah Yeah Yeahs, Gang of Four, and Blonde Redhead, singer/guitarist Alyse Lamb, bassist Jeff Maleri, and drummer Nate Rose make an awful lot of noise for three people as they walk the fine line between chaos and order, melody and dissonance, negative space and sensory overload for a result that's as visceral as it is catchy. On their self-released debut full-length Maurice Narcisse (2011)--and even more so in their crackling live shows--frontwoman Lamb swings wildly between animal wails, percussive chants, and delicate vocalizations that are all the more anxiety-inducing for their sweetness, as if she's teetering on the edge of violent breakdown. In advance of the release party for their new "Orderly"/"Meadows" 7" (out now on Bloodmoss Records, show details following interview), we spoke with Lamb about her classical training, her production collective, and her love of riding her bike around Bushwick.

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The Brown Bag Allstars' J57 and Koncept Present a Hip-Hop Baseball Playlist

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J57 and Koncept via Intagram
This evening, July 17, J57 and Koncept from New York City's Brown Bag Allstars troupe will be taking to the field down in Coney Island to perform the opening song ahead of the Brooklyn Cyclones showdown with the Jamestown Jammers. The track of choice will be a rendition of "Take a Day," which features the vocal trilling of ATR and is slated to head-up the duo's sample-free debut album Flight, which will drop next year.

Of their own baseball credentials, J57 says, "Koncept played baseball growing up in Queens and was in the same league as Action Bronson, although I sucked at baseball growing up. But honestly, I could throw better than 50 Cent."

In honor of the hometown heroes strutting their stuff ahead of the Cyclones game then, here's J57 and Koncept's guide to curating the ideal hip-hop-based baseball playlist. Consider it a must for all fanatics of the b-word.

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Brooklyn's Jay Stolar Explores the Power of Sex in New Single "Just an Animal"

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Jay Stolar
New York's tempo may slow during the hot and sweaty summer, but the pace is only picking up for Jay Stolar. The Brooklyn poly-genre multi-instrumentalist has made a name for himself as a one-man musical enterprise, producing, playing, and songwriting for television and other artists in addition to composing his own music. A contempo brew of soulful pop-rock, his harmony-laden solo debut, More Than We Think, was released last year, unveiling a style and craftsmanship that earned him comparisons to Darryl Hall, Bruno Mars, and... Adele. More recently, he wrote and recorded "Just an Animal," one of several new songs-turned-music videos inspired by a fortuitous collaboration and a resulting session at Flux Studios, a "brilliant recording studio on 2nd St. and 2nd Ave. in Manhattan." In the midst of his summer-long residency at Rockwood Music Hall, Jay recently spoke with us about the story behind this hard-hitting R&B banger and life as a New York musician.

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Devo's Jerry Casale Looks to the Past for the Future

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Long before guys like Steve Jobs and Neil deGrasse Tyson helped geeks get their shine, Devo were flaunting their bookish background and turning the world's idea of what rock stars look and sound like on its head. For the last 40 years cofounding bassist Jerry Casale shared the stage with his brother and Devo guitarist, Bob Casale (Bob 2), who suddenly passed from heart failure this past winter. The shocking loss has left Bob's family in financial straits. Still reeling from their loss and looking to help how they can, the band is pulling out their earliest never-before-performed primordial synth material as a fundraiser for Bob's family on Thursday June 19th at Best Buy Theater. We spoke with Jerry about losing his brother and bandmate Bob, being introduced on stage by David Bowie at Max's Kansas City, making wine and looking to the past for the future.

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Company Freak's Jason King: "Music Is A Kind of Universal Language"

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Jason King of Company Freak
There may be no one quite as busy as Jason King. Before we speak on the phone, he has just flown in from Dubai. Throughout the year he can be caught at either the NYU campus in Abu Dhabi or NYC teaching courses at Tisch's Clive Davis Institute of Recorded Music where he formerly served as artistic director. In his spare time, he's a journalist, producer, radio host, and head of his own music company. Lately, the hat he's tried on is of musician, specifically the kind that heads an international supergroup known as Company Freak. Spearheaded by King, Company Freak is his vision of the grand sounds of orchestral disco that bring together massive, live horns and strings sections alongside spectacular vocalists and a desire to get you moving.

With one EP under their belt, Company Freak has a busy year ahead of them, given a couple of big shows this month and plans to release an album early next year. King explained his motivation for a project like this, where disco can be heard today, and how he finds the time to keep this collective running.

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An Introduction to Deniro Farrar and His Cult Rap Movement

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Via"I'll wake up, do 250 push-ups and stare in the mirror for a while," says Deniro Farrar when asked about his plans for the morning of the release of Rebirth, his debut major label project. The North Carolina-based rapper's rise and shine routine could well be a summation of his music, which balances an abrasive and visceral delivery that channels the unbridled anguish of 'Pac with tender moments of personal reflection. Rebirth's opening song begins with Deniro asking for forgiveness for his lifestyle before eschewing confessions in church in favor of spilling out his soul over the ghostly production. The rest of the six-track project has Deniro speaking from a similarly frank book as he muses on personal changes in his life and coins soulful redemptive raps.

Ahead of the Rebirth EP release show at SOB's on May 19th, read on to get hip to Deniro's cult rap movement and find out how it can change your life for the better.

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It's Hard Out Here for Lily Allen

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There hasn't been a time in Lily Allen's career when she wasn't controversial. From her three, snark-ridden albums to her public persona that has included quite a few beefs with a diverse array of fellow stars, Allen has never shied away from saying and doing whatever the fuck she wants. After a break to start a family and take some time away from the spotlight, Allen's latest is no different than her earlier ones in terms of her ability to raise eyebrows and stir up some trouble.

We spoke over the phone with Sheezus as she prepared for the Met Gala about pressures to both leave and return to music, her feelings about the record business, and of course many of her very recent controversies.

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Chad VanGaalen Makes Snow Piss Drawings and So Much More

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Psych-folk artist Chad VanGaalen is quite content to spend days in his Calgary home fiddling with Frankenstein instruments he crafted himself. After a crushingly long winter, he finally emerges to tour in support of his fifth full-length, the wildly warped Shrink Dust.

He's a man who knows how to inject serious productivity into those miserable brumal months that take most of the Canadian year. You know, obvious stuff like recording morphological pop music, employing his young daughters as voice actors in a three-part sci-fi film he is writing and illustrating. Making art in the snow with his own urine and hiding treasures beneath a backyard canoe.

He's at Bell House tonight, May 15th, so we caught up with him about what else he's been up to.

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