Schoolgirl Crushes

I have a crush. I'll admit it.And this is just the latest. From adolescence to today there has resided in my girly girl heart a steady and motley stream of man candy, all completely restricted to my cranium and all fully outside the scope of my actual relationships. Harmless, whimsical, and surprisingly long-lasting all--the Liam Neeson era alone lasted over a decade. He still makes me a little giggly....more

INTERVIEW: Sarah McLachlan Talks About Her New Album, Motherhood, Feminism, and More

Some musicians mean more to us than a catchy tune on a hot summer day. Some come into our lives with one album, an album that gets left on repeat for months—even years. We grow and process and change as we listen to the music on the album. And then? A new one comes out a few years later. The artist has grown and changed, and so have we. Rinse, repeat as the years pass, the albums continue to be released, and both artist and self grow and change and mature and feel and live life. Sarah McLachlan is that singer/songwriter for me, and her albums have journeyed with me throughout my life. I was thrilled to get to interview her about her new album, Shine On, motherhood, feminism, and life....more
She's. So. Awesome.more

Generation X and Musical Milestones

  As a rock music lover, I used to enjoy getting my music updates on MTV News. I haven't watched MTV in a while. Truth be told, I don't even know if MTV still has a news segment. Or what Kurt Loder and Tabitha Soren are doing these days. I really miss them and their updates. But I digress.... ...more

Karl Giant Shoots Jane Badler's Opus

Singer/actress Jane Badler enlisted Karl Giant for the photoshoot for her latest release, Opus. -PJ Gach...more

Avril Lavigne's 'Hello Kitty' is the Latest Video to Use Asian Women as Props

Like Gwen Stefani and Katy Perry before her, Avril Lavigne is the latest white pop star to think Asian women make such! cute! props! In the Lavigne’s latest video, "Hello Kitty", she romps in a pastel tulle skirt and chalk streaked hair, while robotic Asian backup dancers all dressed in identical brightly colored costumes flank her on either side. ...more
While the video is so awesomely terrible, I don't see how this video is "racist". Racism to me ...more

Nonoy Zuñiga wows crowd in concert

IT was a Black Saturday and it rained all day but it didn't dampen the spirits of those who watched Filipino balladeer Nonoy Zuñiga in his “Kamusta Ka” (How Are You) concert at the McKnight Hall, Cone Center at the UNCC campus in Charlotte, North Carolina....more

Pharrell Takes Over the World

In case you missed it, Pharrell Williams got something in his eye when he sat down to talk to Oprah the other day. It is pretty amazing how infectious his song "Happy" is. It is definitely striking a chord with people all over the world." ... people are putting up their own videos. It was, like, no longer my song." ...more

Touching Cover of "I Touch Myself" to Inspire Breast Self-Exam: Singer's Last Wish

A year ago in April, new wave rockstar Chrissy Amphlett of the Divinyls died from breast cancer at the age of 54.  Like me, you've probably sung along with her on their 1990 hit "I Touch Myself,"  or at least added it to a mixtape now and again. ...more
Wow. That is all. And now I have to pull myself together...more

Tool Rocks the Bill Graham Civic Auditorium

A few weeks ago my boyfriend "reminded" me that we had tickets to the second of two sold out Tool shows in San Francisco. Not realizing he had never told me about the tickets to begin with, his "reminder" was actually an invitation. I was ecstatic! I'm the kind of girl that calls a night out to the Tool show a date night. Don't get me wrong - there are no songs brimming with lovers' adoration or catchy lyrics you might possibly hear later in a pistachio commercial, but it's Tool...live. It's transcendence. It's everything....more

Fervently Psychedelic at the Psychedelic Furs concert

Never in my wildest dreams could I have imagined buying a ticket to a live rock concert with a coupon! Welcome to the cost-cutting-if-it-ain't-cheap-I-don't-want-it modern day America....more