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Catching up with Uh Huh Her

11/29/10

Catching up with Uh Huh Her

Photo: Janelle Sorenson "Five Hour Energy drinks and Red Bulls, I feel awesome," declares Camila Grey, settling onto the leather seat of a white stretch limousine. After an overnight drive from a show the night before, the sunglasses are less diva and more necessity.“She said she’d be up all night to talk if I needed it,” Grey gestures to Uh Huh Her counterpart Leisha Hailey, who absently flips through a wedding brochure found next to the empty brandy snifter, “But then I get a call saying 'I’m going to bed, but enjoy your ride!'”“Hey! I said ‘be safe’!” Hailey laughs.On the first date they've played together in months, Uh Huh Her wax poetic on music, life and…hippos? "I'll say 'amazing' five times within...

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Un-Jaded with Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros

09/30/10

Un-Jaded with Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros

 It’s easy to write off psychedelic super group Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros as one of L.A.’s newest musical shticks. With their whimsical prairie garb, dreadlocks and obvious appreciation of a certain herbal substance, the band is easy to stereotype. And while it is true that their lineup includes a former ABC Family star, an American Apparel model and a cadre of west coast scenesters, including former Ima Robot front man, Alex Ebert who now dresses like the next messiah, it may surprise that Edward Sharpe and their free-loving ethos is a Kool-Aid worth drinking.One of two women in the ten person ensemble and the ingénue behind their breakthrough single, “Home” is Jade Castrinos. Channeling Grace Slick at her most affable and Janis Joplin at...

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She’s Electric: Staying Gold

06/02/10

She’s Electric: Staying Gold

Ah, Melissa Etheridge and I. We’ve shared a love of cigarette smoke, a lead guitarist or two and now we’ll be sharing a divorce lawyer. How’s that for randomly tying in some celeb hijinks with my own rock and roll drama? C’est vrai. I’ve been on hiatus for a bit, getting a new city, a new name and new behind-the-scenes dirt on a slew of emerging artists who have kept me entertained with their tales of debauchery and lovemaking. Wow. Did I really write that? I did.In the midst of all the mayhem, I’ve managed to stumble upon a few gems that will leave Curvettes breathless with excitement and hopefully prompt at least a few of you to throw down the suntan lotion, fold-up the beach chair and hit the neighborhood watering hole for the sweet sounds of...

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Vivian Girls

04/02/10

Vivian Girls

“We’re definitely not a technical band,” admits Vivian Girls’ lead singer and chief songwriter, Cassie Ramone. “The fact that we’re all female gets a lot of negative attention. People will write about how we look. Or how sexy we are, or conversely how ugly we are and I think that’s really un-constructive no matter which way you look at it. We’re not doing this because of our looks. We’re doing it because we love music.”From the punk-surf riffs and Ramone’s deadpan, Valley Girl delivery, Vivian Girls are a hipster’s wet dream, and that’s even before they bust out the three part harmonies. Reminiscent of early girl groups, with a special nod (or is that an ironic wink) to the Ronettes, Ramone, Kickball Katy and...

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Coffee With Katie Todd

03/19/10

Coffee With Katie Todd

 “My love has always been toward music,” Katie Todd explains from a cozy coffeehouse in Chicago’s Boystown Neighborhood. Like so many artists, the path from hobby to career has been a hard-won victory. “We were finishing up the album and I just stumbled upon this thing for Summerfest in Milwaukee. It was this competition that was accepting songs to be an opening act.”Todd had just begun recording her debut album and despite the urgings of her band mates, she submitted her still-unfinished track to an online vote. “We ended up winning this competition and that kind of triggered what was to come, which was being an opening act for a lot of different, great artists.”Playing "the world’s largest music festival," would be...

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Wandering with Adriel Harris

02/24/10

Wandering with Adriel Harris

“When I pick up my birth control, I read Curve,” laughs Adriel Harris sounding off with the coolest magazine endorsement ever. “It’s really interesting.” As the fair-haired foil to Cory Chisel and the Wandering Sons, Harris espouses the Midwestern values of honesty, humility and effective family planning.“I grew up in a hippie, Christian commune in Chicago. I had musical parents,” she explains. “My mom was a singer. My dad played guitar. I never had lessons. They were really afraid of turning us off to music because they were sort of forced to do lessons when they were little and they hated it for a long time because of that. There was a lot of music that I grew up around.”Harris continues the tradition with her contributions to the...

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Doris Cellar of Freelance Whales

02/10/10

Doris Cellar of Freelance Whales

“You know when you hang out with your girlfriends and all of a sudden you’re having your period together?” asks Doris Cellar, the lone female member of indie pop janglers, Freelance Whales. “I’m kind of happy that I don’t have to worry about that.”With their new album, Weathervanes, due out any day and a slew of new tour dates added, Doris took time out of her busy schedule to chat with me about glockenspiels, crocheting and the rigors of the road. “I had so much fun [at the Chicago show] that I woke up with a stiff neck. Not for any other reason than head-banging on stage,” she giggles. “I was jumping around a lot and I woke up the next morning and my neck was really stiff. It was worth it. I had a blast.”Sharing the...

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The Return of Lilith Fair

01/27/10

The Return of Lilith Fair

It is going to be a huge summer for rockers with vaginas. The festival that injected the late nineties with a healthy dose of estrogen is back in 2010 with a virtual who’s who of female musicians and the buzzword is diversity. Where else can you see Mary J. Blige, Loretta Lynn and Beth Ditto on the same stage? With 32 cities and more being added each week, the fest is set to rival anything the boys can throw together and promises to be a great place to discover new music.“From 1997 through 1999, Lilith Fair was one of the highest grossing touring festivals in the world, with over 1.5 million fans in attendance and raising over $10 million dollars for national and local charities,” claims the official website at www.lilithfair.com.I remember my first Lilith Fair. 1997....

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Learning New Things with Jessica Hernandez

01/13/10

Learning New Things with Jessica Hernandez

North Avenue’s bus number seventy-two bumps along through the raging blizzard of 2010. The grateful faces of the patrons seem to glow with preternatural energy as they collapse onto fiberglass seats to escape the icy wind. I clutch a steaming cup of coffee and shiver. I cannot believe that I have left the house to see a rock show. I must be insane.Across from me sits a very old man with a Borders Bookstore shopping bag. He has also chosen to brave the cold in search of entertainment. I squint through the plastic to see his selection. Books tell a lot about a person. Where are they going? Where have they been? Not to mention the fact that this particular book was important enough to coax him out of his cozy apartment in a snowstorm much the same as the pursuit of music has done for...

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