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by Brice Ezell

6 May 2015

Featuring members of  Blues Pills, the Oakland psych rock outfit Mondo Drag channels the Rolling Stones' bluesy swagger with their self-titled LP.

With psych and krautrock influences aplenty, Mondo Drag’s self-titled full-length, their first for the Los Angeles label RidingEasy Records, is one hazy good time. The band’s psychedelic bonafides, more than apparent in the music of Mondo Drag, has already been established through the music of the retro rock/metal outfit Blues Pills, which features many of the same band members. Swirling, mind-numbing textures meld with the swagger of classic rock—the Rolling Stones in particular—in this potent sonic brew.

by Evan Sawdey

6 May 2015

Black Widow may  very well be the pinnacle of the modern action heroine, so why is there so much backlash about her role in the new Avengers film?

“I hope Satan eats your asshole.”
“Catch my hands right now turn on your fucking location you neck beard bitch.”
“You ugly ass big bird looking bitch, stop ruining everything you touch.”

This is just a very small sampling of tweets that were directed at Joss Whedon over the past few days since the release of Avengers: Age of Ultron, the year’s most anticipated Hollywood film next to Star Wars Episode VII. For a man who has created numerous TV shows centered around strong female characters, it was a bit of a shock when, on 5 May 2015, Whedon abruptly shut down his popular and humorous Twitter account following the heated backlash he received over the treatment of the Avengers’ main female protagonist, Black Widow (Scarlett Johansson).

by Brice Ezell

6 May 2015

Blur performed to  a packed and enthusiastic crowd last week at Brooklyn's Music Hall of Williamsburg; these performances of two Magic Whip tracks document the fun.

Following their performances of “Ghost Ship” and “Song 2” from the Music Hall of Williamsburg, which PopMatters shared yesterday, Blur have made available two other video performances from that gig, in addition to a brief interview with the band. In the interview, Blur explain what it is that makes small shows so special for them, as well as their experience with the city of Brooklyn.

by Brice Ezell

6 May 2015

Honky-tonk piano and  reflective lyrics highlight the stellar new track by Austin's own Uncle Lucius.

The Light, the new album by Austin, Texas natives Uncle Lucius, has been described as occupied with the “themes of travel, movement, and quests without destinations.” The tune “Don’t Own the Right”, however, features a message that you can and indeed should carry with you no matter where you travel to, no matter your destination. Over a honky-tonk piano and countrified guitar playing, frontman Kevin Galloway spins lyrical threads about the importance of being honest about one’s own standards for himself and others.

by Brice Ezell

6 May 2015

"Take It All  Away" may evoke tumbleweeds pitter-pattering across American desert landscapes, but it's the creation of the Greek folk musician Moa Bones.

Photo: Thodoris Markou

A true transcontinental affair, Spun, the latest LP by the Greek folk musician Moa Bones (aka Dimitris Aronis), reeks of dust, tumbleweeds, and the cawing of desert crows. From the sound of his music, Moa Bones sounds like he was born and raised in a John Ford film, but his actual home is Greece, where he crafts his distinct take on American music. Spun is being billed as containing “extracts of a five-year mini autobiography”; for one such extract, check out the dusky noir of “Take It All Away”, which you can stream exclusively below.

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Is Black Widow Still a Hero? Dissecting the Misogynistic Outrage Against the Avengers

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"Black Widow may very well be the pinnacle of the modern action heroine, so why is there so much backlash about her role in the new Avengers film?

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