Tagged under "music" (50)
DJ Saratonin Brings the Party to New York
Touted as the 'master of mix', DJ Saratonin is known for her ability to read a crowd, mix indie tracks with mainstream staples, and keep a party going. Years before headlining Club Skirts at lesbian paradise Dinah Shore, Saratonin was just a 19 year old in San Francisco who wanted to spin. "I was going to a lot of great parties and kept thinking to myself I could do this, I want to do this," Sarah Alexander, aka DJ Saratonin, said in an interview. "So I talked to a lot of people, found a space, found a partner, and started up a club called Brownies for my Bitches.  I convinced my hottest friends to cook up some brownies and we passed them out at the party. I'm not sure which was more popular, the girls or the baked goods, but it worked. It's been a dozen years now. And, you know, for a girl party, to last that long, it's amazing." After this brilliant start (will someone here in New York please pair baked goods with dance music?), DJ Saratonin has gone on to spin at a host of parties and open for several acts, including Lady Gaga and Pat Benatar. She's also shared the decks with the likes of Peaches, and Tegan Quin of Tegan & Sara. "They're great, and I loved playing with them," says Sarah of her collaborations. "They're wild. I've definitely kept in touch with Tegan, she's amazing. We met up again recently when I was DJ'ing for Vancouver Pride. She introduced me to some great bars in the city there, like Lick, which is the only nightly girl bar there. It was insanely packed, and I had an incredible time playing there." This month, you can find DJ Saratonin spinning at New York parties Snapshot at the Delancey, Goldstar at Kion, and Stiletto at the Martime Hotel. What to expect from her eclectic decks? In addition to favoring A1 Bassline remixes of Little Boots and Ladyhawke, Saratonin has her finger on the pulse of other up and coming female artists. "I'm loving the new Kid Sister track Right Hand Hi," she says. "Kid Sister is one of the best female rappers in the game right now. Her brother Atrak and Kanye West have both helped to produce and rap on her albums. The collaboration has made for some amazing underground juke hip hop." When not spinning ("That hasn't happened much lately," she admits), there are some hot parties Saratonin says she'll check out when she wants an original experience. "One of my favorite parties in LA is Booby Trap!, at Temporary Spaces. It's a disco-infused indie night that has had some of the most incredible talents grace their decks." East coasters can get a taste of this when the Booby Trap! invades New York August 20th at The Legion in Williamsburg. Says Sarah, "I would suggest that anyone reading this should check it out. It's something that's not being done, completely new and fresh, and I'm very excited for it." Party advice from an awesome DJ? Say no more. DJ Saratonin will be at Snapshot at the Delancey August 11th & 19th, Goldstar at Kion August 14th, and Stiletto at the Maritime Hotel August 16th. For more information, check out www.djsaratonin.com.
Tagged on August 17, 2009
Get Your Feminist On
Ever wish you had a rad group of women to help you with all those projects you dream up? This weekend, feminist creative collective For The Birds is offering up a festival of ideas and discussions on just that. The 4th annual The Big She Bang will be happening all day this Saturday, August 15th in the West Village. Their theme, A How To Guide for DIY (that's Do It Yourself, for anyone who needs translation) Feminism, promises a full day of workshops, panels, discussions, visual art and performances by local ladies here to empower others who want to create, share, join forces, and make change. "The theme came out of our own identification as a DIY feminist collective and recognizing that there are other groups in the area that have formed with similar inspirations and goals," says Lauren, speaking on behalf of the recently formed collective.  "We wanted the opportunity to share the resources and tools that we found helpful and give an opportunity for other groups to do the same.  Our collective members all have different backgrounds within organizing and feminism, so creating a space to share our experiences and learn from other people is really important." The festival will include a wealth of information on different feminist initiatives and projects. The panel Feminist Urban Mobility features discussion between three incredible organizations: Right Rides, a Brooklyn based non-profit that gives women and transfolk free rides home on Saturday nights; Safe Walk, which offers free walking accompaniment to anyone on Friday nights in certain Brooklyn hoods; and Holla Back NYC, a site that encourages people to snap and send in photos of street harassers. For The Birds hopes that conversations about these great causes will inspire others to start their own. "We're really hoping that the event will give women and women-identified community members access to new resources, and will create a safe space to network and feel empowered about what they'd like to see happen in their communities," says Lauren. The festival will be happening all day, but if discussions and panels aren't your cup of tea, you should swing by The Big She Bang Saturday night for an awesome line up of several female bands and musicians, including Little Lungs, Inertia, and Zombie Dogs. The Big She Bang will be happening this Saturday, August 15th from 10AM to Midnight at Judson Memorial Church at 55 Washington Square South. Admission is sliding scale $6-$10, but no one will be turned away. For a schedule of the festival and more information see http://www.myspace.com/thebig_shebang. You can learn more about For the Birds at their website http://www.forthebirdscollective.org.
Tagged on August 14, 2009
Change & rEvolution for 2009: The Riot Grrrl Ink Show @ Sugarland
If only every company could be like Riot Grrrl Ink...queer-centered, grassroots, and totally dedicated to producing/supporting art that is radical, political, marginalized, and non-conventional. RGI –the largest LGBTQ label in the world- is a true supporter of the artists/organizations they work with for the evolution of wo/mankind through (an artistic) revolution. So who better to celebrate the inauguration of our new President Barack Obama than with folks who themselves work for change in all mediums and spectrums of our lives?! Obama promised us change and RGI is helping to deliver it- Wednesday, January 21- at Sugarland in Brooklyn, NY. Riot Grrrl Ink is hosting a show sure to beat all the inauguration balls going on this week. The show at Sugarland will be femmeceed by Bevin Branlandingham and will feature videos by Ali Cotterill and U People. Three of the awesome artists RGI produces/supports will be playing: Athens Boys Choir, Hanifah Walidah, and Inner Princess. Athens Boys Choir, a transgender spoken word artist from Georgia spits about everything from dildos to dreidels. Hanifah Walidah is a triple threat- hip hop artist, poet, and actress- who speak out on culture, politics, and minority issues.  Inner Princess hails from Brooklyn with their gender/genre bending brand of punk rawk. All three are super radical, très genius, and uber-queer; they will no doubt rap, rhyme, and rock their politics into the ears and hearts of the audience Wednesday night.     The RGI Show is definitely a kick-ass way to kick-off 2009, a landmark time in our nation’s history. Everyone is welcome to attend, and donations are highly encouraged and appreciated! Give your dollar a voice-join Riot Grrrl Ink in celebrating Obama, rEvolution, art, and the change we need and is sure to come!   Riot Grrrl Ink Show January 21, 2009 8-11 pm @ Sugarland 221 N 9th St Brooklyn, NY 11211
Tagged on January 19, 2009
B is for Brilliant: B-TEC & blakbushe play Mercury Lounge
Oh how I heart New York City- especially when it delivers my favorite rock folkie’s brilliance and band to its stages.  Since I became a fan in 2005, I have seen Bitch and her band the Exciting Conclusion (also known as B-TEC) play every time they are in the NYC vicinity. After umpteen shows, Bitch and TEC have yet to disappoint. B-TEC never fails to amaze their fans and rock my (musical) world. Their show at the Mercury Lounge in NYC December 6th was no different.  Surrounded by an undeniably queer (and queer-friendly) crowd of family, friends, and fans, the Mercury Lounge Saturday night started up with an awesome act known as Shelley Nicole’s  blaKbüshe and ended with B-TEC bringing their signature sass and soul to the stage. Together these two bands brought the funk, soul, and art-rock that had every queer in the house going crazy.  Shelley Nicole’s blaKbüshe opened the show with their funk punk soul folk sound. Queer and black and oh so proud, this band voiced their punk politics with such key anthems as “I am American” and “blaK girls”. Nicole’s voice and band are pure dynamite. If George Clinton, Beyonce, and Me’ shell Ndegeocello had a threesome and birthed a band Shelley Nicole’s blaKbüshe would be it. They definitely prepped the crowd for the humongous-ness that is Bitch & The Exciting Conclusion.  Dread-free and sporting a rockin’ new ‘do, Bitch and the band played old favorites, hits from their EP “B-TEC”, and debuted some new songs from their upcoming album. Bitch & TEC swayed the room with such heartbreaking ballads as “Lost You” and “Highway” and wowed the crowd with spirited songs like “1/2 Naked”, “Left Lane”, “Cat’s Kills” “Bullet”, and an awesome acoustic version of the Bee Gees’ classic “Staying Alive”. With an attitude that was part explosive, wildly witty, and a hint bittersweet, Bitch commanded the stage with her feral antics and no-holds-barred point-of-view on (unrequited) love, art, politics, and social revolution.  Whether with ukulele or violin, Bitch lets you know exactly what’s on her mind and ultimately in your heart. As Shelley Nicole said herself, “Bitch is a force to be reckoned with”. Gabe K. on bass and vocals is hearing Zen manifest itself, and Lee Free drums like her hands are on fire. Together, The Exciting Conclusion augments the grander and glory of Bitch’s lyrical poetry performance with minimalist riffs and fiery drumming.  If you have never seen Shelley Nicole’s blaKbüshe or Bitch & The Exciting Conclusion perform live, then you are truly missing out on two very magical, musical moments. A B-TEC show in particular is a tribal experience, a meeting of alternative, revolutionary minds, a moment in time when we turn together as queer counterparts in Bitch’s musical orbit. Capital B (as Bitch’s friends/fans lovingly  refer to her)  is indeed, a force of nature, and she and TEC left the Mercury Lounge in a whirlwind of ecstasy, a tornado of catharsis, an eruption of movement, laughter, and light last Saturday night. The band returns to NYC in January, playing Housing Works Café on 126 Crosby Street in good old NYC. Come experience B-TEC’s brilliance for yourself. See you there!
Tagged on January 6, 2009
PhaseFest 2008 in DC
Phasefest is an annual Queer music and arts festival dedicated to the development of queer and queer-allied musicians and artists. Sept. 10-13, 2008. Photography by Alex Hickcox. www.phasefest.com
Tagged on September 30, 2008
LIVE OUT LOUD
Olivia SPRING