Win Tickets to Hank & Cupcakes @ The Studio at Webster Hall – 4/9/11

I’m just barely recovering from the Strokes/LCD marathon, but I wanted to surface for air long enough to offer up a chance to win a pair of tickets to this Saturday’s Hank & Cupcakes show at The Studio at Webster Hall.

I caught Hank & Cupcakes in 2009 during CMJ at a show at the Delancey and was totally blown away by this dynamic duo. They’re like the White Stripes meets Elastica.

Want to win this pair of tickets to not only see Hank & Cupcakes but Turkuaz, Navegante, and Dolchnakov Brigade? Email contest @ by 4/7/11, 11pm with your name and email. I’ll notify the winner that same day.

Good luck and keep rockin on!

CMJ 2009: Ladies Rule the Night of Oct 21st

Yup yup, dab smack in the middle of this year’s CMJ. Music I saw on Day 2:


Hank and Cupcakes @ the Deli Magazine party at the Delancey


Thoroughly enjoyed this Brooklyn-based duo. Dancey rock, and a great cover version of Joy Division’s “Control.”

Screaming Females
@ Mercury Lounge


There’s no doubt that the Screaming Females know how to rock out. The trio from New Brunswick, New Jersey, is fronted by the unstoppable Marissa Paternoster. The 22-year-old Paternoster has a distinctively ambiguous look. You can hardly tell if she’s 18 years old or 40 years old — a young boy or an old lady. I like to think of her as a mix of both Harold and Maude — a baby face with a boyish shaggy bowl haircut + an old lady chic wardrobe.

All looks aside, Paternoster can roll out some incredibly mean guitar solos, her small finger fingers flying up and down the fret boards with impressive speed. When she wails into her microphone, you can’t help but think that this little lady is a star.