Dee Dee Penny’s Dum Dum Girls play it smart, fast, and loud at 
the Southern on Sunday. Publicity photo.

ARTS Pick: Dum Dum Girls

Dum Dum Girls is a throwback band that’s a force to be reckoned with. Take spitfire riffs, increase the attitude, and spice generously with talent for an adrenaline rush coupled with a healthy dose of introspection. Moving beyond simplistic ballads, frontwoman Dee Dee Penny explores a wealth of emotion, defining rebellion in life, love, and […]

Killer Mike and El-P began trading recording favors, and the razor sharp, badass hip-hop duo Run the Jewels was born. Publicity photo.

Tag team: Run the Jewels takes chemistry to the next level

The collaboration between Killer Mike and El-P, the two indispensable and bomb-throwing emcees who form the uncompromisingly raw and forward-thinking rap duo Run the Jewels, has been as perfect as it was unexpected. They seem, at first, like odd bedfellows: El-P’s a noise-loving Brooklyn firebrand with an independent streak as long as Bedford Avenue; Atlanta […]

Album reviews: The Rural Alberta Advantage, Boy + Kite, Bill Frisell

Album reviews: The Rural Alberta Advantage, Boy + Kite, Bill Frisell

The Rural Alberta Advantage Mended with Gold/Saddle Creek The Rural Alberta Advantage’s newest project will make you sweat. Between the perpetually chugging drum beats, driving guitars, and lead singer-songwriter Nils Edenloff’s singing, there’s no aspect of this album that doesn’t scream, “Dance, dance, dance!” Oddly enough, however, this is not a happy record, and much […]