It's almost summer around these parts, which means two parts mellow, sunny windows-down tunes and one part Summertime Sadness (thanks Lana). Our mix of new music out this month reflects that balance. We've got some wistful melancholia on here, some powerful ruminations on the gender binary, some thrashing riot grrrl, and a world premiere of some punky satire by alt-Americana singer Meghann Wright. Happy Summer, y'all!
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This week's mixtape is a selection of artists playing the inaugural Stargayzer Festival this September 12-14 in Austin, TX. Stargayzer is a brand new, 3-day celebration of queer/LGBTQIA music and culture that will feature 100+ musicians, drag artists, comedians, and performers from all across North America.
Stargayzer invites music lovers of all orientations and expressions, from far and wide, to come hang out, camp, dance, and make magic with us under the starry Texas sky! If you want more info about the fest, or to check out the full lineup, you can do that by visiting the festival's Facebook page.
Disney's much-hyped new adaptation of the classic Sleeping Beauty fairytale steers the story away from the familiar dashing prince protagonist, focusing instead on the story's supposed villain: Angelina Jolie takes wing as the powerful Maleficent. In the film, Maleficent is an intense, powerful woman who kicks butt as a fairy queen, but who hurts from the isolation of being, well, a perceived villain.
• Lupita Nyong has optioned the rights to Americanah, one of the 10 Best Books of the year last year, according to the New York Times Book Review. The love story centers on a young man and woman from Nigeria “who face difficult choices and challenges in the countries they come to call home.” We’re looking forward to seeing how the project develops. [The Root]
There was quite a stir within Doctor Who's extensive fandom last week when news broke that two episodes of the BBC sci-fi show's next season will be directed by Rachel Talalay, the director of cult classic Tank Girl and a producer of Hairspray.
• The Chicago city council unanimously passed an ordinance strengthening the Illinois law that bans videotaping in public to target “upskirting” women. Creeps can look forward to a $500 dollar fine in addition to state-mandated jail time. [Chicago Tribune]
• Foster Farms refuses to recall chicken despite a more than year-long salmonella outbreak tied to the poultry giant. The culprit is a particularly nasty strain of bacteria that has hospitalized triple the proportion of those infected in other, similar outbreaks. [NBC News]
It's the end! But not really! But it could have been! With a death, a moon landing, a winnning Burger Chef pitch, and a whole lot of closure, "Waterloo" gave us a lot to both satisfy and whet our narrative appetite for the final season's second half, which begins in 2015. Join us as we puzzle out the meanings, moods, and unexpected musical numbers of Mad Men's mid-season finale.
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