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The Go-Gos: Ladies Gone Wild Tour!


Ahh! My lips are unsealed!

Ok. Calm down. It’s not like I have been wanting to see The Go-Gos on tour since high-school or anything….

Dreams do come true! And they are coming to Seattle!

So, in case you are not “in the know” yet, for The Go-Gos’ 30th anniversary of “Beauty And The Beat” they will be touring, releasing a special hot pink, limited edition vinyl, and just radiating general awesome all around. Plus, they are getting their own star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame! About time!

This summer The Go-Gos will revisit all their hits for a new generation to “get the beat.” Speaking of this new generation, they are also involved in Girl Scouts Rock! Powered by Roland, featuring music and education workshops, much like Girls Rock Camps. If it wasn’t for groups like The Go-Gos, I may never have realized that I myself could pick up a guitar and make my voice heard. I owe much of my personal persona and guitar antics to Jane Wiedlin.

The Go-Go’s (Belinda Carlisle, Charlotte Caffey, Gina Schock, Jane Wiedlin and Kathy Valentine) carry on the tradition of women in rock, both past and present. They pioneered catchy, surfy, and fun-loving rock n’ roll, with style and sass in the 1980s. Now, amidst all the current ’80s nostalgia, it is a pleasure to see them reuniting to tour.

Stay tuned via their website for more tour dates, special VIP packages, and when you can buy a vinyl reissue of “Beauty and the Beat.”

Tour Dates below:

05/29/11 Hershey, PA Hershey Theater
06/01/11 Morristown, NJ Community Theater at Mayo Center for the Performing Arts
06/03/11 New York, NY Irving Plaza
06/04/11 Atlantic City, NJ House of Blues
06/05/11 Mashantucket, CT MGM Grand Theater at Foxwoods
06/07/11 Westbury, NY Theater at Westbury
06/09/11 Boston, MA Bank of America Pavilion (w/ the B-52s)
06/10/11 Vienna, VA Wolf Trap for the Performing Arts/The Filene Center
06/11/11 Orlando, FL Universal Studios Florida – Music Plaza Stage
06/14/11 Apple Valley, MN Zoo Amphitheater
06/16/11 Clarkston, MI DTE Energy Music Theater (w/ the B-52s)
06/17/11 Highland Park, IL Ravinia Festival (w/ the B-52s)
06/18/11 Kettering, OH Fraze Pavilion for the Performing Arts (w/ the B-52s)
8/12/11 Vancouver, BC Commodore Ballroom
8/13/11 Portland, OR Oregon Zoo Amphitheatre
8/14/11 Seattle, WA Woodland Park Zoo
8/16/11 San Francisco, CA The Fillmore
8/17/11 Los Angeles, CA The Greek Theater
8/20/11 Temecula, CA Pechanga Resort & Casino
8/24/11 Denver, CO Ogden Theater
8/26/11 Dallas, TX House of Blues
8/27/11 Houston, TX House of Blues
8/28/11 Austin, TX Paramount Theater

Photos here and here.

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I Heart Links!


Heart is hitting the road this summer to promote their new album “Red Velvet Car.” It’s their first album in 6 years! I’ll get the amazing chance to see them live in September and I cannot wait! Check out this article, and some photos via their facebook.

Leiana – Philly rocker who doesn’t take shit. We have a lot in common! PA produces a lot of in your face chic rockers…why? ‘Cause we don’t have much else to do beside be angry there…

Vote for your favorite female rock band: The Donnas, The Runaways, Indigo Girls or The Go-Gos. This poll is by Parade, and well, all I can say is that they are forgetting dozens of other women who rock, but then again, I don’t expect much from anything mainstream.

Free mp3 of “Everything to Lose” by Dido via amazon.

New Beyonce music video for “Why Don’t You Love Me?” is a total play on 1950s nostalgia and the black female experince. Awesome!

Wanna intern for Le Tigre? Hell yeah! They are looking for an intern in NYC this summer. More info here. I wish I could! It’s a riot grrrl dream!

Watch the Lady Gaga tribute on Glee, on Hulu or here. Full episode!

Yeah Yeah Yeahs photos from MOMA here.

Best Coast’s “Sun Was So High” 7″ vinyl is now for sale at ArtFag. Get it before it’s gone!

Those Darlins cancel their Australian tour due to Nikki Darlins’ arm injury, via Paste.

Get a La Roux and Major Lazer mixtape for free while it lasts via Filter.

Bettye LaVette covers classic British Rock on her new album, via Paste.

Lydia Mendoza, Mexi-American artist, Queen of the Tejano, freakin rocks the 12 string guitar via NPR.

Natalie Merchant live on World Cafe, listen on NPR.

Sixpence None The Richer to release a new album! via Billboard.

Jezebel interview with Melissa Etheridge here.

Jane Wiedlin of the Go-Gos is a superheroine! Well, yes, of rock & roll, but now comics to! Check her out in Lady Robotika via Billboard.

Suzi Quatro – First Lady of the Bass!


In honor of my latest twitter follower Suzi Quatro! Leather jump suits and the baddest bass rockin! Thank you for being an icon and role model for other female musicians like myself! My favorite song has always been “Your Mama Won’t Like Me.” It’s so true! It should be my theme song.

When I was first starting my musical journey, my first role models were men. The typical AOR, classic rock bands that everyone else in my hometown thought were gods. And there are some great ones, I have seen Def Leppard, Bon Jovi, and Alice Cooper quite a few times. But as I went on as a musician, trying to find my unique style and ideas, none of those bands spoke to me. Anytime I would find out about an all-female rock band, I clung onto them like static cling to my a-line skirts. I couldn’t get enough of them! Some of the first female rockers I was exposed to were: Heart, Joan Jett, Pat Benatar, The Bangles, The Go-Gos, and Vixen. I just wanted to do what they were doing so badly. Their music and styles gave voice to my own feelings and desire to rock out without my “cock” out. If you are interesting in the whole idea of “cock” rock, and how hard it is for female rockers to break into that, see this article from Bitch Magazine. It explains it all perfectly.

As I entered grad-school, I found amazing female musicians, spanning all types of genres, and thanks to twitter, the internets, vinyl record shopping, and just networking, that list grows. Everyday I am so happy to just hear what other women like myself are doing, and discovering that new “fav” band.

As for Suzi Quatro, I found out about you as I was hunting for female rockers in a record store one say. I just go A-Z through the racks, and they store had like 4 of your albums under “Q.”  She was this ultimate biker-bar rocker, and I had to have them all!  I was just like “Yes! You cannot top a lady who rocks a BC Rich Bitch Bass!” So to Suzi, thank you! We need you now more than ever!

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