Happy New Year: A Music Blogger Retrospective

I’ve only been writing on ShePlaysMusic for six months. Seems rather a serendipitous that I should mark six months here with a new year. Over my time here, I have worked to provide you, dear readers, with a mix of indie and mainstream, sometimes even the banal-if-only-fun music news.

I’ve had tons of fun, actually, digging up all these news bites, traveling to festivals, and generally indulging my insatiable need for tunes. To wit, I share some of my five favorite music moments from the last six months.

I was super excited when Sleater Kenny’s “Dig Me Out” made the list of top guitar songs of all time. In fact they were the only all female band to make the list, with the full onslaught of acerbic punk guitar heroics. And dammit, not many dames rock like that anymore.

One of my favorite indie discoveries of the year was definitely Janelle Monáe. I bought her debut EP Metropolis: The Chase Suite after hearing only one single…it was completely worth it. The girl is fantastic, and apparently she’s electrifying in concert. If I get a chance to catch her in LA sometime, I’ll be sure to let you know.

September was book-ended with two awesome music festivals. At Seattle’s Bumbershoot (full coverage), I was wowed by Paramore’s performance and pretty much won over by their talent. Later that same month, I headed up north for San Fransisco’s Treasure Island Music Festival (full coverage) where Goldfrap dazzled, Teagan & Sara charmed, and The Kills blazed. Both festivals were wonderful and unique; each a fun funky time.

I didn’t write much in October, new job and other life struggles got in the way. I wasn’t completely absent, and one of my posts for the month was about who I considered the top 10 female rappers of all time. The best thing about writing it was the long manefesto comment, left me by a reader named Tudd. He respectfully disagreed with some of my choices, particularly, my choice to leave Queen Latifah off of my list. He basically said most of my list was a bunch of flash-in-the-pan, almost famous, just aiiite rappers. I have to admit that I have an affinity for the underground, but if you read here often, you know that. You should really check it out, it’s the best comment I’ve gotten all year.

Finally, I was excited to get an advance copy of Nico Vega’s up coming album (read the review). This trio has quickly become one of my favorite underground bands. I saw them burn down the viper room in June and it was easily one of the best shows I’ve seen…ever. If you’re into rock music, you need to give Nico Vega a listen.

Images via Flickr, Newscom, and Big Hassle

Pussycat Dolls’ Doll Domination World Tour 2009

November 13, 2008 by Kimberlee Morrison  
Filed under Pussycat Dolls

The Pussycat Dolls are one of those groups that I really want to see live. Who doesn’t want to see the sexy femme fatal quintet group perform on stage? If you like nothing else about the Pussycat Dolls, there is no denying that they are hot, hot, hot.

In January the Dolls are kicking of their Doll Domination World Tour in Europe. Tickets are currently on sale for the UK leg of the tour, with state side dates yet to be announced.

Check out PCD Music for more news on the Pussycat Dolls’ World Domination Tour.

Image via Total Assault

Katy Perry Goes on Tour

November 12, 2008 by Kimberlee Morrison  
Filed under Katy Perry

I’ll be honest, I was expecting Katy Perry to go away after the excitement of her faux lesbian anthem died down. Unfortunately, I have no such luck.

Starting in January, Perry will be hitting the road for a North American tour. The tour kicks off in Seattle, WA on January 23 and wrapping up in St. Petersburg, FL on April 28.

The cool thing is that Perry is playing a series of intimate shows in small theaters to large clubs.

For more information and tour dates, check out KatyPerry.com.

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