TOMBOY TARTS: MUSIC & TV

IRON FIST VS THE WORLD: DOES NETFLIX’S LAST DEFENDER DESERVE ALL THIS HATE?

After the successes of Daredevil, Luke Cage and Jessica Jones, Marvel finally unveiled their latest TV show this month as every episode of Iron Fist proudly appeared on Netflix for all to devour over the weekend. Unlike the aforementioned shows, however, the response to Iron fist on social media was mixed, to say the least, with many fans panning it, expressing various complaints. Of course, many others were defending the show and it seemed like the main issues people had with it boiled down to the fact that there just wasn’t enough action and that…

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WHAT WENT WRONG WITH POWERLESS DESPITE ITS INITIAL OFFBEAT APPEAL?

DC’s new TV venture is Powerless, an office comedy set in the DC Universe about a team of creative tech people whose job it is to come up with new products that the public can use to stay safe during risky superhero battles. There’s something refreshing, even exciting about Powerless’ clever premise as shifting the focus from flashy supermen and women to the bystanders in danger could open up a lot of different avenues, many of which perfect for television series, comedy or otherwise. How about following a crew tasked with cleaning up Metropolis after…

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A SERIES OF UNFORTUNATE EVENTS IS DEPRESSINGLY WONDERFUL

When Netflix announced that it would be producing a full series based on Lemony Snicket’s A Series Of Unfortunate Events, fans of the sinister but fun children’s books rejoiced as the film adaptation from 2004 felt somewhat like a missed opportunity. There are 13 novels altogether; all written between 1999 and 2006, so cramming three of them into one movie was never going to work. Having said that, the result was an entertaining, stylish-looking film with the right visuals, the right tone, and the right cast. Jim Carrey’s take on the villainous Count Olaf, however,…

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ZELDA WILLIAMS OPENS UP ABOUT HER GIRL IN THE BOX ROLE

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Zelda Williams stars in Lifetime thriller Girl in the Box. She shares why she is drawn to dark roles and what it is like to play Janice Hooker in this dark psychological drama. Girl In The Box is a fictionalized retelling of Colleen Stan’s real-life abduction nightmare. The then 22-year-old was kidnapped in Red Bluff, California by a young couple who imprisoned her under their bed in a box the size of a casket from 1977 to 1984 before her eventual escape. Be forewarned: This is not your typical feel good Lifetime movie. The daughter…

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GOTHAM: MAD CITY IS POISED FOR MURDER AND MAYHEM THIS YEAR

Proving once again that you don’t need Batman himself to have a successful Batman-themed TV show, Gotham reaches its third season after teasing us with various villains, new cast members and potential plot-points. Entitled “Mad City”, this first half of the season picks up where the last one left off, with Hugo Strange’s experiments roaming the streets of Gotham following the takedown of his shady Arkham laboratory and Jim Gordon working as a bounty hunter after leaving the GCPD. We briefly follow Fish Mooney (Jada Pinkett-Smith) as she uses her nifty, yet limited super-powers to…

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TOMBOY MUSICIANS SERIES: EMELI SANDÉ

Tomboy-styled musician Emeli Sandé has taken a few years away from the music business to live life, get married (and divorced) and the struggle is real with her latest release, “Long Live The Angels” which maps out her path to strength and wisdom. ‘O heaven! O heaven! I wait with good intentions. But the day – it always lasts too long….’ If the chorus of ‘Heaven’ Emeli Sandé’s first single from her debut album a few years ago wasn’t enough to convince you that this tomboy-styled musician has a serious set of pipes to accompany the soulful…

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THE WALKING DEAD AND THE ART OF THE BUMMER

Before reaching its explosive finale, Season 6 of AMC’s The Walking Dead was solid if slightly underwhelming. After a tense build-up, however, we are finally introduced to intimidating new villain Negan in season 7 and a brutal cliffhanger soon follows leaving us to wonder which one of our heroes is a goner. Slight spoilers ahead, you’ve been warned. As the sadistic Negan (played by a perfect Jeffrey Dean Morgan) swings his beloved barb-wired baseball bat “Lucille” over and over, pummelling one of the main characters to death in a purposely mysterious point-of-view shot as the end…

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RIDE THE HIGHWAY TO HELL WITH THE STARS OF GANGLAND UNDERCOVER

Gangland Undercover debuted last year to rave reviews for its gritty portrayal of a former undercover informant who had successfully infiltrated an outlaw biker gang. The show was written and created by the same undercover informant turned writer, Charles Falco, who based the story on his actual experiences. Renewed for a second season, the History Channel series is back with another round of high stakes biker culture docudrama. The second season will follow the events of the first season and see Charles Falco (played by Damon Runyan in the show), living a new life in…

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WESTWORLD: HBO AND THE NOT-SO-OLD WEST

Based on the 1973 film of the same name, HBO has finally released the first few episodes of its TV adaptation of Michael Crichton’s cult sci-fi story and who better to bring us an edgy new Western show than the network that once gave us Deadwood? The original film was like a precursor to The Terminator with Yul Brynner taking on the role of an unstoppable, dead-eyed killing machine. The underrated film’s overall concept was an ingenious one so a re-imagining would have plenty to work with and a lot of potential to expand. In…

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TOMBOY MUSICIANS SERIES: SUSAN SURFTONE

Ever since Elvis Presley entered her life when she was three years old, Susan Surftone knew she wanted to live the rock n roll life and age hasn’t stopped her from shredding her guitar on her latest release entitled “The Magician”. The former Special FBI agent sits down with us to tell us about her influences on the new album and life as a tomboy musician.  She is a former FBI agent turned singer/songwriter who shreds the guitar playing surfy bluesy rock n roll. That’s almost unheard of but life has a funny way of dealing…

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BASKETS: LOUIS C.K. SENDS IN THE CLOWN

After the success of Louie on FX, prolific comedian Louis C.K. was soon given the freedom to produce some other projects for the network. One of them is this month’s Better Things starring the always great Pamela Adlon and the other is Baskets, which premiered earlier this year. Baskets stars Zach Galifianakis as Chip Baskets, a loser with a dream of becoming a professional clown. After studying clowning in Paris despite not knowing a word of French, he finally comes back home to Bakersfield, California with a woman who married him just to get a…

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ALL IS FAIR IN LOVE AND STORAGE WARS

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The hit reality show about competitive bidders seeking treasure troves in abandoned storage lockers is back for the ninth season. The success of Storage Wars also stems from its eclectic cast of charismatic buyers, including fan favourites Brandi Passante and Jarrod Schulz. The owners of Now and Then Second Hand Store may not be the most experienced or possess the deepest pockets in the game, but the tenacious competitors bring on enough attitude to be a match for the Storage Wars veterans. With their business and family on the line at every auction, every bid is…

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TOMBOY MUSICIANS SERIES: TOMGIRL

It’s been a really long time since a Singaporean band broke any new ground in the local or international music scene but with the release of TOMGIRL’S brand new self-titled debut, the island’s indie music space looks set for a big change. Their creatively refreshing sound is already getting big love from both local and international audiences. We speak to Cherie and Ted, the duo behind TOMGIRL in our latest Tomboy Musicians Series to find out more about the band and their music… Imagine a love child of Garbage and Cowboy Junkies fused into a Quentin…

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STEVIE NICKS HITS THE ROAD IN 24 KARAT GOLD TOUR WITH THE PRETENDERS

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Stevie Nicks will get out of her gypsy camper van to hit the road with the Pretenders in October for what could possibly the ultimate classic female-led rock n roll concert of the year. Stevie’s 24 Karat Gold Tour comes two years after the album’s release but as they say, better late than never. Read on for more on the concert and event details… Gypsy woman Stevie Nicks is doing what she does best; hitting the road in all her witchy gloriousness on a 27 North American city tour with friends, Chrissie Hynde and the Pretenders. Now…

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WILL IT BE THIRD TIME LUCKY FOR THE TICK?

If you grew up watching cartoons in the 90’s then you’re probably no stranger to The Tick, the tale of a confident yet clueless superhero in a blue rubber suit and his mild-mannered sidekick Arthur as they rid the city of various goofy supervillains. Created by Ben Edlund, the animated series ran from 1994 to 1996 and it was certainly way ahead of its time. Poking fun at every superhero cliché with tons of wit and energy, The Tick was immensely clever, extremely silly and a heck of a lot of fun. Had the series…

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TOMBOY MUSICIANS SERIES: GRIMES

Wild, quirky and certainly not afraid to speak her mind about an industry that is mired by sexist ideas and habits, Claire Boucher or Grimes as the world knows her is a tomboy-spirited rebel who is changing the music industry with more than just her crazy music. There is no musical lovechild that can describe the manic musical experimentations of Toronto native, Claire Boucher or Grimes as she is known in her fantastical alter-ego world. She is building her own Grime-tastic world similar to what Kate Bush, Bjork, PJ Harvey and Tori Amos did when they were at…

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TOMBOY MUSICIANS SERIES: BONNIE BEATS

The Miami DJ scene is infamous for acts that just seem to put the spice to beats like Caligula and legends Murk but the female DJ scene is brimming with loads of talent like our featured Tomboy Musician this time around – Bonnie Beats. We first discovered Bonnie Beats when we stumbled on her impeccable style on Instagram and selected her as a fashion inspiration for edition #2 of our weekly Inspiring Tomboy Style Look of the Week series. Named one of Miami’s Top 10 Female DJs, Bonnie Beats is a modern day renaissance woman. The tech…

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STRANGER THINGS IS 80s NOSTALGIA AT ITS SPOOKY BEST

It’s no secret that Netflix-produced content is a bit of a hit or miss deal: for every Daredevil or House Of Cards, there’s a bad Crouching Tiger Hidden Dragon sequel or a rushed Adam Sandler movie no-one likes. That said, for the most part, it’s been good stuff and brand new show Stranger Things is most definitely that. Set in the 1980’s and taking a page, several pages in fact, out of Steven Spielberg’s book by focusing on a group of clever kids and troubled parents as they investigate the disappearance of a young boy…

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TOMBOY MUSICIANS SERIES: MAUREEN “MOE” TUCKER, VELVET UNDERGROUND

Nobody can deny that tomboy musician, Maureen “Moe” Tucker, the androgynously-dressed drummer from The Velvet Underground was an integral part of the band’s sound. We find out how she developed her musical style and how she made her way into one of America’s most iconic avant-garde, experimental punk-rock bands. Most drummers bang their way through their music careers sitting down but not Velvet Underground’s Maureen Ann “Moe” Tucker, the androgynously-dressed member of one of America’s best loved indie punk bands that spent more time hanging out with Andy Warhol than he probably did with his own…

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WAYWARD PINES UPS ANTE FOR NEW SEASON. IS THE PAYOFF WORTH IT?

If M. Night Shyamalan did one thing right these past few years it was producing Wayward Pines, the sci-fi TV series based on Blake Crouch’s books. The first season was a solid fish-out-of-water story with Matt Dillon’s puzzled Secret Service agent at its centre. After a car accident, the character wakes up in a small town called Wayward Pines only to find that there is no way of ever leaving it. Nifty plot twists followed and every episode left us on a mouth-watering cliffhanger: de-evolved ghoulish cannibals, cryogenically frozen people woken up in a post-apocalyptic…

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TOMBOY MUSICIANS SERIES: JENNA MCDOUGALL, TONIGHT ALIVE

Tonight Alive’s Jenna McDougall may only be in her early 20s but she is already a roaring voice in the hard rock scene. Since joining the band in 2008 when she was only in high school, we explore what makes her such an amazing tomboy musician and a great role model for other young women of her generation in this edition of our Tomboy Musicians Series. You’re not a contemporary rocker tomboy until you’ve had at least one Tonight Alive album on your Spotify playlist. This Australian rock band from Sydney, was conceived in  2008. Jenna…

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TOMBOY MUSICIANS SERIES: BUSH TETRAS

On this edition of the Tomboy Musicians Series, we hit the 80s Manhattan underground post-punk clubbing scene and discover the timeless groove of the Bush Tetras fronted and founded by Cynthia Sley and head guitarist, Pat Place as we find out more about this iconic cult band of tomboy proportions. As I’ve written, espoused, glorified and raised toasts before to how new wave and punk helped carve a path so women could dominate rock n roll many times in this series, we’ve yet to give credence to another iconic punk band to have been spit out of the…

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WHY WE LOVE OUTCAST, THE TV SERIES (AND YOU SHOULD, TOO!)

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Kyle Fowler of A.V. Club reviews the new series by The Walking Dead’s Robert Kirkman from a creaky door out in the woods. There’s no zombies but you might just want to wear a charm while reading this review. After watching the series premiere of “Outcast”, the latest comic-to-TV adaptation from Robert Kirkman, there’s certainly an urge to use the show’s goriest, most frightening scenes to describe what this show is and what it could be. After all, much like The Walking Dead, “Outcast” delivers its creepiness and violence immediately. A child watches a bug crawl…

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TOMBOY MUSICIANS SERIES: SARAH SLATON, EDISON

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This week on the Tomboy Musicians Series, we chat with Edison—singer/guitarist Sarah Slaton who shares her experiences about life on the road as a travelling musician and how the band has been able to maintain a packed touring and recording schedule since their formation in 2014. We’re stoked to have Edison—singer/guitarist Sarah Slaton chat more to us about life in touring band, their music inspirations and even some tips on surviving the road on the Tomboy Musicians Series this week. Slaton, along with drummer/vocalist/trumpeter/mandolinist Dustin Morris, and Grammy nominated guitarist Maxwell Hughes (formerly of The Lumineers) is a…

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HISTORY CHANNEL ROOTS APPEALS TO A MODERN AUDIENCE

This year, History Channel releases its own adaptation of Alex Haley’s powerful novel Roots, the goal here being to bring the story to a modern audience, not surpass or diminish the beloved original 1977 miniseries. Some critics have called this project unnecessary, the likes of Snoop Dogg even going as far as to denounce further depictions of American slavery like 12 Years A Slave, but the new Roots miniseries pilot episode should silence most doubters since it’s pretty clear from the get-go that this new adaptation shows the source material the respect it deserves. Set…

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PREACHER: SETH ROGEN ABSOLVES HIS TAINTED COMIC BOOK RECORD

When you put Vertigo Comics’ TV series, Preacher and Seth Rogen in one article title, the reaction could go two ways – people either love it or hurl at first commercial break. Thankfully, Seth Rogen was able to knock a few balls out of the park on this show. Comic book adaptations usually fall into one of two clearly defined categories: one, work that angers the original fanbase, and two, the ones that don’t. There are a few – very few – exceptions which manage to make pretty big changes from the source material but…

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WYNONNA EARP SHOWS AMAZING POTENTIAL BUT NEEDS WORK

As we mourn the cancellation of Marvel’s Agent Carter, Syfy brings us a TV adaptation of Beau Smith’s modern-day Western comic-book series Wynonna Earp. Melanie Scrofano takes on the titular role, a descendant of iconic lawman Wyatt Earp, who comes back to her hometown (amusingly called Purgatory) after spending some time in a juvenile correction facility. Our gunslinging heroine Wynonna Earp finds out that she is pretty good at taking out the red-neck demons who roam the city with the ultimate goal of freely feasting on all the living. In a decidedly Buffy turn of…

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TOMBOY MUSICIANS SERIES: ESG

Our Tomboy Musicians Series focuses this time on ESG (Emerald, Sapphire and Gold), a tomboy-styled American post-punk band with great dance-punk grooves to funk you all night long. Despite the band becoming one of the most important dance-funk bands to emerge from the 80s, commercial success eluded them throughout their musical career. If there’s ever a sad lesson to be learnt in the music industry, it’s that really good music and the musicians that make them may not all necessarily be rewarded financially or in popularity. The good ole days of indie bands like Sex Pistols, Human League, U2,…

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RADIOHEAD RETURNS IN BLAZING FORM WITH BURN THE WITCH

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After a mysterious social media kamikaze exercise on the Internet recently, followed by the release of their latest single,”Burn The Witch”, it’s easy to see why the highly anticipated new Radiohead album could be the band’s most political one yet. There was a social media phenomenon percolating under the Game of Thrones fever of the last two weeks. It was kept very much under the radar but it was percolating nonetheless in the way the music artiste that was linked to such percolations has been known to do. Suddenly a whiteout of its social media accounts took place as if the band was…

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TOMBOY MUSICIAN SERIES: TINA WEYMOUTH

Tina Weymouth is an understated legend in the music world. The former bass player of Talking Heads, drops the bass effortlessly in every hit song in the band’s discography and beyond, in the disco-funk grooves of Tom Tom Club, her next musical project with husband and ex-Talking Heads member, Chris Frantz. We pay tribute to this bassist who has had a big slap hand in revolutionising the punk new-wave and disco funk landscape.   | CHECK OUT TINA WEYMOUTH’S FUNKY BASSLINE IN TOM TOM CLUB’S “GENIUS OF LOVE” HIT FROM ’82 She’s a producer, musician and a composer but…

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GAME OF THRONES SEASON 6: WHAT WE (DON’T WANT TO) KNOW

The hysteria and hype surrounding Game of Thrones Season 6 is nauseating, if not a little disturbing. The media has been pawing – no wait – gouging out whatever they can about the upcoming season. As once-fervent fans of the show, we wanted to give you, the fans out there, a reality check and tell you what we don’t (want to) know about Game of Thrones Season 6 in a nutshell… So in the world of the ‘Internets’ where massive hysteria has built up over the shocking denouement of Game of Thrones Season 5 and the start of Season 6, we’ve had…

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TOMBOY ICONS: THE A’ GO-GO ASIAN BEATNIK ERA OF MUSIC

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People don’t know this but here in Asia, we had our own tomboy icons of the music world. They were the A’ Go-Go music artistes of the Asian Beatnik era. Women’s culture and styles in Asian history is something that is a challenge to find information on, but we struck gold recently with some rare record covers from the 60s and 70s, revealing some true blue classic Asian tomboy originals. Remember all those poetic Allan Ginsberg wanna-bes of the 60s with their beret hats, slim ciggies and deep, potent poetry? Well, Asia had their own version of…

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COACHELLA 2016: SNAPSHOTS FROM THE BIGGEST DESERT PARTY

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Coachella 2016 is back and is, along with Glastonbury, one of the most highly anticipated music and arts festivals around and although we couldn’t be there, we’ve got some snapshots from the world’s biggest desert party. Check them out below. The hipsters have awoken! If there was a modern equivalent to Woodstock, then the annual music and arts festival at Coachella that takes place at the Inland Empire’s Coachella Valley, right smack and centre of the Colorado Desert, fits the bill, kicking up a communal hippy dust storm every year. It’s a star-studded event where you can expect the…

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TOMBOY MUSICIANS SERIES: MNDR

She writes and produces all her music in her bedroom, she kills all the club competition when she performs solo and her club cred is so wild that anyone and everyone in the dance music business wants to be her friend. We could only be talking about the tomboy-spirited Amanda Warner, better known to the music world as MNDR – electro dance wizard. When I first discovered MNDR, it was another uneventful thumb-twiddling day at work, browsing through the new music review pages of New Music Express online. Interested to hear what a tomboyish-bespectacled DJ…

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ELEKTRA IS BADASS IN DAREDEVIL SEASON 2

Netflix launches Season 2 of ‘Daredevil’ and all we can say is that it is “elektra-fying!”. Check out our thoughts on this brand new season below. One of the great things about this new season, along with that whole Frank Castle (a perfect Jon Bernthal) business and an intense Wilson Fisk (Vincent D’Onofrio) subplot, was the introduction of ninja anti-heroine Elektra, played by Elodie Yung. The Marvel comic book character, of course, appeared both in the 2003 ‘Daredevil‘ movie and a follow-up spin-off with Jennifer Garner in the role. Garner was a decent choice to…

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THE KICKASS WOMEN OF AGENTS OF S.H.I.E.L.D

They’re the kickass women from Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. Yes, we’re talking about Agents “Bobbi” Morse, Melinda May, Daisy aka “Skye” and Jemma Simmons who are kicking down the doors for action heroines on the small screen. We give you a case-by-case breakdown of how these characters are smoking up one of Marvel’s hottest TV shows right now. KAPOW! BOOM! PUNCH! That’s just some of the sounds of some serious butt-kicking and jaw-dropping moments that you will experience in this season of Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. from its leading female characters, giving viewers a bruised eye while watching it….

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WHAT IS IT LIKE TO BINGE WATCH THE WALKING DEAD

As The Walking Dead finally reaches its season finale, we finally get to find out just how good old Rick and his team manage to screw up this new potentially normal life they’ve built for themselves. Because they tend to do that. The last thing I expected from The Walking Dead series was to like it as much as I actually do. I had my doubts seeing as hype tends to be a bit misleading when it comes to TV shows and zombies aren’t exactly my “thing” horror-wise. But after sitting through the excellent pilot…

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LEGENDS OF TOMORROW: THE NEW DOCTOR WHO?

DC’s plan for ultimate television domination takes another step forward this year as their latest superhero opus, Legends Of Tomorrow, presents an Avengers-style team-up on the small screen. Closely linked to DC’s other hits (or not-so-hits) The Flash, Arrow and Supergirl, the show works both as a spin-off and its own thing as it gives underused characters some limelight while introducing a big new concept and fresh threats aplenty. In its Pilot, Legends Of Tomorrow presents us with Central City’s apocalyptic future, a dystopian world of fire, death and hammy, bearded villains. It’s therefore up…

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FARGO SEASON 2: MOB WARS

The Coen Brothers’ 1996 cult dark comedy Fargo enjoyed a successful transfer to television as a series last year with a thrilling first season, which proved, once and for all, that there can be good movies-to-TV adaptations. Also, that Billy Bob Thornton is a frightening, frightening man. Now, with its second season, instead of continuing the story somehow, the show runners decided to go back and check out what happened in Fargo nearly 30 years prior thereby offering us a prequel of sorts instead. The 70’s-set plot would centre around a State Trooper (played by Patrick…

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THE X-FILES: WELCOME BACK MULDER & SCULLY

Every critic out there has called out the pilot episode of The X-Files revival for being a piece of dry alien dung stuck under a lost spaceship in Roswell but I beg to differ. In fact, it’s just the slow build-up to what I hope will be a mini-series that captures the essence of what made it one of television’s greatest shows. “The aliens are here! The aliens are here!” Yes, that’s right. If  Tattoo was still alive on Fantasy Island and watching The X-Files, he would be the first one to ID any of…

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TOMBOY MUSICIAN SERIES: ELLIE INNOCENTI, DELUKA

Deluka’s Ellie Innocenti, who does vocal and guitar duties in this LA-based Birmingham band, is the epitome of cool tomboy chic with her punk-influenced style and music. To match her royal coolness, we put on our leather jackets, fedoras and Chucks for this interview to find out more about Ellie Innocenti’s musical process and what’s affecting her in her world as we speak. British indie, new wave rock and even some glam are weaved into the toe-tapping music of a band we all know as Deluka with lead vocalist, Ellie Innocenti. Before this trans-atlantic band decided to go ‘West Coast,…

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RICK AND MORTY SEASON 2: LET’S GET SCHWIFTY

 One of the biggest cult hits to come out of Adult Swim this year was Rick and Morty’s second season which, despite not having received as much praise as the show’s first, really put the animated sci-fi comedy on the map in a big way. The first season of Rick and Morty had a perfectly balanced amount of gross-out jokes, surreal adventures, surprisingly affecting twist endings and, of course, oddly-timed belches. Showrunners Justin Roiland and Dan Harmon effortlessly turned a very, very wrong old Youtube spoof into one of the most promising animated shows since,…

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JESSICA JONES: WHY IT SUCCEEDED (AND FAILED)

Critics and viewers have been raving about Marvel’s new offering on Netflix, the noir-ish Jessica Jones; the youngest tomboy comic character of Marvel’s superhero canon, this brutally dark and haunting series has tipped the critics scales on how moody, brooding comic book characters should be executed onscreen but it has also found a way to cut the umbilical cord on the rest of its much cheerier peers in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. We discuss what made the series such an amazing piece of work as well as how it disappointed.   SPOILER ALERT! THIS ARTICLE DISCUSSES EVENTS…

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SUPERGIRL: A SUPER PILOT?

DC comic book TV series have certainly been on the rise since Marvel’s The Avengers filled our cinema screens only 3 years ago. “Arrow”, “Gotham”, “The Flash”, “Legends Of Tomorrow” and now “Supergirl” are just some of the offerings on hand for DC Comics fans who want to see their iconoclastic heroes onscreen. Now, as someone who used to enjoy the 1984 film starring Helen Slater and Faye Dunaway despite its obvious flaws, the prospect of a series based on Superman’s equally gifted cousin was a pleasing one. Even after the reveal of Supergirl’s cosplay-friendly…

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TV REVIEW: WAYWARD PINES

Night Shyamalan developing a mini-series in the vein of Twin Peaks could have gone either way: The Happening-style misguided hilarity or something more along the lines of The Village, a bizarre yet clever journey into the slightly dark and twisted. As a long time Shyamalan apologist, I couldn’t wait for the show either way. Lucky thing, then, that Wayward Pines was pretty much exactly what I was hoping it would be. After Matt Dillon’s Secret Service agent Ethan Burke wakes up in small Idaho town Wayward Pines following a car accident that occurred when he…

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TV REVIEW: GOTHAM SEASON ONE

With the first season of Fox’s Batman prequel series Gotham having reached its finale last month, we can finally look back at a show with a lot of potential, a show which looked promising from the start. But did Gotham live up to its hype? Let’s see [SPOILERS AHEAD!]. The Pilot episode seemed to suggest a focus on a young Bruce Wayne (David Mazouz), with the help of good cop Jim Gordon (Ben McKenzie), tracking down his parents’ murderer. That and The Penguin’s (Robin Lord Taylor) rise to power in the Gotham underworld, of course. Here…

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TV REVIEW: DAREDEVIL

If there was one superhero I never expected to resurface with a bang it certainly was Daredevil. The lacklustre response to that 2003 Ben Affleck-starring movie alone would surely banish that particular Marvel character to the forgotten sidelines with the likes of Punisher and Elektra. In a world where The Avengers exist and superhero movies are not only popular but constantly growing in scale to the point where talking raccoons and very tiny Paul Rudds start making complete sense as concepts, who would have thought that there would be room for The Man Without Fear?…

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TV REVIEW: AGENT CARTER

It’s no secret that there are way too many male-led TV shows out there these days, even when it comes to comic book adaptations. From The Flash to Gotham and Constantine, it looks like women, whether they be superheroes or not, are constantly being relegated to sidekick status. And that’s not acceptable, we think. Well, at least not in the Agent Carter Universe. Butt-kicking it’s way through Jarvis’ vintage car backseat comes “Agent Carter”, Marvel’s new spin-off from “Captain America: The First Avenger“. Led by Hayley Atwell, the show promised a retro, spy-themed take on…

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TV REVIEW: CONSTANTINE

With comic book movies and TV shows looking like they should be still ruling us for years to come, there was really no better time to pitch a new adaptation of “Hellblazer”. Of course, the uninitiated will mostly remember the Vertigo/DC comic through that Constantine movie from 2005. While there were rumours of an R-rated sequel and Guillermo Del Toro being involved, nothing ever materialized. Since the film, fans have wished to erase the memory of their beloved blond, British, chain-smoking cursed exorcist/sorcerer as portrayed by Keanu “Ted Theodore Logan” Reeves. Not that the latter…

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TV REVIEW: THE FLASH

“The Flash” premiere is now CW ‘s most-watched show ever. Admittedly the bar is set pretty low, but still the initial numbers look promising. Does “The Flash” live up to its hype? Could it the turning point for the DC in their showdown with Marvel? With Marvel ruling the world of comic book movies the way they’re currently doing, it was only a matter of time before DC would catch up or, at the very least, attempt to catch up. There are, of course, many DC movies on the way from Superman V Batman: Dawn…

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TV REVIEW: GOTHAM

For a long time Batman fan, the idea of a TV series chronicling the iconic Dark Knight’s origins along with all the classic villains we’ve come to know and love over the years was a promising one. Add to that the prospect of watching something new and Batman every week and you’ve got yourself an ostensibly clear winner. But was Gotham worth all the hype? Is this new pilot episode a sign of great things to come or a missed opportunity? The episode starts with a glimpse at our new, if younger, Selina Kyle/Catwoman (Camren…

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TOMBOY MUSICIANS SERIES: Skin (Skunk Anansie)

When Skunk Anansie bulldozed their way into the charts back in 1996, the media painted “Skin” aka Deborah Dyer as the scariest black female on the planet but Deborah wasn’t crumbling under the pressure. In fact, this tomboy-spirited woman wielded it to her advantage as her band found success with their music. There’s Deborah Dyer and then there’s the rough and tumblehouse, “Skin”. The option to go with the latter was certainly not a difficult feat for a woman who lived her life embracing the sidelines of being vocal, expressive and certainly different. And while…

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TOMBOY MUSICIANS SERIES: New Strike Zipper

Take all the stereotypes you’ve ever known of Japanese female entertainers, blend it into a pulp and then strap on some leather boots, bracelets and chains and you get one of Japan’s hardest rocking metal rap bands, New Strike Zipper. New Strike Zipper is one Japanese rock and metal band that’s not going to delicately serve you up Japanese green tea, geisha style next to a bonsai tree. In fact, the band isn’t going to play by any rules in the house. These bunch of hard-rocking girls have better things to do with their time…

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TOMBOY MUSICIANS SERIES: Taylor Jardine

This week on the Tomboy Musician Series, let’s cue the record player to Taylor Jardine or ‘Tay Jardine’, as she likes to be called; lead singer of pop punk band, We Are The In Crowd. This Vans-loving, totally tomboy-chic frontwoman has a big voice to add to the mix as well. In the few short years that the band has been around she has managed to inveigle her way to her fans hearts. Taylor, a native of Liberty, New York, charted her road to music success in 2009. After tying for first place with her…

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TOMBOY MUSICIANS SERIES: KLEENEX/LILIPUT

KLENEEX/LiLiPUT was an all-female punk band that emerged from the underground music scene of late 70s Switzerland. While they enjoyed brief international success, the band was plagued with the curse of the ‘musical revolving door’ and eventually faded from the spotlight and sunk into oblivion. Late 70s Switzerland was clean, neighbourly, and certainly nothing like the underground punk bands that emerged from Zurich and Geneva at the time and that probably comes from being a neutral country which does strip away any need to think deep, indulge in bad behaviours and most of all question…

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TOMBOY MUSICIANS SERIES: AVRIL LAVIGNE

This week, we dare ourselves to get a little bit lacy, leather and pink to tread where certain tomboys fear to go, so get your Doc Marts and safety gear on as we head up this mountain. We might encounter an avalanche of ‘Avril proportions’. Get your kohl liners out tomboys because our Tomboy Musician for the week is Avril Ramona Lavigne as we find out how she has weathered the changes in the music industry where artistes are getting younger by the day and indie hipster is the new and exciting buzzword. Is she…

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TV REVIEW: RICK AND MORTY

 Is Rick and Morty the next Futurama? The new animated series follows an alcoholic mad scientist and his horny dimwitted grandson on their zany intergalactic crime spree. It is funny and foul, as well as a ratings hit for Adult Swim channel which has promptly renewed the show for a second season. Our resident TV junkie, Adam Ezagouri aka The Retrocritic, has followed the series from its earlier incarnation as an one-joke trolling cartoon and gamely takes on this reboot to see if it is worth the hype. When I first heard that not only was there a…

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TOMBOY MUSICIANS SERIES: KD Lang

KD Lang is the quiet rebel. On and offstage, she doesn’t pull off the silly twerk-happy antics these millenium wanna-be acts are noted for but in her own way, KD has pulled off some pretty controversial media stunts in her heyday that remain iconic milestones in music history, without compromising on class. Strip away all that andro-butch lesbian labels off of KD Lang and you get a pretty soft-spoken, classy lady, who doesn’t have to go that extra mile to prove she is sitting in a different section of life’s orchestra, because she simply IS…

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TOMBOY MUSICIANS SERIES: The Slits

The Slits were, in a way, punk’s Frank Zappa; hardly apologetic for their image, raw performances, feminist stance and their zany albeit socially conscious music. We go behind the curtain to find out more about why the band’s bright light went out just a tad bit too soon… A wild Saturday night out breaking bottles and throwing up in car backseats isn’t complete without The Slits playing in the background because the British punk band, like your drunken stupors, never bothered to play by the rules and that is something that has always appealed to…

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TOMBOY MUSICIANS SERIES: GWEN STEFANI

She is one of the hardest working celebrities on the block and almost 30 years on, Gwen Stefani remains one of the last household rock queen performers from the 90s who is still holding her rebellious flag up high. Get out your cargo pants and Doc Marts and let’s go on a Gwen-dalicious ride. Tomboy. Check. Girly Cheek. Check. Rebel. Check. Mega Pop Star. Double Check. Actress. Check. Fashion Designer/Icon. Check. Mum. Check. At first glance, you may be thinking I’m talking about a comicbook superheroine but much as I’d like to yank that coattail,…

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TOMBOY MUSICIANS SERIES: Pauline Black (The Selecter)

Pauline Black, frontwoman for ska-punk band, The Selecter, had a mixed-up childhood but it didn’t stop her from finding a different path in the creative arts and finally laying her ghosts to rest. Before Gwen Stefani and No Doubt made ska-licious songs very appealing on the pop charts, there was Pauline ‘3-Minute Hero’ Black who fronted the band, The Selecter. Actually don’t be surprised if Gwen and her mates were heavily influenced by the band because The Selecter have been one of the most successful ska bands of the 2-Tone era. Pauline Black (born Belinda…

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TV REVIEW: 24 – Live Another Season

Back in 2001, 24 hooked us into its genial web of fast-paced split-screened television and, with the release of new London-set mini-series 24: Live Another Day, there’s no better time to revisit the show that turned Kiefer Sutherland from that creepy blond vampire in The Lost Boys to ultimate badass Jack Bauer. That some lost interest in the series around season 5 is both a shame and somewhat understandable. 24’s unique style and overall concept is nailed down pretty well early on and, with every single season trying to top itself in terms of scale and…

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TOMBOY MUSICIANS SERIES: The Go Go’s

They came, they delighted and they gave us the beat but in a flash, they got sucked into the vast tundras of ‘split bands’, like the many that came before them, but while they lasted The Go-Go’s made music that became the cornerstone of the US dance punk new wave scene. Who doesn’t remember The Go-Go’s eh? The all-American daisy chick pop new wave punk band fronted by Belinda Carlisle with Jane Wiedlin on guitar/vocals, Margot Olavarria on bass and Elissa Bello on drums that got us tapping our feet when their songs played on the…

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TOMBOY MUSICIANS SERIES: Brandi Carlile

The note-cracking, ear-blasting voice of Brandi Carlile, that has been compared to the great Patsy Cline, has earned her great respect and put her in the rare echelons of being one of the most gifted performers of her generation but this easy-going, Alabama drawlin’ lady is insanely grounded in her ways, choosing only to live and breathe music, day in and day out. Meet Alabama’s country-folk star, Brandi Carlile. She’s out. She’s proud and her voice is enough to explode a nuclear facility. OK, I exaggerate but press play on any one of Brandi’s albums…

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TOMBOY MUSICIANS SERIES: Chrissie Hynde

Most lead singers and guitarists of bands are always happy to go solo when their bands hit a wall creatively and personally, but not Chrissie Hynde, front-woman of the Pretenders. Her need to always be in a band is something she doesn’t apologise for even with the release of her latest solo album, ‘Stockholm’. It’s you first solo album but in many ways the Pretenders have felt like a solo band for a long time, where they just a flag of convenience? ‘I always said the Pretenders is a band. I was getting fucked off…

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TOMBOY MUSICIANS SERIES: Melissa Etheridge

In a showdown with breast cancer, Melissa Etheridge has stared at the life-threatening disease straight in the eye and defeated it, albeit with some struggle but this week’s tomboy musician had practise, on a dirt path to success ridden with grit and sheer guts. As I write this article about one of the world’s most pragmatic female rock artistes, who can bust out a mean blues solo if she wants, I wanted to take the path less trodden – well at least in this series – since most of the previous articles were bios and…

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TOMBOY MUSICIANS SERIES: Tracy Chapman

Tracy Chapman drove a fast car and was talkin’ about a revolution back in the late 80s and early 90s with her politically and socially-fuelled songs which garnered her four Grammies, industry accolades and a chance to pursue her passion in advancing human rights causes but that’s all we know of this elusive folk-rock musician who’s evaded the public eye for years. If the popular kids and mean girls ruled the roost in your school, then Tracy Chapman would be the sweet, quiet, talented kid who could bridge the gap between the bullied nerds, geeks…

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TOMBOY MUSICIANS SERIES: L7

This week, we rip our tee-shirts and jeans and hold our middle fingers out high to honour one of the world’s most under-rated (and yet most influential) female rock bands of the late 80s and 90s – L7. This anti-establishment LA-based group made furious and melodic music that not only reflected the frustration and angst of a post-Reagan era in America but also made them the darlings of the alternative rock world. New wave was choking on its last breath and grunge acts were busy leaping into mosh pits, destroying their instruments whenever and wherever…

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TOMBOY MUSICIANS SERIES: Eliot Coco Sumner

 Being the child of a music legend can either be a blessing or a curse. There’s a hundred Julian Lennons for every Norah Jones’. For Eliot ‘Coco’ Sumner, it has been a bit of both, only because Eliot chooses to tread the road less travelled in this dense, dark wood many call the music business, paving her own way at her own time. Her voice is as smoky as her eyes and that’s all Eliot ‘Coco’ Sumner needs to get by in her music career. The daughter of Trudy Styler and music legend, Sting, hasn’t…

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TV REVIEW: HEROES REVISITED

NBC plans to revive the Heroes franchise in 2015 with a 13-episode event miniseries helmed by series creator Tim Kring. But does the show really deserve a second chance? Our resident TV junkie, Adam Ezagouri has mixed feelings about the news and shares with us why. A couple of months ago, it was announced that a little show called Heroes was to resurface next year with a new fifth season entitled Heroes: Reborn. Although next to nothing, and by that I mean absolutely nothing, is yet known about the upcoming reboot/spin-off/follow-up (pick one), the announcement…

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TOMBOY MUSICIANS SERIES: Annie Lennox

Annie Lennox is one of those rare divas who has always downplayed her beauty, opting to set it aside for higher causes, both personally and professionally. From her androgynous days as one half of successful music duo Eurythmics to her current humanitarian work, Annie has always decided to pursue it with sincerity, her feet firmly planted on the ground. “I would’ve made the perfect man.” Perfectly said from androgynous beauty, Annie Lennox. When she hit it big with the Eurythmics in the 80s with a multi-platinum selling Grammy-award winning albums and songs, no one in…

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TOMBOY MUSICIANS SERIES: Debbie Harry

Along with her music and once-life partner, Chris Stein, Deborah Harry founded the new wave punk-ska band, Blondie. This icon of the tomboy world has sizzled and mesmerised audiences with her musical talent and undeniable stage presence, making her the ultimate sex symbol in a genre once dominated by gruff, middle-fingering, angry young men. She successfully took all the stereotypes associated with her hair colour and dyed it a shade of punk to become an icon in the music world. Indeed, we can only be gushing on about the only smooth operator in the new…

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TOMBOY MUSICIANS SERIES: Tegan and Sara

We see double this week as we explore the music of the hottest twins on the planet right now – Tegan and Sara, whose overnight success today was actually 15 years in the making. Calgary, 1995 and twin sisters, Tegan Rain Quin and Sara Kerstein Quin were already signed on to Neil Young’s record label at the age of 15. Back in the early days, they stayed true to their acoustic and melodic pop-folk roots where they’ve always managed to maintain good credit in the mainstream ledgers while retaining an indie edge. The sisters began…

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WHY HIPSTER MUSIC NEEDS TO DIE ALREADY

Boring, uninspired and hardly engaging in a studio or live, we wonder how hipster music even caught the tail end of pop music 4 years ago when it began to explode from here to Sunday. All the more why hipster music needs to die already. Here’s our logic. From this tomboy’s perspective, I have to start off by saying that I don’t really care for the hipster movement. Its hyperbolic, hypocritical and sometimes rather wishy-washy stance on the anti-establishment and worst of all, its fashion sense doesn’t impress me a dot. Hipster music has been…

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TOMBOY MUSICIANS SERIES: Shonen Knife

Sonic Youth, Kurt Cobain and Babes in Toyland all profess to being fans of this cult pop-punk garage band from Japan and for good reason. Their stripped down, do it yourself musical sensibilities have proven that sometimes the secret to success and longevity is about keeping the music fun and simple. Something Shonen Knife have been doing so well over these last 33 years. Osaka, Japan, 1981. It was the year that one of Japan’s most internationally known pop-punk groups was born. Armed with their leather bracelets, musical instruments and hours of listening to Ramones…

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TOMBOY MUSICIANS SERIES: Lonelady

Lonelady aka Julie Campbell’s music is unassuming and hearkens to a period in music when musicians were not afraid to be vulnerable and imperfect. We find out what makes this tomboy chic musician from Manchester a far cry from all her other music peers who hail from the city.   *Since this article was written, Julie has released her second album, ‘Hinterland’ available on Warp Records. Julie Ann Campbell, also known as ‘Lonelady’ is a relative newcomer to the indie music scene. As far as musical ages go, she has so far released an impressive…

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TOMBOY MUSICIANS SERIES: Ladyhawke

Critics love her music, comparing it to the stuff that was released during the golden age of 80s new wave but Ladyhawke is one person to never take such things seriously. Drawing attention to herself is the last thing she ever wanted when she started playing music. Onstage, she owns the stage name ‘Ladyhawke’, a mythical character played by Michelle Pfeiffer for in the classic cult hit film of the 80s, but offstage, she is Phillipa Margaret “Pip” Brown, born 13 July 1979, a New Zealand singer-songwriter and multi-instrumentalist whose musical mish-mash of electropop, new…

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TOMBOY MUSICIANS SERIES: Sophia George

Before Rihanna, Sophia George was one of the few Caribbean-born female singers to have achieved mainstream success worldwide. Here is her story. Sophia George was welcomed into the world on the 21 February 1964 under the bright, sunny skies of Jamaica. Like the warm, breezy island in which she was born, she had a voice that danced like sunshine on Sunday mornings. Sophia began her singing career at the local church choir. Her voice swirled so sweetly through the pews that her friend insisted that it had to be heard throughout the land. It was…

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TV REVIEW: COMIC BOOK MEN

With reality TV down on its last legs, what with all those trashy Desperate Housewives-style programs and endless “talent” shows polluting the airwaves, finding an off-beat little gem like Comic Book Men is certainly a breath of fresh air. Our resident TV junkie, Adam Ezagouri takes a crack at reviewing the show… Those familiar with film director Kevin Smith’s work (Clerks, Mallrats, Dogma) over the past few years will recall his (thankfully only temporary) retirement from directing some time ago, the plan being to instead focus on developing his podcasting empire with the likes of Jay…

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TOMBOY MUSICIANS SERIES: P!nk

Bursting into the scene with a R&B album in 1999, this week’s featured musician, P!nk was an artiste many, including the author of this article, thought wouldn’t make it past second base but she proved us all wrong. My first encounter with P!nk was in 1999 when her first R&B hits, “There You Go” and  “You Make Me Sick”, introduced a very young fresh-faced, white soul-singer to the world but I gotta be honest, I didn’t think she would last this long. While her tomboy style and in-your-face attitude was the refreshing punch that the…

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TOMBOY MUSICIANS SERIES: The Wharves

Rising out of the ashes of her former band, The Trogons, Gemma Fleet from The Wharves talks to Tomboy Tarts about the band’s formation, their inspirations and how enamoured they are with their instruments. I’m going to save my breath and not compare our next featured band in the series to female-dominated bands like That Dog, Lush, The Breeders and Veruca Salt because despite the flawless ethereal priory choir-like harmonic vocals so reminiscent of the aforementioned bands, I’m glad to say, The Wharves from London are clearly carving their own sound. The Wharves evolved from…

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TOMBOY MUSICIANS SERIES: Ella

Mid-80s Malaysia was no place for a female act to rock her roll but Norzila binti Haji Aminuddin or Ella, as we all know her, did. This week we travel back to homeground to find out how Ella became not only Malaysia’s first and reigning rock queen but the region’s as well. Ella or Norzila binti Haji Aminuddin is no doubt, Malaysia’s reigning rock queen or ‘Ratu Rock’, for the last 30 years. She pioneered the way for subsequent female rock musicians in the region to get onstage and rock their hearts out. Ella’s trademark…

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TOMBOY MUSICIANS SERIES: Shannon Funchess (Light Asylum)

Shannon Funchess is possibly one of the loudest voices in the New York underground scene and we mean that literally as well. Now, as one half of electronic darkwave synth band, Light Asylum, Shannon isn’t about to quell her booming contralto yet. She came from a small town in Seattle where the community was tight as a baby’s blanket in winter and the nightlife, dead as fresh roadkill. As a kid, this future indie vocalist and music producer sang in the church choir and she sang loud. Seems like all the perfect background requirements for…

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TV REVIEW: TRUE DETECTIVE

“True Detective, the new crime procedural drama series that’s just come of out HBO’s assembly line of winning shows already has so much buzz surrounding it, our new resident television critic, the RetroCritic, gets on his couch to find out what all the fuss is about.” True Detective, a new HBO series created and written by Nic Pizzolatto, had its debut this year, despite having technically been created back in 2012. The show, meant to be an anthology with every season following different casts in different storylines, opened recently with Woody Harrelson and Matthew McConaughey…

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TOMBOY MUSICIANS SERIES: Shannon Wright

Shannon Wright’s unbridled and emotionally charged music evokes PJ Harvey’ism with a dark Lou Reed-like lyrical stance which has made this tomboy musician a long-standing critic’s darling in America’s contemporary independent music scene. Shannon Wright’s new album ‘In Film Sound’  is like a walk down the back alleys of a bad neighbourhood. If you’re unarmed or mucking about, you’re bound to get mugged by it’s ‘grunge-noir’ish’ music. Dark as it seems, with all the flange and delayed guitar effects bedding most of the tracks in this album, it’s a wonderfully good record. On this 9-track…

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TOMBOY MUSICIANS SERIES: Sonya Madan (Echobelly)

Back in the early 90s, Echobelly’s radio-friendly alternative rock-pop ditties became essential listens for those who embraced Britpop, and lead vocalist, Sonya Madan’s cute and coy demeanour on and offstage was part of that success but just as fast as they rocketed up the charts, the bumpy comedown arrived sooner than anyone expected. Here’s their story. They were the darlings of the UK indie music scene in the 90s and when Britpop came along, like Elastica, which we featured a few weeks ago on this series, Echobelly literally exploded onto the scene. It also did…

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SAVAGES @ LANEWAY FESTIVAL 2014 SINGAPORE

The 25 January 2014 saw Singapore’s fourth St.Jerome’s Laneway Festival and the Tomboy Tarts were there to revel in some of the hottest indie bands of the year, including one of our perennial favourites. St.Jerome’s Laneway Festival was born in Caledonian Lane in Melbourne, Australia, in 2004. Predominantly an indie music event, the festival has grown rapidly in popularity, featuring big-names now, travelling around Australia, New Zealand, Singapore and the United States. And the highlight of yesterday’s show for the Tomboy Tarts was of course a band which we’ve featured before on our Tomboy Musicians…

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TOMBOY MUSICIANS SERIES: Ani DiFranco

In a watered down musical landscape where artistic integrity has mostly been shackled and compromised, Ani DiFranco stands out like the Statue of Liberty,  the flames from her torch blazing brightly – a refreshing beacon of hope for those who like their music served up neat. When it comes to dishing things out with plain honest-to-goodness folk rock music sensibilities, you’ve got to give top prize to Ani DiFranco. Since she picked up a guitar and started playing Beatles covers at local bars in Buffalo, New York with her guitar mentor Michael Meldrum, at the age…

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TOMBOY MUSICIANS SERIES: Global Icon (GI)

Is the tomboy trend beginning to make a dent in the ultra- sweet bubblegum popping South Korean music scene? It certainly looks like it with the emergence of Global Icon, a new tomboy-influenced girl group with a baseball cap or two up their sleeves. ‘Everybody Gi-Yuek!  Everybody Gi-Yuek! Everybody Gi-Yeuk!’ That’s the intro chorus of South Korean girl group, Global Icon formed by Simtong Entertainment last year that’s bucking the K-Pop girl group trend by being – that’s right – different. South Korea’s K-Pop scene has never had it so good, ever since Psy’s ‘Gangnam Style’…

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TOMBOY MUSICIANS SERIES: Elastica

During their heyday, Elastica was the darlings of female-fronted UK bands. They surfed the wave of Britpop with their brand of melodic songs that spawned hits not only in the UK but internationally but just a couple of years later, the band dropped out entirely from the musical radar. It was the mid-90s and Brit pop was at the peak of it’s third explosion within grunge-dominated America. Suddenly everyone wanted to sound like Blur, The Charlatans UK and Oasis. In the midst of all this new adoration was a niche of female dominated bands who…

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TOMBOY MUSICIANS SERIES: Missy Elliott

Missy Elliott once declared that no other female rapper could match her success and she’s right. Missy’s track record alone would put Justin Bieber and his underpants to shame. In the world of music, Missy Elliott is ‘dyn-O-mite’, having produced for artists such as Destiny’s Child, Mariah Carey, Mary J. Blige, and many more. Her success doesn’t end there. She’s also an A-star choreographer and songwriter. That’s right people, take that and smoke it in a crack-pipe. Missy Elliott began getting her music ‘freak-on’ in 1998. It was Puff Daddy’s year as the hit “I’ll…

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TOMBOY MUSICIANS SERIES: Joan Jett

She rips chords off a guitar on anthemic rock songs stripping them down to what they were really meant to do: a set of fun songs to sing choruses and listen to. Stand aside for Joan Jett, a guitar warrior who has for over four decades blazed many trails in what was once a man’s world. When you’re an American rock legend, chances are you’re a male guy in your 50s or 60s probably still making the news, playing to packed audiences year after year around the world, long after your greatest hits CD was…

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TOMBOY MUSICIANS SERIES: Savages

Savages are a London-based post-punk revival rock band, formed in 2011. Their debut album, ‘Silence Yourself”, reached number 19 in the UK Albums Chart in May 2013 and this appetite for self-destruction is just the beginning. Post-punk revival all-girl tomboy-styled band, Savages takes their musical influences seriously. So seriously that you’ll hear a lot of Joy Division and Siouxie and The Banshees strains growling within the belly of guitar chord motifs in tracks like ‘Husbands’, ‘Flying to Berlin’ and ‘I Am Here’ before pile-driving it all in with abrasive, metal-influenced drumming that eats away at…

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TOMBOY MUSICIANS SERIES: M.I.A

She has bent so many rules in music on and off stage it’s hard to imagine what else M.I.A has up her sleeve. This week, we celebrate M.I.A’s tomboy style, her chutzpah and wonder what she is getting up to in her latest album, ‘Matangi’. Maya Arulpragasam or better known worldwide as the rapper M.I.A. makes refreshing music that really feels like her Sri Lankan origins; A nice thali meal bursting with so many flavours all at once. It’s spicy, cool and most of all, very potent. To most of the younger generation South Indian/Sri…

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TOMBOY MUSICIANS SERIES: Au Pairs

Unless you’re a true music aficionado with great passion for late 70s underground post-punk, Au Pairs would probably have passed you by in the blink of an eye. Unfortunately that’s what really happened to the band. It was a turbulent time in British history where free-spirited Labour sensibilities engaged in head-to-head combat with tough, tight-fisted bourgeois Tories. The Sex Pistols had already pretty much reached their peak middle-fingering their audiences all over London pub and dive bar circuits and synthwave was just waiting for mainstream success to come plug the final cords into its respective jacks….

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TOMBOY MUSICIANS SERIES: Patti Smith

Poet, artiste and tomboy musician, Patti Smith’s soaring, growling vocals was the voice of a generation of women who were liberated through the unrelenting, uncompromising, hi-octane rock energy of her anthemic songs; music that still inspires millions around the world today. The year was 1993, and grunge and alternative was HUGE. In the midst of all the Seattle drivel, an album called ‘No Alternative’ was released under the “Red, Hot and ….” label where proceeds from album sales would be used to fund AIDS research and development. In this gem of a record featuring rarities…

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TOMBOY MUSICIANS SERIES: Janelle Monáe Robinson

Given the seal of approval by his royal purpleness, Prince, Outkast and even George Lucas , Janelle Monáe Robinson is bringing her brand of funk-soul onto eclectic grounds; the kind tread by the likes of other black artistes like Janet Jackson and Beyonce before her. Janelle Monáe Robinson’s story might seem like every other music sensation, the kind where chart success happens overnight. Her latest offering, ‘Electric Lady’ has not only wowed audiences worldwide but it has also won rave reviews from the critics who are already comparing her to Miss Jackson, Beyonce and Tina…

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TOMBOY MUSICIANS SERIES: Elly Jackson

 Glam tomboy chic never looked so Bowie than on Miss Elly Jackson, who has taken her own brand of style to epic coif proportions. Hello there fellow suit n tie babes! Ready for another installment of our tomboy musician series? I hope so. For those not in the know, this is a short series where I put my two of my many favourite ingredients in Life – music and being a funny, quirky tomboy into one big supersized whopper. No wait! I meant series. Now I hate to sound like a teeny bopper who goes…

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TOMBOY MUSICIANS SERIES: TANITA TIKARAM

At the tender age of 19, she was already in a league of her own, holding up against the best in the genre, including Joan Baez, Tracy Chapman and Suzanne Vega. Hello there fedora hat sisters! Persis here hoping you’re ready to go on a short journey with me as we begin a series on two things that are really close to my heart. Music and being a tomboy. In this series of music tomboys, I put up pictures and a little brief note on how and why certain female musicians have become big influences…

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YOUR ESSENTIAL 2016 HALLOWEEN MUSIC LIST

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Thinking of hitting the Halloween streets this year for some gory trick or treating? Well, skip the fake blood and hit pause on the candy. Here’s some of our top Halloween music picks for your ear-bleeding pleasure. It’s that time of year again where it’s time to share the scare. Halloween is the best time to send some major shivers through your auditory senses thanks to 10 of our spookiest Halloween music picks for 2016. These are tracks that have put the ‘H’ in the word haunted and ‘C’ in creepy. Songs that have made us…

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