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Beauty And The Beast

Joann Erdos and The Midnight Show

The dichotomy of an artist on and offstage is an interesting thing. A performer might be austere onstage, but a total sailor once the mic is turned off. We’re betting Joanna Erdos of The Midnight Show is far sweeter in person than her lyrics might lead you to believe. On Hearts Explode, she cautions, I’m sick of being patient; I’m ready to attack through a torchy, diaphanous arrangement of strings, keys and percussion. Despite the warning, her secretive, romantic music has likely already drawn you in. Go Team is a more whimsical romp”twitchy and blithe despite cutting lyrics like, You loser; you faker. With a voice that’s part Natalie Merchant, part Annie Clark, Erdos delivers her verbal jabs in the gentlest way. On the ambitious and elegant I’m Not the Only One, her voice cascades over the lines I want to rip you apart; I want to tear out your heart with not a shred of menace. Beauty can be a dangerous weapon, and Erdos wields hers like a winner.

Discourse & Dischord

The Good

iamamiwhoami artist revealed?

iamamiwhoami

Maybe you’ve been following the enigmatic (and fairly disturbing) videos of mystery artist iamamiwhoami on YouTube. If not, do check them out. Most are one-minute vignettes set to alternately ambient and jarring electronic music, featuring a feral blonde woman with freakishly long eyelashes. First guess is Lady Gaga, naturally. Who else would wrap themselves in plastic to play the piano, or lick a tree? Well, looks like there may be another wildly eccentric pop performance artist out there. For the mystery reveal, click here. Check out the video here.

The Bad

Lady Gaga’s Telephone finally debuts

Lady Gaga's "Telephone"

(And by bad we mean Michael Jackson-style, you know, with dancing thugs, leather and snarls.)

The wait is over for the Lady Gaga and Beyoncé collaborative video for Telephone. For your patience, you get nine-plus minutes of women’s penitentiary sexy times, sandwich making, mass poisonings, multiple costume changes and good ol’ fashioned, Thelma and Louise-style, female camaraderie. (Sweet Beyoncé even swears!) Get an eyeful here¦ and lookout for cigarette sunglasses to become the next big thing.

Alex Chilton dies

Alex Chilton

The untimely deaths keep coming. This time it’s Alex Chilton, former front man of ’60s pop act the Box Tops and later, Big Star. Chilton died in New Orleans on Wednesday at the age of 59 from what appears to be a heart problem. If you’re unfamiliar with Chilton’s work, we suggest you go to your music source of choice and download “The Letter” by the Box Tops and “September Gurls” by Big Star. Another sad day for music.

The Ugly

Miley Cyrus says a bunch of dumb stuff in Teen Vogue

Miley Cyrus

Oh Miley. The soundbites from your latest interview are like potent little vitamins to fortify all your haters. When you’re not dissing the public at large by declaring you and your boyfriend’s superiority (I think we’re both deeper than normal people, what they think and how they feel,) then you’re contradicting yourself. Exhibit A: The more I make music that doesn’t truly inspire me, the more I feel like I’m blending in with everyone else. So after this next album, I’m taking some time off.” Exhibit B: I don’t really believe in breaks. Once you figure it out, let us know. We’ll have to make do in the meantime with our shallow thoughts and feelings.

Miscellany