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dum dum girls: live at madame jojo’s, london 02/03/10

Dum Dum Girls / Veronica Falls / Yuck
Madame Jojo’s, London ••••
March 2, 2010

Queues all the way down Brewer Street and particularly unhelpful door staff meant a lot of the hyper buzzed fans only got to catch the last yells of opening support act Yuck, who faded out with an enticing swansong of distortion guitar wails. Veronica Falls followed up with a set of consistently lovely songs that have progressively stolen a substantial number of hearts over the past year. The shoegaze pop of ‘Stephen’ was dreamy enough to sway unabashedly to, while ‘Beachy Head’ rang out with romantic thrash. One of the capital’s most exciting homegrown outfits, they proved to be a well-selected warm-up for the US headliners whose appearance was the last, love-letter punctuation on a week of gigs across the capital, a doubly special affair since it marked the band’s UK debut.

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interrupting yr broadcast: dum dum girls
February 26, 2010, 2:34 pm
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This week marks the UK live debut of SoCal’s Dum Dum Girls, the solo project turned all-girl outfit fronted by Kristin Gundred – or Dee Dee as she’d prefer to be known – and “of course!” she’s excited to be hitting our shores, despite an earlier propensity for crippling stage fright. The moniker, which she adopted from the beginning of the Dum Dum Girls journey, is part of a semi-persona created to protect a rather shy individual from the on-display world of musicianship and ever-peering fandom. Her early online presence was marked by a desire to remain anonymous, and the very few pictures that surfaced made sure to obscure some of her face, a romantic, partial aloofness that gave her dreamy, lo-fi-ish punk a coveted, secretive aura.

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dum dum girls: i will be (2010)
February 25, 2010, 12:23 pm
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Dum Dum Girls
I Will Be ••••
Sub Pop

Adopting their name in homage to the Iggy Pop number ‘Dum Dum Boys’ and The Vaselines’ album Dum-Dum, this SoCal solo project turned all-girl band is the brainchild of one Kristin Gundred, or Dee Dee as she now likes to be known. A home-recorded CD-R, released on her own label Zoo Music, led to a 7″ on HoZac and the eponymous 12″ EP on Captured Tracks that Wears The Trousers has been savouring aplenty while awaiting this salivated-over full-length. Early hype over her mysterious, out-of-nowhere Myspace songs was exacerbated by a shyness that meant Dee Dee obscured her face with masks and carefully positioned vinyl in the few photos that surfaced. The front cover image of her mother as a young woman is both a sweet tribute and a reminder of Dee Dee’s introvert tendencies, the warm tones and subtle retro touches of the photo pointing perfectly towards the nostalgic influences at work on the album.

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february gig guide

You may ask what, like war, the month of February is good for. To its detriment it’s cold, bombarded with Valentine’s Day marketing to the point of overkill, barren of public holidays, and did we mention how it’s still bloody freezing? In its favour…it’s short. Too harsh? Okay, well, there are some pretty fantastic gigs coming up over the next four weeks. So many, in fact, that it was hard to pick just one event per night to recommend. Don’t forget that many of these artists have several other dates lined up for the month, so use the handy Myspace links we’ve provided to find out if they’re coming to your town. Make space in your diary.

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30 albums you need to hear this spring (III)

part one | part two

January is a month for looking forward as well as back. So while we are in the process of revealing our top 100 albums of the 2000s, this week we’ll also be taking a look at the 30 albums we are most excited about this Spring, in release date order. The new decade is getting off to a solid start as some familiar faces return and new ones jostle for recognition.

In this third and final part, we look at new releases from Ellie Goulding, The Knife, Laura Marling, Natalie Merchant, Emma Pollock, White Hinterland, Lou Rhodes, Goldfrapp, Dum Dum Girls and The Living Sisters, which brings us up to the end of March.

With April releases on the cards from Peggy Sue, She & Him and Sally Seltmann (formerly New Buffalo), there’s plenty more to look forward to then.

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dum dum girls announce debut album
December 2, 2009, 9:00 am
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The deceptively plural Dum Dum Girls (essentially the solo project of Kristin Gundred, or Dee Dee as she likes to be known) signed to legendary Seattle-based label Sub Pop back in July following a pair of acclaimed EPs and a tasty 7″ vinyl, promising a debut album to come in the first half of 2010. Making good on that promise, Sub Pop have announced that said album will be released on March 30, and goes by the name of I Will Be.

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ex vivian girls member frankie rose quits crystal stilts

051009_frankieroseFounds another all-girl garage-pop ensemble

Frankie Rose, fast becoming known as the free spirit (aka swinger) of Brooklyn’s lo-fi indie scene, has officially split from minimalist punk act Crystal Stilts in order to form yet another dashingly cool all-girl band in the vein of her former outfit Vivian Girls. With a MySpace page already up, Frankie & The Outs list Kate Ryan, Margot Bianca, Leona Renee Ross, Caroline Yes! and leader of the pack Frankie as official band members. It’s unclear who plays what, but it’s probably safe to say that Frankie is still doing her thing for girls on percussion everywhere.

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