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'Free Pussy Riot Fest' held in Russia despite government pressure

A music festival to support jailed members of the Russian band Pussy Riot went forward despite official pressure to cancel it, organizers said Monday.

Olga Kurnosova said city officials had tried to force her to stop Sunday’s show in St. Petersburg — President Vladimir Putin’s hometown — and firefighters had threatened to close down the Glavklub hall, claiming safety violations ahead of the concert.

About 1,000 people attended the “Free Pussy Riot Fest” headlined by the Russian rock protest bands DDT and Televizor, whose songs have long riled Soviet authorities and Putin’s Kremlin. READ FULL STORY

Pussy Riot appeals conviction

The Pussy Riot saga rages on.

Roughly a week after Russian women Nadezhda Tolokonnikova, 22, Maria Alyokhina, 24, and Yekaterina Samutsevich, 30, were sentenced to two years in prison for hooliganism, a lawyer representing the trio has applied for an appeal.

The women’s imprisonment, sparked by their “punk prayer” protest of Vladimir Putin at a church altar in Moscow, seems unlikely to be overruled, defense lawyer Nikolai Polozov conceded to Reuters. “If the court abides by the law it would throw out the verdict,” he said. “But being realists, understanding all the efforts the state has put into this case, we think it’s unlikely the verdict will be overturned.”

However, Polozov has his fingers crossed for shortened or conditional sentences, though even that looks to be a pipe dream given that the Russian media and government have reacted defensively to the harsh negative criticism coming from other corners of the world. As the imprisoned Samutsevich told the Guardian, “Our verdict shows just how scared Putin’s regime is of anyone who can undermine its legitimacy,”

Since the situation looks pretty dire for them back in Russia, it might be wise for the currently unjailed, on-the-lam members of the Pussy Riot collective to keep running.


Pussy Riot release new song 'Putin Lights Up the Fires' after sentencing

Russian punk band Pussy Riot released a new song after members of the group were sentenced to two years in prison today for staging an anti-Russian President Vladimir Putin performance in February.

Feminist rockers Maria Alyokhina, 24, Yekaterina Samutsevich, 29, and Nadezhda Tolokonnikova, 22 were found guilty of “hooliganism motivated by religious hatred” for performing the song “Virgin Mary, Put Putin Away” at the Cathedral of Christ the Savior in Moscow. In addition to attacking the Russian president, the song also targets “the Church’s praise of rotten dictators,” according to this translation.

Madonna, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Sting, and the Beastie Boys are just some of the artists that have voiced their support for the band.

Listen to “Putin Lights up the Fires,” edited to a montage of footage of the band and its supporters, at The Guardian.


Green Day performs for bored models in 'Oh Love' video -- VIDEO

What does a band have to do to impress a model these days? After all these years, it looks like Green Day’s still trying to figure that out.

To help jumpstart their upcoming ¡Uno!-¡Dos!-¡Tre! blitz, Billie Joe Armstrong and the boys have dropped a relaxed, tomfoolery-filled video for their album trilogy’s first single, “Oh Love.” The Samuel Bayer-directed clip shows the band performing in a rehearsal space for a small audience of boreder-than-thou pretty ladies. Only after the punk-y single starts kicking into gear do the women start acknowledging that a multi-platinum rock band is playing 10 feet away from them — but even then, they seem pretty over it.

See it all go down in the video below:


Beastie Boys, Sting, and Madonna among musicians coming out in support of jailed Russian band Pussy Riot

This one’s a doozy, so let’s start from the top.

Pussy Riot, a feminist-punk outfit in Russia that has become famous for donning colorful ski masks and staging activist-minded performances in public, have gone from rock rebels to political prisoners of the state. (There songwriting and performances tend to focus a number of issues, most often government oppression and women’s rights.)

Their crime? Criticizing Vladimir Putin — the man who has more or less been in control of the country since 1999.

Putin’s camp has always been rather wary of the women in Pussy Riot, but things hit a boiling point last February, when the band took to the altar of Russia’s main church, Moscow’s Christ the Saviour Cathedral, and held an impromptu “punk prayer service” that included chants like “Mother Mary, put Putin away.”

Someone did end up getting put away, but it wasn’t Putin: PR members Maria Alyokhina, 24, Nadezhda Tolokonnikova, 22, and Yekaterina Samutsevich, 29, were arrested and charged with “hooliganism motivated by religious hatred or hostility,” and their trial began Monday in Moscow.

They face up to seven years in prison.


Against Me! singer gives first interview after coming out as transgender -- VIDEO

The artist formerly known as Tom Gabel is ready to talk.

After going public about his wish to become a woman, the transgender Against Me! singer now known as Laura Jane Grace spoke to MTV for her first interview as a woman.

The “humbled” singer talked about her road to womanhood, beginning with her experiences as a child. “One of my earliest memories is watching on TV a live performance of Madonna and being mesmerized,” she told MTV, “and just thinking that’s me on two levels: both the musician level, the performer level, and then as a female.”

“Watching Rosemary’s Baby and seeing Mia Farrow with a boy’s haircut was another moment I remember when I was probably like 4 or 5 years old,” she continued. “That’s what I’m going to grow up to be, that’s the kind of woman I’m going to be.”

Watch the full interview below:


Transgender rocker Tom Gabel of Against Me! does first show as woman: Watch the video here

Earlier this month, Against Me! frontman Tom Gabel went public with his quest to become Against Me! frontwoman Laura Jane Grace.

The 31-year-old punk singer told Rolling Stone of his decades-long struggle with gender dysmorphia and outlined his plan to become a woman, a decision supported by his wife, with whom he has a two-year-old daughter.

Over the holiday weekend, fans caught their first glimpse of the transformation when an Against Me! concert in San Diego last Friday doubled as Laura Jane Grace’s stage debut. As the video below shows, Grace opted for a punk-standard, gender-neutral outfit — black tank top and tight black jeans — for the set.

“I was worried that some people expected me to come out looking like Little Bo Beep or something,” Grace told Rolling Stone after the show, which included six new songs. One of those newbies was “Transgender Dysphoria Blues,” which is slated to be the title track of the band’s next album.

Until Against Me! rolls into your town, you can check out Laura Jane Grace right now with this clip from Friday’s show:


Against Me! singer Tom Gabel is becoming a woman

Tom Gabel, the lead singer of punk rock band Against Me!, says he’s becoming a woman.

The 31-year-old tells Rolling Stone that as a kid he felt disconnected from his body and has a condition called gender dysphoria. He plans to take hormones and undergo electrolysis. He also is considering gender reassignment surgery.

Says Gabel: “Growing up, my experience with transsexualism was nothing but shame.”

Gabel says his new name will be Laura Jane Grace. He says he’s not attracted to men and will still be married to his wife. They have a 2-year-old daughter.

Against Me! is best known for the song “Thrash Unreal” (video embedded below). The group will hit the road for its tour with the Cult later this month. READ FULL STORY

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