#GIRLBOSS: KIM GORDON

Let me be very clear that I live in a world where Kim Gordon needs no introduction, but for the 1% of you who were either born after 2005 or spent the entirety of the last 20 years camping in the bush in Western Australia, here is some background. (For the rest of you currently staring at your “I love Kim G” hand-collaged bedroom walls, my apologies). Born in Rochester, NY and bred in Los Angeles, CA, Gordon studied visual art at Otis before moving to New York City and becoming immersed in the underground/post-punk/noise music scene. It was there that she met Thurston Moore and Lee Ronaldo, and together they formed legendary no-wave band Sonic Youth in 1981. As guitarist, bassist, and vocalist for Sonic Youth, Gordon spent a few decades serving as the #1 girl crush of all the coolest girls in the world, someone how finding time in her busy shredding schedule to produce Hole’s first album Pretty On The Inside, co-direct The Breeders “Cannonball” video with pal Spike Jonze, and launch a (now defunct) cult clothing line called X-Girl (a favorite of the likes of Chloe Sevigny and Sofia Coppola), all the while continuing to create art in myriad forms.

Her latest endeavor is sort of the ideal marriage of music and art, an experimental noise band heavy on improvisation and deliberate visuals called Body/Head. At age 61, Kim Gordon is still a style icon and girl crush to the masses, and she is still creating her own world and playing by her own rules. She will always be a #GIRLBOSS in our books.

-Yasi Salek

Ingredients For A Festival

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Ah, music festivals. We live for the adrenaline-filled three day weekend of non-stop music, dancing, and BFF hangs, but—we have to be real—it’s not all pretty flower crowns and perfect beachy waves. There’s a large (see: 100%) chance that you’ll be the sweatiest, dirtiest, and thirstiest you’ve been in your entire life, but, hey, in the end it’s all worth it. So, in the spirit of festival season, we compiled a (semi-realistic) list of ingredients for the perfect festival—complete with blisters and all.

Chela

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When we stumbled upon Chela’s “Romanticise” music video on YouTube, we immediately thought, “She gets us.” Sure, anyone can become obsessed with her insanely-addictive track, but when we peeped her on-point ensemble and killer dance moves, she really spoke to us. We were dying to find out more about this Melbourne-based babe, so we hit her up with questions and, well, now we love her even more.

Dena

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Hey. You. Watch Dena’s “Cash, Diamond Rings, Swimming Pools” music video real quick. Done? OK, cool, because there’s really no other way to experience her poppy Bulgaria-via-Berlin sound than to just straight-up listen to it. Ever since we heard this jam last summer, we just can’t get enough of her killer singles (and style!). Lucky for us, this March she’s releasing her first-ever album, Flash, and we caught up with her to get allll the deets.

#ThrowbackThursday: Outkast

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In case you missed the mega news that dropped last night, Outkast will be headlining this year’s desert festival in Coachella Valley, which means, yep, our favorite hip-hop duo will be reuniting after Seven. Freaking. Years. To celebrate, we look back on André 3000 and Big Boi’s evolution from Atlanta teens to Grammy Award-winning musicians—and every awesome moment in between.

#MusicMonday: Bai, 2013!

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“2013 was an amazing year for music. The quintessential pop star had to take a backseat to the enormous amount of underground music that dropped in past 12 months. True, we included Ariana Grande and Janelle Monáe in our playlist, but that’s because they passed our test of tried-and-true best dancey tracks of 2013. Number one for me was definitely the Psychemagik Remix of “Relocate” by Kauf. If you’re in Los Angeles for New Year’s Eve, you can catch him at The Lash!”

—Simone Cookie Serrail, Social Media Associate

Shy Girls

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There’s nothing not to love about Shy Girls frontman Dan Vidmar. The Portland-based artist pairs smooth electronic beats with ’90s R&B-inspired vocals for endless feel-good jams. (Seriously, listen for yourself.) In October, he released his first EP, Timeshare, and we’re stoked that is just the start of a long music career ahead. We were lucky enough to hang with Dan right here in our L.A. studio and create the most badass photoshoot complete with leopard shirts, silver capes and killer reflective sunglasses. Check out the awesomeness below!

#MusicMonday: Gloom Pop

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Every Monday we send you a killer playlist straight from NGHQ!

“We’re closing in on the new year and winter is in full swing. For some of us that means sweaters with a side of palm trees, but for others, it’s much more bleak. Here are some seasonally-depressed tunes ready to melt your frostbitten hearts.”

—Scott Grover, Assistant Retoucher

Classic Records Every Gal Should Own

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So, you just got a record player—and now you need records. But… where do you start? Good question, so we enlisted the help of music expert/Nasty Gal social media maven Isabella to help us track down the top 10 records every girl needs to kick off her collection. (Think of these as classic albums that are sure to stand the test of time.) So, Isabella headed out to the iconic Amoeba Music store in Hollywood to pick out some of her favorite albums. Quick tip for scoring amazing vinyl: “When you buy used, it’s totally cool to check out the record and make sure there aren’t any scratches. Re-issues are great too and very easy to find. Check your local radio station or paper for record swaps. This is the jam if you want to score some rare vinyl, and you’ll probably learn about some awesome stuff you haven’t heard yet. Also, dig through dollar record bins—you can find some gems in there.” All right, let’s get to it!