Music News: Har Mar Superstar stars in Afghan Whigs video


Har Mar Superstar in Afghan Whigs' 'Demon in Profile' video
Har Mar Superstar in Afghan Whigs' 'Demon in Profile' video (Sub Pop)

Har Mar Superstar is the featured performer in the official video for the Afghan Whigs’ single "Demon in Profile." Har Mar plays the character of a singer who's accompanied by gold-clad dancers as he mouths the vocals of Afghan Whigs frontman Greg Dulli. There's even a Prince nod as Har Mar plays with the type of puppet seen backstage in Purple Rain.

"Demon in Profile" is the first single from In Spades (May 5), Afghan Whigs' eighth studio album. (Rolling Stone). Har Mar Superstar opens for Afghan Whigs at First Avenue on September 21.

International Women's Day

Beyoncé, Madonna, and other music stars are among the celebrities who signed an open letter asking their fans to "take action for gender equality" on International Women's Day. The letter was released on Wednesday by the nonprofit organizations Global Citizen and Chime for Change, groups working for human rights and gender equality.

"We have reached a critical moment in history. Recent legislation and rhetoric have put decades of progress for girls and women at risk," the letter reads in part. "We stand together to say, in a voice louder than ever, that fighting for gender equality is the emergency and the opportunity of our time." (Rolling Stone)

Also, First Aid Kit chose International Women's Day to release a new single called "You Are the Problem Here."

The duo say that it "isn't a typical First Aid Kit song. It's angry and direct. It's a song written out of despair ... After reading about yet another rape case where the perpetrator was handed a sentence which did not at all reflect the severity of his crime we felt upset and vengeful. We were, and are, sick of living in a society where the victims of rape are often blamed for the horrible thing that has been done to them." (Rolling Stone)

Remembering Fred Weintraub

Fred Weintraub has died of Parkinson's disease at age 88. Weintraub has a storied place in music history: he founded the Bitter End coffeehouse in Greenwich Village, a central hub of the '60s folk revival with performances by legends including Bob Dylan, Joni Mitchell, and Peter, Paul and Mary — as well as by comics like Lenny Bruce and Lily Tomlin.

Weintraub later became a Hollywood producer, introducing martial arts star Bruce Lee to American audiences and sealing the deal that led to the Woodstock documentary. Weintraub sold the Bitter End in 1974, and it remains open to this day. (New York Times)

Knitting Factory to book Myth

Speaking of famous New York clubs, the Knitting Factory is taking over as in-house talent buyer and marketer at the Maplewood club Myth. "We plan on bringing in a much more diverse calendar and making aesthetic changes to help that venue live up to its potential," says Mark Dinerstein, the president of Knitting Factory Presents.

As the Star Tribune reports, the Knitting Factory "plans to use three different configurations at Myth to attract a wider variety of concerts, from the full-size layout with a 3,300-person capacity to smaller arrangements that suit 2,200 and 1,700 people."

Brad Saks, the local booker who will be arranging Myth shows for Knitting Factory Entertainment, downplays the suggestion that Myth is in competition with First Avenue and the Palace Theatre, which First Ave also manages. "Myth is a different animal," says Saks.

Spoon get a taco

Spoon have created a signature taco at the restaurant Veracruz All Natural in Austin, Texas. "It's called 'El Norteño,'" Pitchfork reports, "and it comes with a fried egg (over hard), bacon, and red onions, topped with tortilla chips, poblano and red bell peppers, and Monterrey jack cheese; it's available with either a flour or corn tortilla."

Proceeds from "El Norteño" will be donated to an organization aiding refugees and immigrants. As Pitchfork notes, Spoon previously created a signature taco with the L.A. restaurant HomeState, which currently offers a special Best Coast taco benefiting the ACLU.

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