Sunday, May 31, 2009

Sister Ex, Mimi Loco and Grandma's Mini in DC -- AWESOME!

Grandma's Mini -- my first band with my BFF Ann Brandstadter of Project Applesauce (now Mimi Loco) -- reunited this weekend with a show at the Laughing Lizard Lounge in Alexandria, Va., that included "Learn to Love Your Shit Job," "Laid Off" and other songs targeting economically challenged peeps. Of course, playing a smoky bar (yes, in Virginia, they still smoke cigarettes in bars!) triggered some nice memories. And I loved jumping up and down for classic songs like "Hypo" (about being a hypochondriac"), "Protected Sex" and "Roger is the Wicked Witch of the West." What made this experience even better? Playing with the awesome local D.C.-area band Sister Ex, a total '90s-style Siouxie-like alt-rock outfit led by the sweet yogi Claudia. Check them out if you get the chance!

Thursday, May 28, 2009

Crash Course to Life 101: Lessons I Learned Through Music

In the next upcoming weeks, I’ll be turning the big 2-1. I look back thinking on what a miracle it was that I survived many stages of awkwardness and insecurities that came with the transition from girl to woman. I can’t recall the film in health class about puberty or the talk about the birds and the bees making my life easier to understand. In fact, I probably would’ve been a lot better without it. One thing that was always able to help me understand this crazy world was the music that blared in my room and the female rockers who were simply telling it like it is. If there was a situation my mother couldn’t fix or my girlfriends couldn’t relate to, I sought guidance from women who could rock out some pretty good advice. From boy problems to facing inner demons, here are some of the personal lessons I learned from my favorite rocker chick songs.

1. Always enter with a bang, let the world know you’ve arrived. Cherry Bomb-Joan Jett and The Blackhearts.

2. Love all of yourself- the good, the bad, and the ugly. “Bitch”-Meredith Brooks

3. There comes a time where people will think you’re not good enough and that you can’t live up to high expectations. Prove them wrong. “Just a Little Girl”-Amy Studt

4. When it comes to finding a significant other, never settle for less of what you deserve. There’s also no shame in waiting for a good thing to come along. “21 Things I Want In A Lover”-Alanis Morrisette

5. Good girls don’t always finish last. “Misery Business”-Paramore

6. Never let a guy leave you a hot mess or without closure. Always have the last word and walk out with pride. “You Oughta Know”-Alanis Morrisette

7. There’s no rush to grow up. Be reckless, stupid, and young. Life’s too short. “When I Grow Up”-Garbage

8. Times will be tough and you may not always have an answer to the solution. It’s okay to feel defeated and frustrated, but always hang on to the thought that in the end, things will always turn out to be okay. “What’s Up”- 4 Non Blondes

9. You’re meant for great things. Take advantage of whatever life offers you. The world’s yours for the taking, make the most of it. “Love Is All Around” cover-Joan Jett

-By Angelica Castillo


Tuesday, May 19, 2009

Girls Rock Girls Rule TV on You Tube!

Hi Fellow Rocker chicks and fans!

As Rew said (in the post below), we are working our tails off over here at GRGR headquarters in NYC to make sure all the fierce rockin' femmes out there get all the recognition they deserve and to be the ultimate resource for makin' your rock n' roll dreams come true! We'd be nothing without our fans so all of our sites and newsletters have juicy stuff for them too!

With that in mind our new You Tube site is up and running! We just loaded tons of new videos for your viewing pleasure! You can catch live performances from our GRGR Premiere Punk Showcase at Hank's Saloon on May 2, including Marisa Mini & the Underage Hotties, Loki the Grump, S.M.U.T., Solito and Trauma Team! You can also check out performances from the 2008 tour (G-spot, RewBee, America's Sweetheart, The Rosies, Princess & the Criminals and more), as well as superfun and funky behind-the-scenes footage!

This is just the beginning so stay tuned in the coming months for performances from all GRGR events, how-to videos and lessons, and the GRGR Documentary series. Stop by for a visit and come back often and of course tell your friends!

Rock On, G.

Saturday, May 16, 2009

well Spring is SprinGing..& we WANT to RoCK even Harder...So the *Girls Rock & GiRls RUle * team are pouding the pavement & playing ALL over the Nation..the core bands are playing like crazee in the tristate area...& gettng ready for our showcase shows spread out over the next months of this 2009 year...our next will be in July..let's hope it doesnt' get here too quickly & we can savour every day up til then.. Me, myself, ReW* played last nite in Mr Sinatra land..Hoboken a club called *Saints & SInners*..that alone was enough for my liing..
i played w/ my bandthe*Dirty*Mothers & it was a fun gig for sure.. the nite was a GoGirls sponsored nite & the NATCH! {our dear friendz} played along w/ many other artists & bands... Many people seem to confuse *Girls Rock Girls Rule* w/ * GoGirls*...this makes me crazeee...yes i understand how similar they sound just PLEASE may i clarify here...maybe one ddya you will get the differnce..

GoGirls is a national organization that comes out of TEXAS..Madayn Sklar is the founder & HEAD basically is an online community where they supply information & motivation to ALL types of chicks that rock..all catagoriez..NATIONAL chapters are set up & run independently with the GoGirls...*Girls Rock Girls Rule** is based out of NYC..we have sponsored are a movement to bring HARDER RoCK into the mainstream world focusing on education...EMPOWERMENT...playig gigs & just basically KICKIN ASS all over the planet...
We have a core team that does pretty much all the groundworkd & we are expanding our horizons to encapsulate your hearts & brains with music by Gurls that Rock & Rule..


tell me if you can decipher the differnces & you just mite be in the running for a Daisy Rock Guitar...cause the endorse us & we LUV

I also would like yo uto know i cohost *RewBees WorlD* internet show every wednesday 4-6pm here in can watch live @ & all our past shows are @
if you'd like to be a guest..let us know..we do Andy Warhol 15 minutes of fame interviews...& you can plug, play & get dirty w/ me & Bee...all in good fun...
check it out...we have openings in July & on....

okay...come out to our show on July 16th @ Hank*S Saloon in Brooklyn ..there will be a bar-b-q & lots of HOT..GIrRlS Rockin...
out 4 now..LuV<

Monday, May 11, 2009

PJ Harvey is Coming!

I can hardly contain my excitement over the one and only Miss Polly Jean Harvey, who's hitting the states next month with collaborator John Parish in tow!! Their U.S. summer tour, which stops by NYC on June 9, comes on the heels of their second album together (the first being the sexy, feverishly good "Dance Hall at Louse Point," which came out in the late 1990s). Last time I saw PJ solo she played about seven instruments while wearing a vintagy white dress my pal Emily described as "diaphonous." Hmm... I wonder what she'll wear and play this time around?

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Friday, May 8, 2009

GRGR Rock Hotsheet

Hey Girls Rockers and Fans!

Just a reminder that we at GRGR have revamped our newsletter and are working on our new web site - our goal is to become the ultimate resource for lady rockers and their fans! This month GRGR's Rock Hotsheet featured an article with Fierce Femme band S.M.U.T. and Rock of Love alum Daisy De La Hoya whose new show Daisy of Love just launched on VH1. Plus, check out Hot Tips on how to buy to a guitar from Daisy Rock Guitar founder Tish Ciravolo, news on the hottest shows and more! Visit to see this month's issue. Its going to get even hotter in coming month's we've got amazing features, stories and tips you won't want to miss! Subscribe now for a chance to win a set of Shure SE115 Earphones!

GRGR Founder/CEO

Monday, May 4, 2009

The Hottest Girl Punk Showcase EVER!!

Wow! That's all I can say after experiencing Saturday night's Girl Punk showcase with Tibbie X, S.M.U.T., Solito, LTG, and the awesome Trauma Team 666 (a total gorefest/feminist/twisted experience). Hard to pick a favorite. Then again, I'm biased (my band The Underage Hotties Played). 
Tibbie X kicked off the night with her ferocious, kitten-growl-meets-dead-silence set. She wore a homemade "I love Swine Flu" dress and hot-pink tights, and at one point in her brief set tied up an innocent audience boy while reciting explicit poetry. 
Solito, comprising the duo of self-described "trailer trash" married couple Shawna and Moose, played some serious Mixolodian scales and guitar loops atop tight drums and mod-poppy vocals. Go to North Carolina's backcountry to see more of these folks. We totally loved playing with them a second time after their GRGR debut at smokey South Carolina bar Ground Zero back in October. 
Loki the Grump delivered its usual melodious rock-and-punky-hardcore sound, with Michele's soaring vocals, a tight rhythm section and a watergun shootout. 
Trauma Team 666 totally blew minds in blood-splattered white suits. Singer Amy, a gravelly-voiced, powerful, busty gal whose sexually explicit/feminist lyrics put men in their place, got the ladies dancing and chanting. It was a TOUGH act to follow. 
Can't say much about my own band, Marisa Mini & The Underage Hotties, except that we had a nice time belting out our usual melodies -- and getting to do "The Passenger" one last time with Dave Perry (ex-G-Spot guitarist). 
S.M.U.T. (GRGR Rock Hotsheet's featured "Fierce Femme" of this month) finished off the night, with singer Cutie Calamity's Brit-punk vocals and Bryant Furey (also my co-guitarist) on backup vox and guitar. 

Lots of drinks were had, many were free. And a good time was had by all. We LOVE Hanks. 

I'll be posting more photos later. 

Xo, Marisa