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riot goth at its finest

Jack Off Jill—the riot goth band that dominated our most intense girl power mixtapes of the ‘90s—is reuniting for a show on July 18 in Asheville, North Carolina, at the Orange Peel. The group is making a weekend of it, with a rare solo show from Daisy Berkowitz (a founding member of Marilyn Manson), plus appearances from JD Sampson, Kitten Forever, Lori Barbero from Babes in Toyland, and Allison Wolfe from Bratmobile and The Cold Cold Hearts.

“The most exciting part for me, aside from the fact that Jack Off Jill gets a do-over, is that it's the perfect way for us to gather some of our favorite people in one place to celebrate what was and what should have been,” Jack Off Jill member Jessicka Addams told us. We caught up with her to talk all things feminism in music and what fans can look forward to—our convo, ahead. 

What role does riot grrrl music and politics play in the contemporary cultural context? Why is it important to keep it going?
Though I completely identified and agreed with what riot grrrl stood for, Jack Off Jill was far less political and took a more satirical approach to our stage show, dress, and lyrics [than riot grrrl did]. None of what we did was premeditated—we were simply reacting to our surroundings. Unlike our sisters in the Pacific Northwest, we were the only band of our kind in the south at the time, surrounded by racists and misogynists who came to our shows looking for trouble. As much as we wished for a network of like-minded women to share shows with, our peers were a boys’ club. In order to make it a safe environment for the women who came to our shows, we made sure that aggressive men were shamed for their behavior or escorted from the venue. We were reacting in the same way that riot grrrls would, and this being pre-Internet, we were categorized as "grrrls" (which would later be the go-to word to categorize most all women bands)…or "riot goth," a term I thought was funny and accurate. But it never really caught on once Jack Off Jill was signed, because let's face it, we were truly the only ones in that category. But while riot goth never took over the scene, riot grrrl did, and we couldn’t be more proud to be associated with it. 

What projects are you working on right now that fans should know about?
Well, Jack Off Jill has a Pledgemusic site that offers rare Jack Off Jill items to fans who may have missed them the first time. There's some pretty amazing stuff, so everyone should check it out. I'm currently working on solo show of mixed-media sculptures and paintings scheduled for February 2016 in Los Angeles. I'm also starting to work on a coffee-table book temporarily titled Unemployable. It will document all the jobs I'm planning to apply for and not get and the reasons why. 

What do you think of how many mainstream pop stars are identifying as feminists right now?
The most effective backlash against feminism comes from within. While it's up to the individual to decide whether or not they identify as a feminist, perhaps it's the job of long-time feminists to help pop stars understand the term better. It's difficult, of course, to generalize about women in pop and how they imagine feminism, and what role it plays in their lives. All I can say with certainty is that different women define and relate to feminism differently. I think the fact that word itself is being used in popular media is a good thing. I think, at the very least, it makes their fans possibly seek out the meaning of the word themselves.

What music are you listening to these days?  
To be honest, I really just listen to Elliot Smith non-stop. I'm not exactly sure what that says about my music taste, or me as a person. 

 

Photos by Joe Maher/Getty Images, Dimitrios Kambouris/Getty Images for TIME

Must have been pretty awkward

Taylor Swift and Sophie Turner were guests on the U.K.'s The Graham Norton Show together, which must have been awkward for Turner's husband, Joe Jonas, seeing as he also happens to be Swift's ex. I wonder if his name came up?

The interview doesn't come out until Friday night, but promotional photos show the two sharing a couch. Swift is making an appearance to perform her new single, "ME!" while Turner is promoting her new film, X- Men: Dark Phoenix. But it seems necessary for the two to be asked about Jonas.

Swift was just on the Ellen DeGeneres Show earlier this month, where she brought up the fact that she felt bad for putting Jonas "on blast" on DeGeneres' show back in 2008 by telling the audience that he broke up with her in a record-setting short phone call. But, according to Swift, she and Jonas are chill now, since it happened pretty long ago, which means she's probably already hung out with Turner and maybe even gossiped about him with her.

We can only hope that they get the chance to spill some tea on television.

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"That's! His! Auntie!"

Leslie Jones has rewatched the Game of Thrones finale with a beer in hand, Seth Meyers at her side, and a full camera crew ready to take in all her glorious reactions. Spoilers ahead, but, if you haven't watched last week's episode already, that's kind of on you at this point.

When Jon Snow started to make out with Daenerys, also known as his aunt, only to stab her through the chest moments later, it was emotional whiplash for everyone watching. And, Jones' reactions—both from her first and second viewing—sum it all perfectly.

"That's! His! Auntie! [gagging noises]," Jones says before making an aside about calling the police if her uncle ever tried to do the same. But then the knife goes in, and Jones screams. "Did you see that?!" Jones asks, "Yeah bitch, that's a knife in you." Meyers points out the funniest part of all: "Why are you so upset about someone kissing their aunt but totally fine with someone killing their aunt?" Jones replies, "Because that bitch needed to go," and, well, same.

Other highlights from the comedians' rewatch include comparing Dany's victory speech to a bad improv gig, predicting that their dogs would have less of a reaction to their deaths than Drogon did to his mother's, and more.

Watch all of Jones' reactions from this Late Night clip below.

Game of Jones: Leslie Jones and Seth Watch Game of Thrones' Series Finale youtu.be

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These lyrics are a lot

Robbie Tripp, aka Curvy Wife Guy, is back with a music video, titled "Chubby Sexy," starring his wife and a trio of models. In it, Tripp raps about his bold choice to find women with an average body size attractive.

The video begins with a series of statements laid over some pool water: "Curves are the new high fashion," "Chubby is the new sexy," "We Out Here." Tripp posits that these queens deserve an anthem, which they do. What they do not deserve is this Cursed Song. As he lists all the names he knows to call them by (thick, thicc, and BBW), one model (who I really, really hope was paid well) squirts some lotion down her cleavage, and Tripp begins dancing.

"My girl chubby sexy/ Call her bonita gordita," Tripp states in his chorus, before going on to compare "big booty meat" to the peach emoji. Another thing he mentions is that his wife can't find a belt that fits her waist, and that's why he calls her James and the Giant Peach. He then tries to dab. Here are some of the other Cursed highlights from his, uh, verses:

Got those Khaleesi curves/ Knows how to dragon slay
She like a dude that's woke/ We like a girl that's weighty
Some say a chubby girl that's risky/ But they ain't met a curvy girl that's frisky
Imma dunk that donk like I'm Andrew Wiggins.
Thick like an Amazon/ Built like Big Ben.

Tripp says one thing in the video that I couldn't agree more with: "She don't need a man." No, she does not. Please run. If you must, watch the entire video, below. Or send it to your nemesis!

Robbie Tripp - Chubby Sexy (Official Music Video) www.youtube.com

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See the promo here

It was bound to happen. The Kadashians and Jenners have committed themselves to letting the cameras roll on their lives, for better or for worse. So if you thought that the Jordyn Woods and Tristan Thompson cheating scandal was off limits, you thought wrong. The trailer for Sunday's episode of Keeping Up with the Kardashians was just released, and it involves the famous family working through the fallout of what happened when Woods went to a party at Thompson's house.

The teaser includes the infamous clip of Khloé Kardashian screaming "LIAAAARRRRRR." It's still not explicitly clear who prompted that strong response. She could be responding to Thompson, who clearly isn't always honest. Or she could be reacting to Woods account of the events on Red Table Talk. But the most revealing moment comes when we see Kylie Jenner—who was Woods' best friend before all of this happened—react for the first time.

In a heart-to-heart conversation, momager Kris Jenner says, "For you and Jordyn, it's like a divorce." Kylie only offers this in response: "She fucked up." Based on Woods' version of events—which I'm inclined to believeThompson is the one who fucked up. Still, I'm hoping for some kind of reconciliation between the two longtime friends. Perhaps we'll have to wait until next season for that.

Check out the promo video below.

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We'll miss you

According to Business Insider, Topshop will close multiple Topshop and Topman locations in a step to avoid bankruptcy, including all 11 of its U.S. stores. In total, 23 stores will be shuttered globally.

This decision follows Topshop's recent filing for bankruptcy in the U.S., and a string of controversies surrounding the chairman of Topshop and Topman, Sir Philip Green. Last year, Green was investigated for sexual assaulting and racially abusing employees. Business Insider notes that though the brand thought it would fare much better in the States, it has not grown as quickly here as it expected. This is likely due to the successes of less expensive U.K.-based online retailers like ASOS.

Topshop stores first arrived here in 2009, and were met with crowds and excitement—for a time. The brand's dwindling success in the U.S. and declining revenue globally has been chalked up to a "challenging retail environment, changing consumer habits, and increased online competition," according to Ian Grabiner, the CEO of Topshop's parent company, Arcadia Group.

Arcadia Group is also submitting a restructuring plan for approval, which would involve negotiating lower rents for its shops and cutting pensions for employees in half. These proposals have not gone into effect yet. Grabiner said that the restructure and closings are a "tough but necessary decision for the business."

If you live in the U.S., you'll still be able to shop from the retailer online and at its wholesalers, such as Nordstrom—but it won't be the same as stepping into its stores.

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