Tag: Ari Up

  • Real Life Rock Top 10: Rebounds, Time Outs, and the Carters at the Louvre

    1. Eleanor Friedberger, Rebound (Frenchkiss) From a singer who in Fiery Furnaces could come across as someone backing you into a corner and talking a mile a minute while giving you the unsettling feeling she’s thinking over every word as she says it, music that, with no sense of hurry, wraps each song around the […]

  • ‘Ari Up Punky Reggae Birthday Party’

    Singer Ari Up was 14 years old when she cofounded the all-female punk band the Slits in 1976. By the time of her death this past October (from cancer), she’d left an immeasurable impact on countless punk, post-punk, new-wave, and ska bands. Tonight, her peers will pay their tribute to her at this party for […]


    Dubby post-punk legends the Slits played here earlier in the month at Chloë Sevigny’s invite-only Fashion Week party, but the screechy Brits have kindly returned to perform at Mercury Lounge tonight for people who have actually heard of them. The Slits were formed out of the flourishing 1976 London punk scene by vocalist Ari Up, […]

  • Typical Girls Aloud

    While most of the original U.K. girl-punk bands only reappear on reissues, it’s no surprise the Slits mounted a reunion tour. Singer Ari Up has been playing in Gotham tirelessly, still approaching reggae like a wacky kid—the same way the Beastie Boys approached rap. Re-teaming with original bassist Tessa Pollitt, she’s solidified the use of […]

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    While punk grandparents like the Ramones and Talking Heads become Hall of Fame royalty, don’t hold your rusty safety pin waiting for English punky-reggae proto-grrrl group the Slits to follow (not commercial enough, too quirky). Keeping their noise and spirit alive is their lead shrieker, Ari Up, who’s been making her way back into the […]

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    Outsider Providence “This song is from a woman’s point of view,” MC Paul Barman nasally intoned Friday at the Westbeth (referencing so-serious hip-hoppers the Lox, he proclaimed himself the “bagel”). That lady had little more to say than “I can’t tonight,” as Barman channeled and mocked predictable perceptions of women—though she sure strung together some […]

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    Nobody Out-scluded She was introduced as “the priestess and the queen,” but at Wetlands last Thursday, former Slits front woman Ari Up looked more like a Rastafarian Judy Jetson, in a silver iridescent dress with matching knee-high boots. Her dreads reached below her waist, as if she hadn’t cut them since she left for Jamaica […]