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Solange, Julez, Alex Ferguson, Kelly Rowland, Tim Witherspoon, Usher, Alicia Keys, Swizz Beatz, Cassie, P. Diddy, Kendrick Lamar, Whitney Alford, Janelle Monae, Carmelo Anthony, LaLa Anthony, Serena Williams & Jourdan Dunn in New York heading to Beyoncé’s 35th Soul Train themed Birthday Party 05/09

Romeo and Juliet are going all the way this time

The last kiss of Romeo and Juliet (1823), Francisco Hayez / All of The Lights, Kanye West ft. Rihanna, Kid Cudi with vocals by Fergie, Charlie Wilson, John Legend, Tony Williams, Alicia Keys, La Roux, The Dream, Ryan Leslie, Alvin Fields and Ken Lewis.

Issue #17 of The Unbeatable Squirrel Girl is out today, and I finally finished my third Squirrel Girl Mix CD! Could The Cardigans’ cover of Iron Man be Tony Stark’s ringtone? We may never know. And you can actually get a parody song called Only Squirrel (In the World) if you are so inclined, but I have the original on my playlist because…Rihanna. Also, I continue to be delighted by the fact that so many songs are about/mention squirrels in some way! Keep up the good work, musicians!

The Unbeatable Squirrel Girl Mix Volume 3

  1. I’m An Animal–Neko Case
  2. Railroading On The Great Divide–Billy Bragg & Joe Henry
  3. I Have a Plan–Warner/Chappell Productions
  4. Iron Man–The Cardigans
  5. I Think I’m a Clone Now–”Weird Al” Yankovic
  6. Just This Side Of Blue–Squirrel Nut Zippers
  7. Kicks–Paul Revere & The Raiders
  8. My Team–Randy Valentine
  9. Look At Me–John Lennon
  10. Crime Fighting Buddy–SNUZZ
  11. Know Who You Are–Pharell Williams (with Alicia Keys)
  12. Only Girl (In the World)–Rihanna
  13. Big Yellow Taxi–Joni Mitchell
  14. I Am the Brain In the Jar–Bobby & the Chuxx
  15. O Canada–The One World Ensemble
  16. Me, Myself & I–G-Eazy & Bebe Rexha
  17. Empire Ants–Gorillaz Feat. Little Dragon
  18. Heist–Ben Folds
  19. Like a Cat–SHONEN KNIFE
  20. The Two Little Squirrels (Nuts to You)–Louis Jordan & His Tympany Five
  21. The Magic Of A Kind Word–Belle & Sebastian
  22. (Still A) Weirdo–KT Tunstall
  23. I Talk to Squirrels–the passerbyes
  24. Crash The Party–OK Go
  25. Save the Day–Thalia

New York sludge/doom pioneers 13 are best remembered as being the band that launched Liz Buckingham’s career before she joined Electric Wizard, but this does a great disservice to their talented poet laureate of a front-woman, Alicia Morgan. A one-time girlfriend (and still close friend) of Eyehategod’s Mike Williams, Alicia was a bit of a trailblazer on this music scene back in the early ‘90s - not many women were fronting doom bands back then, little on women with androgynous/harsh vocal deliveries. Along with drummer Ellen Mieczkowski, 13 created a memorable sound and helped to pave the way for other women to enter the doom metal scene, which is now largely dominated by female musicians.

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Jazz pianist/R&B singer Patrice Rushen is not only one of the baddest musicians in the game (Junior Mafia and MaryJ. Blige are among the slew of artists who have sampled her work and Rushen was the first woman to serve as the musical director for the Grammy Awards), she’s also a trendsetter as far as American natural hairstyles go. Rushen’s funky, fun take on colorful beaded braids brought new life to African-American protective styling and traces of her impact can be spotted in some pretty cool places. Thanks Mama Rushen for indirectly helping me keep my pre-k looks hot for the 99 and the 2000.

Listen to Patrice Rushen’s “Forget Me Nots” below.