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by Jenn Devereaux

Brooklyn-based Electronic-Indie Dance duo and college sweethearts Matt Johnson and Kim Schifino have been making music together for more than 10 years now. This duo is well-known for catchy songs like “Daylight” and “Let Go,” as well as their insane and energetic live performances (where Kim has been known to perilously stand atop the hands of the crowd as she twerks) and their viral music videos including the controversial “Lessons Learned” where they stripped down naked in Times Square. However, the most notable achievement for this pair is their commitment to their music and one another. They practically spend every waking moment together, although they are quick to point out that would probably be a bad idea for any other relationship. Because of their success on and off the stage, Matt and Kim are the perfect power couple to give you relationship advice. They took a quick break from touring for their new album We Were the Weirdos to fill DIME in on embarrassing facts about each other, their ideal Tinder profiles and how Google Maps is saving one relationship at a time.

It’s hard to believe that six years ago dancing violinist and performing artist Lindsey Stirling was voted off the hit show Americas Got Talent with Piers Morgan stating, “The world doesn’t need an electronic violinist.” But fans of all ages filled the Saenger Theatre in

Massachusetts punk trio Potty Mouth is a modern reincarnation of the 90s alternative music scene. Although they draw many of their musical influences from the 90s feminist Riot Grrrl movement, this band deserves to be recognized for their talents and not as an anomaly, the fate most commonly pinned to girl-fronted bands. Potty Mouth is paving the path for a new era of female musicians. Even their merch shirts are a prime example of that, proudly stating “Gender Does Not Equal Genre.” It a shock and an inspiration to see a band from such unassuming DIY beginnings skyrocketing onto the radar of Alternative Press, Elle and Nylon Magazine, as well as landing a spot on the widely popular Lollapalooza Festival lineup. DIME sat down with lead vocalist/guitarist Abby Weems, bassist Ally Einbinder and drummer Victoria Mandanas on a sweltering Atlanta afternoon to talk about misogyny in the current music scene, shaking up the status quo and one of their favorite bands, Veruca Salt.

Los Angelos-based rock band Dorothy may be new to the music scene, but that hasn’t stopped them from hitting the ground running. In fact, there’s a good chance that you’ve already heard some of their music without even really knowing it, considering their songs have been featured in commercials for Gatorade and Levi’s, hit television shows like Orange is the New Black and Pretty Little Liars and, most recently, in the movie trailer for the new Jonah Hill film War Dogs. And if that didn’t make you want to run out and get their new album ROCKISDEAD, then maybe the fact that Rolling Stone listed them as the “10 New Artists You Need to Know” will peak your interest. Lead singer, and the band’s namesake, Dorothy Martin chatted with DIME about ghost hunting, what it’s like to be on Jay Z’s label and the best advice she’s ever gotten from Lzzy Hale.

 

Pennsylvania hard rockers Halestorm are known for being one of the hardest working bands in rock music, touring 275 days out of the year (a trend they’ve maintained since they were mere teenagers). That hard work has finally paid off with their current album Into the Wild Life reaching #1 on the U.S. Rock Album charts, not to mention their two previous albums, Halestorm and The Strange Case Of, achieving certified gold status earlier this year. However, the biggest honor to date for the quartet was their Grammy win for Best Hard Rock/Metal Performance. Although this is an incredible award for the band, it’s a huge achievement for women in the industry, considering front woman and band co-founder Lzzy Hale was the first female to ever receive a Grammy in that category. DIME sat down with the queen of rock to talk about Lzzy 2.0, the one skill she’s yet to master and everything in between.

Gothenburg, Sweden, seems to breed metal bands, but it’s hard to compare to the theatrical and twisted sideshow metal act Avatar. Band members Johannes Eckerström (lead vocals), Jonas "Kungen" Jarlsby (guitars), Tim Öhrström (guitars/backing vocals), Henrik Sandelin (bass/backing vocals) and John Alfredsson (drums) provide audiences