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This Is Some Good Gossip

April 30th, 2010


Arkansans Beth Ditto (vocals) and Nathan “Brace Paine” Howdeshell (guitar) followed Kathy Mendonca (drums) out to Olympia, Wash., when she moved there for college. While living together, they formed the dance-friendly punk band the Gossip (although somewhere along the way they ditched the). They toured with the White Stripes and Sleater Kinney and put out a couple of albums and EPs, plus a live disc, but didn’t gain as much attention as they probably deserved. In 2003, Mendonca left the band to become a midwife and was replaced by Hanna Blilie. Three years later, upon the release of Standing in the Way of Control, the group finally gained some acclaim, making TV appearances and winning UK Gold Record status. So it’s safe to say they’re doing pretty well. Find out just how well when Gossip (above, performing “Heavy Cross” on Friday Night with Jonathan Ross) plays Terminal 5 tonight.