A few years ago, irony-prone hipsters briefly embraced this unorthodox crew — three white, female emcees from Long Island — before moving on to guiltier pleasures. But the joke’s on all of us, because the then-awkward mic fiends of Northern State have crafted a legitimately thrilling third album (Can I Keep This Pen?). While the ladies stick with smart-aleck rhymes (topics include Asian cuisine and Boss Tweed), they also branch out with moody ballads and frisky new-wave anthems. It’s an audacious leap forward, and one that should finally earn them the unimaginable: respect. A- DOWNLOAD THIS Fall Apart
Can I Keep This Pen?