This installment of BitchTapes gets its theme from our Spring issue—Law & Order. All these songs have themes of crime, justice, or violence, with genres ranging from old timey Country to contemporary Reggae. Look here and in the forthcoming issue for everything you need to satisfy the ambulance chaser in all of us.
Paris-based twin sister duo Ibeyi released a truly fresh album this week. On their self-titled debut album, Lisa-Kaindé and Naomi Diaz combine soul, jazz, and Afro-Cuban traditional rhythms with electronic beats.
Shawna Potter sits in her bedroom in Baltimore, noting that this room is the coldest in her apartment. Potter fronts feminist hardcore band War on Women, which played on a big bill the night before alongside Municipal Waste, Torche, Old Lines, and Night Birds at the Baltimore Sound Stage.
A few years ago I was walking down a street in Austin, Texas with a friend during SXSW. We passed a huge outdoor concert that Fuse or VH1 or one of those large corporate entertainment companies was putting on.
New music abounds in the cold months, especially here in Austin, where SXSW fever is well underway. In just six weeks, Bat City will be taken over by more than 2,000 bands for the yearly music festival, and our roundup is stuffed to the brim to reflect how much good stuff we’ve got pouring in.
1. Michelle Chamuel – “Golden”
This is the last time we’ll write about Michelle Chamuel as an up-and-comer before she explodes into stardom with her latest album, Face the Fire, out February 10th.