Running on breakfast taco fumes and contraband waterbottles (seriously, it's water, let me bring it into your bar), Bitch caught several more excellent female-fronted bands as SXSW Music in Austin wound down. Our second-to-last day of coverage found us unintentionally chasing bands with lead singers rocking bouffants, and we also have a big ol' Grammy prediction about one of the day's acts.
Thursday was the hottest, busiest, and most rewarding day of SXSW Music festival yet for Bitch. We saw some great female-fronted bands, and had several more recommended to us. No amount of sore feet, sunburn, and waiting in line to only maybe get into venues could keep us down! Read below the jump for our highlights from day three, jam-packed with female guitarists.
Tuesday kicked off SXSW Music, the world's biggest urban music festival. Bitch is in Austin for the festival all week, covering bands we love and think you'll love too. Read below the jump for highlights from our first of many 12+ hours days on the streets of Austin.
Bitch is at the SXSW music and interactive festival in Austin, Texas this week! SXSW is the largest music festival of its kind ON THE PLANET, with more than 2,500 official bands registered to play at 100+ venues around the city. Starting Wednesday, look out for daily roundups of what we're seeing while we're in town, and who we think you'll be seeing and hearing more from in 2013.
Let us know who you'd like us to cover, if you're not in town, and if you are, tell us who you're most excited to see!
We all love Beyoncé. It's practically engrained in our cultural fabric at this point. But what about Beyoncé's incredibly talented, sorely underappreciated younger sister, Solange?
While Beyoncé crafts incredible mainstream pop, Solange has created an EP, True, that draws from the mainstream and places it in the margins. True is a refreshing, stripped-down take on what we've become accustomed to in pop music. And I'm not the only one who thinks so; True ended up on many year-end lists and Solange is currently touring with sold out shows and snagged the cover of the February/March issue of Fader.
I want the Knowles sisters to take over pop culture. Judging from this EP, I don't think that's going to be a problem.
We've already established that we're fans of Little Jackie 'round these parts, but we've never singled the Brooklyn duo out for adoration. Remember how excited we all (er...I hope it wasn't just me...) were when Jay-Z informed the planet that "ladies is pimps, too"? Imagine an entire album of lyrics like that, but better, sung by a lady, surrounded on all sides by a slinky R&B voice and bouncy, brassy soul instrumentation, and you're imagining something pretty close to Made4TV, the 2011 (and, sadly, most recent) album by singer and songwriter Imani Coppola and producer Adam Pallin. Now, to gently break it to Jay that there's a new sheriff in brushing-shoulders-off-town?
The holidays don't always go down as planned, but don't let that stress you out. If family starts to rub you the wrong way, that meal for 12 turns into some basic carbon, or all of these holiday fools stress out your non-observant vacation, take five, find your quiet spot, and listen to this calm-down mix.
What better way to celebrate the time of giving than by giving back to your favorite labels, artists and general-music-enablers and purchasing some of their finest goods for a friend? 2012 was a great year for music, so step away from the dangfangled Internets and go into the real world and buy some albums! (Or embrace the internet and shop from your favorite label's e-store!)