The end of summer doesn't have to be bittersweet for music fans—more albums come out every autumn than any other time of the year! We've been grooving to lots of great new feminist music through the dog days of August and are looking forward to loads more over the coming months. Happy almost-scarf-weather, y'all!
I'm a big psychobilly fan, but often find that people don't know much about the genre. So, behold: my psychobilly mixtape!
Rockabilly women such as Wanda Jackson and Sparkle Moore were often considered daring and rebellious, and so it only makes sense that they would inspire other musicians. Psychobilly derives from their style, as well the early punk rock scene featuring rockabilly style guitar playing and punk rock speed. The genre exaggerates on the audacity of rockbilly stars like Jackson and Moore, plus layers on additional styles from girl groups and even metal. Pyschobilly bands typically turn to horror and sci-fi B movies and a camp aesthetic for inspiration. Put on your creepers and Doc Martens and check out some of these great psychobilly jams.
Not Enough! Is a festival of new and collaborative queer art and music, happening on September 7th in Portland, OR. To gear up for the festival and for a further reminder of how brilliant us queers are, Joseph Bonnell is a mix of Northwest queer bands, some of which formed for Not Enough! More information on the festival is available right here.
If you love "Fancy," you might love Charli XCX. And if you love Charli XCX, you might love British women making hip-hop/pop music. This isn't a definitive list, but it starts with sassy and just gets raunchier, which is why British female hip-hop is great.
“I swear, Angel Olsen was just staring at me… I wonder what she’s thinking,” I whispered to my friend during Angel Olsen’s show August 3rd at Pickathon, a three-day music festival held just outside Portland, Oregon.
Get ready for the heat—the Love/Lust issue is coming your way! The issue is chock-full of stories about relationships, desire, sex, and more, but there are also some great music recommendations to blast while reading your issue. (Full warning: You might be tempting to put the magazine down and start dancing.) And make sure not to miss our interview with Nona Aronowitz Willis on her mother Ellen Willis's legacy as a music journalist in the pages as well. Here's an aural sampling of what's inside the new issue.
I've been listening to Courtney Barnett nonstop all summer. Her hazy alt-rock and clever, rambly lyrics make for the perfect soundtrack on a lazy, hot day. The best thing about Barnett's music is her songwriting, with tracks that take on everything from panic attacks to masturbating. Oh, and did I mention that she shreds?
After seeing Barnett at Pickathon earlier this month, I had the chance to talk with the Melbourne-based artist about her label, her vegetable garden, and the best female musicians in Australia.
I wasn’t too familiar with Warpaint until I saw their set at this year’s Pickathon Festival in Happy Valley, Oregon. While I was living in Minneapolis, I remember their lead single “Undertow” was popular on Minnesota Public Radio. The DJs used cheesy words like “psychedelic” and “groovy’ to describe their sound but that didn’t keep me from turning up the volume without shame.
Rock 'n' Roll Camp for Girls just completed our 14th year of summer camps! Inspiring high action packed amazingness! However, there have also been some *sun's out bummed out* moments for me & comrades near & dear. Street Harassment in particular has been on my mind. Here's a selection of solid jams that helped me out this summer: songs of trying + going on, on, on + validating rage, as well as choice faves from my RnRC4G Gender & Music workshop. Smashing Patriarchy is Self Care! We're Worth It!