This year's Siren Nation festival wrapped up in Portland on Wednesday, with a great show from Mirah and Luz Mendoza. Siren Nation is a Portland-based organization that showcases women in the arts all year long—check them out! We put together a mix of our favorite music from this year's festival, featuring songs from Mirah, Lemolo, Natasha Kmeto, Fault Lines, and Edna Vazquez.
I've been reading a lot of feminist sci-fi recently. On my bedstand are Octavia Butler and Nalo Hopkinson and I spent last night watching the behind-the-scenes making of Alien. Since I've got dystopia on the brain, here are 16 tracks of brassy electro-tinged songs we'll be dancing to long after robots overlords conquer the earth.
This week's mixtape comes to us from Tel Aviv radio broadcaster Nitzan Pincu, who hosts a radio show dedicated to feminist and queer artists. Nitzan put together this mix of queer artists from around the Middle East.
Sadie Dupuis is at the center of up-and-coming band Speedy Ortiz. Band photo via Car Park Records.
At first, Speedy Ortiz may appear to be just another band in the current ‘90s rock comeback. But what sets the Northampton, Massachusetts-based band apart from the pack is their sincere, intriguing songwriting. Speedy Ortiz does a lot of things right as far as making the past decade’s sound still relevant.
In her 2011 music video for "Yankin," the rapper Lady does whatever she pleases.
On September 29, the U.S. metal band Mastodon unleashed their video for “The Motherload,” a gratuitously twerk-tastic romp featuring women of color dancing against a Nine Inch Nails-esque backdrop. The backlash followed soon after, and when reached for comment, drummer Brann Dailor said he did not see the sexism of the video, saying that the band sought only to make something “fun” and “bizarre.”