Let's start by saying this: Calling a year "good for women in music" is fairly ridiculous. What that phrase translates to is usually more like "I can name three lady songs from this year!" or "Beyoncé made an album this year!"
With so many folks starting new musical projects all the time, it can be super hard to keep track of who’s who.And while I'm a fan of more bands than I could ever list (who isn’t?), I've compiled a tiny sliver of a showcase of just four of our favorite new(ish) bands to watch out for next year.Come 2014, all of these bands will be releasing awesome new albums and playing lots of gigs.We wouldn’t want you to miss out on all the bands’ imminent hits, so listen up and follow away.
We recently celebrated the completion of our 200th free mixtape, put together every week by Bitch staff, contributors, and assorted music-lovers. The mixes highlight the work of mostly female and queer-identified artists, mixing big names and small fries. To mark the occassion of our 200th BitchTape, I looked through the collection of feminist mixtapes and pulled out our 12 most popular mixtapes ever.
The most popular mixtape we've published is... drumroll please...
Keepin' it Tropical(ia)! Contributor Emilly Prado put together this Brazilian psychedelia tape back in 2012. Give it a listen.
This has not been a great year for women mega-pop artists. Lady Gaga’s Artpop fell flat, as well as Britney Spears’s Britney Jean. Sure, there was Miley Cyrus’s Bangerz but one could argue that her on-and-offstage antics suggest that she was more focused on getting press than creating music with longevity. What will make Beyoncé, the album Beyoncé Knowles surprise-dropped last Friday, stand out is partly the lackluster playing field and partly because the digital-only format which includes 14 well-produced, highly stylized videos to accompany the 14-track album (with three additional bonus videos) has satiated the public’s appetite for Netflix-style entertainment.
This 200th mixtape is a return to lo-fi roots. Stick Shift Records, a DIY feminist punk record label run by two ladies out of their apartment in Burlington, VT, curated this compilation of bands from all over the world. It's sort of a compilation of B-sides from bands whose albums Stick Shift has released, featuring a range of punk rock styles.
This month's new music roundup is heavy on the dance music—consider it a DIY antidote to the gray sky and wintery weather. We've got music from Ghana, Berlin, Portland, Brooklyn, the UK, and the tippy-tippy top of Cape Cod. Plus, we've got guitars and remixes and cow hearts to boot. Read below the jump for what was on the feminist music boilerplate in November!
Until this week, I was only peripherally aware of Lily Allen. Sure, I’d downloaded “Fuck You” and “Smile,” her funny pop confections with a bracing dash of intelligence. But I never qualified as a Lily Allen fan, and in fact had kind of forgotten she was a thing until the Internet blew up with a heated debated about the video for her new song “Hard Out Here.”
This XIGGA playlist is an afrofuturistic journey through time, space, and energy. It embraces the XIGGA afrophilocosmology that affirms the funky fresh and courageous ways that people navigate being both on the margins and at the center. Deep inside us lives a spirit that is bold and capable of afroastral flight. When we tap into the origins of our people, the truth of our spirits and the bass-beats of our hearts, we are capable of magic. It is true, our people could fly, and we do.
Before their set on the second night of a residency at Minneapolis music venue Icehouse rap trio GRRRL PRTY invited nearly a dozen female friends, each in matching GRRRL snapbacks, to dance and take over the stage. This was after a long night of sets from Chicago's Psalm One and Fluff Nasty, and Minneapolis rappers The Lioness and BdotCroc. The night was front-to-back female artists, a rarity for any show but a rarity for a hip-hop show especially.
Bitch is at Fun Fun Fun Fest in Austin, Texas, this weekend! Now in its 8th year, FFFFest (Fx4, to abbrev-loving Austinites) is the only genre-based festival in the country, with stages for comedy, hip hop/electronica, punk/metal, and indie rock. We were last at Auditorium Shores two years ago, and it's good to be back. Read on for our discoveries and recommendations for the rest of the weekend! If you're at the Fest, let us know who you're most excited about in the comments.