As a sixteen-year-old and lover of country music, I often struggle with the demeaning lyrics about women in mainstream country music perpetuates. However, there have always been a few artists who break that mold and manage to produce great country music with a positive, empowering theme. Country music and feminism are not mutually exclusive.
Here's a playlist of current artists (and a few old favorites) who achieve just that.
South Korean doo-wop group The Barbarettes. Photo via the band's Facebook.
The SXSW music festival has taken over Austin, Texas! I’m here to sort through the more than 2,000 bands that will play around town before Sunday and pick out new feminist music to bring us into spring. Here’s my list of favorite female-fronted bands from the festival.
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.