When I saw Lowell perform in a bar/sandwich shop in Portland last week, I left feeling both sweaty and lucky. The small venue had been packed with people dancing to Lowell's catchy beats—the Toronto-based performer filled the place with such energy and power that I’ll bet a lifetime supply of sandwiches the next time she comes through town, it will be on a sold-out international tour.
It's back-to-school season, which means many people are going to be pulling all nighters. I put together this mixtape for my fellow students who are staying up all night working on papers and ill-fated art projects. The only thing that will makes staying up till dawn working on an essay an easier is the perfect playlist.
New Richard Linklater movie Boyhood has been going to get a lot of attention, especially on the strength of Patricia Arquette's amazing performance. But if you're missing the stories of girls, here's a list made up of songs featured in great films from female directors: Jane Campion, Sofia Coppola, Amy Heckerling, Sarah Polley, Lone Scherfig, Celine Schamma, and Adrienne Shelley.
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.