Being a Black, female music journalist, I have to admit that I've only written and published one article about a Black female musician in my entire career. Being an American journalist in general, it's very hard to be able to cover Black musicians that are not huge pop stars like Rihanna and Beyonce. I don't want to write about Rihanna and Beyonce! I want to write about women who paved the way for today's biggest African American female musicians.
Country music can be a hard place for women. Lyrics have women being drowned in rivers, abandoned as whores, or obsessed over as angels-in-the-flesh. From the beginning of the Nashville scene, husbands, managers, and music labels kept a tight grip on female performers' money and artistic freedom. In response to the systemic misogyny of popular country music, we give you this playlist that celebrates "putting the cunt back in country."
Kacey Musgraves is looking to change a mammoth, 44.6 million-albums-sold-last-year music machine from the inside out. And she's going to use pot, homosexuality, and atheism to do it. "EGADS!", one might say. "POT, HOMOSEXUALITY, AND ATHEISM?!" And then one might think for a moment. "No, wait. Those aren't that exciting anymore," one might realize. "Pfffft, Kacey Musgraves, nice try, with your 'controversial' singing music record. NEXT." But wait. How often do you hear about any of the above in a COUNTRY album? How often are small-town Texas and big-town Nashville starting those conversations? ZING! That's what I thought. Kacey Musgraves is a native of the former, and a product of the latter, and she's changing the genre that made her one song at a time.
Weren't in Austin for SXSW this year? We've got you covered. This week's BitchTapes is an epic 20-track playlist of some of the best female-fronted bands we came across in our marathon week of coverage from Hill Country, Texas. Track list after the jump!
After five days, 40 bands, and a combined 20 hours of sleep over the course of the week, we made it to the end of SXSW Music in Austin. Sprained toes and sleep deprivation be damned, we saw more bands that we want you to know about on our last day of coverage than any day prior. Read below the jump for the Final Eight (it helps to think in capitals) highlights from SXSW 2013!
There were hundreds of astounding musicians at SXSW music fest, which wrapped up this weekend. Photographer Garrett Cornelison put together this photo collection of seven great female-fronted bands from Austin's festival.
Running on breakfast taco fumes and contraband waterbottles (seriously, it's water, let me bring it into your bar), Bitch caught several more excellent female-fronted bands as SXSW Music in Austin wound down. Our second-to-last day of coverage found us unintentionally chasing bands with lead singers rocking bouffants, and we also have a big ol' Grammy prediction about one of the day's acts.