The number one song in the country right now is Uptown Funk, the catchy tune by Mark Ronson and Bruno Mars that seems to be playing on every radio. Seeing the song top the charts made me realize that I know nothing about female funk musicians. Who are the must-hear ladies of funk?
I first discovered Tori Amos when I was a teen girl trying to make sense of the world. Her music guided me through the lows and embellished the highs, and to this day she is my favorite living musician. I also love cover songs, so the fact that Tori frequently reinterprets other artists’ work is the icing on my fandom cake. Here are some of my favorites that she’s done, along with the name of the original artist. And trust me, there are plenty more where this came from.
I don't believe in "good" or "bad" years when it comes to feminist music.
Someone, somewhere is always making good, smart, emotive, political music that promotes respect, education, and equality (or the out-and-out misandrist revolution, which is a record I will always, always buy). It's never a bad year to be a feminst. Some years are harder WORK than others, and this year has certainly been THAT, but here we are at the end of it, and I had the easiest time I've ever had putting together this list of great female and/or feminist music from the last 365 days. (And one from the tippy end of 2013, because SOME OF US had already written up our lists by the time it came out, thanks a lot, Beyonce.) There's sex, death, breakups, solidarity, and poetry on here. There's songs that are happy and sad, lustful and rageful, quiet and as loud as it gets. Hope you like it.
I was born in 1986 and feel like I'm clueless about basically all music from around the mid-'70s to the mid-'90s. For this mix, I asked my friends to tell me all the music from that era I should know about but don't.
As queer folks, it can be hard to find music that resonates with our experiences of crushing and intimacy. Thanks to the folks operating the Tumblr directory "Girls and Nonbinary Folks in Music,"my quest was a lot easier. After searching through this treasure trove of mostly independent artists, I made this mixtape full of tunes that explore the emotional wilderness of crushes. It includes women, nonbinary folks, and queer artists, with music ranging from shoegaze to hip-hop to pop punk (because crushes transcend genres, duh).
The holidays are here, which means we’re smack in the middle of six weeks celebrating colonialism (hi Thanksgiving), capitalism (hello Black Friday), and really terrible music coming out of every speaker in every public place (“Baby, It’s Cold Outside”). In other words, it’s the perfect time to tune out the noise and pump up the feminist jams. Let us be your Oprah this winter: You get new feminist music! And YOU get new feminist music! EVERYBODY GETS NEW FEMINIST MUSIC!