I've been listening to Courtney Barnett nonstop all summer. Her hazy alt-rock and clever, rambly lyrics make for the perfect soundtrack on a lazy, hot day. The best thing about Barnett's music is her songwriting, with tracks that take on everything from panic attacks to masturbating. Oh, and did I mention that she shreds?
After seeing Barnett at Pickathon earlier this month, I had the chance to talk with the Melbourne-based artist about her label, her vegetable garden, and the best female musicians in Australia.
I wasn’t too familiar with Warpaint until I saw their set at this year’s Pickathon Festival in Happy Valley, Oregon. While I was living in Minneapolis, I remember their lead single “Undertow” was popular on Minnesota Public Radio. The DJs used cheesy words like “psychedelic” and “groovy’ to describe their sound but that didn’t keep me from turning up the volume without shame.
Rock 'n' Roll Camp for Girls just completed our 14th year of summer camps! Inspiring high action packed amazingness! However, there have also been some *sun's out bummed out* moments for me & comrades near & dear. Street Harassment in particular has been on my mind. Here's a selection of solid jams that helped me out this summer: songs of trying + going on, on, on + validating rage, as well as choice faves from my RnRC4G Gender & Music workshop. Smashing Patriarchy is Self Care! We're Worth It!
While prowling around on musicians’ Bandcamp pages, I’ve often wondered why some of my favorite bands choose to release their music on cassette. Is it a rustic hipster status symbol? Or a nostalgia novelty item?
Summer is a great time for nostalgia music: mixtapes for hours spent on a roadtrip, or at the beach, or reading in a hammock. The influx of new releases is a little slower in the dog days of August, as autumn so it's a perfect time to stretch out in your back catalogue and revisit old favorites.
This weekend is Pickathon, a magical roots and indie music fest near Portland, Oregon. We picked our favorites from this year's Pickathon lineup for the is mix, from Valerie June to Courtney Barnett. Enjoy!
Sometimes it might feel impossible to find women playing psychedelic, synthed-out tunes. Here are some stand-out tracks that deserve more play. Get your dream pop, shoegaze, and your slow-burn noise tracks here. Warning: the last track is 15 minutes that you will not regret.
Australian duo Luluc at home onstage in Sydney earlier this year.
On one of the hottest days of the summer, I plugged in my headphones and turned on Luluc’s new album Passerby. It was 90 degrees in my office and the air was stagnant, but as the first song kiceds in, I felt like I was drinking rosé on a porch swing, a cool breeze wafting through the foliage over my head.