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 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).
This mixtape highlights some of the music reviewed and discussed in our latest print issue: (Re)Vision. We’ve got a track from Icelandic hip-hop girl troop Reykjavikurdaetur, a new track from the legendary Vashti Bunyan, and some good old fashion girl band magic with tracks inspired by Hannah Steinkopf-Frank’s article "They’ve Got The Beat: Surveying Girl Groups Through the Ages." Happy listening!
For this mix I wanted to shed light on the versatility of hip-hop. From Baths' warped vocals to Flying Lotus' soulful drum breaks, the music in this mix embodies the middle ground, where all cultures and eclectic music lovers can vibe. It stretches from jazz to R&B to hip-hop to alternative and back.
This year's Siren Nation festival wrapped up in Portland on Wednesday, with a great show from Mirah and Luz Mendoza. Siren Nation is a Portland-based organization that showcases women in the arts all year long—check them out! We put together a mix of our favorite music from this year's festival, featuring songs from Mirah, Lemolo, Natasha Kmeto, Fault Lines, and Edna Vazquez.