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.
It's summer, dammit. Get in a car, a plane, a bus, or a train, and hit the road to see people you haven't seen in years. Get awkward and stand around for hours in the smoke of a barbecue at your cousin's house. Drive along an empty road for hours on your way across the Midwest. Hunker down by yourself in the corner of an airport and dream about where you'll land. Wherever you're going, here are some traveling songs to pair with our "On the Road" podcast.
Yesterday was Juneteenth, the anniversary of the enforcement of the Emancipation Proclamation and a commemoration of the ending of slavery in the United States. In the spirit of freedom and liberation, Colored Girls Hustle Hard made a mixtape that aims to amplify the voices of women of color through music.
Read more about the mix and get information about the songs below the cut.
Michelle Sternberger is a chiptune artist—she makes intricate electronic music using retro gaming consoles and 8-bit computers.
To mark the release of a new album featuring her songs, Tribute to Depeche Mode: Enjoy the Science (which came out June 10th from chiptune collective 8-Bit Operators), Sternberger made this 8-bit mixtape especially for Bitch. That's her dishing up a baking tray of Gameboys on the cover of the mix, which is a collection of songs from Sternberger's two bands, ComputeHer and 8-Bit Weapon, as well as songs she chose to highlight from 8-Bit Operators' work. Sternberger used a Commodore 64, Nintendo Entertainment System, electronic drums, and vocoded vocals to make the songs on this tape. One of the highlights: her chiptune version of Depeche Mode's song "Strangelove."
This week's mixtape is a selection of artists playing the inaugural Stargayzer Festival this September 12-14 in Austin, TX. Stargayzer is a brand new, 3-day celebration of queer/LGBTQIA music and culture that will feature 100+ musicians, drag artists, comedians, and performers from all across North America.
Stargayzer invites music lovers of all orientations and expressions, from far and wide, to come hang out, camp, dance, and make magic with us under the starry Texas sky! If you want more info about the fest, or to check out the full lineup, you can do that by visiting the festival's Facebook page.