Sarah Sparks loves technology. A freelance tech geek, she fixes everything from new computers to old radios and calls her home pregnancy test a "nifty gadget." When its digital face displays the word "pregnant," she comments to boyfriend, Leon, "It's actually a pretty good quality font for a disposable," before recognizing that her life is about to be altered by a much less predictable technology. In first time feature directors Annie J. Howell and Lisa Robinson's Small, Beautifully Moving Parts, Sarah (Anna Margaret Hollyman) is ambivalent about her pregnancy.
Alison Bagnall's The Dish and the Spoon opens with Rose (Greta Gerwig) despondently crying as she drives to the beach—clad in pajama bottoms, a boxy coat, and knit cap—after discovering her husband's infidelity. Taking refuge from the winter air in a WWII watchtower, she discovers a young British drifter (Olly Alexander) shivering inside.
Wrapping up a week of sun, fun, and rocking out, here's another compilation of just a handful of performers at this year's SXSW! Stay tuned for more music, film, and interactive coverage, and thanks to Austin locals Sara Reihani and Alyx Vesey for their great recommendations! Track list after the jump.
RH Reality Check continues to keep us up-to-date about anti-choice politicians with a profile on Republican maybe-candidate Chris Christie. In the humor category, Colbert has something to say about all this maybe-running business.
Still furious about the New York Times' awful coverage of the gang rape in Texas? So are we, and so are the folks at Bitch Flicks, who talk about rape culture, the media, and the defensive chorus of "You just want to be offended!" (via Gender Focus)
It's South By Southwest season again, and Bitch is descending on Austin to get in on the music, film, and interactive conferences for the ten days. Stay tuned for coverage of everything from film reviews, to music interviews, to write-ups on internet drama! Plus, Bitch is co-hosting a free, all-ages, no-badge-required day party with Girls Rock Camp Austin. If you're going to be in town, stop by and say hi! Then stay for the incredible line-up of Jean Grae, Invincible, THAO, and more. Check out these artists and more on the mix below! Many thanks to Alyx Vesey, who is a rock star when it comes to rock stars!
Alex Chilton, vocalist and founder of Big Star, died last week.
Big Star hardly sold any records during it's brief 3 album stint, but is now recognized as one of the most influential and certainly under appreciated bands of the 1970s. Big Star was crucial in the emergence of alternative and indie rock in the 80's and 90's, and a key influence of pioneering bands like the Bangles and the Replacements.
South by Southwest had a tribute concert for Alex Chilton, which featured almost exclusively male rockers. That's a shame, since Big Star's music has been covered and wonderfully re-arranged by a huge array of musicians.
Here's a broader sampling of Big Star's legacy from BitchTapes...full track list after the fold.
Vivian Girls just finished a months-long tour that ended off in London. Somewhere in between SXSW and their jaunt overseas, Vivian Girls performed at Portland's Holocene and took a minute to answer some fun, silly questions for Bitch. They tell us about their new album, their tattoos and what might have been had they not formed the band. They're currently taking a well-deserved break, but they'll be back in full effect for the Pitchfork Music Festival July 17-19.
Thanks to Ali, Katy and Cassie! Be sure to check out our new audio page for more interviews, podcasts and our new online show/roundtable Bitch Popaganda!