Articles about Music

 Earth song(s)

Cazz Blase is convinced by Lila Rose's emotive plea for environmental and animal welfare on her latest album We.Animals.

Cazz Blase // 29 April 2015

Categories: Music, Reviews

 The dream of 1990s Riot Grrrl is alive and well in 2015

Lusana Taylor reviews Sleater-Kinney's first UK gig after their nine year hiatus

Lusana Taylor // 29 March 2015

Categories: Music, Reviews

 Put a record on, make a connection

David Wilkinson exalts the liminal states LoneLady's new album inhabits

David Wilkinson // 22 March 2015

Categories: Music, Reviews

 How to Create a Magazine for the People: an Interview with Hanna Hanra

Stephanie Phillips talks to Hanna Hanra about her vision for the independent publication BEAT and her experiences as a DJ and music enthusiast

Stephanie Phillips // 14 March 2015

Categories: Features, Interviews, Music

 "I couldn't care less if miserable people who work in offices laugh at me"

Holly Combe has a listen to Brains of Britain and talks to Ste McCabe about DIY touring, fab feminist girls in the 1990s and coping with the divisive tactics of biscuit-hogging bullies in 2015 Britain

Holly Combe // 7 March 2015

Categories: Interviews, Music

 Cambodian psychedelic surf-pop meets US college-rock

Helen Monks chats to Dengue Fever about their work combining elements of two musical cultures

Helen Monks // 9 February 2015

Categories: Music, Reviews

 Pauline packs a punch

David Wilkinson delights in the release of this definitive post-punk reissue by Pauline Murray and The Invisible Girls

David Wilkinson // 27 January 2015

Categories: Music

 Still, we're weightless

Neneh Cherry's fourth studio release Blank Project continues to have resonance in today's political climate. David Wilkinson listens again

David Wilkinson // 21 January 2015

Categories: Music, Reviews

 Joyfully bleak

Joanna Tocher checks out Hanne Kolstø's forthcoming album (released 19 January) and discovers a poppier sound than in her previous work, despite the sometimes gloomy themes

Joanna Tocher // 16 January 2015

Categories: Music, Reviews

 The I-word strikes again

Channel 4 describes Viktoria Modesta as "inspiring, unique and very hot" with "a difference that sets her apart from the idealised form of a pop artist". Gemma Varnom asks, can a disabled performer only be noticed or valued if her performance centres on her apparent otherness?

Gemma Varnom // 19 December 2014

Categories: Music, Reviews, Television

 Siouxsie and the Banshees: the final four

Eighteen years after their split, Siouxsie and the Banshees have re-released a quartet of their studio albums, spanning 1987 to 1995, in a remastered package. Cazz Blase listens and reflects

Cazz Blase // 4 November 2014

Categories: Music, Reviews

 High heels of clay: is it any wonder our modern gods wobble?

Helen Monks considers the continuing unreasonable pressure on female pop stars to be role models

Helen Monks // 21 October 2014

Categories: Features, Music

 Women talk about making noise

The music women make when left to their own devices is often sidelined. Julia Downes, editor of 2012's Women Make Noise, previews an upcoming discussion in Sheffield on 16 October about DIY feminist efforts to counter this

Julia Downes // 13 October 2014

Categories: Books, Events, Music, Reviews

 The girls are back in town

Power trio Ex Hex comprises a blend of talented musicians who cut their teeth in the riot grrrl scene of the 1990s. Cazz Blase checks out their forthcoming album, Rips (released 13 October)

Cazz Blase // 8 October 2014

Categories: Music, Reviews

 Mama Rhythm

Mainly a modern jazz soul singer, Sarah Jane Morris is perhaps most known for her 1980s pop cover of 'Don't Leave Me This Way' with The Communards. Chrissy D has a listen to her latest album, a politically charged project produced in collaboration with musicians including Keziah Jones and Tony Rémy

Chrissy D // 8 September 2014

Categories: Music, Reviews

 Girls: meet your punk foremothers

Stephanie Phillips enjoys rare footage on The Culture Show's Girls Will be Girls episode but is left wanting more than talk of fashion, women's sex appeal and lingering concerns over the survival of the female punk spirit

Stephanie Phillips // 6 July 2014

Categories: Music, Reviews, Television

 Edinburgh gets Pussy Whipped again

Liz Ely revisits Ste McCabe's queer alternative festival and is not disappointed

Liz Ely // 13 June 2014

Categories: Music, Reviews

 The answer is to question

Marta Owczarek takes a look back at a performance from Genderqueer electronic musician Jam Rostron, AKA Planningtorock, in Hoxton earlier this year and shares a conversation they had about language, gender and the creative process

Marta Owczarek // 21 May 2014

Categories: Features, Interviews, Music

 I'm loving Angel instead

Sexuality and survival - Joanna Whitehead swoons over Angel Haze

J Whitehead // 11 May 2014

Categories: Music, Reviews

 If pop was punk

Sophie Mayer follows up on her 2011 review of Carla Bozulich's Evangelista project with an appraisal of Bozulich's forthcoming album, Boy

Sophie Mayer // 25 February 2014

Categories: Music, Reviews

 "I say it out loud and proudly... I'm a feminist!"

Jess McCabe interviews Teri Gender Bender of Le Butcherettes and Bosnian Rainbows and wonders about the pressures of creating an explosive onstage persona

Jess McCabe // 7 February 2014

Categories: Features, Interviews, Music

 Vulkanic rock

Two previous members of Those Dancing Days, Lisa Pyk-Wirström and Cissi Efraimsson, have now formed Vulkano. Cazz Blase listens to their debut album, Live Wild Die Free

Cazz Blase // 2 February 2014

Categories: Music, Reviews

 Savages are here!

Marta Owczarek sees this Mercury-nominated act live and finds a performance that is full of conviction, with no hesitation and no second-guessing

Marta Owczarek // 5 December 2013

Categories: Music, Reviews

 Hannah rages for her sisters

Cazz Blase has a listen to Gaptooth's debut album and finds a raw and honest but mixed result that nonetheless shows a sense of integrity and politics

Cazz Blase // 29 November 2013

Categories: Music, Reviews

 To the riot, the survival and the fight

Swedish singer-songwriter Jenny Wilson has spoken of a longing to make music that "talks straight to the stomach". Marta Owczarek listens to her latest album and finds a sound that is decidedly more aggressive than her previous work

Marta Owczarek // 27 November 2013

Categories: Music, Reviews

 As monumental as ever

Russian-American singer songwriter Nika Danilova - aka Zola Jesus - is known for her very physical stage energy. Marta Owczarek heads to the Tabernacle in London to check out a gig with J. G. Thirlwell and Mivos Quartet and finds a more low key but nonetheless powerful performance

Marta Owczarek // 29 October 2013

Categories: Music, Reviews

 A feminist call for response

CocoRosie have been touring Europe this year. Joanna Allan follows up on Ania Ostrowska's review of their fifth album, Tales of a GrassWidow, with a visit to a dramatic and message-driven performance in Gateshead

Joanna Allan // 23 October 2013

Categories: Music, Reviews

 Tori and the women who love her: feminism in action?

The iconic Tori Amos and her devoted followers do not fit the stereotypical view of women's place in music. But what about the women who just crave a good tune? Louise Allan takes a critical look at US scholar Adrienne Trier-Bienieck's recent book about Amos fans and argues that there are a variety of female music lovers out there doing their own thing who cannot all be categorised by "women's issues"

Louise Allan // 21 October 2013

Categories: Books, Music, Reviews

 Fairport Conventional

A recent reissue of Fairport Convention's 1974 album Rising For The Moon makes for disappointing listening for long time Sandy Denny fan M. Lý-Eliot

M. Lý-Eliot // 27 September 2013

Categories: Music, Reviews

 What Kate did next

Kate Nash first entered public consciousness in 2008 with her keyboard led tale of a relationship gone bad, 'Foundations'. Since then she has taken up the bass guitar and is embracing her inner angry grrrl. Hayley Foster da Silva salutes the punk attitude evident in Girl Talk

Hayley Foster da Silva // 16 September 2013

Categories: Music, Reviews

 A room of her own

With three operas already written, 23 year old composer Kate Whitley is part of a "bold new breed" bringing classical music out of the concert hall and into new contexts. Claire Hazelton talks to Kate about her work and her hope to use her status as an outsider in a male dominated field to help create change

Claire Hazelton // 15 August 2013

Categories: Interviews, Music

 No ordinary folk album

In their four years working together, Josienne Clarke and Ben Walker have received plenty of recognition and yet are still arguably one of the best-kept secrets in the field of contemporary folk music. Helen G has a listen to the recently released Fire and Fortune and is impressed with the duo's articulate lyrics and breaking down of musical boundaries

Helen G // 13 August 2013

Categories: Music, Reviews

 Mesmerising: Abida Parveen at the Bridgewater Hall

A rare performance for the Sufi singer, and a coup for Manchester International Festival, Ruth Rosselson finds herself transfixed by the power of Abida Parveen's voice and music

Ruth Rosselson // 24 July 2013

Categories: Music, Reviews

 Stone cold talent

Cazz Blase listens to Valerie June's debut studio album, Pushin' Against a Stone and finds a maturity and ease of style that suggests longevity

Cazz Blase // 7 July 2013

Categories: Music, Reviews

 Eerie electro: White Blush on extended play

Cazz Blase revisits White Blush's self-titled EP and talks to the creator, Carol Rhyu, about her work and what's next for White Blush

Cazz Blase // 3 July 2013

Categories: Features, Music

 The Long Journey Home

Helen G listens to the fourth album from Emily Barker & the Red Clay Halo and is immersed from the first note to the last

Helen G // 30 June 2013

Categories: Music, Reviews

 Weirdly beautiful creations

Sisters Bianca and Sierra Casady have carved a niche for themselves as purveyors of eclectic folk and "weirdly beautiful creations". Along with Antony Hegerty, Kembra Pfahler and Johanna Constantine, they are 'Future Feminists'. Ania Ostrowska reviews their new album Tales of a GrassWidow

Ania Ostrowska // 17 June 2013

Categories: Music, Reviews

 'Drums, keys, beat machines and whatever else she can fit in her road case'

Trained violinist Emily Wells successfully merges hip-hop and classical to create a folktronic sound that is all her own. She has brought out seven albums since 1999, mostly on her own label. Cazz Blase has a listen to Mama, her first release in the UK

Cazz Blase // 3 June 2013

Categories: Music, Reviews

 The long walk to equality

Musician and singer Sabrina Chap talks to Karren Ablaze! about putting the joy in the fight for LGBT rights and how same-sex marriage is by no means the end of the road

Karren Ablaze! // 31 May 2013

Categories: Features, Interviews, Music, Politics and Current Affairs, Sex and Relationships

 Asking for it: giving outspoken women in music a bad name

In the 1990s, Courtney Love's status as an opinionated musician led to bad press and public scorn. In the 2010s, Pussy Riot's feminist activities have resulted in them actually losing their liberty. Amica Lane considers these different consequences against a backdrop of Riot Grrrl politics and wonders how far we've really moved towards accepting women who rebel on their own terms

Amica Lane // 27 May 2013

Categories: Features, Music

 Aiming for the moon

Cazz Blase listens to Laura Mvula's debut album, Sing to the Moon, and finds there is much more to her wider output than the upbeat single 'Green Garden' would suggest

Cazz Blase // 17 May 2013

Categories: Music, Reviews

 Shaking it up

Swedish sister/brother duo The Knife returned with Shaking The Habitual in April and reviews have been both excited and mixed. David Wilkinson sees a welcome re-emergence of political pop in their new work

David Wilkinson // 14 May 2013

Categories: Music, Reviews

 Everlasting divas

'Rock On': Women, Ageing and Popular Music is an essay collection concerned with developing debates around ageing, both in society and within the music world. Laura Way finds it an interesting (if at times heavy) read that shines a much welcome light on a neglected area of research

Laura Way // 28 April 2013

Categories: Books, Music, Reviews

 Two new Kirsty MacColl albums - the fairytale and beyond?

More than a decade after Kirsty MacColl's death, two albums have been released in her memory. Liz Ely asks: do they bring us anything new or different?

Liz Ely // 16 March 2013

Categories: Music, Reviews

 Delia gets her day

In January Ruth Rosselson attended a series of events held to celebrate the work of electronic composer and Radiophonic Workshopper Delia Derbyshire. She shares her experience of the Delia Derbyshire Day here

Ruth Rosselson // 25 February 2013

Categories: Events, Films, Music, Reviews, radio

 A cut above the rest

Although wishing at times for a more personal touch, Hayley Foster da Silva is impressed by the breadth of She Bop, the recently revised and updated third edition of Lucy O'Brien's history of women and the music industry, and is pleased to come away from the book with lots of new information

Hayley Foster da Silva // 31 January 2013

Categories: Books, Music, Reviews

 The thrill of the chase

The Mediaeval Baebe's new album, The Huntress is themed around "female energy". A mix of the classical and traditional folk song, Michelle Drury welcomes it as a return to form for the "choir and band"

Michelle Drury // 16 December 2012

Categories: Music, Reviews

 Skunk Anansie come home

With Skin as their charismatic frontwoman, the "clit rock" of Skunk Anansie has a firm place in mid-1990s nostalgia. Jess McCabe attends a gig in Brixton in 2012 and finds them sounding better than ever

Jess McCabe // 14 December 2012

Categories: Music, Reviews

 Hole story of Schemel not Love

Cazz Blase enjoys the documentary about Hole's drummer Patty Schemel that puts one of the most exciting bands of the 1990s firmly on the rock'n'roll map without losing intimate touch

Cazz Blase // 4 December 2012

Categories: Films, Music, Reviews

 Making a noise about women's musical history

Hayley Foster da Silva thought she knew a lot about women musicians, but when she read Women Make Noise, a new book edited by Julia Downes, she was pleased to discover that there was still a lot to learn and plenty of all-female musical talent to uncover

Hayley Foster da Silva // 11 November 2012

Categories: Books, Music, Reviews

 Subversive kitty

Bad Kitty is the third album from the politicised queer pop-punk performer and Pussy Whipped organiser Ste McCabe. Liz Ely finds him on top form

Liz Ely // 6 November 2012

Categories: Music, Reviews

 Do women dream of electric sheep? Delia Derbyshire and the women of the BBC Radiophonic Workshop

Delia Derbyshire has enjoyed a resurgence of recognition in the past decade and has taken her well-deserved place as one of the founders of modern electronic music. But she was hardly the only woman to work at the BBC's Radiophonic Workshop. Michelle Drury takes us on a journey through the history of the Workshop and pays tribute to the women who passed through the Maida Vale studios

Michelle Drury // 28 October 2012

Categories: Culture and Media, Features, Herstory, Music, Stereotypes, Television, Work and Play, radio

 Corin Tucker is still angry

Corin Tucker won the hearts of the riot grrls in raw and gutsy band Heavens To Betsy and (later) in Sleater-Kinney. Confirmed fan Jess McCabe throws critical caution to the wind as she listens to Corin's new album Kill My Blues

Jess McCabe // 21 October 2012

Categories: Music, Reviews

 Another record from a star storyteller

Jesca Hoop's third album combines sadness with a sense of fun while exploring new musical territory. Louise Allan finds herself digging this record

Louise Allan // 8 October 2012

Categories: Music, Reviews

 Edinburgh gets Pussy Whipped!

Edinburgh may not immediately come to mind as a music city or pioneer for queer activism but there is clearly a demand there for space for diverse performers. Pop punk singer and organiser Ste McCabe has helped create that in the form of the Pussy Whipped queer feminist festival. Liz Ely reports

Liz Ely // 30 September 2012

Categories: Music, Reviews

 Smells like folk spirit: The Cornshed Sisters at St Pancras Old Church

Folk harmony band the Cornshed Sisters have been steadily building up a loyal following. We reviewed their debut album, Tell Tales back in April, and late July saw the band play a highly atmospheric gig at St Pancras Old Church in London. Her appetite already whetted by an appearance by the band on 6 Music, Louise Allan went along

Louise Allan // 13 August 2012

Categories: Music, Reviews

 Beth's back! The return of the Gossip

With a new pop album produced in collaboration with hit makers Xenomania, disco punks Gossip are back. While they may have moved on from Standing in the Way of Control, Hayley Foster Da Silva discovers that the band are still very capable of making you dance, and that their new album lives up to its title A Joyful Noise

Hayley Foster da Silva // 22 June 2012

Categories: Music, Reviews

 Gaggle: The wait is nearly over!

Ever since Gaggle grabbed our attention with 'I hear Flies' and 'Hidden Army' two years ago, the question of when the debut album would come around has been on the minds of fans. Now that wait is nearly over and From the Mouth of the Cave will be released on 25 June. Hayley Foster da Silva gives the lowdown on her sneak preview

Hayley Foster da Silva // 18 June 2012

Categories: Music, Reviews

 Dawn of a new talent

Melissa James's debut album Day Dawns moves through a diverse range of styles, including jazz, blues, torch singing and country. Helen G finds an understated gem from a singer with a voice able to carry all this off with assurance and maturity

Helen G // 14 June 2012

Categories: Music, Reviews

 It's only rock'n'roll but I don't like it

Is it 'only rock'n'roll' when a well known male music star beats his wife or girlfriend? And why do men and women alike afford these stars second, third and fourth chances? Amanda McIndoe investigates

Amanda McIndoe // 1 June 2012

Categories: Culture and Media, Features, Feminism, Men, Music, Violence

 Master of her music: Santigold adds a second album to her portfolio

Cazz Blase listens to Master of My Make Believe and finds a range of musical influences and engaging mix of moods, from the crunchy and energetic to the quietly anthemic

Cazz Blase // 29 May 2012

Categories: Music, Reviews

 Her Noise: women creative workers and musicians exhibit and talk at Tate Modern

The Her Noise theme began as a 2001 curatorial project focused on gender imbalance in sonic art. In 2012, Tate Modern hosts the Her Noise Symposium: a day of discussion and art focused on topics such as women's voices and varied uses of technology. Joanne Matthews reports

Joanne Matthews // 19 May 2012

Categories: Art, Music, Reviews

 Ancient and modern design: The Cornshed Sisters Tell Tales

Fresh from touring the UK with the Futureheads, Sunderland vocal harmony group The Cornshed Sisters are marrying British folk traditions and vocal harmonies with a mixture of ancient and modern lyrical concerns. Helen G found herself impressed by their debut album, and eager to witness the band live.

Helen G // 18 April 2012

Categories: Music, Reviews

 Celebrating Sisterhood! Viv Albertine, Gina Birch and Helen McCookerybook perform in Hyde

Three punk pioneers reunite for an evening of rage, honesty, playfulness and sound experiments. Cazz Blase attends the show and talks to the acts backstage

Cazz Blase // 12 April 2012

Categories: Music, Reviews

 Her version of events: Emeli Sandé

Emeli Sandé's debut single 'Heaven' was a big urban dance tune last summer, and the path to debut album 'Our version of events' has been a long one. A mildly disappointed Holly Combe ponders the largely middle of the road results, and finds herself musing on the nature of celebrity and experiences as products

Holly Combe // 8 April 2012

Categories: Music, Reviews

 Save EMA

A few years ago in the UK the acronym EMA would have been most commonly associated with the Education Maintenance Allowance. Nowadays it belongs firmly to Erika M. Anderson, a 22 year old singer/songwriter from the US Midwest whose debut album Past Life Martyred Saints was released in 2011. David Wilkinson detects the ghost of 1990s grunge in its confessional soundscape, and muses as to whether this particular branch of nostalgia is always a good thing

David Wilkinson // 31 March 2012

Categories: Music, Reviews

 A greatly overlooked talent

Headed by singer and writer Emma-Lee Moss, anti-folk act Emmy the Great have achieved cult success, but have yet to be embraced more widely. Described as a lyricist who can talk about emotion without resorting to blunt clichés, Moss's intensely personal songs use the voices of archetypal female protagonists and her lyrics are said to be the act's secret weapon. Vicki Ell reports on a live performance at the Women of the World Festival 2012, London Southbank

Vicki Ell // 27 March 2012

Categories: Music, Reviews

 Walk like a panther

With her positively geeky enthusiasm for the making of her music, eccentric costumes and abundant charisma, Barbara Panther is an unforgettable performer. Her distinctive voice has seen her compared to Bjork, Grace Jones and Fever Ray but she has a style all of her own. Cazz Blase checks out her self-titled album and finds Panther to be an artist with imagination, an ability to tell stories and musical inventiveness

Cazz Blase // 24 March 2012

Categories: Music, Reviews

 Made in solidarity: The Selecter in the 21st century

The Selecter brought us their 2 Tone sound when right wing politics was dividing a nation. Helen G reviews their most recent release Made in Britain and finds their music -new and old- to be as relevant today as their most famous tracks were in the 1980s

Helen G // 20 March 2012

Categories: Music, Reviews

 Heartbreak soup: washed ashore by Boy Friend's Egyptian Wrinkle

Texan all-woman duo Boy Friend occupy the space between shoegazing and post rock with ease. Cazz Blase follows up on her updates on the blog with a review and speaks to the band to find out about their influences and plans

Cazz Blase // 16 March 2012

Categories: Interviews, Music, Reviews

 "It's like being in a never ending hen party!" Robots in Disguise play The Lexington

You might recognise them from The Mighty Boosh but electropunk act Robots in Disguise have plenty to offer beyond being cool in a television programme, including a feminist anthem! Hayley Foster da Silva joins the party and catches the band for a quick chat

Hayley Foster da Silva // 12 March 2012

Categories: Interviews, Music, Reviews

 Bringing Oregon to Soho: Laura Gibson live

Having checked out Laura Gibson's latest work La Grande, Kaite Welsh heads to The Social to catch a performance and have a chat with the singer

Kaite Welsh // 2 March 2012

Categories: Interviews, Music, Reviews

 Flying the flag for women who rock

Wild Flag are a highly credible all-woman line-up with roots in some of the coolest bands in the last 20 years, but can they cut it live? Lydia Harris checks them out at Camden's Electric Ballroom and discovers that, yes, they absolutely do!

Lydia Harris // 23 February 2012

Categories: Music, Reviews

 ¿Which Side Are You On?: Ani DiFranco keeps things political

Feminist icon Ani DiFranco has released 17 studio albums over the last three decades and, with Righteous Babe Records in 1990, became one of the first independent artists to launch her own label. Ruth Rosselson listens to her first album to be released in over three years and finds that DiFranco is still not afraid of tackling thought-provoking issues while making us smile and sing along

Ruth Rosselson // 20 February 2012

Categories: Music, Reviews

 Laura Gibson's grand return

Kaite Welsh listens to Laura Gibson's latest album and finds her recalling the musical quirks she is best known for but also exploring new territory

Kaite Welsh // 27 January 2012

Categories: Music, Reviews

 Bedroom dance like it's 1995! Wild Flag shake their shimmy

Wild Flag are a supergroup comprising Sleater-Kinney's Carrie Brownstein and Janet Weiss, Helium's Mary Timony and The Minders' Rebecca Cole. Sophie Mayer examines their formation and delights in their debut self-titled album

Sophie Mayer // 16 January 2012

Categories: Music, Reviews

 The brilliant and the eclectic: Gaggle preview their forthcoming debut album

All woman punk choir Gaggle are a diverse group who integrate openly feminist concepts into their performances. Their radical reworking of The Brilliant and the Dark at the Royal Albert Hall was sold out in September. Hayley Foster da Silva reports on their all-too-brief follow-up performance at Hackney New Empowering Church on 15 December 2011

Hayley Foster da Silva // 11 January 2012

Categories: Music, Reviews

 The sweet and sour world of Annie Clark: St Vincent's Strange Mercy

Annie Clark began her career with the Polyphonic Spree, has released two albums of dark but sweet left-of-centre pop, and has been touring her new album Strange Mercy across sold out venues around Europe. Louise Allan reveals that Clark hasn't lost her taste for the disturbing and the angelic

Louise Allan // 9 January 2012

Categories: Music, Reviews

 Florence: the next instalment

Cazz Blase reviews Florence + the Machine's latest album and finds Welsh's ability to follow her own path and confound people's expectations, while soaking up diverse musical genres, to still be in full force

Cazz Blase // 29 December 2011

Categories: Music, Reviews

 The re-emergence of Riot Grrrl music and politics?

Riot Grrrl celebrated its 20 year anniversary earlier this year, and Hayley Foster da Silva is pleased to discover evidence of its legacy in the form of Atlanta's Coathangers and Oxford's Secret Rivals

Hayley Foster da Silva // 22 December 2011

Categories: Music

 The Opiates: Billie Ray Martin returns!

With a career spanning over 25 years, Hamburg-born singer, DJ and label owner Billie Ray Martin is a woman with an impressive history in both dance and soul music. Holly Combe salutes her return

Holly Combe // 6 December 2011

Categories: Music, Reviews

 Shattering seas: Tori Amos at the Royal Albert Hall

Tori Amos' recent performance at London's Royal Albert Hall served as an emotional reminder for Sophie Mayer of the power of song, and of teenage memories

Sophie Mayer // 25 November 2011

Categories: Music, Reviews

 Living in the ice age: Kate Bush's 50 Words for Snow

Six years after Aerial, Kate Bush's latest offering sees her continuing to write, perform and produce music that is out of this world. Debi Withers previews the release, equipped with a healthy appreciation for the ridiculous and a love of Bush's work, tempered by a critical eye for some of the problems inherent within it

debi withers // 20 November 2011

Categories: Music, Reviews

 Abi Wade - And Blood and Air EP

At a time when folk music is enjoying plenty of exposure, new blood Abi Wade's brave and disarmingly simple first EP is a fitting addition. Cazz Blase reports

Cazz Blase // 18 November 2011

Categories: Music, Reviews

 Music for wintertime: Zola Jesus' Conatus

Nika Danilova -AKA Zola Jesus- grew up training to sing opera whilst listening to Throbbing Gristle and the Dead Kennedys. As the nights draw in and temperatures drop, David Wilkinson reviews her third album Conatus

David Wilkinson // 14 November 2011

Categories: Music, Reviews

 Laura Marling - A Creature I Don't Know

Brit Award winning musician Laura Marling's latest album sees her going beyond her nu-folk roots and taking on a looser, lustier and more sophisticated style. Louise Allan reports

Louise Allan // 2 November 2011

Categories: Music, Reviews

 Be the same; be the change: Maple Bee and her world

Cazz Blase reviews the career of Maple Bee (AKA Melanie Garside from Mediaeval Baebes), taking in the albums Hello Eve, Home and Chasing Eva along the way

Cazz Blase // 23 October 2011

Categories: Music, Reviews

 Blue Roses

David Wilkinson salutes the talents of Laura Groves, otherwise known as Blue Roses, and finds much to marvel at in her precocious debut album

David Wilkinson // 21 October 2011

Categories: Music, Reviews

 Radical rockers UT at The Lexington

Famously name-checked by Le Tigre in 1991's 'Hot Topic', feminist rock pioneers UT originally came from the downtown New York no-wave scene in 1978. They moved on to London, touring with The Fall in the early 1980s and releasing four albums that decade, before disbanding in 1990. Hayley Foster da Silva witnesses their return

Hayley Foster da Silva // 3 October 2011

Categories: Music, Reviews

 Evangelista - In Animal Tongue

Sophie Mayer reviews Evangelista's In Animal Tongue and is enraptured by the lyrics, vocals and productions of charismatic frontwoman Carla Bozulich

Sophie Mayer // 1 October 2011

Categories: Music

 Cambodian Space Project - 2011: A Space Odyssey

Srey Thy is a singer with a story to tell. Louise Allan discovers this album from Thy's band, Cambodian Space Project, is a mixture of Thy-penned Kmer rock and tributes to a golden age of 1960s Cambodian pop

Louise Allan // 16 September 2011

Categories: Music, Reviews

 Puffyshoes are coming!

It's all about lo fi! Joanna Tocher, The F-Word's music correspondent in Japan, introduces us to the delights of Puffyshoes who hail from Chiba

Joanna Tocher // 11 September 2011

Categories: Music

 Electrelane at Scala

Louise Allan gives an overview of the 10 year career of Electrelane and attends a gig at Scala on 21 July, one of their first after a three year break

Louise Allan // 10 August 2011

Categories: Music, Reviews

 Lady Gaga - Born This Way

Catherine Elms finds Lady Gaga's latest album something of a mixed bag, but remains optimistic about the stars ability to vary her sound and stay strong on sex and sexuality

Catherine Elms // 8 August 2011

Categories: Music, Reviews

 Biophilia - Björk returns

Ruth Rosselson attends the world premiere of Björk's live show, one of several performances at Campfield Market Hall that are her first UK dates in over three years

Ruth Rosselson // 10 July 2011

Categories: Music, Reviews

 tUnE-yArDs at the Manchester Deaf Institute

Ruth Rosselson gives the lowdown on a show from Merrill Garbus, a big-voiced artist who exudes confidence on stage through her music, rather than her outfits or dancing

Ruth Rosselson // 10 July 2011

Categories: Music, Reviews

 Kitty Wells Dresses: Songs of the Queen of Country Music

Helen G reviews Laura Cantrell's collection of covers of songs by Kitty Wells, the first female country star to release a long-playing record

Helen G // 10 June 2011

Categories: Music, Reviews

 Generation Indigo

Cazz Blase reviews Poly Styrene's final work, an angry album with socially biting lyrics but an overall optimistic theme

Cazz Blase // 29 May 2011

Categories: Music, Reviews

 A woman called Toothpaste: an interview with Lucy Whitman

Cazz Blase interviews Lucy Toothpaste, who wrote the fanzine JOLT and played a central role in the punk feminist movement

Cazz Blase // 20 May 2011

Categories: Culture and Media, Herstory, Interviews, Magazines, Music

 Cookie Party! (Death of the Elephant, Stella Zine and Ste McCabe)

Hayley Foster da Silva reviews an evening inspired by riot grrrl and feminist-friendly electro punk

Hayley Foster da Silva // 30 January 2011

Categories: Music

 Love: Sacred and Profane

Kaite Welsh reviews a performance of "romantic duets and melancholy ayres" by new opera ensemble En Travesti

Kaite Welsh // 18 June 2010

Categories: Music

 The Raincoats play the National Portrait Gallery

The Raincoats are as vital as ever, argues Lydia Harris, who left their recent gig determined to join a grrrl band

Lydia Harris // 4 October 2009

Categories: Music

Girl Power?

The Spice Girls' come-back tour re-opens some questions about the nature of 'Girl Power'. Jennifer Thomson looks back fondly - but critically

Jennifer Thomson // 5 April 2008

Categories: Music

Peaches - Impeach My Bush

Peaches' latest electro-punk album is both explicit and explicitly feminist. Catherine Redfern reviews Impeach My Bush

Catherine Redfern // 1 September 2007

Categories: Music

We Are The Pipettes - The Pipettes

Rachel Harris-Gardiner checks out the debut album from The Pipettes, a fabulous, fun, polka-dotted girl group from Brighton.

Rachel Harris-Gardiner // 13 August 2006

Categories: Music

The Gossip - Manchester July 2006

Cazz Blase reviews a storming gig by The Gossip in Manchester on 18th July 2006.

Cazz Blase // 13 August 2006

Categories: Music

The Spice Girls' Legacy

Sarah Parry defends the legacy of the oft-ridiculed Spice Girls. She argues that 1996 should be seen as a feminist renaissance, and explains how the band promoted ideas of individuality and female friendship that were hugely influential to girls at the time.

Sarah Parry // 29 May 2006

Categories: Music

FHM Music Channel

FHM has launched its own music channel and intrepid Natalie Smith finds a common theme in the videos. (Can you guess what it is yet)?

Natalie Smith // 17 June 2005

Categories: Music, Television

Frank - Amy Winehouse

Is Amy Winehouse really looking for someone "Stronger than Me"? Holly Combe argues that Winehouse's debut album presents a somewhat traditional view of heterosexual relationships mixed with a couple of progressive moments. Yet despite its flaws, the music can't be faulted.

Holly Combe // 1 June 2004

Categories: Music

Le Tigre - London Astoria, April 2004

Jess McCabe finds Le Tigre on top form at the Astoria.

Jess McCabe // 18 April 2004

Categories: Music

Not a Victim - Stephanie Pakrul

Lorraine Smith introduces the intriguing new "edgy folk" singer Stephanie Pakrul.

Lorraine Smith // 18 January 2004

Categories: Music

Tales of a Librarian - Tori Amos

In this new compliation album, Tori Amos brings together 20 of her favourite songs which deal with deeply personal issues such as motherhood, rape, childhood, religion, sex, and finding a voice. As Nicky Raynor explains, there's much more to Tori than 'Cornflake Girl'.

Nicky Raynor // 16 December 2003

Categories: Music

Sympathy for the Devil - The Rolling Stones

In the fortieth anniversary of the Rolling Stones, Alix Brodie wonders if the lyrics of music's most notorious misogynists can lend something positive to the cause of contemporary feminism.

Alix Brodie // 15 November 2003

Categories: Music

Kylie Minogue

As a fan of Kylie, Anna Fioravanti finds that writing about the star from a feminist perspective raises deep questions about the nature of feminism itself. Risking judgement, she explains here why Kylie fits comfortably with her own definition of feminism, and why the singer can indeed be a positive role model for women.

Anna Fioravanti // 20 October 2003

Categories: Music

Christina Aguilera - Can't Hold Us Down

Christina Aguilera's new song 'Can't Hold Us Down' contains some refreshing feminist sentiments, says Lorraine Smith.

Lorraine Smith // 16 September 2003

Categories: Music

Women Who Wrock

Anna Sandfield is delighted to find an internet radio station broadcasting music by female artists and woman-fronted bands.

Anna Sandfield // 20 August 2003

Categories: Music

Ani DiFranco - Royal Festival Hall, June 2003

Anna Sandfield is uplifted and moved at a solo gig by the amazing Ani DiFranco.

Anna Sandfield // 15 July 2003

Categories: Music

This is Rockbitch

Lorraine Smith watched channel five's "This is Rockbitch" documentary, but is she any wiser about the radical sex-collective rockers?

Lorraine Smith // 16 May 2003

Categories: Music, Television

One Beat - Sleater Kinney

Reviewed by Lucy Gollogly.

Lucy Gollogly // 15 April 2003

Categories: Music

The Be Good Tanyas - Bristol Bierkeller, March 2003

Indigo Black is transported by the Be Good Tanyas.

Indigo Black // 16 March 2003

Categories: Music

Ka-ching, bling bling, ching ching - women sing about money

What are female pop stars saying about money?

Catherine Redfern // 15 March 2003

Categories: Music

Interview with Lucy O'Brien

Cazz Blase interviews the author of She Bop II

Cazz Blase // 16 December 2002

Categories: Books, Music

Le Tigre - London Astoria, May 2002

Despite the lack of guitars, Helen Watling is blown away by Le Tigre.

Helen Watling // 16 July 2002

Categories: Music

Ms Dynamite - It Takes More

If you're sick and tired of endless misogynistic Gangster rap, it seems you're not alone. Ms.Dynamite is a 21 year-old...

Catherine Redfern // 15 July 2002

Categories: Music

Garbage - Manchester Apollo, April 2002

Michelle Jenkin reckons Shirley Manson is a goddess, especially live.

Michelle Jenkin // 15 July 2002

Categories: Music

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