Articles about Music

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

Joanna 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. Ly-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

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