Articles about Music

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

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, Radio, Reviews

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, Radio, Stereotypes, Work and Play

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