BY Amy Carlberg in Music Stuff on Apr 02, 2014 |
"Just Won't Do" is the softly sassy, acoustic premier track from trio Wise Girl's newest EP, Sing Me to Sleep.
The band is fronted by Abby Weitz, whose pop vocals carry off Wise Girl's bubblegum rock sound perfectly. She's part Taylor Swift, part Liz Phair, and her flat-ironed hair is dyed a purply auburn. "Just Won't Do" might sound cloyingly sweet, like many other pop tunes where a female singer pines for her lover and tries to cajole him into returning her ... Read More
BY Amy Carlberg in Music Stuff on Mar 22, 2014 |
The weather is heating up again, and so are things for the young pop star. Lorde is the first female artist ever to dominate Billboard adult album alternative airplay with two songs. "Team" follows the New Zealander's quadruple-platinum hit from last summer, "Royals." "Team" made it to #6 on Billboard's Hot 100, and her debut album Pure Heroine has sold over a million copies in the U.S.
Lorde will play Coachella along with other female pop acts like ... Read More
BY Amy Carlberg in Music Stuff on Mar 22, 2014 |
As Queen Bey takes her rightful place on the Pop Diva Throne, suddenly something happens which reminds us that some of our biggest stars are mere princesses in the face of music history.The news that Kate Bush will be playing fifteen August dates in London for her first tour in thirty-five years broke the icon's official website. Bush has made only the rarest appearances during these past three decades. The shows will take place at the London Eventim Hammersmith ... Read More
BY Tess Duncan in Music Stuff on Jan 03, 2014 |
You couldn’t put Mariel Maher into a metaphorical box if you tried. Maher, AKA Seasick Mama, isn’t going to settle for just one type of sound, instrument, musical influence, collaborator, or hair color for that matter. Maher is all about experimentation and trying new things, and it’s working out pretty well so far. With no vocal training, Seasick Mama made her debut onto the scene with her electro-poppy Dead Like Money EP back in February. In ... Read More
BY Tess Duncan in Music Stuff on Dec 20, 2013 |
Charismatic, uplifting, and full of soul, Natalia Clavier’s songs are the kind that make you feel feelings, and a lot of them. The Argentinian singer-songwriter expertly incorporates elements of all different styles of music on her new album Lumen. You’ll find hip-hop beats, jazz instrumentation, soulful lyrics, South American rhythms, and gorgeous piano harmonies alongside Clavier’s brilliantly bold vocals. On this release, she shows off her ... Read More
My grandmother was an artist, and throughout her career, she’d make abstract sculptures and embroidery that I’d stare at for hours as a child: “oh, that looks like a face, and that there? That’s an animal.” Our play was art-making, and I was always amazed at how different her aesthetic would become when she was with me. Her paper dolls weren’t abstract at all; I’d make an abstract shape, and she’d magically ... Read More
BY Kat Hamilton in Feminizzle on Nov 05, 2013 |
This morning I read another feminist manifesto to add to the apparent trend of music industry tell-alls. This time, it was delivered by none other than Charlotte Church at the BBC 6 Music John Peel lecture. It began, "I’m Charlotte Church. And This Is How Women Are Routinely Demoralized by the Music Industry."
I used to own a Charlotte Church CD. On the cover, she was wearing a long formal gown that covered her shoulders. Once I hit puberty I rejected ... Read More
BY Tess Duncan in Music Stuff on Aug 16, 2013 |
Although Electric Order is only four songs long, it feels like it could be a full album. That’s because Atomic Bride takes you on a rollercoaster of super high energy garage rock with fun pop hooks mixed in for good measure. On this EP, the Seattleites create a weird blend of wild psychedelia fully charged with fuzzy electricity. During leading track “Electric Order” you’ll undergo alien abduction and like it, as dual vocalists Astra ... Read More
BY BUST Magazine in General on Jul 23, 2013 |
Pop star Janelle Monáe is at once retro and futuristic, disarmingly down-to-earth and freakishly abstract. Here, she reveals the strategy behind her trendsetting look, the origins of her “divinely inspired” alter ego, and what it’s like to hang out with the president
Janelle Monáe mayhave been born to sing, dance, and write some of the most creative pop albums ever to hit an iPod, but the world wouldn’t have known ... Read More
BY Tess Duncan in Music Stuff on Feb 14, 2013 |
Shannon Shaw is the lead singer of amazing punk-pop-garage group Shannon and the Clams. This band has created a sound so original and I’ve been in love ever since I first laid ears on “Troublemaker.” Shannon’s wailing voice is remniscent of ‘60s girl groups The Shangri-Las and The Ronettes but with her own rougher spin on that sound. Guitarist Cody Blanchard is the other singer/songwriter of The Clams, and together the two produce ... Read More