Music

“Woman” Is Not a Genre: Why the New, Female-Led Rock Revolution Is for Everybody

Every few years, music fans are asked to mourn rock ‘n’ roll’s death. Apparently the genre is in worse condition than Keith Richards himself. The eulogies often bemoan the so-called lack of great rock bands these days — a scenario Forbes described two years ago as amounting to there being “no Led Zeppelin for the current generation of music fans.” But from where I stand, rock ‘n’ roll is alive and well. It just doesn’t look or act like it used to. From Courtney Barnett to Speedy Ortiz’s Sadie Dupuis to Waxahatchee’s Katie Crutchfield to Torres’ Mackenzie Scott to Alabama Shakes’ Brittany Howard, young singer-songwriters who lead their own rock bands have released, or will soon release, some of the year’s best albums. They all also happen to be… Read More

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You Can Now Call Shamir for Relationship Advice

The 20-year-old wunderkind Shamir is about to release his debut full-length, Ratchet. It’s out May 19, and will probably be the… Read More

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50 Excellent International Pop Songs From the 1960s

The documentary Don’t Think I’ve Forgotten: Cambodia’s Lost Rock ‘n’ Roll debuted in theaters Wednesday, exploring the country’s rich music tradition that emerged concurrently with a period of strife. Influenced by Western and European rock and pop during the 1960s, Cambodian musicians combined traditional sounds with modern beats. “But as Cambodian society — young creative musicians in particular — embraced Western culture and flourished under its influence, the rest of the country was rapidly moving to war,” explain the documentarians. “The film is a celebration of the incredible music that came from Cambodia and explores how important it is to Cambodian society both past and present.” Inspired by the unique sounds of Cambodia, we took a trip through the international pop scene of the ‘60s in all its forms — from the American rock-inspired bands that imitated the Beatles to the yé-yé girls of… Read More

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Flavorwire Premiere: Shilpa Ray Twists Hindu Tradition Into Modern Sex With “Burning Bride”

The first single off Shilpa Ray‘s new album, Last Year’s Savage, is called “Pop Song for Euthanasia.” This is a very Shilpa Ray thing to do. She named her first solo album sans her Happy Hookers backing band, It’s All Self Fellatiosong titles included “Mother Is a Misanthrope.” Nick Cave, one of her biggest fans, gladly released the record and took her on tour, again. … Read More

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