BY Kathryn Hensch
on Jun 03, 2015
Sonita Alizadeh was just fifteen when her parents told her she going to be sold into an arranged marriage. It’s a sickening reality many young girls face in developing countries, where one in three will marry before age eighteen. Terrified of becoming a part of that statistic, Sonita resisted – by rapping. In a recent interview with PRI, she told her story.
She grew up in Tehran, where a non-profit organization taught children things like photography and music. It was here that her passion for rapping would begin: “Rap music let’s you tell your story to other people. Read More
BY BUST Magazine
on Jun 01, 2015
This guest post was written by Shannon Carlin.
California Nights(Harvest Records)
The chord progressions are the same on Best Coast’s latest album, which, production-wise, falls somewhere between her perfectly flawed debut and its too pristine follow-up, but this time, Bethany Cosentino has more on her mind than just boys.
“Sleep Won’t Ever Come” is her prayer for a good night’s rest and chance to turn off her brain, while “So” has her contemplating the meaning of life. Read More
on May 29, 2015
Multi-talented musician Marcia Richards might be living the dream now, touring the U.S. with her London-based band The Skints, but not long ago this lifestyle was nearly impossible for her to imagine. Not only was she more of a classical music nerd growing up than an aspiring reggae rocker, but nearly all of the now-25 year old’s teenage years were spent battling Nephrotic Syndrome, a highly rare kidney disease that meant lots of extended trips to the hospital.
“I lost all of my hair and was very sickly. Read More
BY Bee Gray
on May 14, 2015
Legendary Ari Up started making a documentary about the influential herstory of her band The Slits. She teamed up with former band manager Jennifer Shagawat to deliver this epic story of social rebellion, riot, and really awesome music. It’s crazy we don’t know that much about The Slits yet, considering they laid the foundation for so many feminist and punk movements that happened after them. They were pre riot grrrl, post punk, and transformed the music scene into an irreversibly different culture.
Five years ago Ari Up passed away from cancer at the age of 48. Read More
BY Alexa Salvato
on May 14, 2015
Cult-classic indie-rock. Experimental improvisation. Jazz standards. If any or all of this appeals to you, check out Little Black Egg Big Band and Oren Ambarchi’s show at Pioneer Works in Brooklyn coming up in June.
Little Black Egg Big Band, a.k.a. Yo La Tengo & Friends, includes the three members of Yo La Tengo, Georgia Hubley, Ira Kaplan and James McNew (Hubley’s solo project is called Little Black Egg); bassist Tony Maimone, formerly of Pere Ubu; jazz artists Susie Ibarra, Daniel Carter and Taylor Ho Bynum; and many more still to be announced. Read More