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As a female drummer, New Yorker Mindy Abovitz felt like her abilities were constantly being questioned and she “wanted to do [her] best to challenge the notion that girls can’t play.” That’s why she started the stellar music mag Tom Tom to celebrate lady drummers in 2009. And now, the 35-year-old has gone a step further by creating the Tom Tom Academy in Brooklyn, a network of drum schools run entirely by women. “I’ve wanted to start a drum school for a long time,” she says. Read More
  HURRY UP Hurry Up(Army of Bad Luck) On their self-titled first album, Portland’s Hurry Up bring energy and musicianship to their refreshing take on Northwestern punk. The band includes Kathy Foster and Westin Glass from the Thermals and Maggie Vail of Bangs, all of whom have spent a decade-plus in the Pacific Northwest punk scene.  The production here is decidedly lo-fi, and that suits Hurry Up just fine—the tracks retain the energy of their live shows. Read More
You know who wasn’t truly outrageous? Jem, the ’80s cartoon rock star. She wasn’t outrageous at all. Being all about “synergy” in her band the Hologramsjust made it seem like she was at a board meeting. Wow. How outrageous. You go, Jem. Stormer (of Jem’s rival band, the Misfits) was pretty kickass, though. She played the keytar and wasn’t super cool about the Misfits being dicks to the Holograms all the time. Read More
  Three defiant chords open Negative Scanner’s self-titled debut album (dropped today! stream here), ringing out like sirens before a looming tempest. But then, charging through the ominous silence, comes the voice of Rebecca Valeriano-Flores, her emotive warble perfectly balanced by thrashing instrumentals from guitarist Matt Revers, bassist Nick Beaudoin, and drummer Tom Cassling. Read More
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