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After being asked about her song "Swine" on the Howard Stern Show, Lady Gaga, the queen of all things strange and beautiful, claimed a record producer raped her when she was just nineteen years old. "Swine," a song associated with the infamous bull riding and vomiting during Gaga's 2014 SXSW performance, was inspired by the strife she felt years after feeling demoralized.  During the interview Lady Gaga said, "You could never, ever degrade [me] as much as I could degrade myself, and look how beautiful it is when I do. Read More
If you haven't heard by now, singer-songwriter Annie Lennox has called out fellow performer Beyoncé for not being a "true" feminist. In a September interview with PrideSource, Lennox stated:  “I would call [Beyoncé]  feminist lite… It's tokenistic to me. I mean she's a phenomenal artist... but I'd like to sit down (with her)... and hear what [she] truly think[s]. I see a lot of it as [artists] taking the word hostage and using it to promote themselves, but I don't think they necessarily represent wholeheartedly the depths of feminism... Read More
I’ve always believed artists are born to be just that, artists. It’s important to have training, a way to work, and whatever tools of the trade one needs. However, when it comes to talent, either you came in with it or you didn’t. Someone who definitely came in with it is Nika Rosa Danilova, aka Zola Jesus.  Nika is one of the reigning ‘Dark Ladies’ of music. Read More
    Halloween is approaching quickly, and there’s one city that has a little-known obsession with the holiday: Portland, Oregon! We asked Portland’s Sallie Ford and the ladies of her new, all-girl rock band for some tips and tricks for the season of the witch. Weighing in are Sallie Ford (vocals/guitar), Anita Lee Elliot (bass), Amanda Spring (drums), and Cristina Cano (keyboards). Read More
The New Republic ran an interview yesterday with the Notorious R.B.G—a nickname Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg herself approves, as reporter Jeffrey Rosen found out during an exchange about her, ehem, notoriety in popular culture.  Of course, Ginsburg is one of the most powerful people in the country, a fact which is not lost as she answers questions about her modus operandi as a justice, or which Supreme Court decision she would over rule. Read More
If you’re looking for a fall retreat upstate this weekend, look no further than Basilica SoundScape (Sept. 12 to 14), a carefully curated weekend of art and music in Hudson, NY, in the stunning industrial venue Basilica Hudson. Helmed by musician Melissa Auf der Maur and her partner, filmmaker Tony Stone, in conjunction with Pitchfork’s Brandon Stosuy and Brian De Ran of Leg Up, the event promises to be stronger than ever in its third year. Read More
Maggie Campbell is the head distiller at Privateer Rum in Ipswich, Massachusetts. It’s an impressive title, but one that was not easily acquired in the male-dominated spirits industry.   She admits that “female visibility in the spirits industry is very skewed,” and that drama, competition and a sometimes exclusionary energy is par for the course in a small industry such as hers. Read More
I came across Roxane Gay’s literature while I was deep in the clutches of ADD. But when I found her short story “The Year I Learned Everything” while poking around the web, I could not stop reading it from start to finish. Gay was there for me when I needed a voice to shout without dominating; she had true grit, without embellishment or pageantry. When I finished, I couldn't believe that the story was classified as fiction—her ability to convey the full spectrum of human emotions so effortlessly made my cheeks burn.  Recently, I headed to The Last Bookstore in L.A. Read More
Kim Shattuck, guitarist of The Muffs, had missed her band. She had been playing with the LA-based punk rock group since their formation in 1991 and up until they decided to take a break after their fifth record in 2004. About a decade later, she paid a visit to her mother’s house, where a number of previous Muffs songs were written, to see if the environment sparked any new inspiration. Shattuck came up with an album’s worth of all new material and couldn’t wait to show Muffs bassist, Ronnie Barnett, and drummer, Roy McDonald. Read More
From riot grrrl trailblazer in the band Sleater-Kinney to sketch comedy genius on Portlandia, Carrie Brownstein has been cranking out pop culture gems since 1994. Here, the Jill-of-all-trades opens up about fame, Fred, and driving traffic to her fave feminist bookstore. By Lisa Butterworth    Navy silk top by Wren, wrenstudio.com; Perspex necklace by The Way We Wore, thewaywewore. Read More