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Americans love creating holidays: Grandparents day, Groundhog day, Hellen Keller day... the list goes on. Excuses to celebrate are wonderful cultural exercises that unite everyone involved, and sometimes we even get the day off! Grandparents day isn’t typically a party that’s going to be poppin', but the Mayor of Boston just created an official holiday that is literally all about rocking your socks off. Read More
A tribute to the struggles and triumphs of growing up, first-time director Jen McGowan's film Kelly & Cal tells the story of a former Riot Grrrl whose transition into suburban motherhood is, well, not going very smoothly. Kelly, played by real life rock star Juliette Lewis, begins an unlikely friendship with her seventeen-year-old neighbor, played by Jonny Weston, who has recently suffered a spinal cord injury. Their culminating connection might be just the thing to jump start both of their lives. Read More
  There are days when I feel like I have a good grasp on this whole adulthood situation and like I've put high school far behind me. But the moment I start to feel like a grown-ass lady, something comes up that uncovers all my repressed teen emotions: the pit of despair, mild identity crisis, and awkwardness that is being a young girl. Today, that something was Michael Lucid’s 1996 documentary, Dirty Girls.     Watching this 18-minute amateur documentary gave me chills. Read More
D.C. ladies, now is your chance to celebrate women who rock! The National Museum of Women in the Arts is closing its 25th Anniversary year with an awesome exhibit called “Women Who Rock: Vision, Passion, Power,” opening September 7.     The exhibit covers women in popular music from the 1920s to today, including icons like Billie Holiday, Janis Joplin, Yoko Ono, and Madonna. Visitors will see handwritten lyrics, instruments, and clothing, including Joan Jett’s electric guitar, one of Meg White’s drums, and Lady Gaga’s meat dress. Read More
Without a doubt, my new favourite band ever. A feminist punk rock collective inspired by Bikini Kill writing anti-Putin songs (“Putin has pissed himself”) and performing in guerrilla-style costumes in Red Square itself. And to think, my colleagues in the music press used to scorn Riot Grrrl … From Big Think: The following story details how one group of girls have taken on Putin. Other revolutionaries take note. Here’s how you can do it: 1. Join an all-girl punk rock band 2. Come up with a provocative name (e.g. “Pussy Riot”) 3. Read More
It’s that time of year again folks--the time when we devote numerous pages in celebration of awesome female musicians and songstresses.   This long list of ladies includes Jill Scott, CocoRosie, Kelis, Dum Dum Girls, Karen Elson, and Wanda Jackson.  Gracing our cover are She & Him’s Zooey Deschanel and M. Ward who explain exactly what makes them such a harmonious duo (hint: it's not just Zooey's kitten-like charm and angelic voice). Read More
In a recent interview on Laura Flanders' news and arts discussion program, GRITtv, Kathleen Hanna discusses what it was like breaking into a male dominated music scene, being a "three-dimensional-icon," donating her zine archive to the Fales Library's Riot Grrrl Collection at NYU, and why she is hopeful for the future.   Always focused on collaboration and progress, Hanna is reluctant to call herself a role model though she surely serves as one, exhibiting qualities that are often absent in those considered to be icons today. Read More