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JENNY LEWISOn The Line(Warner Bros.) On the Line, Jenny Lewis’ fourth solo album, features help from an arsenal of pro friends including Ringo Starr and former Tom Petty keyboardist Benmont Tench. Since her first solo release in 2006, Lewis (formerly of the ’00s band Rilo Kiley) has progressed easily from indie-folk to country to alt-pop, now stepping confidently into the realm of classic rock. “Red Bull & Hennessey” is a top-down anthem that evokes the Heartbreakers backing a Stevie Nicks hit, hinting that this may be...

EX HEXIt’s Real(Merge)    It’s Real, Ex Hex’s second album, is energetic without being messy, and it’s indicative of the band’s approach to music: big and raucous, but carefully crafted. The record starts strong with “Tough Enough,” which features lead singer/guitarist Mary Timony’s signature tight riffs. As with their 2014 debut, Rips, the D.C. trio evokes ’70s rock bands like the Runaways, packing a punch with songs like the booming single “Cosmic Cave” and the summer-montage-worthy track “Diamond Drive.” A three-piece may be traditionally considered small, but make no mistake: Ex Hex...
  Karley Sciortino is the creator and host of the hit Viceland show Slutever, now in its second season. On the show, Karley navigates the world of sex, love, hookups, open-relationships, sex parties, sex work, sexual technology, and more in a way that is brave, surprising, and very feminist. She’s also the co-writer of the new comedy series Now Apocalypse on Starz, she wrote a book called Slutever: Dispatches from a Secxually Autonomous Woman in a Post-Shame World, and she writes a sex and relationship column...
  According to the Council on Foreign Relations, peace agreements with women at the negotiating table are 35% more likely to last for at least 15 years. This is what executive producer Gini Reticker tells us, as we discuss part two of the acclaimed documentary series, Women, War & Peace. The series will return to PBS later this month. The four featured films, airing on Monday, March 25 and Tuesday, March 26, tell stories of women who’ve risked their lives for peace and altered history in the process....
  Directed by female filmmaking trio Ivana Hucikova, Sarah Keeling, and Grace Remington, Into My Life celebrates the lives of two African-American women, Cassandra Bromfield and her late mother, M. Elaine – a school teacher and creatively gifted filmmaking enthusiast who captured their lives and their community living in Brooklyn’s largest affordable housing cooperative, Lindsay Park.   Centering around Bromfield’s life, the tender award-winning short documentary dives into her fond memories of growing up in the co-op, weaving in beautiful Super-8 footage that her mother had shot throughout the 60’s...
They say that there is nothing new under the sun. But, they, surely had not heard of Taali yet. Taali, the singer-songwriter-producer is nothing short of refreshing. Having written for other pop singers in Los Angeles, Taali is here, delivering her debut album, “I Am Here” with a polished sound all her own: Contemporary Jewish Pop. Full of thoughtfulness, genuine intentions, powerful imagery, and airy harmonies, the 15-track album, is proof that Taali and her much needed positivity, are here to stay. Below, Taali opened up...

Our female-fronted pop culture picks for the week are here! Ring in Aries season with the last season of Jane the Virgin, new tunes by Jenny Lewis, and so much more. MOVIES/TV Jane the Virgin Jane is back for a fifth and final season! Between this and the show’s upcoming spinoff, the CW is definitely giving us all the soapy television we’ve been craving (or is it just me?). The show returns March 27, but if you need something to tide you over, check out our 2017 cover story with star...
After getting approved for an interactive badge at South By Southwest, the sprawling music, film, and education festival that takes over Austin, Texas during spring break, I was pretty stoked to hit up all the panels. Once I planned which panels and sessions I’d cover for my day job, I scanned the schedule to see which other events I didn’t want to miss. Translation: events tailored to my thirst for female empowerment, intersectional activism, and inspiration. While I wasn’t able to hit up every session I would...
  In a un-American fashion, Netflix canceled One Day at a Time, a family sitcom featuring Hollywood royalty, Rita Moreno, and a predominantly Latinx cast. After three solid seasons, the show’s ending came at the worst time, when Latinx communities are constantly being villainized by the United States president. Former showrunner, Gloria Calderón Kellett tweeted a hopeful objective to find a new home for the series and for the relatable characters, many of whom are strong-willed women whose lives and struggles are rarely represented on screen. Apart from...
  The Source of 
Self-Regard: Selected 
Essays, Speeches, 
and MeditationsBy Toni Morrison(Knopf) This is not an introduction to Toni Morrison’s work, nor is it written for readers unfamiliar with her novels. Instead, The Source of Self-Regard serves best as a complement to the Pulitzer-Prize winner’s collected works. Through essays, speeches, and meditations organized into three parts, Morrison tackles race, writing, revision, feminism, and the connections between art and politics. She also tempts readers to explore her influences, including Romare Bearden, Phillis Wheatley, Isak Dinesen’s Out of Africa,...