Tuesday, November 8, 2022

Bikini Kill - New Radio (video)

Bikini Kill

Bikini Kill is an American punk rock band formed in Olympia, Washington, in October 1990. The group consisted of singer and songwriter Kathleen Hanna, guitarist Billy Karren, bassist Kathi Wilcox, and drummer Tobi Vail. The band pioneered the riot grrrl movement, with feminist lyrics and fiery performances on stage. Bikini Kill is also one band reference as trailblazers for many young female punk bands today.

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Punk Rock Fun Facts

Did you know K Records (founded 1982) primarily released indie-rock records, the label is regarded as a pioneer of the Riot Grrrl movement, along with the label Kill Rock Stars (found1991).

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Heavens to Betsy @ CBGB pt.2

Heavens to Betsy

Heavens to Betsy was an American punk band formed in Olympia, Washington in 1991 with vocalist and guitarist Corin Tucker and drummer Tracy Sawyer. The duo were part of the DIY riot grrrl, punk rock underground scene., Later Tucker would go on to co-formed Sleater-Kinney. 

Bratmobile - Cool Schmool (live)


Bratmobile was an American punk band from Olympia, Washington, active from 1991 to 2003, and known for being one of the first-generation "riot grrrl" bands like Bikini Kill, Heaven to Betsy and Skin Ten. The band was influenced by several eclectic musical styles, including elements of pop, surf, and garage rock. 
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Monday, November 7, 2022

Big Joanie - Fall Asleep (Official Video)


Big Joanie


Big Joanie - Happier Still (Official Video)

Big Joanie


Big Joanie is a British Black Feminist Punk Band formed in the heart of London's DIY punk scene. The band (featuring guitarist Stephanie Phillips, bassist Estella Adeyeri, and drummer Chardine Taylor-Stone). The bands lyrics are rich with the strength, vulnerability and sensibility that defines the punk genre.


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The band is a cocktail of early 80s punk meet riot -grrrl of the 90s. Their songs often address many issues relating to various topics much as the riot- grrrl movement did.

Explore the band further at bigjoanie.com


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Welcome to Punk Rock Monday
 Featuring Punk Bands


Phoebe Bridgers - I Know The End (Feat. Arlo Parks) (Glastonbury 2022)


The Abortion Rights Movement Starts With Music And The Power Of Songs.


The Return Of Festivals In And Around Chicago




H.C. McEntire - Dovetail (Official Lyric Video)

H.C. McEntire Announces New Album Every Acre Releasing January 27 Via Merge Records

New Single “Dovetail” Out Today

Debut Single “Soft Crook” Praised By BrooklynVegan, Stereogum, The Boot And More

H.C. McEntire announces her new album, Every Acre, will be released on January 27 via Merge Records. Co-produced by McEntire, Missy Thangs and Luke Norton, Every Acre features nine poignant new songs, including two tracks with backing vocals provided by S.G. Goodman and Amy Ray. Along with the announcement, McEntire shares “Dovetail,” the new single that imagistically depicts various women and their various gifts, their various traumas.
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“‘Dovetail’ began as a jangly, four-on-the-floor country demo I roughly recorded at home,” McEntire explains of the song’s inception. “In the studio, the band and I leaned into the twang and outlaw attitude, recorded it, and moved on to work on other songs. But something kept calling us back to reimagine this song, to look at it from a different angle. One night after a long day of tracking, Luke started playing the ‘Dovetail’ chord progression on piano, but much more slowly. Daniel jumped behind the drums and played a simple halftime beat while I stood next to the piano and sang out into the room. We quickly recorded about a minute of the experiment onto a cell phone and went to bed. The next morning, we referenced the recording and tracked a full-band version of the song in that style—essentially, it took the form of a ballad.”

“This ‘classic’ arrangement offered space for a more nuanced vocal delivery; the slower pace allowed vocal lines to stretch and stand tall with emotion. The less-is-more approach created a vulnerability that felt right and also applied intention—to clearly speak, suspend, and spill out the narrative. Throughout verses, I posed the personalities of various women in juxtaposition—a way to both celebrate differences and individuation, as well as acknowledge the complexities of being in relation with a range of traumas, including my own. The pre-chorus and chorus lyrics nod to a problematic dynamic that can occur when presumptions are made about an Artist solely based on the social consumption and/or interpretations of their Art—romanticism versus reality.”

Raised in the Blue Ridge foothills of rural Appalachia before earning her B.F.A. in Creative Writing, H.C. McEntire delivers deeply reflective country storytelling that straddles the line between music and poetry. With lilting melodies and lush harmonies, Every Acre explores the acres of our physical and emotional homes. She grapples with themes of grief, loss and links to land and loved ones with an unwavering honesty, as existential concepts of claiming land, claiming self, and being claimed by ancestry and heritage permeate the hauntingly beautiful landscape of this poignant collection of songs. The striking debut single “Soft Crook” offers an unfiltered reflection of navigating depression, garnering early attention from Stereogum, BrooklynVegan, The Boot, The Bluegrass Situation, No Depression and more. 

H.C. McEntire first established a reputation for her raw, soulful voice as frontwoman of Mount Moriah and later as a backup singer in Angel Olsen’s band, before striking out on her own with her debut solo album LIONHEART in 2018. That release, along with 2020’s follow-up Eno Axis, garnered widespread acclaim from press including Aquarium Drunkard, BrooklynVegan, UNCUT, UPROXX, Stereogum and more. Pitchfork praised her “searing voice and imagistic songwriting,” and Flood declared, “McEntire’s vocals have topsoil grit while being soaring and formidable.” 

Every Acre Tracklist
1. New View 
2. Shadows (feat. S.G. Goodman) 
3. Turpentine (feat. Amy Ray) 
4. Dovetail
5. Rows of Clover
6. Big Love 
7. Soft Crook 
8. Wild for the King 
9. Gospel of a Certain Kind 

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Photographer Credit: Heather Evans Smith

Missing Piece Group


Highlights the Disrupted Political Climate in New Single "Sleepwalking"
New Music Out Early 2023 via Magnetic Moon



Friday, November 4, 2022

We Are Able is a movement of empowerment and resilience for people with disabilities.

You Are Able (Concert Video) — from You Are Able by Crossroads Music

You Are Able (Concert Video) — from You Are Able by Crossroads Music

Brule' in concert on SD Public Broadcasting


Brulé & AIRO is a contemporary Native American new-age/worldbeat music group based in South Dakota. They have sold over one million CDs worldwide and have won a number of awards.

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Native American Heritage Month is a commemorative month for Native people in the United States of America to share their culture, traditions, music, crafts, dance, and ways and concepts of life. We will be featuring Native artists in music, fashion and art all month.

Still more coverage from World Music Festival Chicago and FashionBar Fashion Week.

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Thursday, November 3, 2022

Joe Reilly - Breathing - Official Video

Joe Reilly; Environmental Singer, Songwriter and Educator


Joe Reilly is a wonderful indigenous singer, songwriter, social worker, and environmental educator from Michigan. Joe Reilly writes songs that are gifted, poetic and touch deep into the heart of compassion. His music is a mix of styles from hip-hop, blues, gospel, world rhythm and traditional American Indian styles.

Joe Reilly is very engaging with his audience whether it is a big or small show and consistently has something meaningful and educational to say. I add Joe Reilly to my list of amazing environmental songwriters in the likes of Douglas Wood and Bill Brennan (a.k.a. “Billy B.”).  Joe Reilly who is younger, I am sure will carry the environmental songwriters torch well into the future with honor.


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