Women Rockers Take Over the World Part I

Though slowly creeping into spotlight, female-fronted rock is generally the exception rather than the rule. It’s not as if female rock bands aren’t out there, or that they aren’t good. They’re simply not as likely to be given the same level of respect and exposure that their male counterparts receive. Read More Women Rockers Take Over the World Part I

Women Who Rock: Girl in a Coma

A few weeks ago, I devoted a post to my idol, Joan Jett. In that post, I mentioned that Joan had her own record label, Blackheart Records. This week, meet Girl in a Coma, one of the bands signed to Blackheart. A kickass trio out of San Antonio, Girl in a Coma consists of Phanie Diaz on drums, Jenn Alva on bass, and Phanie’s little sister, Nina Diaz, vocalist and guitarist. GIAC was formed after Phanie and Jenn, friends since junior high, bonded over their love of music. They decided to form a band but they needed a singer, so Phanie’s kid sister joined them when she was just 13. Once Nina joined, GIAC was born. Read More Women Who Rock: Girl in a Coma

Women Who Rock: Nina Storey

How many blues fans do we have around here? And how many of you love female singers with that blues-y, soulful sound? Think Janis Joplin, Joss Stone, Dana Fuchs, along those lines. If that’s your thing, then you’ll love Nina Storey. Read More Women Who Rock: Nina Storey

Women Who Rock: Sierra Kusterbeck of VersaEmerge

One of the benefits of raising children who are serious music fans is that eventually they grow up and start getting into music that they discovered on their own. When my kids were little, they listened to “my” music but now that two of them are grown, I’m at a point in my life where I find myself listening to “their” music. Read More Women Who Rock: Sierra Kusterbeck of VersaEmerge

Women Who Rock: Joan Jett

With this being my birthday week, I decided to be a little selfish and make this week’s post about my all-time favorite woman who rocks, my idol since I was in the 5th grade, the one and only Joan Jett. Apologies in advance for the excessive displays of fangirl behavior but this one is HUGE for me. Read More Women Who Rock: Joan Jett

Women Who Rock – Brittany Howard of Alabama Shakes

About three weeks ago, I saw Alabama Shakes perform on Saturday Night Live and it reminded me that I had been wanting to check them out for a while. I’d heard that they were sort of blues-y with a little bit of rock and a whole lot of soul thrown in. So I got online and checked Amazon and started typing in “Alabama Shakes,” but then went with a search for their single, “Hold On” since it was the first suggested search term. Lo and behold, turns out that I’d downloaded that single sometime in May 2012, probably as one of those “artists on the rise” promotions since they were on the verge of being hot. After all, their debut album, Boys & Girls, had just been released a month prior. Read More Women Who Rock – Brittany Howard of Alabama Shakes

Women Who Rock: Skin of Skunk Anansie

I wish I could tell you how I first heard about Skunk Anansie but I honestly don’t remember. It had to have been sometime around the late ’90s. Maybe they had a song on a soundtrack, maybe I heard about them opening for someone big like U2 or Lenny Kravitz. What I do remember, though, is being completely blown away by their lead singer, Skin. Skin is just…wow. She’s got that fierce Grace Jones look – black, bald, and beautiful – and when you first see her, you expect aggressive, punk-ish screaming vocals. But then she opens her mouth and starts to sing and it’s just pure silk. Read More Women Who Rock: Skin of Skunk Anansie

Ten Things You Should Know About Pussy Riot

Free Pussy Riot! Sounds like a headline for a Craigslist ad, right? Not quite. It’s actually a call to action in support of a feminist, post-punk band from Russia, aptly named Pussy Riot. Referring to them as a “punk band” is kind of an understatement. They’re more of a political movement. Read More Ten Things You Should Know About Pussy Riot