BitchTapes SXSW Preview

I’m headed back to my old stomping grounds of Austin, Texas for another year of South by Southwest (SXSW) music festival mayhem. In a festival packed with almost 2,500 bands playing over the course of five days, finding feminist jams amidst the Brooklyn bro-bands is like unearthing diamonds in the desert. Today’s mix is the first of two celebrating the feminists of SX - this one is a preview of what I’m most excited to see. In addition to my coverage here at Bitch, I’ll be broadcasting for NPR Music on the All Songs Considered podcast, which issues late-night dispatches of what we’ve seen and loved over the course of each day. Head over to to keep the recommendations coming! 

Track List: 

1. Be Charlotte - Machines That Breathe

2. Tunde Olaniran - Namesake

3. Sammus - Perfect Dark

4. Weaves - Birds & Bees

5. Noga Erez - Pity

6. La Dame Blanche - Obreras

7. Tkay Maidza - Drumsticks No Guns

8. Trishes - Day Jobs

9. Coely - Don’t Care

10. Lady Leshurr - Queen’s Speech 2

11. Jamila Woods - Blk Girl Soldier

12. Ami Dang - Need to Fall

13. Kodie Shane - Sad

14. This is the Kit - Magic Spell

15. The New Respects - Money

16. Krudas Cubensi - Poderosxs

17. She-Devils - The World Laughs

18. Phoebe Bridgers - Smoke Signals

by Katie Presley
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Katie Presley is a writer and editor currently based on the East Coast (help, how did this happen??). She's been with Bitch in one form or another since 2010, when she started as a New Media Intern, and most recently served as Bitch's first and only Music Editor, from 2016-2017. Past resume lines include Assistant Producer for All Songs Considered at NPR Music, panelist on Pop Culture Happy Hour, and bylines at NPR and Ms. Katie is also a doula and herbalist, and writes a blog on herbal medicine, "The Herbal Apprentice." She also co-founded the first full-spectrum doula organization in Texas, The Bridge Collective. She is also a late-comer to being a Dog Person, but currently lives with four cats. 

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