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B-Sides: JD Samson (and a rundown of how she made my teen years more bearable)

JD Samson is certainly no stranger to Bitch; a significant voice in the Riot Grrrl movement, and a more than prominent queer and feminist icon, it only makes sense to let you know what she’s up to this summer. Last week, while attempting to figure out exactly what to write for this post (because leaving you with just a list of tour dates would be boring), a dear friend deemed me a “JD Samson connoisseur.” While I gladly accepted this title, there’s definitely a bit of a difference between knowing a lot about someone and having a mild obsession* with (read: giant crush on) that person, and you can probably guess where I stand within this spectrum of connoisseurship. Though, with this giant crush, comes a great deal of respect and admiration for JD as both an artist and an activist.

Bitch Radio: Shortstacks, Fame + Fortune, and Reply Girls

As you may have noticed, Bitch Radio has been on a brief hiatus. Have no fear though, feast your ears on another episode of Shortstacks, a collaboration with our friends from Audio Smut! This episode takes a closer look at the internet backlash against the “reply girls” of YouTube. Here’s what Audio Smut has to say: Bitch magazine’s latest issue explores our society’s changing notions of fame and fortune. In this short, we deconstruct the hype around “reply girls.” Reply girls are women on Youtube who reply to trending videos with a thumbnail image of their breasts as a way to capitalize on the high view counts. The internet backlash is appalling, and the rhetoric in the media skirts what the issue is: run-of-the-mill spam. We look into how and why this is happening. A special thanks to our guest experts Tony and Eric (@eric_neuman) along with all the amazing YouTubers out there on the internet! Click through for transcript and more!

B-Sides: Kat Edmonson

Kat Edmonson makes warm, hand-holding love songs that hearken back to smoky 1940s lounges or swinging 1960s girl groups, with simple lyrics and arrangements that keep her message accessible and sweet. And now that it’s almost summer, the breezy, throwback pop which makes up Edmonson’s sophomore album Way Down Low is exactly what the doctor ordered. Read after the jump for an interview with Austin native Edmonson on music, writing, champagne, and birth doulas (!!).

B-Sides: First Aid Kit, Folk-Music Sister Act

First Aid Kit rose to fame after the sisters sent a demo of their song “Tangerine” to a local radio station in Sweden and were promptly signed by Rabid Records. The band’s 2008 cover of Fleet Foxes’ “Tiger Mountain Peasant Song” went viral on YouTube and even got the attention of the Fleet Foxes themselves, who had First Aid Kit perform the song with them at a concert in the Netherlands. Their album The Big Black & The Blue in 2010 put them on tour and got them more exposure in Canada, the U.S., New Zealand, and Australia.

B-Sides: Naomi Hooley and the Wilderness Inside

I discovered Naomi Hooley’s warm, powerful music a few months ago, when a friend pointed me first to her song “Tornado” and then the album that spawned it, the gorgeous It was a Great October. Her sound is earthy and approachable, and her backstory is the stuff of serendipitous musical legend. My theory is, no matter where you listen to Naomi’s music, you will be reminded of home.

B-Sides: New Music From Angel Haze, Beach House, and Erykah Badu

Time to kick Tuesday into high gear with five spankin’ new songs you need to get to know better. Starting things off, here’s Brooklyn teen band the Skins…Click through for more!

B-Sides: Q&A with Ana

Last month I wrote a review of Anaïs Mitchell’s latest (fabulous) album, Young Man in America. I sent Anaïs a few questions about her work, past and present, and her place in the folk pantheon. Read on for her thorough, thoughtful answers!

B-Sides: Colleen Green

Tip: Find a friend with a convertible, or a friend with one of those bikes with a fat sound system on it, and get Colleen Green’s recently re-released Milo Goes to Compton. Wait for a sunny day, combine said friend’s form of open-air transportation with the album, and cruise around town, maybe with some iced tea. Even if Colleen Green sings about down days (and being really stoned), her music comes purpose-built for forecasts above 75 degrees.

Bitch Radio: The Hunger Games Movie Review!

Did any of you stay up past your bedtimes to see The Hunger Games last night? We did! To hear thoughts on the film from teens dressed up in homemade “Peeta bread” t-shirts, parents accompanying minors, disgruntled fans, and more—and to hear me profess my undying love for Stanley Tucci (the shining star of the film, in my opinion)—tune in to our Bitch Radio review (embedded after the jump). Spoilers ahead, naturally.

B-Sides: Iyadede

Iyadede starts off her album, The Demo, saying, “If you have this record in your hand most likely you are an eclectic individual and I salute you for that.” The word eclectic could not be more appropriate for Iyadede; she has lived all over the world and uses these experiences as fuel for awesome electropop music.