Music

What Critiques of Normani Reveal about Racist Expectations of Black Women Artists

Music critics and listeners alike give Black pop stars hell—especially when they’re women.

BitchTapes: Anti-Fascist Heavy Metal Tunes

Metal is too good for Nazis and there are a growing number of artists who agree. Read more »

Cruel Bummer: “Lover” Is an Odd Litmus Test for Taylor Swift’s Politics

Taylor Swift is turning 30 in December, so it’s no surprise that she’s released an album that feels more authentic and honest than her previous two. Read more »

BitchTapes: 20 Years of Missy Elliott

Let’s celebrate a musical genius. Read more »

A New Wave of High-Femme Pop Stars Are Queering the Girl Group

Sateen is moving the girl group away from hints and subtext toward an aesthetic and musical style that’s unmistakably queer, trans-positive, and staunchly pro-girl. Read more »

Knee-Jerk Biphobia: What Responses to Miley Cyrus’s Breakup Say about Queer Erasure

Miley Cyrus isn’t “back” just because she’s dating a woman. She’s always been queer. Read more »

BitchTapes: Southern Gothic Glamour

Throw a pinch of salt over your shoulder, turn your face to the moon, and check out Nichole Perkins’s playlist—the perfect Southern gothic soundtrack. Read more »

Straight Capitalism, No Chaser: Brands Are Butting into “Hot Girl Summer” to Make a Quick Buck

As the phrase #HotGirlSummer has gained visibility, an onslaught of brands attempting to commodify Megan Thee Stallion’s lifestyle. Read more »

Take It or Leave It: Sizzy Rocket on Creating Pop Music Just for Queer Women

“Younger queer artists definitely inspire me every day to just be truer to myself. Because I didn’t have that example.” Read more »

Popaganda: 20 Years of Girl Power

We look back on the impact of the Spice Girls as they embark on their reunion tour—and examine whether the ’90s promises of girl power have come to pass. Read more »

Dig Me Out: Sleater-Kinney’s Newfound Gen Z Audience is No Accident

Together, Gen Z’s coming of age and Sleater-Kinney’s return create the perfect storm. Read more »

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