country

BitchTapes: Country Roses

Sure, Poison may have had a hit with “Every Rose Has its Thorn,” and the Portlander in me will always love Elliott Smith's “Rose Parade,” but no other genre pays tribute to music's favorite flower quite like country. So, without further ado, here's a mix of classic country crooners... Read more »

Adventures in Feministory: "Mother" Maybelle Carter

In honor of Mother’s Day, today’s Adventures in Feministory is about one of the “mothers” of country music and modern guitar playing: Mother Maybelle Carter. Read more »

B-Sides: Lucinda Williams

It's taken me more than a decade to come around to Lucinda Williams. When I was in middle school, my dad came suddenly into my room and put a CD in my stereo with no... Read more »

Music Matters: Singing My Life Back To Me

(Neko Case, "This Tornado Loves You," lyrics here.) In that way that some people (read: me) obsessively decide which three wishes they'd choose if they had three wishes, I have considered carefully whose voice I... Read more »

Music Matters: The Man in Black

Johnny Cash, "The Man In Black" (Click for lyrics) A few months ago, I read a... Read more »

Music Matters: Corin Tucker

That VOICE. By the end (I’m hoping not for good, but for now, anyway) of Sleater-Kinney Corin Tucker’s voice was a finely honed weapon, full of deep, slow, sexy soul and capable of an earsplitting wail, a bonechilling snarl, a rock’n’roll howl that didn’t so much as... Read more »

B-sides: Calliope Musicals

I’ve been in Austin, Texas for the past week, and the highlight of my hectic live show calendar has been... Read more »

Did the Lilith Fair Fail Because of Lady Gaga?!

\   Jon Caramanica opens his recent New York Times piece on the changing landscape of "girl pop" with something Lady Gaga yelled during her recent run at Madison Square Garden: "I hate the truth!" Read more »

Adventures in Feministory: Loretta Lynn

Full disclosure: I love Loretta Lynn. I have dressed like her for Halloween. I have sat glued to Sissy Spacek’s performance as her in Coal Miner’s Daughter. I have been known to... Read more »

She Pop: Your Halloween House of Pop Star Horror

Oh, hey, it's Halloween everybody! Halloween, of course, is the holiday when we celebrate terror, goofy outfits, and bad life decisions made at parties that get ever-so-slightly out-of hand. I'm sure lots of you will be celebrating this sacred day with "costumes" and "parties" and "actually leaving... Read more »

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