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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 »

She Pop: The Red and The White--Some Thoughts On Taylor Swift and Katy Perry

Dear Lord, Taylor Swift fans! I cannot keep up with you! Witness just a sampling of the very angry comments on my Taylor Swift post of last week:  Personally I think she is kind of silly, but I can understand why so many people like [Taylor]. Especially teen girls. She tells girls that its okay to... Read more »

Bitch Popaganda: When Keeping it Real Goes Wrong Edition

Time for another episode of Bitch Popaganda! It’s like The View, only we all believe the earth is round. Tune in as Andi, Jonanna, Sara, and Kelsey discuss the idea of modern civility. Celebrities invoked include Kanye West, Serena Williams, Joe Wilson, Michael Jordan, Patrick Swayze, and... Read more »

She Pop-Edward Cullen, Face of Girl Power: On The Girliness of Pop, And Why It Matters

You know what's fun about this New York Times article about how the Twilight soundtrack might save the money-hemorrhaging record industry? That it has only one mention of who is most likely to buy tie-in Twilight products. You know: girls.  Now: it is not my intent, here, to start another... Read more »

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