Category: Features of the Month

May 1st, 2018
Concert Etiquette 
It’s the end of March and I’m already working on May and heading towards June. I’ve been listening to Sunflower Bean’s Twentytwo in Blue and loving it. I also have been thinking about the festival season. When I was younger another music journalist I respected would have the same column once a year on concert etiquette. I’ve emulated him in the past with my version. This year I decided to start fresh. For anyone who has had the person talking the entire night right next to you, the drunk or high idiot who is making a fool of themselves, and the person who has to record every second of the headliner with a cell phone as opposed to experiencing it, this list is for you: 
 
  1. Talking – Did you come to the show to see the artist or to talk? If you’re going to talk through the entire night you’ve wasted your money and offended people around you. Go to a bar, go to a restaurant to talk. At the show more people than you WANT to hear the show. 
  2. Screaming – Why are you screaming the artist’s name? Why are you screaming song names when the artist hasn’t asked for requests? The artist knows their own name and has a set list that most likely has your favorite song in it. If the artist asked for requests, then you can scream your favorite song. 
  3. Singing – Congratulations! You know every lyric to every song that the artist is going to play. The people around you however paid to hear the artist sing them NOT you. If the artist invites you for a sing-a-long then feel free. 
  4. Filming, txting, social media – Did you pay money to see a show through a 3″ screen? I didn’t. I want to experience every note and emotion in wide screen, full life. To do that I do not need to record every second of the show, photograph every second, or txt, instagram of FB everyone I know to prove that I was there. Surprisingly neither do you. It used to be if you wore the tour t-shirt the next day at school you proved you were there. Now you can instantly make your friends jealous by sending photos, clips from your phone. Just because you can…doesn’t mean you should. Experience a show LIVE not on a 3″ screen. 
  5. Drunk/Stoned – How much of the show will you remember when you are drunk or stoned? How much will EVERYONE around you remember you if you are drunk or stoned? How many will record it and send it on social media with the quote “Look at this idiot!” Congratulations! You can get drunk or stoned anywhere. Guess what? Nobody cares. People paid money to see a show not to see you behave like an idiot. 
These are a small few of the list of concert etiquette items that appear at every show, every summer. It is a funny thing that if you treat people around you with respect, they will treat you the same. If you don’t…then you can be forever immortalized on social media for being “that ass that ruined the show.” If you paid money to see a show…see a show. See, hear and experience with every sense. If not, why are you at the show at all? 
 
Sincerely, 
 
Alex Teitz

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May 1st, 2018
Upcoming New Releases
 
Neighbor Lady – Maybe Later – https://neighborlady.biz/
 
Gabriella Cohen – Pink Is the Color of Unconditinal Love – https://www.facebook.com/gabriellacohenmusic
 
Tami Neilson – Sassafrass – http://www.tamineilson.com/
 
The Kut – Valley of Thorns – http://thekut.co.uk/
 
Gretchen Peters – Dancing With the Beast – http://www.gretchenpeters.com/

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May 1st, 2018

Artist of the Month – May 2018

The Nectars

The Nectars are releasing Sci-Fi Television on May 25. This New York & New Jersey band recalls early No Doubt with a fun and quick pop sound in their singles “Heaven” and “I Want It.” The band is led by Jessica Kenny’s exuberant vocals. https://www.thenectarsmusic.com/

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April 30th, 2018

Festival of the Month –   May 2018

 Allston, MA – May 25-27, 2018 – http://bostoncalling.com/

Boston Calling

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April 30th, 2018

Film of the Month – May 2018

http://www.nastygalmovie.com/
 
Trailer

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April 29th, 2018

Video of the Month – May 2018

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April 29th, 2018

Website of the Month – May 2018

Guitar Girl Magazine

http://guitargirlmag.com/

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April 29th, 2018

Download of the Month  – May 2018

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April 29th, 2018

Song of the Month – May 2018

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April 1st, 2018

Unfinished Mail – April 2018

 Spring is Here 

 
 
I write this the day before Spring. Last month’s editorial I wrote the day before Vans Warped Tour announced it’s line-up. It only featured 4 female acts out of 60+. In the past Warped Tour has featured double digits. As this is the last year of the tour they will not have time to remedy it. This month we feature Sharptooth who is one of the four playing the tour. 
 
In March we also saw the first caucuses and primaries of the political season. We expect to follow the political season closely this year as there are over 300 women candidates running in the US. This is a year of change and we want to reflect that. 
 
March is also Spring Break and we are finding concerts filled with kids celebrating. It is a sign of the summer to come. 
 
It is now April and we begin the festival season with our first local festival, FoCoMX. May is already overflowing with festivals we plan to preview. We are also being bombarded with new releases. That is not a bad thing. Many of the artists we like have new albums out, and many new artists who are attracting our attention are putting out new material before touring. 
 
I’m surprising myself by reading a book or two a week now. As summer gets closer I don’t expect that to continue. This past weekend we finished Brotopia about sexism in Silicon Valley. It was enlightening and brought up many events that flew under our radar. It also continued to enforce how much work still needs to be done in all industries. 

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April 1st, 2018
Upcoming New Releases
 
Belly – Dove – http://bellyofficial.com/
 
Tove Styrke – Sway – http://www.tovestyrkemusic.com/
 
The Nectars – Sci-Fi Television – https://www.facebook.com/thenectarsmusic/
 
Courtney Barnett – Tell Me How You Really Feel – https://courtneybarnett.com.au/
 
War on Women – Capture the Flag – https://www.facebook.com/WarOnWomen/

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April 1st, 2018

Artist of the Month –  April 2018

The Aces are a 4 piece pop rock band from Utah. Their album When My Heart Felt Volcanic comes out April 6 and features tracks “Lovin’ isBible”, and “”Fake Nice.” Their video for “Volcanic Love” is exciting https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UOlVELlP2jk 

For info visit http://theacesofficial.com/

 

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March 31st, 2018

Festival of the Month –  April 2018

Coachella Valley Music & Arts Festival – Indio, CA – April 13-22, 2018 

https://www.coachella.com/

Coachella

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March 31st, 2018

Website of the Month – April 2018

Rebalance Music 

 https://rebalancemusic.com/

Rebalance Music

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March 31st, 2018

Film of the Month – April 2018

Equal Means Equal 
http://equalmeansequal.com/
 
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March 30th, 2018

Video of the Month –  April 2018

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March 30th, 2018

Download of the Month  –   April 2018

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Song of the Month –  April 2018

 

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March 1st, 2018

Unfinished Mail – March 2018

Questioning the Questions
 
Hooray! It’s March. I can finally get back to my regular schedule of barely sleeping and being pure ADD on music. In February I was close. March begins the insanity of touring acts to and from SXSW, Treefort, and other music fests. It means summer isn’t far behind. 
 
Last month I had an interview with Holly Miranda. When it came to my usual question of discrimination, her response was “Umm, yeah.” In the midst of the #MeToo movement, I consider the question to be one of the most important to ask. FEMMUSIC is a niche music magazine focusing on women in music. The question goes to the heart of why we’re here. Not being able to elaborate on answers to tell a history is frustrating for me personally. I’ve been asking the question for 18 years now and the answers to it are a revelation. Whenever I get a lukewarm or tepid response I wonder, again, if I should be asking the question. Can it be changed? Can it be different? 
 
I ask the question because, since before there was FEMMUSIC, there was discrimination in the music business. It can be found in venues, studios, clubs and it may have changed over time. It has not gone away. I see value to the question. It is the “why” for us existing. Do you have thoughts on this? Please e-mail us. 

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March 1st, 2018

Upcoming New Releases

 
The Aces – When My Heart Felt Volcanic – http://theacesofficial.com/
 
Kimbra – Primal Heart – http://www.kimbramusic.com/splash
 
Mary Chapin Carpenter – Sometimes Just The Sky – https://marychapin-carpenter.squarespace.com/
 
Hop Along – Bark Your Head Off – https://www.hopalongtheband.com/
 
Lilyer – Maybe This Is All You Can Be – https://www.facebook.com/lilyermusic

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