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November 1st, 2017

Unfinished Mail – November 2017

Seeing & Not Seeing
 
 
October began with the mass killing in Las Vegas. On of the best editorials we saw about it was this:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=g2-EcHFZCCA
 
Concert security is one of my soapboxes. It is the constant struggle of keeping audience members safe without infringing on their rights. Las Vegas took it to another level with the shooter being no where near the venue. It presents a scary new step in terror. We mourn the victims in Las Vegas and hope that this will finally be the last event of its kind. 
 
On an entirely different note, October had us in shows where we couldn’t see the artist. The biggest were Frankie Rose and Hundred Waters. Both decided that a smoke machine is better than a live performance. Hundred Waters was moved from a bigger venue. We heard the crew checked the smoke machine at sound check. They obviously didn’t care that the smoke completely obscured the band. You were lucky to see shadows. 
 
Frankie Rose was a similar situation. Not only did she have a smoke machine going, she also asked that the lights be turned down when she got on stage. She was a black shadow on stage. 
 
Both shows emphasized for us how visual a concert is. As an artist on stage you have a presence to deliver your message. If you hide behind smoke and shadows, you are telling your audience you don’t “want” to see them. On stage you are the master. It is both frightening & empowering to do a live show. The reason you are on stage (and above everyone else) is because you’ve earned it. You’ve proven you can play and perform. I’ve seen shows with amazing light shows that work to amplify the performance. Both of these shows I left early. There was no show to the show only shadows and smoke. Please let your audience see how good you are. 
 
Sincerely, 
 
Alex Teitz
Editor-In-Chief

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November 1st, 2017

Upcoming New Releases

 
Taylor Swift – Reputation – https://taylorswift.com/
Kllo – Backwater – https://www.kllo.co/
Monocle Band – The Clearing – http://www.monocleband.com/
St Vincent – Masseducation – http://ilovestvincent.com/
Jessica Boudreaux – No Fury – http://www.summercannibals.com/

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November 1st, 2017

Artist of the Month – November 2017

Sophie Grophy – Sophie Grophy is an Australian rapper and songwriter who caught our attention this month with Milwaukee Banks “Lights Down” video – 

 Sophie Grophy released her own album last year called Purpularityhttps://www.sophiegrophy.com/

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October 31st, 2017

Website of the Month – November 2017

International Day of the Girl

International Day of the Girl – http://www.globalgoals.org/dayofthegirl

 

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October 31st, 2017

Film of the Month –  November 2017

Village Rockstars – https://www.villagerockstars.com/
Trailer – 
https://youtu.be/tTov2nVgXaU
 
 
 

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October 30th, 2017

Video of the Month – November 2017

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October 30th, 2017

Festival of the Month – November 2017

Iceland Air Waves

Iceland Air Waves – Reykjavik, Iceland – November 1-5, 2017 – http://icelandairwaves.is/

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October 30th, 2017

Song of the Month – November, 2017

Totally Mild - Today Tonight

https://chaptermusic.bandcamp.com/track/today-tonight

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October 1st, 2017

Unfinished Mail – October 2017

Kayla Smith

 
NOT THE MERCH GIRL 
 
In August we caught the band Scars That Heal in Time. Kayla Smith was wearing a t-shirt that said “NOT THE MERCH GIRL” that had been made by her mother. To me it was an instant recognition of what happens every day. I’ve heard it from tour managers, and artists. They come to a venue and the expectation is that they are “friends of the band”, “groupies”, “the merch girl”, etc….not the band itself. I’ve been hearing stories for years and seeing a band blatantly point it out was wonderful. Personally I think Scars That Heal in Time should have that t-shirt in it’s merch. I know many artists who would wear that shirt. 
 
I view the non recognition of the band “being” the band as sexism pure and simple. No man loading in gear is viewed the same way. A band deserves basic respect when loading in and through the night. If they are professional, the venue should be professional with them. If not, well…those are other stories. Women lugging in their own equipment are not viewed the same way. In some ways it is almost puritan based where a woman isn’t “expected” to do that. It’s 2017. Women are doing more than they were ever “expected” to do. They aren’t “just” the merch girl. They are the band that will kick your ass. 
 
Alex Teitz
Editor-In-Chief
FEMMUSIC

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October 1st, 2017

Upcoming New Releases – October 2017

Upcoming New Releases
Kelela – Take Me Apart – http://kelela.co/home/
Frida Sundemo –  Flashbacks & Futures – http://www.fridasundemo.com/
Hope Dunbar – The Black Crows – http://www.hopedunbarmusic.com/
Whitney Rose –  Rule 62 – http://whitneyrosemusic.com/
Florist – If Blue Could Be Happiness – http://florist.life/

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October 1st, 2017

Artist of the Month –  October 2017

Aisha Badru

Aisha Badru – She released the single “Mind On Fire” this summer. It is part of the full length album she will be releasing soon as a follow up to her 2015 Vacancy EP. This New York singer songwriter is touring now. https://aishabadru.com/

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September 30th, 2017

Festival of the Month – October 2017

Lost Lake Festival

Lost Lake Festival – Phoenix, AZ – October 20-22, 2017
https://www.lostlakefestival.com/

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September 30th, 2017

Website of the Month –  October 2017

feministing

Feministing –  Young Women Blogging, Organizing and Kicking Ass – http://feministing.com/

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September 30th, 2017

Film of the Month – October 2017

http://servedlikeagirl.com/
Trailer:

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September 29th, 2017

Video of the Month – October 2017

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September 29th, 2017

Download of the Month – October 2017

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September 29th, 2017

Song of the Month – October 2017

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September 1st, 2017

Unfinished Mail – September 2017

Fight Like A Girl

 
What does it mean to “Fight Like A Girl?” We began to ask that question after receiving the following video at the beginning of August:
 
Zolita – Fight Like A Girl (2017) – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WWcvcfpqs08
 
Zolita’s video is one of empowerment and sisterhoord and reflects the world of post the Womens’ March with the lyrics, “My Body, My Choice, My Rights and My Voice.” Zolita is the not the first artist to “fight like a girl.” We were quickly reminded of others including:
Kalie Shorr – Fight Like A Girl (2016) – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aD6vyPPbcW8
 
Emilie Autumn – Fight Like A Girl (2013) – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dvOXuZwOEvM
 
Bomshel – Fight Like A Girl (2009) – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=V96r2046qjE
 
There are many others. You will also find many organizations that Fight Like A Girl including:
 
 
 
 
These organizations help to strengthen each other in times of illness or even abusive relationships. 
 
Fight like a girl does not mean fight like a man. It is a measure of mental and spiritual resolve that keeps us going no matter what hardship life throws at us. 
 
 

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August 30th, 2017

Festival of the Month – September 2017

The Meadows Music & Arts FestivalThe Meadows Music and Arts Festival

 

September 15-17, 2017 – New York, NY

 https://www.themeadowsnyc.com/

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August 30th, 2017
Upcoming New Releases
 
Becca Mancari – Good Woman – http://www.beccamancari.com/
Elizabeth and the Catapult – Keepsake – https://elizabethandthecatapult.com/
Alexz Johnson – A Stranger Time – http://alexzjohnson.com/
Daniella Mason – Daniella Mason – https://www.daniellamason.com/
Morly – Sleeping In My Own Bed – https://www.facebook.com/morlymusic/

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