Category: Previews

October 31st, 2019

Fierce Femme Fest

The Bowery Electric

New York, NY

November 8, 2019

This show brings together 5 NY punk, grunge, alternative bands for a wild night of music. The bands are The Dye, Bad Kitty, Ashjesus, Jigsaw Youth & Grim Streaker For tix

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October 15th, 2019



Manhattan, NY

October 16, 2019

Female Voices from Finland

Mondo Music & Tech Conference, Finnish Tech Design & Art (FTDA), Guild of Music Supervisors, Nordic Culture Fund, Business Finland present 3 Finnish Arts as part of the IGNITE VULNERABILITY: Empower Yourself & Be The Change. The artists are:

Irene – Premiering her new single “Skybound” from her upcoming 2020 release

GEA – Fresh off a Japanese tour, she brings her electro-acoustic music from her EP Snow

Anni – Presenting songs from her upcoming album From Darkness to Light

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October 4th, 2019
No voice hushd-flyer
Brooklyn, NY
October 9th, 2019
No Voice Hush’d is a night of music and art. It features music by What Would Tilda Swinton Do, Irrevery, Water Gh0st, Cherry, Crowd the Airwaves, and more.

There is art by Lillian Sthereva, Gwaldys Le Roy, Domenica Garcia, Luisa Muhr and others. A complete listing can be found on the webpage.

According to recent studies, female-identified persons represent about a third of all gallery-represented artists globally; in the songwriting world this number goes down to a little more than a tenth. In the NYC rock/punk scene in particular, female-identifying musicians must fight several orders of magnitude harder than their male peers for their voices to be heard.

No voice hush’d is a representation of our method to rectify this, starting here in NYC through the uniting of female-identified artists across disciplines. Art videos, paintings, installations and more share a literal and figurative stage with the performers and poets performing that night, their works united by their creation from a non-male perspective. Muchmore’s, the venue for the night, is a Brooklyn space with DIY tendencies known for its inclusiveness in programming.

No voice hush’d focuses on the artistic power of this group, providing for them a platform of support and a spotlight for their work.

Reflecting upon current political circumstances, all proceeds from ticket sales will go towards the ACLU (American Civil Liberties Union) to support the fight against abortion restriction.

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August 27th, 2019
Grace WanderWaal
Grace VanderWaal at Bluebird Theater
Denver, CO
September 3, 2019
Grace VanderWaal has sold out the Bluebird with her “Ur So Beautiful” Tour.  This star who first came to fame on America’s Got Talent now has millions of followers and two full length albums to her name. She has a line of Fender Ukulele’s, and a non-profit called Little Miracles. At age 15 VanderWaal brings a bedroom pop sound with a majestic quality to her music. Her latest singles include “Ur So Beautiful” and “Waste My Time”


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August 20th, 2019
Dog Party Hit And Run
Dog Party at Streets of London
Denver, CO
August 21, 2019

The title track of Dog Party’s latest album is a pop-heavy blast about a relationship gone wrong called “Hit and Run.” This California sister duo glides easily from punk to surf in a tight set. Lucy is on drums and Gwendolyn is on guitar. The sisters are not bound to their instruments and switch often.

Dog Party is prolific. They have 6 albums dating from 2009. They are professional touring artists. They recently finished touring with Bad Cop Bad Cop and are opening tonight for CJ Ramone.

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July 16th, 2019

Turn it Up! Fundraiser


Los Angeles, CA

July 21, 2019

Turn It Up! Is a collective of women working towards gender parity in music

This all-ages show is a collection of the best of the best. The Turn It Up House Band includes Abby Travis, Beck Wreck, Blare Bitch, Bere Fennelly & Sharon Needles. The guest vocalists is the all-star lineup of Alice Bag, Nina Diaz, Lisa Kekaula, Kristine Nevrose & Drew Arriola Sands.

That’s just the house band. There will also be performances by Solve J Schou, Phranc, The Groans and much more. This is a feminist catalog of music from the past 20 years, and the next 20 to come.

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June 19th, 2019

return of persephone

Café Race

Seattle, WA

June 21, 2019
In celebration of the solstice, Willow has brought together a night of women artists. Persephone’s Circle was Seattle’s reaction to Lilith Fair and we wrote about it in 1999 –
Now it is back with a line-up of Willow, Mary Lydia Ryan, Nancy Coltom, J.R., Elizabeth Carpenter and Tiger Zane. Information on the artists can be found at:

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June 14th, 2019

SHAED Summer 2019 Smaller - Shervin Lainez

Shaed –  Chelsea Lee

Westword Music Showcase

Denver, CO

June 29, 2019

If you haven’t heard of Shaed recently you haven’t been listening. Their song “Trampoline” has been rocketing up the charts after being featured in an Apple MacBook Air commercial. The band’s recent release is the Melt EP and includes songs like “Thunder”

Shaed is coming to the 25th Anniversary Westword Music Showcase on June 29, 2019. This showcase is filled with local bands, as well as national and international headliners including CHVCHES.

FEMMUSIC had a recent e-mail interview with Chelsea Lee about the band’s amazing journey.

FEMMUSIC: What was the biggest challenge making Melt?

CL: I think one of the biggest challenges was choosing what songs made the most sense to release for this chapter of our careers. We had written so many songs for Melt and wanted to make sure we were creating a cohesive EP. We ended up choosing the songs that best reflected our musical journey at the time.

FEMMUSIC: How did you approach making Melt differently from Just Wanna See?

CL: Just Wanna See was a collection of some of the first songs we had written together – we weren’t living with each other at the time so the songwriting process was a bit all over the place. Max and Spencer would send me tracks, or bits and pieces of songs, and I would try to contribute in whatever way I could from afar. Now we all live in a house right outside of DC with a studio, so it makes writing so much more fun and convenient. Obviously, our songwriting has grown and evolved over the years as well.

ISOU_Thunder Cover Art

FEMMUSIC: Tell me about “Trampoline.” How did the song form in the band? How has the song’s breakout from Apple changed your lives?

Trampoline was the second song we wrote in our house. It started with us watching old home videos of Max and Spencer and there was one clip of them where they are about 3 or 4 jumping on a trampoline. This sparked the first lyric – “I’ve been having dreams, jumping on a trampoline” and from there we tried to create an ethereal song about embracing your fears.

Apple was a huge, huge blessing for us – the commercial was seen all over the world, so it definitely expanded our audience. The commercial has opened so many doors for us – “Trampoline” is doing really well at alternative and pop radio and we’re playing almost every single festival this year, including Summer Sonic in Japan, so it has been amazing.

FEMMUSIC: I’ve heard you’ve been working with various producers lately. Who would be your ideal choice of a producer to work with? Why?

CL: This is such a tough question because there are so many incredible musicians, producers, mixers, etc. in this industry that we would die to work with. A big one for us is Mark Ronson, because everything he touches is gold.

FEMMUSIC: Can you describe your songwriting technique?

CL: Our songwriting is super collaborative. We generally wake up in the morning, have breakfast, and then walk into our studio to write. We generally try to write songs organically with an acoustic guitar or piano and then build out a track from there.

FEMMUSIC: What song (not your own) has had the biggest influence on you and why?

CL: Again we have been influenced by so many people – Frank Sinatra, HER, Radio Head to name the tiniest few.

FEMMUSIC: What challenges, if any, have you faced as a woman in the music industry? And how did you overcome them?

CL: To be honest, I don’t see many challenges. I feel like being a female in this industry is super empowering for me. Being on stage, singing songs that we’ve written together is such an amazing feeling and makes me feel like super woman. I just want to encourage young girls and women to follow their dreams… as corny as that sounds.

FEMMUSIC: Whom would you most like to collaborate with, or tour with? Why?

CL: Right now – SZA. Her latest album was on repeat for weeks and was so incredibly inspiring.

FEMMUSIC: What’s one thing would you like to change about the music industry?

CL: Hmmm not sure 🙂


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May 29th, 2019


The Reunion Tour

Dairy Arts Center

Boulder, CO

May 31, 2019

An evening of music and memories. From folk to blues this trio will wow in a reunion tour.

Cris Williamson is a legacy of her own. Founder of the first woman owned and themed record label, Olivia Records. She is a feminist activist voice with 31 albums, and her newly released Motherland as 32.

Grammy winning multi-instrumentalist Barbara Higbie has done everything from Jazz, Bluegrass, Classical, Irish and more. She has worked with Carlos Santana. Her latest release, Scenes from Life came out in 2014.

Teresa Trull is a longtime collaborator with Higbie. She took from gospel to rock and has performed with Holly Near and Joan Baez. In 2011 she moved to New Zealand to found New Zealand Horse Help.

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April 29th, 2019

Canadian Music Week

Toronto, ON

May 6-12, 2019

This year’s Canadian Music Week is overflowing with artists including Azealia Banks, Sunflower Bean, LA Witch and more. Here are 15 artists who should also get your attention:

Akabane Vulgars on Strong Bypass – This Japanese band is more rock than punk with purpose driven lyrics.

Alsndra – This Toronto artists brings female gangster style with an empowering sound.

Art d’Ecco – Art D’Ecco is a glam rock artist whose music is filled with original arrangements. Much more than a sight for the eyes.

Annie Sama – Annie Sama is a producer who is also involved in music and fashion. The music is bold with hints of a revolution.

Bronswick – This pop 2 piece is synthpop with captivating vocals of Catherine Coutu.

Cheap Tobacco – This Polish band is one of the stars to watch in this year’s festival. They have been awarded being Poland’s top Blues band 3 years in a row and have toured internationally. This is Blues of Jack White meets Wolf Alice.

Denver Haylee – Denver Haylee brings a jazz soul to R & B that hooks you from the first note.

Ella Mar – This Israeli artist will be releasing her full length album this year. She has studied jazz and it brings a lyric driven shadow to her music.

Grizzly Coast – Alannah Kavanagh leads this rock band whose recent video “Half Light Boy” is featured this month on FEMMUSIC.

Joan Smith and the Jane Does – This rowdy Toronto rock band is the fight waiting to erupt.

Little Coyote – Teagan Johnston is a Toronto artist who recently did a European tour. Her music is edgy alternative that pricks your ears up.

Madison Olds – This Canadian singer-songwriter should be on everyone’s radar with songs including “Blue” and “Thank You.”

Man In Motion – This Mexican electronic project has thriving beats with the vocals of Sarmen Almond.

Sorrey – Emilee Sorrey fronts this shoegaze band from Prince Edward Island. They will be releasing their full length album later this year.

The Greeting Committee – Addie Sartino is the frontwoman to this band who plays exploratory lyrics with soaring beats.

Your Girl Pho – Phoebe Gunson is an Australian artist with a large vocal range and the music to fill it.

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March 1st, 2019


Women of the World Festival

Southbank Centre

London, UK

March 8-9, 2019
In celebration of International Women’s Day, Women of the World will hold a 2 day event looking at WHAT NOW? & WHAT NEXT?
March 8, 2019 – What Now

Guests include Annie Lennox, Julia Gillard, Gina Miller, Rizzle Kicks, Jordan Stephens, Scarlett Curtis, Maisie Williams, Rosie Jones

March 8, 2019 – What Next

Guests include Sandi Toksvig, Munroe Bergdorf, Helena Kennedy QC, Rashma Saujani, Jenny Sealey, Lily Allen

The Women Of the World Festival is also the launch of WOW Foundation.

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February 22nd, 2019
Thayer Sarrano

Photo by Alysse Gafkjen

Thayer Sarrano

The Walnut Room

Denver, CO

February 27, 2019

Thayer Sarrano is a multi-faceted artist. A visual artist, a classically trained musician, and a touring musician. Her music has a minimalist ethereal quality to it. She comes to Denver a month before the release of her 4th studio album, Wings Alleluia. The album was made in Athens, Georgia and is released by The Guildwater Group. It includes “Oh My Soul”, “These Arms”, “White Shores” and “Grace Goes On”

She is touring with Johnny Hickman. FEMMUSIC was honored to speak with her about the new album.

FEMMUSIC: What was the biggest challenge making Wings Alleluia?

TS: This was the first time that I played most parts and made a lot more arrangements for male voices, etc. That was helpful to get the vision into the sound, but it also made a lot more room for self doubt. Also I like things pretty murky, but I wanted the lyrics to be clear because they are more positive. So that was always a dance with the mixes.

FEMMUSIIC: Wings Alleluia is your 4th studio album. What lessons have you learned from your other projects?

TS: Each record I feel like I get a little closer. I learn how to communicate better, from more engineering terms and less colors, to just knowing how to better achieve what I want. I feel lucky as a session player too to be able to see so many different styles of working and dynamics in the studio.

FEMMUSIC: Tell me about your sketchbook? How does your visual art influences your music?

TS: Visual art helps me communicate the stuff I can’t say. It’s like a middle man for writing. I will have an experience or understanding from somewhere that I can paint or draw or whatever. Then at some point, I will find I am describing that image in my lyrics.

FEMMUSIC: You have a number of artists involved with the album. Tell me how the Athens music scene has influenced your music?

TS: I’m thankful for Athens because it’s a very inspiring, supportive, and “original” community. I’ve learned so much seeing bands, playing with a lot of bands there, and working at Camp Amped (teenage rock camp at Nuçi’s Space). People involved with the camp are my family, bandmates, engineers, etc. This record was fun because I got so many of the people I have sung harmony or accompanied in the past to sing with me.

FEMMUSIC: What song (not your own) has had the biggest influence on you and why?

TS: Woah… I can remember so many defining moments. It’s impossible to pick one!

I remember the first time I heard Bob Dylan’s song “Isis”… I think I was 7 or 8. It was a new feeling for me at that time. I remember just thinking “yes.”

FEMMUSIC: What challenges, if any, have you faced as a woman in the music industry? And how did you overcome them?

TS: I’ve been really lucky to work with only really good men in the studio and on tour who are secure and respectful. Every once in a while on tour, you come across somebody condescending or creepy, and you handle it case by case. Sometimes people just don’t know how to talk to people because they have their own issues, and so they can learn from you too.

FEMMUSIC: Whom would you most like to collaborate with, or tour with? Why?

TS: Neil Young, because Neil Young… tour with Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds, make a record with Daniel Lanois .

FEMMUSIC: What one thing would you like to change about the music industry

TS: I have been living and working through a difficult phase in the industry where the system devalues art and there are a lot more expectations for artists outside of making art now.  I don’t know how to change that on the big level personally, but I do believe it will change. Music is bigger, and we will keep making the work that must be born, and that is so important that I can’t let the insanity get me down.

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February 15th, 2019
The Bellrays
The Bellrays

Lost Lake

Denver, CO

February 22, 2019


The Bellrays are bringing punk back to Denver with their Preachin’ the Gospel of Punk Tour. The Bellrays are Lisa Kekaula and Robert Vennum and they’ve been playing music for over 30 years. Their first self-titled album came out in 1990. This tour comes with their new album Punk Funk Rock Soul Vol 2. The album includes tracks “Black Lightning” and “Bad Reaction.” The band just released a new video:


This Riverside, California band mixes blues, punk, gospel into a vivid experience as all live music should be. The Atom Age and Hot Apostles are opening this show. 


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February 8th, 2019


Los Angeles, CA

February 7-23, 2019

Red Bull Music takes over Los Angeles again with a series of events that celebrate everything from LA’s Punk History to Mexican Music and Robyn. Highlights include:

February 7 – San Cha – Opening night with LA based singer-songwriter San Cha, La Victoria, Yanga, and more.

February 15 – Her Smell screening – Elisabeth Moss is Becky Something in Alex Ross Perry’s new film. Perry is one of many guests due to attend

February 16 – The Decline of Western Civilization screening – The tour-de-force film about the LA punk scene will be screened with Director Penelope Spheeris in attendance

February 22 & 23 – Robyn – Swedish pop artist Robyn will be playing for 2 nights including music from her album Honey


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January 15th, 2019
Cursive at Bluebird Theater
Denver, CO
Friday January 18, 2019
Cursive has been playing for 2 decades and continues to bring new original visceral music out. Their tour is based around their 8th studio album, Vitriola, released in 2018. The album reunites Tim Kasher, guitarist/singer Ted Stevens and bassist Matt Maginn with drummer Clint Schnase, Patrick Newbery on keys and Megan Siebe on cello. Cursive runs a course that borders hard rock and indie folk with screaming vocals mixed into arrangements that engage the senses. The album evokes anger at the world with songs “Free To Be or Not To Be You and Me”, “Under the Rainbow” and “Noble Soldier/Dystopian Lament.” Their single “Life Savings” calls Capitalism into question while the video shows greed in action

Vitriola was released in 2018 on Cursive’s own label 15 Passengers and is produced Mike Mogis. The band is on a headlining tour with Summer Cannibals and Campdogzz.

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January 1st, 2019
Brandi Carlile’s Girls Just Wanna Weekend
Hard Rock Hotel, 
Rivera Maya, Mexico
January 30, 2019 – February 3, 2019
Grammy nominated artist Brandi Carlile announced this festival in the summer. It is inspired by Lilith Fair with all women headliners. Carlile has had a long tradition of going to Mexico for the winter. This time she has brought an impressive line-up:
Brandi Carlile – Nominated for 6 Grammy’s Carlile’s latest album is By the Way I Forgive You. She is a wonder and joy who is proving her dominance in the music world.
Maren Morris –  Country artist Maren Morris is known for her album Hero. She has been a rising star who is quickly going beyond “rising.”
Indigo Girls –  With 15 studio releases, and more live albums, separate projects and more…The Indigo Girls have a history of music and activism that has shaped the world.
Margo Price – Grammy Nominated as Best New Artist, Margo Price made a mark with her album Midwest Farmer’s Daughter. She blew it out of the park with All American Made.
Patty Griffin –  Grammy Award winner Patty Griffin has a large catalog of songs that speak right to the soul.
Lucius – Jess & Holly make up the sublime harmonies of Lucius. They have worked with and toured with Roger Waters and have established an enviable place.
KT Tunstall –  Tunstall released her latest album Wax this year. Tunstall is a wild rock and rock artist with quick humor and solid songs.
The Secret Sisters –  Laura & Lydia Rogers’ third album You Don’t Own Me Anymore was produced by Carlile and features this resilient group at their best.
Ruby Amanfu –  This Nashville singer-songwriter has been featured on Beyonce’s Lemonade and is known for her appearances on Nashville.

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January 1st, 2019
Globalfest 2019
The Copacabana, Times Square, New York
January 6, 2019
This annual world music festival returns with 12 artists on 3 stages including:
Amethyst Kiah – USA – Southern gothic, alt-country blues
Combo Chimbita – Columbia/ NY – Psychedelic cumbia-inflected tropical futurism
Dakh Daughters – Ukraine – Kyiv’s underground punk cabaret
Gata Preto – Mozambique/Ghana/Germany  – Afrofuturist global bass
Maggos Herrera & The Brooklyn Rider – Mexico/USA –  Innovative string quartet and lush vocals
Zouk Machine – Guadeloupe/France – The grande dame of French-Antillean zouk

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December 12th, 2018
Red Bull Music Presents United States of Bass
Cervantes Ballroom & Cervantes Other Side, Denver, CO
December 13, 2018
Two rooms with heavy bass and 9 artists from all over the nation including the three women acts of:
Souls in Action – The artist collective features artists including YaSI
UNIIQU3 –  This producer was part of the Jersey Club movement and is now a producer in her own right.
Jubilee – Jess Gentile was part of the Brooklyn based dancehall crew who won the Red Bull Culture Clash in 2016. She is the first lady of bass from Miami.

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November 16th, 2018
Larimer Lounge

Denver, Colorado

Sunday, November 18, 2018
As Lea Luna greets Denver, Colorado with her presence again, we are eager to see what she unleashes at her upcoming event at the Larimer Lounge, November 18, 2018. Luna has been an admit member of the EDM music scene since 2009, and gained a steady following. She has previously performed at venues like The Marque, Vegas, Beta Nightclub, Denver, and the Avaion, Las Vegas.

Her fierce, “bad-girl” composition is intriguing at best. Working beside Sleeping Giant Music, Lea Luna has intrigued her audience with bass-filled dance music that does just that… Makes you want to dance. A strict, not too be messed with attitude, and a progressive house sound is the lime and coconut duo of a Lea Luna performance.

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October 25th, 2018


Denver, CO
October 31- November 11, 2018
The Denver Film Festival is 41 and bigger than ever. Film programs include CinemaQ, Women + Film, Focus on National Cinema: Hungary, Italian Showcase, Stain Brakhage Vision Award, Panels on journalism, and Denver’s soon to be art event Meow Wolf (there’s a documentary too). The Festival is filled with events from the Red Carpet to the smallest screen, and virtual reality. Here are some of our picks to see:
Netizens –  A documentary focusing on 3 women whose lives have been changed by online harassment including Anita Sarkeesian and Gamergate
A Private War –  Rosamund Pike takes on the life and death of Marie Colvin a journalist killed in Syria in 2012.
Rafiki –  This LBGQT film was banned in its native Kenya. A bold look at a lesbian relation based upon the book Jambula Tree
This Changes Everything – Tom Donahue & Geena Davis (Producer) bring together the biggest names in entertainment including Meryl Streep, Natalie Portman, Rashida Jones, Sandra Oh, Tiffany Haddish, Jessica Chastain, Cate Blanchett, and Reese Witherspoon to talk about gender discrimination and the solutions post #metoo –
Vox Lux – Looking at the 18-year trials and tribulations of fictional rock star Celeste (Natalie Portman) and featuring music by SIA. This Red Carpet presentation will include director Brady Corbet.

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