screengrab from "Attitude" by Leikeli47

SXSW Sounds for a Feminist Future

Last week, I pressed my face against the glass and watched from afar as everyone else went to Austin to hear some of the best music the world has to offer at South by Southwest. Even with the bloat and menace of corporate influence, SXSW still beckons music lovers, even those who just can’t get … [Read more…]

An Unsweetened Weekend Mix #6

Jolie Holland, 2015

  I’m here to tell you what’s new and new-ish in southern music. This is my inconsistent but persistent attempt to spread the good word about the women, trans, non-binary, and queer folks making music in the South these days. Now you have something to do besides puke green beer this weekend. Happy Friday!   … [Read more…]

How to Persevere

how to persevere

My dream, for as long as I can remember, has been to write a book. It doesn’t even have to be a bestselling book, or a critically acclaimed book. Just the act of having a publisher deem it worth publishing would be enough, and my entire one-item bucket list would be complete. That goal seems straightforward, right? ‘So write it!’ my … [Read more…]

Questions about School Walkouts Across the South?

High school students in Minneapolis protest for gun reform, February 21, 2018 (photo by Fibonacci Blue)

Tomorrow, a nationwide school walkout will memorialize those seventeen teenagers and teachers murdered on Valentine’s Day a month ago and call attention to the ongoing murder of teens and teachers in our schools. This is a protest for awareness and policy change. We’ve long moved past the need for thoughts and prayers, and, those of … [Read more…]

Ruby Boots’ Bex Chilcott on Nashville, Her Pearl-Farming Past, and Intersectionality in Country Music

Ruby Boots (photo by Stefani Vinsel)

As Ruby Boots, Bex Chilcott makes a fiery, offbeat brand of country music that is right at home at Bloodshot Records – with other rebel heart breakers like Lydia Loveless and Sarah Shook. Hailing from Perth, Australia, but now based in Nashville, Chilcott takes love to task and expresses real strength in her songs – all … [Read more…]