Punk legend, riot grrrl original, and icon for rebel women everywhere, Poly Styrene (Marianne Joan Elliott-Said) died of cancer this Monday 04/25/11. She was the front-woman for the British punk rock band X-Ray Spex.
“Some people think little girls should be seen and not heard, But I think — Oh bondage, up yours!”
Stickin’ it to the power, standing up for girls, FOREVER.
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Seattle funk-punk rockers, NighTraiN want to lay some tracks up and down the West Coast. Fueled with “Locomotive” style tunes, these ladies turn it up with distortion, smooth grit, and attitude. You can help fund their first tour at their kick-starter page. You know you want to. Let’s face it, touring is not cheap, and at times, bands are lucky to break even. But you can help increase musical awesomeness awareness! Give your pledge of support before May 18 so NighTraiN can reach $2,500!
These grrrls, oh, after my own rocker heart! Seriously, if you need an opening act, I’d love the spot! Wow, the similarities are amazing, we even describe our music in “lovechild” terms. Mine…Cyndi Lauper + Joan Jett.
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If you can catch the Wednesday, April 13th show of Oprah, I highly recommend it! This show is about “Rock Goddesses of the ’70s and ’80s” featuring Sister Sledge, Stevie Nicks, Joan Jett, Pat Benatar, Salt n Pepa, Sheryl Crow, plus newbies like Miley Cyrus and Avril Lavigne. Check out Oprah’s show page here for more information. I can’t wait to watch!
We’re entering a time of ’90s nostalgia….and that means plenty of Riot Grrrl recapping. You know, Bikini Kill, Sleater-Kinney, Team Dresch, Bratmobile, ect. But what about now? Where have all the grrrls gone? Who’s out there raising hell, standing up, refusing to be silent? Where can you find powerful female role models, speaking up for their rights, breaking the mold and doing things outside the box in 2011?
Well, thanks to the magic of tagging on Band Camp, I have found a few artists that I think carry the torch for Grrrls of the 21st Century. I am happy to introduce to you: The Cathy Santonies, QueenBee, Catherine Elms, the ovens, Räuberhöhle, Doll Fight!, Demimonde Slumber Party, and Lipstick Homicide.
Revolution Grrrl Style NOW!
If you can’t see their music players below, that means you don’t have Flash. Just click on their names for direct links to their tunes.
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