8 Excellent New Rock Records Made By Women

“Female” is not a genre. But rock is a genre where women are thriving in 2015.

Originally posted on BuzzFeed

1. Colleen Green, I Want To Grow Up

Colleen Green’s second album is a quarter life crisis set to music, with her striving to live like a mature adult while insecurities and bad habits make that seem almost entirely impossible. She’s great at writing instantly catchy alt-rock melodies, which is a good thing – the hooks make it easier to handle the dark, self-loathing introspection of songs like “Deeper Than Love” and “Things That Are Bad for Me.”

Out on February 24th on Hardly Art.

2. Courtney Barnett, Sometimes I Sit And Think And Sometimes I Just Sit

Australian songwriter Courtney Barnett has a gift for writing songs that find intense emotions in mundane situations – like, say, having a song start out with her singing about feeling too lazy to mow her lawn and having it climax with her cathartically shouting “I used to hate myself but now I think I’m alright!” Like Green, Barnett is writing songs about trying to grow into adulthood, but she’s a lot more laid back and more likely to shrug off her angst or try to talk you down from thinking she’s cool.

Out on March 24th on Mom+Pop.

3. Sleater-Kinney, No Cities to Love

Sleater-Kinney’s first album in nearly a decade sounds just as vital and thrilling as anything the band made during their run of classic records in the late ’90s and early ’00s, but it’s not a carbon copy of anything they made back then. No Cities to Loveis a quick and brutal record, with the band blasting through 10 top-quality tracks in a half hour. The vocals by Corin Tucker and Carrie Brownstein are all raw nerve emotion, and the music hits with the urgency of a band who probably knew damn well how much the world needed them back in action as they recorded it.

Out now on Sub Pop.

4. Erase Errata, Lost Weekend

Sleater-Kinney isn’t the only all-female punk trio who’ve returned from a long hiatus. Erase Errata’s first record since their excellent 2006 album Night Life is a brief, powerful set of tunes that pushes the band’s hyper-political and highly rhythmic post-punk style in a new direction. Singer and guitarist Jenny Hoyston’s guitar chops have evolved quite a bit over the past decade, resulting in a surprising delicacy on some tracks, while others, like the quasi-industrial “Watch Your Language,” approach the kind of harsh mechanical tones you’d find on a Rage Against the Machine or late period Wire album.

Out now on Under the Sun.

5. Waxahatchee, Ivy Tripp

Katie Crutchfield’s first album for Merge Records takes a more refined approach to the sort of introspective indie rock she’s been making as Waxahatchee for a few years now. Ivy Tripp has a crisp, clean sound that brings out the best in Crutchfield’s voice and her songs without dulling down her rough edges or sounding too much like an overproduced major label record designed specifically for radio airplay.

Out on April 7th on Merge.

6. Chastity Belt, Time To Go Home

Out on March 24th on Hardly Art.

7. Lower Dens, Escape from Evil

Escape from Evil, Jana Hunter’s third album as leader of Lower Dens, is her most confident and focused work yet. While the band’s previous records had a murky, claustrophobic sound, her new songs have a clean, airy sound that seems like ideal music to play while cruising on a highway. The music is rather minimal, but the songs imply a huge scale and, at times, a cinematic grandeur.

Out on March 31st on Ribbon Music.

8. Torres, Sprinter

Brooklyn songwriter Mackenzie Scott sings and plays guitar with a grim yet sexy intensity that recalls PJ Harvey’s first few records from the early ’90s. She’s no PJ clone, though – Scott’s music as Torres has its own peculiar atmosphere, and a touch of country twang buried beneath the harsh tones and distortion.

Out on May 5th on Partisan Records.

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The Most Popular Drugs In Rock Lyrics And The Top Artists Talking About Them

Originally posted on HuffingtonPost.com

We’ve examined the most talked about drugs in hip-hop and the rappers who were talking about them the most, and now Project Know has applied the same to rock ‘n’ roll. Digging through the lyrics of 15,000 songs, alcohol was easily the most discussed substance, followed by weed and cocaine. Separated into the five categories of alcohol, cocaine/crack, meth, prescription painkillers and weed, Tom Waits not only leads in mentions of alcohol, but also leads other artists with over 60 songs mentioning drugs or alcohol, followed by Grateful Dead and Bob Dylan with both over 30 songs each.

Premiere: Hanni El Khatib Channels RZA And Iggy Pop On Grimy New Single “Moonlight”

from Buzzfeed.

L.A.’s rock ‘n’ roll purist is leaving the garage.
You remember Hanni El Khatib, the L.A. garage rock rebel behind stylized and visceral tracks like “Family” and “You Rascal You.”

You remember Hanni El Khatib, the L.A. garage rock rebel behind stylized and visceral tracks like " Family " and " You Rascal You ."

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He’s back with a new album, Moonlight, that promises to take his stripped-down, vintage rock ‘n’ roll in adventurous new directions. Listen to the title track and lead single below — a psychedelic, loop-heavy number built over an ominous guitar break.

El-Khatib says the track is equal parts RZA, Iggy Pop, and Tom Waits and, honestly, we have to agree.

Moonlight is out Jan. 20, 2015. Pre-order it here.

Moonlight is out Jan. 20, 2015. Pre-order it here .

Innovative Leisure.

Foo Fighters Name New Album ‘Sonic Highways,’ Reveal Track List

The group’s eighth record, which it teased with various occurrences of the number “eight,” is due November 10th. The 180-gram vinyl edition features nine covers, including one for each of the eight cities the band recorded in for the record.

“This album is instantly recognizable as a Foo Fighters record, but there’s something deeper and more musical to it,” Grohl said in a statement. “I think that these cities and these people influenced us to stretch out and explore new territory, without losing our ‘sound’.”

Here is the track list for Sonic Highways:

1. “Something From Nothing”
2. “The Feast and the Famine”
3. “Congregation”
4. “What Did I Do?/God as My Witness”
5. “Outside”
6. “In the Clear”
7. “Subterranean”
8. “I Am a River”

Arcade Fire covers Guns N’ Roses and Jane’s Addiction on Tour

On Arcade Fire’s Reflecktor tour, they have been playing location specific covers.  They have had renditions of R.E.M. in Athens, Prince in Minneapolis, the Smiths in London, and Kansas in Missouri, and now the band played a few  songs by L.A. natives Jane’s Addiction and Guns N’ Roses.

Watch Arcade Fire cover Guns N’ Roses’ “Welcome to the Jungle” and Jane’s Addiction’s “Been Caught Stealing.”

Panic! At The Disco Fights The Good Fight

After the Westboro Baptist Church announced they were going to protest Panic! At the Disco’s Kansas City, Mo., show Sunday night, the band fought for what is right.  They posted the following on twitter:

Panic! frontman Brendon Urie has been open about experimenting “in other realms of homosexuality and bisexuality.”

The protest was lame, both in reason and attendance, with only 13 protesters.  The band ended up donating $1000 plus 5% of all merchandise sold to the Human Rights Campaign.