The Return of the Riot Grrrls

On September 22, the pioneering riot grrrl band, Bikini Kill, reissued their original demo, Revolution Girl Style Now! The album is available through their eponymous label on vinyl, CD, digital download, and for full '90s nostalgia—cassette tape. Drummer Tobi Vail largely credits the demo with the band’s success. She told The Olympian in a recent interview, “The band … Continue reading The Return of the Riot Grrrls

Whose Bass Is It Anyway? (Or, The Problem with Pop’s Empowerment Anthems)

This article was originally written as a producer piece for Things Not Seen. This summer, a wave of up-beat, supposedly empowering pop songs came out. A similar outpouring of self-esteem boosting anthems happened in 2011, with Lady Gaga’s “Born this Way,” Katy Perry’s “Fireworks,” and Pink’s “Perfect.” The music industry has apparently discovered that inspiring … Continue reading Whose Bass Is It Anyway? (Or, The Problem with Pop’s Empowerment Anthems)