As one of the most popular indie-rock acts of the ‘80s and ‘90s, Throwing Muses helped to pave the way for a host of female-fronted bands that came after them. Now after a ten-year absence, Throwing Muses have returned with Purgatory/Paradise, a release that easily contends as one of 2013’s most intriguing records
As many of my faithful readers know, I champion shining a spotlight on deserving women and the issues they face. This week the Women’s International Music Network is holding two events as part of the CBGB Festival in NYC. As the organization’s founder, I will host both a panel and showcase on Thursday, October 10, 2013.
If you’re looking for a soundtrack for the last gasp of summer, try a set of sweet singles by singer/songwriter Tawny Ellis. A native of Savannah, Georgia, Ellis splits her time between Los Angeles and New Orleans, and it shows in her music. A sultry compilation of twangy strings and smoky vocals, Ellis delivers a collection that showcases her considerable talent.
This past Friday, I did something I never dreamed I’d do. I hosted an awards show honoring women in the music industry. It was one of the most exhilarating experiences of my life! As part of the production of the awards show, I also launched a new organization aimed at supporting and uniting female musicians, producers, engineers, executives, publicists, managers, teachers, students and everyone in between.
Orianthi is a triple threat. She looks good. She plays even better. And did I mention this girl can really belt it out? She's been touring throughout 2012 with Alice Cooper. She joins in on the onstage antics for his quintessential shock rock theatrics, sporting bloody guitars and more. But Orianthi isn’t new to larger-than-life stage shows.
When you sit down to listen to Kaki King’s new release, Glow, you’ll be struck by the pristine recording quality, the crystal-clear tone, the acoustic separation and the compositions that stem from masterful and moving arpeggiations. But it’s when you see King play live that you experience her true genius.
Lzzy Hale signed up for the rock and roll lifestyle at age 13. Now fronting and getting loud on guitar with Halestorm, Hale is just about as rockin’ as they come. With a new album at the top of the charts, the band is in full on touring mode, and it don’t get better than this.
As I learn about the many benefits and challenges of going electric, one question keeps invading my brain: Why are these tube amps SO DARN HEAVY?! And here’s where being a female musician can actually be a benefit, as most of the time someone will offer to help me move my amp around.
Can you believe it’s been a year since this Guitar Girl’d column was born? To celebrate, I thought it only fitting to resurrect my favorite column of the last 52 weeks: my list of the top 10 hot male guitar players. Yep, last year when I broke this concept, I admit I was a bit perturbed by all those lists of hot female guitarists … with the word “hot” not defining their scathing performance skills. Oh no!
At an unassuming 5-foot-2, Lauren Larson likes to startle. So don’t let her diminutive size fool you. Larson’s ferociously energetic guitar onslaught renders her a gargantuan guitar force. She’s just chock full of hair-flailing, guitar-wailing goodness. Larson fronts Austin-based Ume (pronounced ooo-may), a power trio whose other two members are Larson’s husband, Eric, on bass and Rachel Furhrer on drums.