BRIXTON’S CULT HAIR SHOP TRANSPORTS YOU TO A CANDY COLOURED UNIVERSE WHERE EVERYONE IS ALLOWED TO BE AS BOLD, BRIGHT AND LOUD AS THEY DESIRE
On her new album Young, singer-songwriter and guitarist Erica Freas creates a complex universe for her community to take comfort in.
Throughout her career, the legendary Joan Armatrading has embraced a confidence that we should all be so inspired to welcome in to our own music. This interview originally appeared in She Shreds Magazine Issue #19, released December 2019.
Last month, the Girls Rock Camp Alliance met in Norway with camps from throughout Europe to discuss music education, empowerment, and activism.
Looking out over the crowd at Disco Fever, the Bronx nightclub that became a breeding ground for early hip hop, Grandmaster Flash and the Furious Five’s Melle Mel nervously awaited the next song. Music industry veteran and Sugar Hill Records owner Sylvia Robinson had just handed the DJ the group’s new song “The Message.” A nightmarish, seven-minute synth-fueled social critique, ...
ONLY NOISE explores music fandom with poignant personal essays that examine the ways we’re shaped by our chosen soundtrack. This week, Stephanie Phillips finds a way to relate to the Beatles – even though, as a black woman, their version of Britishness didn’t reflect her own experience.
The lead vocalist of black feminist punk band Big Joanie selects 14 tracks showcasing the best of the current UK punk scene. We all know the select handful of names of iconic black and brown punk bands. The ones memorised by the gatekeepers of the punk scene and repeated whenever accusations of racism arise. Poly Styrene, Bad Brains, Dead Kennedys and Death all fall into those categories but while their contribution to the punk scene has been immense, the true contribution of punks of colour t...