10 Feminist and Feminist-Friendly Bands You Should Know

10 Feminist and Feminist-Friendly Bands You Should Know

Screaming the pain of intersectionality to Spotify listeners everywhere
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As a long time punk and post-punk fan, one can grow worry some of the repetitive and dull hiatus these genres have seem to taken in recent years. They were born of politically driven anger and frustration that bleed from the wounds of social discrimination.

Echoing from the dark basements and damp hole in the wall venues of D.C. and the Lower East Side, punk and post-punk redefined the purpose of music and put angry, screaming, and sometimes mild-mannered melodic voices into the mouths of the oppressed.

Their lyrics and electric sounds were pitch forks to a mob of millions. Since then its commercialization has directed punk and post-punk into the whiny discontent of privileged disillusioned teens, with the rare exception of bands with substance.

There is hope again. As third and now fourth wave feminism blares from the megaphones of socially and sexually oppressed women punk and post-punk has found its fiery breath again. The riot grrrl movement of the 90's is back and bringing the pounding flesh and pierced metal of Bikini Kill and Sleater-Kinney.

As feminism is becoming more relevant and abundant through multimedia awareness, punk and post-punk has found its meaning gain through its revisionists. Here is a list of ten recent feminist and feminist-friendly punk and post-punk bands that are bringing reason back to rock:

10. G.L.O.S.S. (Girls Living Outside of Society's Sh*t)

"...now they tell us we are girls, our femininity doesn't fit. We're f**king future girls living outside of society's sh*t!"

As if they were born from the sticky dried booze and puke floors of CBGB's and DC9, this band brings the batsh*t crazy and deafening screams of the New York Hardcore and harDCore movement. Hailing from Olympia, Washington, one of the birthplaces of the riot grrrl movement, G.L.O.S.S. are direct descendants from the punk pantheon. They dropped their self titled debut demo earlier this month power packed with one to two minute bludgeoning sounds of built up aggression.

This gender and sexual orientation fluid band comprised of transgendered, femme and queer artists attack conventional American on all fronts. Every lyric reigns with great exclamation and each strum of the guitar and bang on the drum creates a headbanging pulse that calls out those who stand in their way.

Their gender and sexual diversity allows them to create anthems for the pariahs of society.

Best 3 songs: G.L.O.S.S. (We're From the Future), Lined Lips and Spiked Bats, Outcast Stomp

9. Tacocat

"Who do you think you are. Yelling at me from your car. Well come on back here then.I'm ready to jump in..."

Tacocat is a four piece punk-pop band from Seattle that formed in 2007. This band plays with satirical lyrics and catchy harmonies to express the American iconoclast, pop-girl perspective on modern patriarchy. Their colorful appearance and sound combines the riot grrrl attitude with Harajuku plasticity. Their album, NVM, that came out last year and shares the intimacy of young adult relationships, the party scene, and even the female anatomy. (Personal band info from Spotify)

Best 3 songs: Hey Girl, Crimson Wave, This is Anarchy. Bonus: Party Trap (Women's Day version)

8. Girlpool

"I don't really care about the clothes I wear, I don't really care to brush my hair. I go to school everyday, just to be made a housewife one day..."

Girlpool is a two piece lo-fi post-punk band from L.A.Their little girl "naa naa-na-naa naa you can't catch me" vocals give an engraving, teasing quality to their expression. Matched with trite but honest lyrics and they create a middle school nostaglia, both playful and brutal. One electric guitar and one bass guitar, that's it. It provides a unique stripped sound that never becomes a gimmick. It reflects their appearance and overall style, "the neighborhood girls who give knuckle sandwiches" aesthetic. Assertive, aggressive and independent. Their newest album, Before The World Was Big, provides a mix of tracks revealing the darkness of girlhood and feminine identity. (Personal band info from Spotify)

Best 3 songs: Slutmouth, Emily, Chinatown

7. Joanna Gruesome


"Move your body getting close to me. Close enough to tell you babe. I said, I said that you secretly died..."

A five piece post-punk, noise pop band from Wales. Their backstory says it all as they supposedly met at an anger management class and formed after completing an exercise where the class split into groups to compose songs as a way to reduce stress. A page out of punk folklore.

They combine soft powdery vocals and sharp steely instrumentals. Combining soft and hardcore, riot grrrl power and pop punk tempo. Their lyrics are fragmented, free associated emotions. Like angrily scratched in notes of a diary.

Their most popular album, Weird Sister, released in 2013, gained the attention of multiple music magazines and sites including Pitchfork and displayed an empowered dominance, from a female perspective, over lesser immature boys.

Along with odes to pain and anger. Their like that one cool band you saw on MTV or Vh1 after school back in the day, somewhere in between the replayed Simple Plan and Blink 182 videos. (Personal band info from Spotify)

Best 3 Songs: Last Year, Wussy Void, Do You Really Want Know Why Yr Still in Love with Me?

6. Perfect Pussy

"...stick you flesh inside my mouth, say you like when I bite, cross your fingers and be nice and man I-just-might..."

Perfect Pussy punk and noise punk sound formed in 2012 in Syracuse, New York. Their screamo terror and staticy instrumentals beg to be noticed like a megaphone, soapbox protester screaming against the world. Their lead singer, Meredith Graves, lyrics are intensely personal, revealing sexual encounters, emotional abuse, and attitude towards her counterparts. Each song a personal middle finger to those who ruined her life. They are a "perfect" blend of hardcore and riot grrrl. A Bikini Kill in-your-face feminism and a rapid, pissed off Rage Against the Machine swagger. Their most recent album, Say Yes to Love, was well received and unleashed them to a tear through the New York DIY scene, many of you may have scene them play in Brooklyn venues like Palisades and Aviv this past summer and fall. (Personal band info from Spotify)

Best 3 songs: Driver, Bells, Work

5. Ex Hex


"I've been the object; of your affection, and I've been the target of your cruel intention, and I know just how you got that girl..."

A light-hearted glam rock, post-punk band, Ex Hex, formed in 2013 in Washington D.C., the birthplace of hardcore. This all female three piece band brings a super retro 80's sound with riot grrrl ethos. Their music recalls the rich playful yet edgy vocals and wheeling guitar solos of late 70's Blondie. Their style is a rebirth of 80's glamour girl pop rock put with an attitude fed up with cheating boyfriends. Their lyrics undermines "the macho man"and all of his efforts while empowering the role of women in social interactions. Rips, their most recent album would probably be the soundtrack to your high school revenge scheme. (Personal band info from Spotify)

Best 3 songs: Waste Your Time, How You Got That Girl, War Paint

Bonus: Hot and Cold

4. Adult Mom

"I make boys cry 'cause they don't understand that I am a person. I get sad too but I don't take it out on you..."

Adult Mom formed in Purchase, New York and recently dropped their debut album, Momentary Lapse of Happily, earlier this year. This four piece post-punk, indie pop quartet bring a slowed cathartic melancholy of The Cranberries with their own minimalist indie flare. Their lyrics represent the mundane yet revealing idiosyncrasies of everyday life and express the pain, regret, and redemption of the everyday female life.

From the detailed struggles of eating an apple without getting lipstick on it to heart felt personal letters to heart-breakers. Adult Mom confesses the mistakes and soul sucking mundane attitude of modern female youth and brings them to their potential suicidal proportions. Like listening to the sweet voice of a brooding emo.

Best 3 songs: I Make Boys Cry, Survival, Sorry I Was Sorry

3. Mitski

"I'm holding my breath with a baseball bat and I don't know what I'm waiting for, I'm not gonna be what my Daddy wants me to be.."

Mitski, the commanding presence of feminism is as potent a her music. She has lead her noise rock punk band from the belly of the Brooklyn underground scene to MTV and Rolling Stone profile pieces. She howls her sweet and sometimes sharply nasty voice like a somber Japanese enchantress. Her music brings a fuse of minimalist Joruri and country folk to ear-bleeding, speaker-screeching screamo.

Her ballads are heartfelt personal confessions and outspoken manifestos condemning the shallow patriarchy that did her wrong. Her albums: Lush, Retired From Sad, New Career in Business, and her break out, Bury Me at Make Out Creek, display a tapestry of enduring and suffering lamentation with polarizing expressions of sadness and anger. She brings a revolutionized riot grrrl attitude to personal deep-winded pain. Like Evanescence meets Bratmobile. (Personal band info from MTV)

Best 3 songs: Townie, Drunk Walk Home, I Don't Smoke Bonus: Liquid Smooth (features Japanese lyrics!)

2. Warpaint

"The color of my native skin, Colored into a color never seen,A sun so full arises..."

This abstract art rock L.A. all female quartet brings a phosphorescent blurriness to grrrl power. They bring subliminal metaphors and sometimes out right psychedelia to the plight of loss and love. Some of their songs will unearth your mind to the far reaches of the galaxy, Biggy, and some will bury you deep into the soil of deceptive love, Undertow. Their ghostly voices transform them into spiritual Sirens and their dense and sprawling instrumentals create transcendent existentialism. They bring feminism to a spacious intellectualism. (Personal band info from Spotify)

Best 3 songs: Undertow, Billie Holiday (a 3 layered ballad correlating men with Billie Holiday's drug addiction!), Biggy

1. Chastity Belt

"I have no hands, I have no feet, I have no memory, vacant thoughts, vacant thoughts, vacant love, vacant lot..."

The absolute quintessential feminist post-punk band of the 21st century. Chastity Belt, formally known as F**K Chastity Belt, is a fine tuned sharp minded quartet out of Washington. They bring the mellow low-key guitar riffs and melodies of their 90's Pacific-Northwest Sleater-Kinney riot grrrl ancestry and meld it with their own quirkiness. Lead singer Julia Shapiro utilizes her thick woeful voice to beautifully convey the bands cynical wittiness.

Their lyrics reach down to the abrasive vulgarity of gender inequality frustration, across to sharp pop culture satire, and high above to free formed poetic imagery while maintaining their hypnotic indie pop instrumentals. Their songs take you through the trying times of banal high school Seattle parties with falsely motivated boys and withered minds to the fantastical images of intersectionality. (Personal info from Spotify)

Best 3 songs: Full, Black Sail, Seattle Party

Bonus song: Cool Slut (challenges the idea of a slut and its connection to female sexuality!)

Cover Image Credit: http://www.popmatters.com/post/159860-female-punk-bands/

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If Taylor Swift Songs Were Types Of Alcohol

Because what's better than a drink and some T-Swift?
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With Taylor Swift's quick return to the music scene... and in a big way, might I add, I decided to associate some of the best Taylor Swift songs with alcohol.

I mean, who wouldn't want to drink to Taylor Swift's catchy melodies and perfect choruses to get over an ex or tell someone exactly how you feel about them?

Taylor Swift has been around for a decade at this point, and let's face it, pretty much all of her songs could go along with at least one type of alcohol.

1. "Welcome To New York" - Moscow Mule

It only makes sense. Visit the Big Apple and you have to indulge in the state's signature cocktail. Moscow mules are a New York classic, and if it's your first night in the city and you haven't bought yourself one, are you even in New York?

2. "Blank Space" - Everclear

Think about it... A night of drinking Everclear will leave you with a giant blank space the next day. You might also look like Taylor did in the music video.

3. "Tim McGraw" - Beer

Tim McGraw is a throwback to Taylor's high school love. What better way to reminisce than with a couple friends and a keg of your favorite cheap beer?

4. "Style" - Cristal Champagne

What's more stylish than with a glass of the most expensive bubbly you can find? Just like Taylor Swift, Cristal will never go out of style.

5. "Shake It Off" - Martini

Get it? Cause you shake a martini? I might be the only one who thinks that's funny but you might end up dancing a little bit with a martini in hand when "Shake It Off" come on the radio.

6. "Red" - Merlot


Red has to go along with a red wine. What else could go along with yet *another* T-Swift breakup song?

7. "22" - Margaritas

Let's face it, when you're 22, you really only drink margaritas. They're fun- and all the hipsters are probably drinking them too.

8. "Teardrops On My Guitar" - Southern Comfort

When your heart is broken, who are you going to turn to besides the only alcohol that gives you comfort...Southern Comfort that is.

9. "I Knew You Were Trouble" - Fireball

I can't say I've ever met anyone who spent a night with Fireball and didn't regret it the next morning.

10. "Look What You Mad Me Do" - Tequila

T-Swift's latest single is an angry one. What better to make you angry than tequila? Taylor basically just called out everyone who had ever talked about her behind her back and she did it in true Taylor fashion-by writing a song. She was probably drunk on tequila when she wrote it too.

11. ...Ready For It? - Bottomless Mimosas

Because it's just that good.

Cover Image Credit: YouTube

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The Complete Subscription Box Gift Guide For This Holiday Season

This gift guide contains purely the best subscription services that are sure to please all of your friends and family this holiday season!

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Buying gifts during the holidays has become an Olympic sport. This holiday gift guide contains a list of the best subscription boxes out this season that will make your job easy and your friends and family happy!

1. For females in your life.

Fab Fit Fun Subscription Box

This subscription box contains full-sized self-care, fitness, and beauty items at a discounted price. What more could you ask for?

Book of the Month Subscription Box

As if receiving a box of surprises every month isn't enough, this one contains books. Book lovers will be sure to LOVE this gift.

Ipsy Glam Bag

This subscription service delivers travel-sized beauty products to your house monthly. Makeup and beauty gurus will definitely thank you for this one.

Say It With a Sock

If you were to look through any woman's sock drawer, you would find a wide collection of fuzzy socks, seasonal socks, and fun socks. Women love socks. This subscription provides women with a few new pairs of socks monthly.

Candy Club

Females with a sweet tooth will devour this subscription box. While this box provides candy to its subscribers, it also donates 2% profit to the Birthday Party Project, which hosts monthly birthday parties for underprivileged children across the country.

2. For males in your life. 

Dollar Shave Club

Aside from sports, men take the most pride in their beards. Give them a monthly subscription to this personal grooming kit and they'll be satisfied for months.

Bespoke Post Subscription Box

This monthly subscription box can be personalized for your guy and contains useful and unique products from all over the country.

Sprezza Box

This subscription box is geared toward the man in your life who values style and class. These boxes come monthly for a low cost and contain items sure to boost your guy's style.

Loot Crate

This subscription box is perfect for the movie and video game geek guy in your life. This box contains merchandise for select movies, sci-fi series, and video games that will be sure to please their inner geek.

Fanchest

What guy doesn't like to brag about their favorite sports team? This box gives them the perfect excuse to with monthly deliveries of apparel and accessories geared towards sports teams.

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