• Artist Spotlight

    Up and Coming, Emma Hern Releases First EP

    Emma Hern of Nashville, Tennessee got her roots back in Richmond, Virginia. The singer/songwriter first found her voice when she was 14 years old. “I went to a very hippy, crunchy granola high school and we had this [open mic] that was outside every Wednesday and Friday and kids would do slam poetry and sing. When I was in 8th grade, some of my friends convinced me to go up there and sing and one of my teachers heard me and came over and promptly told me that I was in a band with them and rehearsals started next week.” From there, she started performing in bars and venues in…

  • Artist Spotlight

    Artist Profile: Angela Perley

    Angela Perley, of Angela Perley and The Howlin’ Moons, always exudes coolness. She’s dressed in paisley bell bottoms, leather jacket and red hat for a gray day Monday interview at the Fox in the Snow in Columbus, Ohio. On a daily basis, the full time musician looks nothing but the part of a 70’s musician who just happens to be stuck in the 21st Century. Angela’s dad introduced her to Led Zeppelin, AC/DC, Tom Petty and others that inspired her love of music. She attended Ohio University and dove deeper into folk, blues and country music which makes perfect sense because her music is rock n’ roll with an alternative…

  • Artist Spotlight

    The Dollyrots: Pop Punk Power Parents

    Arriving at the Southgate House Revival to interview The Dollyrots starts out like any other interview; Kalie and I grab a drink and wait for their tour manager to let us know they were ready. Even as we walked into the green room, it looks like any other band getting ready for a show, slightly chaotic but perfectly in character with any other punk band. But the huge difference between The Dollyrots and other bands is that their adorable kids are roaming around in big headphones and Kelly Ogden and Luis Cabezas are keeping a constant eye on them, punk parent multitasking. As we sit down to begin the interview,…

  • Uncategorized

    Women in Rocktail

    Rocktail Nights are hosted by two very talented Women in Rock, Kristen Kreft and MayaLou Banatwala. Rocktails take place at The Listing Loon in Cincinnati, Ohio every Second Saturday. In addition, they’re starting to team up with The American Sign Museum for some fun summer events to be shared soon! Kristen Kreft plays guitar and sings in The Perfect Children, a fabulously rockin’ retro vibin’ band. Kristen is also singing with The Brian Olive Band for live shows. She bartends Friday nights at Madeira Inn. Her favorite drink is a Rye Old Fashioned made with sugar cubes and bitters (no muddled fruit for her!). You can check out The Perfect…

  • Song of the Moment

    “Irene” by Joanna Lero

    One of the best things about music right now are the women who are writing songs to give voices to those who feel they cannot speak up. London musician, Joanna Lero, has released a new song “Irene” in honor of her grandmother on International Women’s Day. This song will also be included on her new EP, Variations, out on March 22. The song displays Joanna’s poetic and creative songwriting. It builds and changes capturing at times what feels to be a march. Joanna says that “Irene” is a stream of consciousness and it feels powerful as it moves through it’s course. The main thing that Joanna Lero repeats through the song is…

  • Artist Spotlight

    Shellshag, The Masters of Rock n’ Roll DIY

    Shellshag, a two piece from New York, is the heart and soul of rock n’ roll DIY. Comprised of Jennifer Shagawat and John “Shellhead” Driver, the band has put in more time than most bands out there. What makes it possible for them is their genuine love of rock n’ roll. Shell first learned to play guitar from his buddy, Bob Taylor. “I was 22. He was my best friend in college. We had sculpture class together. He showed me how to play power chords and taught me this song, ‘Why Do You Wear That Stupid Toupee?’ and it’s just two chords… that was pretty much all it took, I…

  • In the Know

    In The Know- February 2018

    February’s In the Know answers, what is your favorite winter activity?             Abiyah— My favorite winter activity is diving headfirst into my coat closet to figure out which of my rad winter coats I’ll rock that day. Will it be faux fur (including vintage Jordache and Sasson), vintage leather (Aigner), a wool Mondrian-inspired hip-length jacket, or a vintage 80s black ankle-length wool Albert Nipon?         Madge Maril (vocalist of Scanner)– Probably my favorite winter activity is binge watching reality tv inside, specifically Tiny House Hunters.           Angela Perley (vocalist and guitarist of Angela Perley & The Howlin Moons)–…

  • Movies

    2018 Winter Movie List

    In winter, it’s hard to motivate to do things outside or go places and see people. Whether you’re sick with the flu, down from seasonal depression, or just snuggled in we find here at Women in Rock there’s a lot more TV time in the winter. We’ve compiled our favorite Women in Rock movies to give you history lessons and entertainment during the coldest months! Izzi’s Picks: Hit So Hard (2011)– This documentary is a great inside look at Hole and the heartbeat of the band, Patty Schemel. It’s the story of survival, of overcoming addiction and being able to thrive in the music scene making it out of the…

  • Artist Spotlight

    Diving into the Depths of Door Girl, An Interview with Shilpa Ray

    One of my all time favorite albums is Quadrophenia by The Who. I love it because it is a complete album, it tells a story that engages the listener. The individual songs are good but fitted together in sequence, they are a masterpiece. Shilpa Ray managed to create that high quality of art with her new album, Door Girl. On a chilly November night, Shilpa Ray and her touring band played Cincinnati’s best kept secret, Junker’s Tavern. Shilpa Ray and I chatted before her set about the creation of Door Girl and the story that goes along with it. “I knew I was going to write this record. When you…