Rock-Ed: In Praise of Anger

Rock-Ed: In Praise of Anger

Nov 7, 2017

Smile, the world says to women. Fuck off, anger responds.

The Cool School Girls of Mason’s School of Rock

The Cool School Girls of Mason’s School of Rock

Oct 30, 2017

"We’re sometimes told ‘you’re good …. for a girl.’ We’re here to disprove that whole sexist idea.”

Pussy Riot: “Show Them Your Freedom!”

Pussy Riot: “Show Them Your Freedom!”

Aug 8, 2017

If you followed the news coverage of the 2012 arrest and trial of three members of Pussy Riot, the Russian feminist punk collective, then you know that Nadia, Masha, and Katia are not the only women in the group, even if they are the most famous. Pussy Riot is one part punk music, one part performance art, and one part guerrilla feminism. Members refer to the...

It’s Oh So Noisy: The Icelandic Punk Museum (Pönksafn Íslands)

It’s Oh So Noisy: The Icelandic Punk Museum (Pönksafn Íslands)

Jul 31, 2017

You don’t walk into Pönksafn Íslands; you descend into it. The new Icelandic Punk Museum in Reykjavík is located in a former public toilet: 0 Bankastræti in the city centre.   As I descend into Pönksafn Íslands on my second day in Reykjavík, curator and famous Icelandic punk Svarti Álfur Mánason is rocking out, noisily and messily, at the bottom...

Song of the Moment: “Nothing’s Gonna Change That Girl” by Hurray for the Riff Raff

Song of the Moment: “Nothing’s Gonna Change That Girl” by Hurray for the Riff Raff

Jul 28, 2017

I’ve been obsessed with Hurray for the Riff Raff for years, in love with their bluesy bayou folk and with frontwoman Alynda Segarra’s brilliant songwriting. But in the indie folk band’s newest album, The Navigator (2017), Segarra draws on Puerto Rican protest music too. The Navigator is a political concept album about a Nuyorican girl (quite like...