• MEOW Con – The Film

    You may have noticed a lot fewer posts the last few months. That’s because we’ve been planning (and now recovering from) MEOW Con – the Conference for Women in Music. Enjoy this brief film about what went down October 24-26.

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  • Meet the Neo Boys

    Meet the Neo Boys

    I interviewed the Neo Boys on a warm Sunday afternoon in Jennifer Lobianco’s studio, a little room behind a computer repair shop. It was about a month before the release of their career retrospective Sooner Or Later, on K Records.   When I arrived, I saw that Jennifer had thoughtfully set out grapes and drinks and an array of […]

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  • Charlotte Church Speaks Out on Sexism

    Charlotte Church Speaks Out on Sexism

    Think we’ve conquered sexism? Think again. Charlotte Church delivered a speech last week calling out artists who over-play the sex card. What is even more revealing than the skimpy outfits many artists choose to wear are the comments telling Charlotte to quit whining and sing. Where have we heard THAT before? Want to make a […]

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  • Gender Amplified: A Conversation with Ebonie Smith

    Gender Amplified: A Conversation with Ebonie Smith

    Gender Amplified is a free music festival hosted by Barnard College. It takes place on Saturday, 28, includes education and performances and is the brainchild of producer Ebonie Smith who this year alone has worked for Atlantic Records with Maybach Music Group, Brett Dennen, Jaheim, Nette Brielle and The Devil Wears Prada. It’s not the first […]

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  • Rock Chick: An Interview with Patricia Kennealy Morrison

    Rock Chick: An Interview with Patricia Kennealy Morrison

    Patricia Kennealy Morrison is well-known as a controversial figure among Doors fans for her book, “Strange Days: My Life With and Without Jim Morrison,” which was published in 1993. But she is much, much more. She was the editor (one of the first women!) of the magazine Jazz & Pop in the late ’60s and early ’70s […]

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  • Gone Girl: Kathy Valentine

    Gone Girl: Kathy Valentine

    Although she spent 30 years as the bass player in the Go-Go’s, Kathy Valentine has never been one to rest on her laurels. She has always had other musical ventures going on, whether it was producing other groups like Adrian and the Sickness, her solo work or in her current group, The BlueBonnets. So when […]

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  • Women In Music By the Numbers: An Infographic

    Women In Music By the Numbers: An Infographic

    No, it’s not your imagination! Gender bias in music is a threat to our ability to support ourselves as musicians. Thank you to our dear friend Jean Synodinos - who put together this infographic and Sydney Clark, who scoured the internet researching data for this. Please share with everyone you know! Embed This Graphic on Your Site! Please […]

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  • Oh, Make Me Over: Jessicka and Christian Get Interior Therapy

    Oh, Make Me Over: Jessicka and Christian Get Interior Therapy

    Obviously the king of television house flippers doesn’t know a low-brow art loving goth when he sees one. But he’s in for a rude and fun awakening next week when our old friends Jessicka and Christian Addams (Scarling. and Jack Off Jill) become the subject of Bravo’s hit television show, “Interior Therapy.” The episode airs next […]

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  • Billboard Goes All Catfight

    Billboard Goes All Catfight

    Last week, Billboard Magazine asked readers to take a poll: which new album are you most looking forward to, Katy Perry’s Prism or Lady Gaga’s ARTPOP? MEOW asks – why can’t you like both? Or neither? The release dates are three weeks apart and each artist each has a very distinct set of fans. So why does this […]

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  • Tony Scalzo of Fastball to Duet with Suzi Quatro at MEOW Con

    Tony Scalzo of Fastball to Duet with Suzi Quatro at MEOW Con

    WRITER MARGARET MOSER WILL ALSO BE HONORED It will be an epic meeting of singing bass players when Tony Scalzo of Fastball (“The Way,” “Out of My Head”) joins Suzi Quatro to sing her 1974 hit, “Stumblin’ In” at the Woman of Valor Award Banquet on Thursday night, Oct 24th, reprising Chris Norman’s role on […]

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Music Headlines

Oh, Make Me Over: Jessicka and Christian Get Interior Therapy

Oh, Make Me Over: Jessicka and Christian Get Interior Therapy

Obviously the king of television house flippers doesn’t know a low-brow art loving goth when he sees one. But he’s in for a rude and fun awakening next week when our old friends Jessicka and Christian Addams (Scarling. and Jack Off Jill) become the subject of Bravo’s hit television show, “Interior Therapy.” The episode airs next […]

Tony Scalzo of Fastball to Duet with Suzi Quatro at MEOW Con

Tony Scalzo of Fastball to Duet with Suzi Quatro at MEOW Con

WRITER MARGARET MOSER WILL ALSO BE HONORED It will be an epic meeting of singing bass players when Tony Scalzo of Fastball (“The Way,” “Out of My Head”) joins Suzi Quatro to sing her 1974 hit, “Stumblin’ In” at the Woman of Valor Award Banquet on Thursday night, Oct 24th, reprising Chris Norman’s role on […]

Lucy Wainwright Roche to Release Sophmore Album

Lucy Wainwright Roche to Release Sophmore Album

Singer/songwriter Lucy Wainwright Roche will release her sophomore album There’s A Last Time For Everything, the follow-up to her 2010 album, Lucy, on October 15.  The project sprang from a trip to Nashville where Lucy worked with friend, collaborator and producer, Jordan Brooke Hamlin. The duo created a spirited and rich landscape that showcases Roche’s striking voice and disarming songwriting. Lucy […]

Karen Elson Granted Restraining Order Over Husband Jack White

Karen Elson Granted Restraining Order Over Husband Jack White

Nashville City Paper reports the once amicable Karen Elson / Jack White divorce has turned ugly. Elson, a singer/guitarist and model and White are now battling over custody and Elson has slapped him with a restraining order, barring White from having any contact with her outside of e-mail. Elson cites White’s violent temper as the reason, […]

Women’s Music Summit Begins Tomorrow in LA

Women’s Music Summit Begins Tomorrow in LA

The Women’s Music Summit, a three-day event produced by the Women’s International Music Network (The WiMN), will hold its second annual event his weekend from July 26-28th at Musicians Institute in Hollywood, California. Guest speakers include Grammy Award winning songwriter Holly Knight, (“Love is a Battle Field”) guitarist Jennifer Batten, television and film composer Starr […]

B-Sides: Five Great New Feminist Songs

B-Sides: Five Great New Feminist Songs

Top 40 music seems to be undergoing a sea change lately. Cher has a feminist song on the radio and in the club. Neko Case is taking gender identity straight to task. Frank Ocean and Macklemore are topping the charts with songs that carve space for queer-friendly voices in the machismo-drenched worlds of R&B and hip-hop. Ann Powers at NPR declared 2013 “Country […]

Features and Interviews

Meet the Neo Boys

Meet the Neo Boys

I interviewed the Neo Boys on a warm Sunday afternoon in Jennifer Lobianco’s studio, a little room behind a computer repair shop. It was about a month before the release of their career retrospective Sooner Or Later, on K Records.   When I arrived, I saw that Jennifer had thoughtfully set out grapes and drinks and an array of […]

Gender Amplified: A Conversation with Ebonie Smith

Gender Amplified: A Conversation with Ebonie Smith

Gender Amplified is a free music festival hosted by Barnard College. It takes place on Saturday, 28, includes education and performances and is the brainchild of producer Ebonie Smith who this year alone has worked for Atlantic Records with Maybach Music Group, Brett Dennen, Jaheim, Nette Brielle and The Devil Wears Prada. It’s not the first […]

Rock Chick: An Interview with Patricia Kennealy Morrison

Rock Chick: An Interview with Patricia Kennealy Morrison

Patricia Kennealy Morrison is well-known as a controversial figure among Doors fans for her book, “Strange Days: My Life With and Without Jim Morrison,” which was published in 1993. But she is much, much more. She was the editor (one of the first women!) of the magazine Jazz & Pop in the late ’60s and early ’70s […]

Gone Girl: Kathy Valentine

Gone Girl: Kathy Valentine

Although she spent 30 years as the bass player in the Go-Go’s, Kathy Valentine has never been one to rest on her laurels. She has always had other musical ventures going on, whether it was producing other groups like Adrian and the Sickness, her solo work or in her current group, The BlueBonnets. So when […]

Vintage Shopping With Courtney Love: Fashionista meets Targetista

Vintage Shopping With Courtney Love: Fashionista meets Targetista

When Live Through This came out in 1994, it was the most relatable music I had ever heard. I was recovering from a divorce, finding my sea legs as a single mother and wondering what to do with all the anger and disappointment I felt about how things had turned out. I had no money […]

Kandia Crazy Horse Changes Career Horses Midstream

Kandia Crazy Horse Changes Career Horses Midstream

Kandia Crazy Horse is a long-time, well-known, New York-based music critic. Wait, scratch that. Kandia Crazy Horse used to be a music critic. Now she’s traded all that behind the scenes stuff to become a full-time musician in her own right.  Yes, the author of Rip It Up: The Black Experience in Rock and Roll, […]

The Biz

Womens Music Summit Announces Lineup

Womens Music Summit Announces Lineup

  The Women’s Music Summit, produced by the Women’s International Music Network, has announced four of this year’s guest artists – Jennifer Batten, Mindy Abair, Starr Parodi and Leanne Summers. The Summit, now in its second year, is offering a $75 discount to anyone who registers in the month of May and will feature musical instruction, […]

ACL Fest Announces 2013 Line-Up

ACL Fest Announces 2013 Line-Up

Austin City Limits Festival announced its 2013 line-up yesterday. This year the eleven-year-old music festival expands from one to two weekends, taking place October 4-6 and 11-13. Isn’t until the 24th name on the bill that you find a female artist out of 130 on one of the eight stages – Grimes – in the […]

SF MusicTech Summit Celebrates Lucky Thirteen

SF MusicTech Summit Celebrates Lucky Thirteen

The San Francisco MusicTech Summit will present its 13th conference Tuesday, May 28th from 9:00AM to 6:00PM at the Hotel Kabuki in San Francisco. The Summit brings together over 1,000 visionaries in the music/technology space: developers, entrepreneurs, investors, service providers, journalists, musicians and organizations who work with them at the convergence of culture and commerce. The Summit is an […]

MEOW Showcase Deadline Looms – This Wednesday!

MEOW Showcase Deadline Looms – This Wednesday!

April 26, 2012 – AUSTIN, TX – May 1 is the final deadline for the opportunity for female musicians in all styles of music to apply for an official showcase at MEOW Con – the inaugural international three-day music conference on the state of women in music.  Produced by Musicians for Equal Opportunities for Women […]

Want To Perform At MEOW Con? You’ve Only Got a Week to Apply!

Want To Perform At MEOW Con? You’ve Only Got a Week to Apply!

Time is running out to apply to showcase at our First Annual MEOW Con, a conference for women in music. The deadline is May 1st – just one week away. MEOW Con will feature 100 performers in ALL styles of music, from classical and jazz to punk. Over the course of the three day fest, from […]

Hit Like a Girl Contest Winners Named

Hit Like a Girl Contest Winners Named

Mindy Abovitz of Tom Tom Magazine and Phil Hood of DRUM! announced the winners of the second annual Hit Like A Girl Contest live on DrumChannel.com Thursday night, April 18th. The contest received more than 200 entries from 35 countries. Contest grand prize winners, Michaela Brezovsky of Austria in the 18 plus category and 17-year-old Taylor Ann […]

Video of the Day

Video of the Day: Tegan and Sara Join Macklemore

Video of the Day: Tegan and Sara Join Macklemore

Tegan and Sara appeared onstage with Macklemore at Osheaga Festival in Montreal this weekend to sing “Same Love,” Macklemore’s pro-marriage equality hit song. The openly-out musicians have long been LGBT advocates. The collaboration is the first time these artists have appeared together on stage. Check it out and see Tegan and Sara on tour with Fun […]

Video of the Day: Alice Russell

Video of the Day: Alice Russell

Alice Russell‘s new video for the song “For A While,” which she recently performed on Jimmy Kimmel’s show, is my new summer jam. It’s a track off her latest album, To Dust. Filmed in the small British seaside town of Clacton and directed by Steve Glashier, the video was shot entirely in slow motion. It […]

Video of the Day: Fiona Apple

Video of the Day: Fiona Apple

Fiona Apple has a new video that debuted this week on Vimeo. It’s for the song, “Hot Knife” and is directed by Apple’s former flame, Paul Thomas Anderson. The video also features Apple’s sister Maude Maggat on vocals. Check it out.

Video of the Day: Brandi Carlile Keep Your Heart Young

Video of the Day: Brandi Carlile Keep Your Heart Young

Brandi Carlile released a new video today from her acclaimed 2012 album Bear Creek. The song, called “Keep Your Heart Young,” celebrates the joy of childhood. “Of all our videos, this one was the most fun to make, no contest,” says Carlile. “The clips of the little kids at home are hysterical.” The children’s performances were […]

Video of the Day: Ruby is Back

Video of the Day: Ruby is Back

Lesley Rankine of Ruby (previously of Silverfish) was a fiery presence in the mid-’90s with her criminally under-appreciated album, Salt Peter. Now the singer is back and her new EP, Revert to Type, is set for a July 23rd release date. Here’s the tremendously awesome video for the first single – “Last Life” – directed by Ginger Pullman. 

Video of the Day: Yeah Yeah Yeahs Despair

Video of the Day: Yeah Yeah Yeahs Despair

You could say the Yeah Yeah Yeahs (Karen O, Nick Zinner and Brian Chase) have already achieved great heights in their career, but this video may be a career best. Filmed at the top of the Empire State Building, the song “Despair” is the second single off the band’s latest album, Mosquito.  “Move out the way, King […]

Sexism Sucks

Charlotte Church Speaks Out on Sexism

Charlotte Church Speaks Out on Sexism

Think we’ve conquered sexism? Think again. Charlotte Church delivered a speech last week calling out artists who over-play the sex card. What is even more revealing than the skimpy outfits many artists choose to wear are the comments telling Charlotte to quit whining and sing. Where have we heard THAT before? Want to make a […]

Women In Music By the Numbers: An Infographic

Women In Music By the Numbers: An Infographic

No, it’s not your imagination! Gender bias in music is a threat to our ability to support ourselves as musicians. Thank you to our dear friend Jean Synodinos - who put together this infographic and Sydney Clark, who scoured the internet researching data for this. Please share with everyone you know! Embed This Graphic on Your Site! Please […]

Billboard Goes All Catfight

Billboard Goes All Catfight

Last week, Billboard Magazine asked readers to take a poll: which new album are you most looking forward to, Katy Perry’s Prism or Lady Gaga’s ARTPOP? MEOW asks – why can’t you like both? Or neither? The release dates are three weeks apart and each artist each has a very distinct set of fans. So why does this […]

Infuriating Things People Say to Female Musicians

Infuriating Things People Say to Female Musicians

Apparently the US isn’t the only place where people (male and female) say incredibly stupid things to women musicians. Canadian feminist advocate/musician Steph Guthrie collected a whole bunch of stupid comments and published them on Huffington Post. A few of our favorites: “Girls can’t play bass because they’re not technical.” “Girl bassists are hot.” “You […]

Abercrombie CEO Hates Ugly and Fat Chicks

Abercrombie CEO Hates Ugly and Fat Chicks

Mike Jeffries, CEO of Ambercrombie and Fitch, has come under fire for his corporate policy of only offering small-sized clothes for women at his store and his accompanying comments that he only wants the fairest (thinnest) of them all as customers. While A&F competitors H&M and American Eagle offer XXL sizes for both men and […]

Grimes Gets Real About Sexism

Grimes Gets Real About Sexism

There certainly has been an uptick in news about music industry sexism lately. The latest bout with boneheads is courtesy of Grimes (aka Claire Boucher), who bravely took on sexism and condescending – even if well-intentioned – attitudes aimed at her. She wrote about unfortunate experiences on her Tumblr blog on Tuesday. “I have so […]

From the Vault

Elizabeth Elmore: Legal Eagle

Elizabeth Elmore: Legal Eagle

From ROCKRGRL Magazine issue #44, March/April 2002. Elizabeth Elmore is well-known as a member of the late, great indoe rock group Sarge. Fewer people know, however, that Elmore is also a full-time student who juggles both music and studying with aplomb.  Now with a new band, The Reputation, Elmore has found herself recording and album […]

Ann Wilson: A Rock Mom Takes the Stage

Ann Wilson: A Rock Mom Takes the Stage

In March of 1996, Ann Wilson, the iconic lead singer of Heart, wrote poignantly in ROCKRGRL Magazine about her challenge in balancing motherhood and music. Here is a re-run from our archive in Ann’s own words – for moms everywhere.  We were playing in LA at the Wiltern Theater in the winter of ’94. It was […]

Martha Gonzalez of Quetzal

Martha Gonzalez of Quetzal

From ROCKRGRL Issue #49, Fall 2003. Los Lobos saxophonist Steve Berlin, who also produced East Los Angeles-based Quetzal’s latest and third album, Worksongs, once paid the group the ultimate compliment. “Los Lobos has carried the torch long enough,” Berlin said, “and I think Quetzal is the next to step up and speak for the community.” “I […]

Amy Rigby: Kitchen Table Diva Ventures Outdoors

Amy Rigby: Kitchen Table Diva Ventures Outdoors

(from ROCKRGRL Magazine, November/December 2000) Amy Rigby’s 1996 debut. Diary of a Mod Housewife, was such a critical smash that Spin Magazine instantly named her “Songwriter of the Year.” A second album, Middlescence, quickly followed and cemented Amy’s reputation as the spokesperson for the everyday woman caught “between Bohemia and suburbia.” Her witty observations about […]

Mary Lou Lord: Busking to the Big Time (from a 1995 interview)

Mary Lou Lord: Busking to the Big Time (from a 1995 interview)

At a time when major-label record executives are handing out deals to anyone with a few good songs and a flannel shirt or two, a little indie rock credibility goes a long way. So it can’t hurt to have a quirky EP released on a small Olympia, Washington, label with music by Bikini Kill, songs […]

Roddy Bottum’s Top Ten Instrumentalist Women

Roddy Bottum’s Top Ten Instrumentalist Women

Roddy Bottum is well-known as the keyboardist for rockers Faith No More. But Roddy is about to make a big splash with his other band, Imperial Teen, in which he plays guitar and drums. Imperial Teen is about to release their debut CD on Slash Records. We thought Roddy was the perfect choice to ask […]

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MEOW Con in the Austin Statesman

July 23, 2013 | 0
MEOW Con in the Austin Statesman

MEOW Con got a nice write-up today in the Austin American Statesman courtesy of Peter Mongillo. You can’t read it unless you are a Statesman subscriber – but we’ve re-posted it here ‘cuz it’s about us.  When Carla Black played bass in an all-female band in the early 1980s, a common question the band was asked was […]

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Faye Hunter of Let’s Active Dies at 59

July 22, 2013 | 0
Faye Hunter of Let’s Active Dies at 59

Sad news over the weekend. Faye Hunter, bass player and founding member of Let’s Active, the ’80s band headed by REM producer Mitch Easter, has died of an apparent suicide. She was 59. “I’m not shocked, but I am surprised about the timing,” her friend Jamie K. Sims told the Times Observer on Sunday night. […]

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Pussy Riot Releases a New Video

July 18, 2013 | 0
Pussy Riot Releases a New Video

Two members of Pussy Riot have not been released – but that hasn’t stopped the Russian riot grrrl band from releasing a new video for the song, “Like a Red Prison.” This time their target is Russian oil. I have no idea what they’re saying but whatever it is, I agree!! Free Pussy Riot!  

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