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  • 3/11/13 – Sheryl Sandberg says women should not pull away from success in her new book, “Lean In.”

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  • 1/31/12 – A great piece from City Arts on “These Streets” a play about Seattle women in the grunge era.

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  • 12/20/12 – Almost a year after her tragic death, the Austin Police Department formally close the Esme Barrera murder case

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  • 10/3/12 – The Stranger takes a perfect pot shot at Rolling Stone and scores with a Men Who Rock parody.
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  • 6/24/12 – Terri Roche says all is not rosy when it comes to musician crowd-funding.
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  • 5/8/12 – What’s it like to audition for The Voice?
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  • 5/1/12 – After taking the world by storm in her duet with Goyte, Kimbra takes the Grand Prize in the International Songwriting Competition.
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  • 4/7/12 – NPR’s Ann Powers asks how music’s Fractured Femmes (MDNA and Minaj) man up.
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  • 3/7/12 – Russian punk band, Pussy Riot, gets arrested for protesting Putin’s election win.
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  • 2/1/12 – Hit Like A Girl drummer contest opens today. The contest name is a little cringeworthy, but the prizes are cool.
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  • 1/30/12 – How did Lana Del Rey feel about the backlash? The day before her debut drops, she tells Rolling Stone, “I felt good about it.”
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  • 1/25/12 – The piracy battle excludes artists, says cellist Zoe Keating to Digital Music News. “Neither side has my best interests in mind.”

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  • 1/24/12 – Some good news (for a change). Although only 5% of films of the top 250 films made since 1998 have been made by women (yikes!), Sundance Film Festival reports that 27% of this year’s films at Sundance were made by women.
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  • 1/19/12 – Much as we love The Onion, sound guys are not the only ones who can rock a pony tail.
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  • 1/18/12 – Sinead O’Connor has checked herself into the hospital for depression, reports The Mirror. This news comes after the collapse of her 16-day fourth marriage  and Twitter feeds claiming she was “not at all well.” We wish Sinead a quick recovery!
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  • 1/18/12 – Marcia Ball will be appearing on an upcoming episode of the HBO hit series, “Tremé.”  She filmed a small speaking part and performed two songs with her band in New Orleans yesterday.
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  • 1/10/12 – Coachella has just announced its line-up for 2012.  What’s new this year – and sure to be controversial – is that the festival will now be held two consecutive weekends with the exact same line-up both weekends – April 13-15 and again April 20-22. Women on the bill include Cat Power, Santigold and the ubiquitous Florence and the Machine.

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  • 1/6/12 – Reuters reports that Etta James, who is terminally ill and suffering from leukemia, was released from the hospital on Thursday and is home resting in California. James is 73.
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  • 1/5/12 – The San Francisco Weekly reports the death of Jennifer ‘Miro’ Anderson, founder of the pioneering punk band The Nuns, at age 54.
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  • 1/2/12 – Girls Rock Austin counselor Esme Barrera, 29, was murdered in her home after returning from a New Year’s Eve party. No arrests have been made so far but friends have written tributes to Esme and a fund has been established to help her family with expenses. Please donate.
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  • 12/16/11 – Rachael Maddux dissects “The Rise of Female Rock Writing” in her co-review of two books, Out of the Vinyl Deeps by the late, great Ellen Willis and Record Collecting for Girls by Courtney E. Smith in the Oxford American.

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  • 12/15/11 – Digital Music News took a recent survey (most likely on Facebook) proving that Facebook “likes” are an artist’s most valued source of fans on social media.
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  • 12/11/11 – Evelyn McDonell in a recent piece for Salon takes the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame to task for neglecting to acknowledge the accomplishments of female artists. We say it’s par for the course. What do you say?

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  • 12/6/11 – RIP Barbara Orbison. The inspiration for husband Roy Orbison’s “Pretty Woman” succumbed to pancreatic cancer on the 23rd anniversary of Roy’s death.
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  • 11/16/11 – Lindsay Zoladz claims that today’s musicians grapple with the legacy of riot grrl in her piece for Pitchfork.