Last year, outlets like the Washington Post lamented the decline of the electric guitar and the supposed absence of American guitar heroes. In September of 2017, She Shreds Magazine published an article called “We Are The 50%: The Truth Behind the Supposed Decline of the Guitar,” pushing back against this narrative. On this episode, we talk with the author of the piece, Natalie Baker, She Shreds Magazine editor-in-chief Fabi Reyna, Alicia Bognanno (Bully), and Trade Up Music manager Alexa Marmon about what’s really going on in the guitar industry.
2017 marks the 40th anniversary of iconic band The B-52s. It’s also the year founding member Cindy Wilson embarked on her solo career, releasing her debut, ‘Change,’ on December 1st through Kill Rock Stars. On this episode, Portia talks with Cindy about her new album, adapting to today’s music industry, and her advice for new musicians.
On October 25th, we celebrated our 100th episode with a live taping in Portland, OR. On this episode, you’ll hear from the amazing staff at Rock ‘n’ Roll Camp for Girls, Kristi Balzer and Caley Murray, as well as former camper Katherine Paul (Black Belt Eagle Scout). Then, get insight from legendary musicians Corin Tucker, Peter Buck, Laura Veirs, and Cool Nutz. Special thanks to XRAY FM and Holocene.
2016 has been an intense and unforgettable year. We lost legendary musicians and witnessed a huge political shift. Today on the show, we recap the year by talking about some of its best — and most notable — songs. First, we hear from Kill Rock Stars guys Ben Parrish and James Reling about their favorite songs of the year, from Cate Le Bon to Jackie Lynn. Then we’re joined by songwriter Charlie Harding, host of music podcast Switched on Pop! Harding gives us the lowdown on some of the year’s biggest music trends.
Without technological development, the music industry would be in a very different place. From the modulated grooves of analog records to the first iPod, innovation has permanently shaped the music business, but it’s not always an easy process. In recent years, technology seems to be advancing faster and faster, with more companies popping up than ever, many of which are focused on music. Are these apps and startups, who aim to be artist-centric, actually helping creators?
What do Justin Bieber and weird punk have in common? Well, not much, but we cover both on our last show of the year, where we celebrate the year in music. We also get into 2015 trends in shoegaze pop, comedy, feminism, top 40, and more. Portia brings in the Kill Rock Stars crew, James Reling and Ben Parrish, to hear their favorite songs of 2015. We then wrap up the year with Kiran Gandhi, activist, musician, and former drummer for M.I.A. to talk about major trends in music and what the phrase “The Future is Female” means to her.