Features

How Les Filles de Illighadad is Revolutionizing Traditional Tuareg Music

[This feature was originally published in the eleventh issue of She Shreds Magazine, November 2016 and has been edited for  more

Sarah Shook and the Disarmers on Outlaw Country and Safe Spaces. Listen to “The Nail” Now!

For many of us, the music we listened to growing up helped lay the groundwork for our personal identities and  more

The Legends: Peggy Seeger

For over 60 years, folk artist Peggy Seeger has provided a voice for the politically underserved on both sides of  more

Musicians Tips: Vorhees’ Dana Wachs on Finding Your Musical Voice

Dana Wachs began studying electric bass and cello at a young age, but she soon discovered that conventional music lessons  more

Brittany Howard on Collaboration, Gear, and Making Up Your Own Chord Shapes

This feature originally appeared in the eleventh issue of She Shreds, published in November, 2016. Subscribe here and receive your  more

Gear Guide: Lunachicks/Bantam Guitarist Gina Volpe on Going Solo. Listen to “Different Animal” now!

Massive snowstorms can be a drag, to say the least, but you wouldn’t know it to talk to Gina Volpe.  more

Teri Gender Bender on Crystal Fairy, Culture Clash, and Developing Her Own Guitar Style

It’s likely the rare girl whose dream is to have their mother cook dinner for Buzz Osbourne and Dale Crover  more

Mobina Galore on Troubleshooting Gear Issues from the Road

Winnipeg, Canada-based punk duo Mobina Galore was on stage during first show on their recent European tour with Against Me!  more

Evolving Moods and Music: An Interview with Emma Ruth Rundle

“I personally can’t continue to write and tour on music that focuses on such dark subject matter. It’s really not  more

Lucinda Williams On the Hard and Sedulous Road to Major Label Success

[This feature originally appeared in the eleventh issue of She Shreds, published in November, 2016. Subscribe here and receive your  more

Sol Pereyra Celebrates Women Standing Up to Gender Violence. Listen to “Flores Salvajes” Now

Over the last year, the world has seen women around the globe come together and stand up in protest in  more

The Legends: Carol MacDonald

Before the Pleasure Seekers launched Suzi Quatro’s career and the Runaways inspired generations of punk and metal musicians, Goldie and  more

Q+A With Jenn Wasner of Wye Oak: “If it’s just virtuosity for virtuosity’s sake, then I really have no interest in it.”

[This feature originally appeared in the eleventh issue of She Shreds, published in November, 2016. Subscribe here and receive your  more

“Queen of Tone” Abigail Ybarra Talks Fender History and 57 Years of Pickup Winding

The longest working Fender employee isn’t who you might think—she’s a pickup winder, Latina, and one of three sisters raised  more

Angel Olsen on Gear, ‘My Woman’ and the Process of Recording

When I first heard Angel Olsen’s music in 2011, I was writing what would be the first songs for a  more

How Les Filles de Illighadad is Revolutionizing Traditional Tuareg Music

[This feature was originally published in the eleventh issue of She Shreds Magazine, November 2016 and has been edited for  more

Voices of Protest and Progress in Country Music

Last month, Rolling Stone ran an op-ed challenging more country singers to embrace the spirit of protest that fueled the  more

Dirty Dishes’ Jenny Tuite on Controlling Your Fuzz Effects

Guitarist, singer and songwriter Jenny Tuite has an awesomely experimental, do-what-works and DIY attitude and an intimate understanding of the  more

The Legends: Carline Ray

Throughout her 67-year career, jazz vocalist, guitarist, and bassist Carline Ray remained a creative force in an often male-dominated genre.  more

The Legends: Memphis Minnie

While pioneering vocalist Ma Rainey was dubbed the “Mother of the Blues,” and helped spark the genre’s commercial spread in  more

Gear Guide: Nik West’s Funk Essentials

When it comes to funk music, bassist Nik West cuts right to the core. “Tone, tone, tone! And major feel!  more

11 Pedals that are Worth the Investment

The Guide 2016, our first annual roundup of gear favorites, was released earlier this month, but we couldn’t stop there.  more

10 Women Luthiers You Should Know

While there may not be as many women luthiers in the guitar industry as there are men, their numbers are  more

Yonit Spiegelman on Taking Time for Timing

In any piece of music, the importance of rhythm and timing can not be overstated. Proper timing leads to a  more

The Legends: Mary Ford

Multi-talented guitarist, singer, and actress Mary Ford has a shared, yet often unsung, musical legacy alongside her longtime partner in  more

Unseen Rhythms: The Bass and its Jazz Mavens 1900-Present

[This article originally appeared in She Shreds Issue 8, published in the spring of 2015] The electric bass was developed  more

Nature, Emotion, and Musical Expression: An Interview with Mono’s Tamaki Kunishi

Japan’s Mono have been titans of post-rock since they upended the decade-old genre with their 1999 debut Under the Pipal  more

Black Table’s Mers Sumida on Preparing For and Getting Through Your Studio Session

New York / New Jersey metal band Black Table made waves with their 2012 genre-blurring EP, “Sentinel,” but after an  more

The Legends: Violeta Parra

Chilean singer and guitarist Violeta Parra (Oct. 4, 1917- Feb. 5, 1967) was a politically-minded performer dedicated to discovering and  more

Gear, Mood and Intention: Q+A with Warpaint’s Jenny Lee Lindberg

In the span of a 12-year career, you might expect a band to experience turmoil, triumph, shape shifting, experimenting, questioning—a  more

Joan Baez is the Only Woman Guitarist Among the 2017 Rock & Roll Hall of Fame Nominees

Each year, a number of artists are nominated for induction at the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame. Yesterday, the  more

A Love Letter to My Guitar: On Relationships Between Guitarists and Their Instruments

I find it really difficult to throw things away. I endow inanimate objects with backstory and feelings. The toaster will  more

Premiere: Oslo Noise Rockers MoE Unveil ‘Examination Of The Eye Of A Horse’

“If I am not in a place where I can give my very most, I could not continue. It has  more

Gear Guide: Fuzz Fanatics Kamikaze Girls Share Their Favorite Pedals

Longtime musical collaborators Lucinda Livingstone and drummer Conor Dawson, reinvented themselves into Kamikaze Girls in 2014, and set to work  more

Premiere: “Make it Real,” by Las Kellies

On October 14, Las Kellies will release their latest album Friends and Lovers via Fire Records. The record demonstrates new  more

Gear Guide: Against Me!’s Laura Jane Grace Shares Her Love of Guitars and Favorite Gear

For out latest Gear Guide, we spoke with none other than Against Me! frontwoman and She Shreds Issue 9 cover  more

“Instead of nurturing it you have to chase it”: Q+A With Blonde Redhead’s Kazu Makino

Imagine yourself submerged in the tranquility of warm water; your body moves slowly while your ears make up the complexities  more

Brooklyn Lutherie: Restoring Accessibility in Gear Repair

Mamie Minch and Chloe Swantner knew they were taking a leap of faith going into business after working together for  more

Q&A: Shana Falana Turns Darkness into Dream Pop on “Lie 2 Me”

Shana Falana lives in New York’s picturesque Hudson Valley where she works painting houses, volunteers in her community, and collaborates  more

Laura Ballance: Merge Records CEO, Superchunk Bassist and #1 Badass

Laura Ballance and I both used the word “badass” during our interview—”I say that a lot,” she mentioned, right before  more

“I’m a Bass Player First of All”: An Interview with Ida Nielsen

Bassist Ida Nielsen has been letting her musical ambitions lead her since she was 16. As a student in countryside  more

Visibility, Vulnerability and Strength: An Interview with Thao Nguyen

[This feature was originally published in the tenth issue of She Shreds Magazine, May 2016 and has been edited for  more

Video Premiere: “Can’t Wait,” by Twist

Twist is the Toronto-based indie rock project led by Laura Hermiston, a longtime fixture of her city’s music community. In  more

“There’s Never Any Bullshit When We’re Playing,” Q+A With Reunited Punk Icons the Red Aunts

In 1991, in Long Beach, California, the Red Aunts were born out of a group of friends with no formal  more

77 Year-Old Blues Guitar Pioneer Says Slowing Down Is Not an Option

[This feature was originally published in the 10th  issue of She Shreds Magazine, November 2015 and has been edited for  more

Kalamazoo Gals: The Secret Behind Gibson’s WWII Guitars

[This feature was originally published in the ninth issue of She Shreds Magazine, November 2015 and has been edited for  more

Premiere: Charlene Kaye Launches Guitar-Heavy Pop Project, KAYE. Listen to “Honey” EP

Charlene Kaye was born in Honolulu and subsequently moved to cities all over the world, developing talents for a number  more

Meet the Luthier Who Built a Harp Guitar with 42 Strings, Two Sound Holes, and Four Necks

Linda Manzer is an unusual luthier. She builds about 10 guitars a year for exceptional musicians across the genre spectrum:  more

“Guitar is a Genre, and That’s the Genre I Play:” An Interview with Little Scream

As Little Scream, Montreal-based singer, songwriter, and multi-instrumentalist Laurel Sprengelmeyer has made broad strides toward a creatively rewarding and critically-lauded  more

“Instead of Having One Perspective, I Saw Many”: An Interview with Mitski

On July 20, She Shreds partnered with School of Doodle, an online school for teen girls that provides unique experiences  more

Cover Story: The Philosophy and Tools of Esperanza Spalding’s D+Evolution”

[This feature is the cover story of the 10th issue of She Shreds Magazine, published in April, 2016. Subscribe here   more

Reverend Guitars Tell Us About the Making of the Jenn Wasner Signature Guitar

Last week, Jenn Wasner of Wye Oak and Reverend Guitars announced the release of the Jenn Wasner Signature Guitar. We  more

Guest Column: Reclaiming the Big Muff

I’m a guitarist. My guitar, my amp and my pedals are the tools of my trade. I understand how to  more

10 Rising Country Singer-Guitarists You Should Know

Country music’s rich legacy of women singers and guitarists is as old as the genre itself, dating back to Maybelle  more

Premiere: Thrushes Explores the Loneliness of Breakups on “Two Ships”

Based in Baltimore, Maryland, Thrushes weaves together soft, fuzzed-out noise pop, dreamy 90s emo and grunge flavors. Comprised of guitarist/vocalist  more

“I’m Kind of Rough Around the Edges”: An Interview with Broncho’s Penny Pitchlynn

From early basement shows in Oklahoma punk houses to a spotlight on the HBO show Girls, Broncho’s shape-shifting garage rock  more

“I’m a musician, not a female musician” : An Interview with Marissa Nadler

Marissa Nadler pulls a black sheet across her body, shielding her eyes with one hand and extending the other palm  more

Gear Wolf: The Reissue Issue

Gear Wolf is a new column exploring gear and instrument options in today’s marketplace.  I have always had an affinity  more

Going Beyond the Bloodhounds: An Interview with Adia Victoria

Born in South Carolina and raised in the Seventh Day Adventist church, Adia Victoria spent time traveling and living in  more

Premiere: Erin Tobey Leaves The Past Behind on “All Over the World”

Many musicians have beloved projects that, for varying reasons, they have had to put on the shelf for a while.  more

Storytelling and Sacred Geometry: An Interview with Seratones AJ Haynes

It’s the night after the release of Get Gone, the debut album from Shreveport, Louisiana’s Seratones but the band’s reputation  more

An interview with Tancred: “It’s not that it’s something new, but it’s something I finally came into on my own”

Tancred grew into something it wasn’t intended to be. In 2011, after years as a guitarist in Minneapolis indie rock  more

Gear Guide: White Hills’ Ego Sensation Shares Her Favorite Bass Gear for Psychedelic Sounds

For over a decade, New York’s White Hills have been at the forefront of modern psychedelic rock. Comprised of bassist/vocalist  more

From Bedroom Recording to International Touring: An Interview with Peach Kelli Pop

Peach Kelli Pop is the artistic project of L.A. via Ottawa, Ontario, Canada singer and multi-instrumentalist Allie Hanlon. After compiling  more

50 Influential Guitarists Who Shaped The ’90s

[In celebration of the 10th issue of She Shreds, we will be posting some of our favorite selections from across  more

“You are who you are, and I never let go of that fact” An Interview with Lita Ford

About halfway through my call with hard rock icon Lita Ford, she asks me what the deal is with the  more

Finding Joyous Discontent with Cate Le Bon’s New Album, Crab Day

Cate Le Bon’s fourth and latest album, Crab Day, was named for a mythic holiday of the artist’s own creation  more

“I learned that everything is possible”: Q+A With Marlene Marder of Kleenex/Liliput

[In celebration of the 10th issue of She Shreds, we will be posting some of our favorite selections from across  more

Ten Years Later, Desperation Evolves Into a Contagious Confidence for The Coathangers

After a long, successful tour with The Black Lips, Atlanta punk rockers The Coathangers headed to California on a whim  more

Playlist: Artists Share Their Favorite PJ Harvey Songs

The word “icon” gets thrown around a lot in the music world, but few artists of our time warrant the  more

Applications Open for Girls Rock Summer Camps 2016

Since 2007, the Girls Rock Camp Alliance (GRCA) has helped young girls tap into their inner rock star with mentor-driven  more

“Have Attitude, Be Tough, and Don’t Take No For An Answer”: Q+A With The Trashwomen

[In celebration of the 10th issue of She Shreds, we will be posting some of our favorite selections from across  more

Who Knew: Three High Profile Women Who Play Guitar

[In celebration of the 10th issue of She Shreds, we will be posting some of our favorite selections from across  more

After Decades of Objectification, Guitar World Publisher Announces the End of Bikini Gear Guide

Over the past 30+ years Guitar World has had a huge influence on overtly male-dominated culture we’ve learned to identify  more

Punk Remembers Iconic Musician and Activist, Vi Subversa

Punk lost one of its greatest creative and political minds on February 19. Poison Girls singer and guitarist Vi Subversa,  more

She Shreds SXSW: Worriers

The brainchild of the multi-talented Lauren Denitzio (former The Measure (SA)), Worriers launched has since captured attention for its hook-driven  more

She Shreds SXSW: Japanese Breakfast

Japanese Breakfast is the swirling electro / indie pop project of Michelle Zauner, the frontwoman for Philadelphia punk outfit Little  more

She Shreds SXSW: Jess Williamson

As a student covering local music for the school paper and radio station at University of Texas, Jess Williamson became  more

She Shreds SXSW: Abjects

Abjects formed in London in 2013, and have since gained an international buzz for its combination of scuzzy garage, psychedelic  more

The Way Ep. 1: Holly Miranda Teaches “Everlasting”

Every artist has their own way of learning, playing, teaching, and relating to music. As musicians, we’re taught that there  more

She Shreds SXSW: Diet Cig

Formed in New Paltz, New York just over two years ago, the duo of Alex Luciano and Noah Bowman, a.k.a.  more

10 Black Emerging Guitarists You Need To Pay Attention To

An overlooked issue in the music community is that while representation for women musicians in media has historically been scarce  more

“I’m In The Band”: White Zombie, and Cultural Shifts with Bassist Sean Yseult

As a founding member of the hugely successful metal/industrial band White Zombie, Sean Yseult helped create the band’s esoteric sound,  more

For the Love of Music, Palehound’s Ellen Kempner Owns Her Way Through Any Struggle

While Brooklyn rocker Mitski soundchecks at PhilaMOCA, Ellen Kempner of Palehound snaps a picture on her iPhone as she cuddles  more

Exploring Multiplicity with Maryn Jones of All Dogs

If you have heard the name Maryn Jones, it could have been under a wide range of contexts. The twenty-seven  more

Dispatches from a Road Warrior: Heartless Bastards’ Erika Wennerstrom Talks Old Guitars and New Album

Erika Wennerstrom’s voice sounds slightly road-weary when she answers the phone from her hotel room. She’s waking up somewhere in  more

Rule #1 Is You’re Not Invited: An Interview with Fran Blanche of Frantone Electronics

Fran Blanche is, quite simply, a genius. In 20 years she has manufactured over 20 original Frantone pedals of sheer  more

Peach Kelli Pop: Teaching Yourself How to Play Guitar

Peach Kelli Pop hits a sweet chord with catchy rhythms, bubble-gum vocals, and whimsical lyrics—but don’t let her cute image  more

“Putting a Little Gloom into It” an Interview with Sheena Ozzella of Lemuria

Citing influences from Fleetwood Mac and Heart to Polvo and the Muffs,  Lemuria combines the frenetic and gritty glee of  more

Crowd Surfing with La Luz: Video and Interview

Since the 2013 debut of It’s Alive, there’s been nothing but excitement and anticipation for what La Luz will do  more

Shannon Shaw of Shannon and the Clams Goes to Beverly Hills

We got to spend a day cruising down the streets of Beverly Hills with the wonderful and lovable Shannon Shaw––bass  more

Photos and Words from Tacocat’s First European Tour Diary

After seven years of being a band, Tacocat finally went on our first European tour! “We’ve been talking about wanting  more

Hysterical Without You: Pictures and Words from a Band’s Last Show

I very rarely felt connected to the hardcore scene. The music all made sense to me, and agreed with me  more

Southern Shredders: Meet Jessi and Nikki of Those Darlins

We caught up with Jessi and Nikki of explosive southern rock quartet Those Darlins after they played the main stage  more
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