Interviews

Ends Meet: An Interview with Melina Duterte of Jay Som

At 22 years old, Melina Duterte is a hardworking maverick. Under the name Jay Som, she exhibits her well-practiced skills  more

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

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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.”

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Ghosts and Little Deaths: A Conversation with Idle Bloom. Watch “Dust” Now!

Olivia Scibelli has slept in my house twice while on tour, and yet we’ve never met. Both times I was  more

Get to Know Stef Chura

The first thing you might notice when you listen to Stef Chura’s debut album, Messes, is her vocals. She adopts  more

Sarah Bethe Nelson Explores the Evolution of Life, Love, and Music. Listen to “Out of My Reach”

Sometimes we can’t get what we want in life, but according to Sarah Bethe Nelson, that’s not necessarily a negative  more

Shannon Wright on Finding Connection and Making Music for Music’s Sake

She’s been called angry, aggressive, an artist who “enjoys making people cry.” Shannon Wright has heard it all when it  more

Premiere: Dre Genevieve Unearths the Wisdom of “Guitar Ancestors” on Strangely Free

“To me, what makes a great guitar player is knowing when to go full force and knowing when to back  more

The Legends: An Interview with Rosie Flores

Rosie Flores is shifting gears, trying something new, and going back to her roots all at once on her upcoming  more

Songwriting and Soul-Baring: An Interview with Kristin Hersh

Five years of songwriting, three years of recording — the making of Kristin Hersh’s new combination book and double CD,  more

The Tuts on DIY, Inclusivity, and Fighting Back

There’s no denying that The Tuts say it straight. The three-piece, which hails from Hayes in West London, has made  more

SubRosa on Doom, Happiness, and Denouncing Anti-LGBT Policy in the Mormon Church

With their soaring, otherworldly violins contrasting with warm, sludgy guitars, and their painstakingly-crafted songs that fuse metal, rock, and folk,  more

Get to Know Deep Sea Diver’s Jessica Dobson

She Shreds Birthday Bash and Issue 11 Release Party is fast approaching and we couldn’t be more thrilled that Seattle  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

“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

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

Helms Alee’s Dana James on Working Through Tough Spots in Song Development

With a mix of melody-driven post-rock, punk, prog, and pop, enormous, chugging riffs, and unusual use of time signatures and  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

“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

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

Premiere: Wing Dam, “Re-Move Me”

Rising out of Baltimore’s notoriously fertile music scene, Wing Dam has gained a following for its 90s-influenced brand of upbeat  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

Premiere: Pill, “Fetish Queen”

Comprised of bassist/vocalist Veronica Torres, multi-instrumentalists Andrew Spaulding and Jonathan Campolo, and saxophonist Benjamin Jaffe, Brooklyn’s Pill has been rising  more

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

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Premiere: Argentine Trio Amor en la Isla Merge High-Octane Surf and Punk on Their Debut Album, “Playa Crocante”

Coming at you from Argentina, Amor en la Isla is comprised of guitarist/vocalist Sol Marianela, drummer Lucas Mariño, and bassist/backing  more

Premiere: Gemma Ray Combines Fantasy and Reality on New LP, The Exodus Suite

Britain-born, Berlin-based singer-songwriter Gemma Ray draws from a variety of styles including early rock ‘n’ roll, film scores, psychedelic, Flamenco,  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

Premiere: Hedvig Mollestad Trio “In The Court of The Trolls”

Led by guitar virtuoso Hedvig Mollestad Thomassen and featuring bassist Ellen Brekken and drummer Ivar Loe Bjørnstad, Norway’s Hedvig Mollestad  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

Premiere: The Stargazer Lilies Merge Heavy Shoegaze and Dreamy Psych on new LP “Door to The Sun”

Out of the woods of Northeastern Pennsylvania, The Stargazer Lilies come bearing dreamy, ethereal melodies, off-kilter, disorienting ambiance, and heavy  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

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

Premiere: Dark Rock Duo Muscle and Marrow Confront Love and Loss on “Bereft Body”

With a moody blend of rock, experimental pop, and folk-inspired vocal melodies, Portland, Oregon’s Muscle and Marrow has found favor  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

“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

“I’m Not a Musician”: An Interview with Kim Gordon

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“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

Premiere: Outer Spaces Get Bittersweet on “Heavy Stone Poem”

Outer Spaces is a Baltimore, Maryland-based trio comprised of guitarist/vocalist Cara Beth Satalino, drummer Rob Dowler (Tides, Nuclear Power Plants)  more

“It Is Really Lame to Tell Women What They Should and Shouldn’t Do with Their Art” An Interview Tacocat

Punk rock and D.I.Y. was always intended to break down barriers between “rock stars” and fans, but few current bands  more

“Between Genres and Music Communities.” An Interview with Nadja’s Leah Buckareff

The Berlin by-way-of Toronto experimental duo Nadja was launched in 2003 as a solo project by multi-instrumentalist Aidan Baker, who  more

Premiere: Skating Polly’s Indie Pop Fits Just Right on New Album “The Big Fit”

Skating Polly’s music simmers with the kind of gritty, hard-won confidence that comes from having played since an early age.  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

Premiere: Jackie Venson Escapes Mental Prison in Video for “Always Free”

Jackie Venson’s soulful indie-blues has already captured the attention of the She Shreds crew So, when the opportunity came along  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

Premiere: Mirror Travel Explores New Moods and Places on New LP, Cruise Deal

New Mexico by-way-of Texas psych rock trio Mirror Travel was born out of a high school friendship between Lauren Green  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

“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

White Mystery’s Miss Alex White Unveils First Signature Effects Pedal, The Firekeeper

White Mystery guitarist and singer Alex White is best known for performing high-octane rock’n’roll with her brother, drummer Francis White,  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

In a Band with Julia McFarlane of Twerps

Australian four piece Twerps were a standout at this year’s Treefort Music Festival. Their first full length on Merge Records,  more

Setting Your Priorities Straight with Leggy

Leggy is one of the sweetest things to come out of Cincinnati, Ohio. The trio of Véronique Allaer, Kerstin Bladh  more

The Ladies in Silver Suits: An Interview with Mars Needs Women

It has certainly been a while since a German band sent the petty coats flying, but the ladies from Mars  more

Tour Tips with Bestfriend Grrlfriend

Bestfriend Grrlfriend is the queer punk and DJ entity featuring Naomi Violet and Shawna Shawnté. The Bay area duo play  more

The Bassist of Hole and Smashing Pumpkins Talks Following Her Artistic Survival Instinct

On a frigid night in January I squeezed through the packed crowd at Joe’s Pub to find my seat in  more

Printing Tabs Off of the Dial-Up Internet with Erica Freas Of RVIVR

Olympia, Washington’s RVIVR is reputed for its catchy, thrashy, and triumphant take on socially conscious pop punk. Thus it’s almost  more

An Interview with the Swedish Psychedelic Blues Band, Cosmic Blonde

Cosmic Blonde’s story begins at ELLA — an all-female rock music program located on a remote island in the Baltic  more

“Filling My House with Crystals”: An Interview with Lydia Lund of Chastity Belt

Since the release of No Regrets in 2013, Seattle’s Chastity Belt have emerged as post-punk party rock staples. Melancholy but  more

The Infinite Pursuit of Musical Possibility with Lori Goldston

Lori Goldston has done experimental collaborations with bands such as Mirah, Nirvana, Earth, Black Cat Orchestra, Broken Water, Dave Abramson,  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

“A Collage of Sounds”: An Interview with Deluka

Ellie Innocenti is the guitarist and songwriter in the biggest band you’ve probably never heard of: Deluka. Despite their big,  more

DIY and the Process of Self-Discovery with mr. Gnome

With an impressive assortment of pedals and guitars in tow, Nicole Barille of mr. Gnome looks like she’s setting up  more

“Everyone Is a Genius Alone in Their Bedroom”: An Interview with Elisa Ambrogio of Magik Markers

I’ve admired Elisa Ambrogio’s guitar playing in the New England noise outfit Magik Markers so much that I was both  more

Shape Shifting with Ruby Fray’s Emily Beanblossom

Emily Beanblossom is the singer, songwriter and guitar player of Austin’s Ruby Fray. Perhaps it’s all the episodes of Project  more

Talking Technique with Mary Timony

Mary Timony has been lending her dynamic and melodic guitar riffs to the alternative/indie rock music scene since Dischord Records  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

Kim Shattuck on the Muffs’ First Album in Ten Years and What She Gained from Playing with the Pixies and the Pandoras

It’s been ten years since LA pop-punk band The Muffs put out their last album, Really Really Happy. Yesterday they  more

Director Beth Harrington on How Maybelle Carter Changed Guitar History

Grammy-nominated filmmaker Beth Harrington has done it again. The former rock ‘n’ roll singer-turned-documentarian who put female rockabilly artists in  more

Before Punk There Was Dead Moon: An Interview with Toody Cole

45 miles south of Portland, Oregon lies the five-acre farm where punk rock legendary duo Toody and Fred Cole built  more

Ever Forever: A Look Inside Devi Ever’s DIY Fuzz Pedals

Amidst the excitement and adrenaline of being surrounded by 100’s of new products at NAMM was the heavyhearted news that  more
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