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Comment Archives: Stories: Music

Re: “Aerosmith's Steven Tyler Brings Shame, Disgrace to The Bluebird Cafe. But Why? [Oh, the Humility]

You cock a mania piece of shit. Steven Tyler is one.of the best performers of all time.He performs alot.with Nashville musicians. You obviously need.to get a life. ELVIS would have loved him. NOBODY puts Steven in the corner!

Posted by celiac on 02/25/2015 at 2:24 PM

Re: “Where Are the Women? This Summer’s Music Festivals Continue to Act as Though Female Musicians Don't Exist

Looks like Shaky Knees is around 20% Thought it'd be better :/

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Posted by Laura Hardwicke on 02/25/2015 at 2:05 PM

Re: “Chris Crofton, Advice King: Driving in Nashville

Although it's always fun to try to blame everything on the mean, old, white, Koch backed Republicans, I seriously doubt that politics had anything to do with it. This wasn't a politically partisan issue by any means. Thelma Harper voted against it for crying out loud! I really wish someone could explain how the AMP would hae been any different than the bus system we already have in place, other than AMP would have a dedicated luxury lane through the busiest artery in town. If the young white hipster population covets mass transportation so badly here, then why is every bus in town completely void of that exact demographic? Is it because of the "only poor people ride busses" mentality that secretly lies in within their mass transportation principles? I guess "decent public transportation" is just code for transportation that white people aren't ashamed of. Hypocrites. I'm guessing these are the same people than want to ban dogs on chains, but feel justified leaving Fido locked in a kennel all day behind the walls of their gulch condos.

2 likes, 1 dislike
Posted by Buster B on 02/25/2015 at 1:39 PM

Re: “Where Are the Women? This Summer’s Music Festivals Continue to Act as Though Female Musicians Don't Exist

I can't wait to reveal the Grimey's live concert lineup for Record Store Day this year. It's not yet ready for prime time but I promise you that women who rock will be well-represented.

6 likes, 1 dislike
Posted by Doyle on 02/25/2015 at 1:33 PM

Re: “Where Are the Women? This Summer’s Music Festivals Continue to Act as Though Female Musicians Don't Exist

When I was growing up, women in rock were singers. There was Joplin, Slick, Ronstadt and the like and there was Joni Mitchell and the folky contingent but for the most part women didn't PLAY rock n' roll, that I knew of. Then came Heart. Then the beginnings of punk/new wave and we had the Runaways, Joan Jett, Blondie (another singer admittedly), Tina in the Talking Heads and of course Mo Tucker in the Velvets was there all along (but I didn't know about her until I discovered punk and underground music in the late '70s). But it was rare to see females fronting bands and playing guitars and drums (why was the token rock chick so often the bass player?)

Now there are female rockers everywhere. Girls growing up today have countless role models to look at to see they too can rock. So yeah there are the economics of big festivals to contend with, the new release cycle which usually really determines who's on the road on any given year, and probably some latent and unintentional sexism (like you mention, not realizing that it's mostly men in your own record collection or on your festival lineup). That "hottest rock chicks" tour is bullshit and any girl with a brain would hopefully realize that (and you can't fix stupid). I just think there should be some acknowledgement that things have improved.

2 likes, 1 dislike
Posted by Doyle on 02/25/2015 at 1:28 PM

Re: “Where Are the Women? This Summer’s Music Festivals Continue to Act as Though Female Musicians Don't Exist

@Laurie Cummins Benson: That's so great to see--thanks for sharing that info!

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Posted by Megan Seling on 02/25/2015 at 12:02 PM

Re: “Where Are the Women? This Summer’s Music Festivals Continue to Act as Though Female Musicians Don't Exist

Check out the Sweet Roots Festival. They are almost all women! This is their first year, but they are committed to supporting women musicians in years to come as well. SweetRootsFestival.com

4 likes, 1 dislike
Posted by Laurie Cummins Benson on 02/25/2015 at 10:40 AM

Re: “Where Are the Women? This Summer’s Music Festivals Continue to Act as Though Female Musicians Don't Exist

The internet makes it possible for literally anyone to make it big if THEY'RE ACTUALLY GREAT. Just look at a group like The Civil Wars who made it huge all on their own. Your Spotify playlist full of "amazing" acts didn't have a single band or artist that was actually of the same calibur of a truly great act. Real greatness gets noticed. Look at what Phoebe Ryan is doing right now. When your punk rock groups are so good that people can't deny them, then we can talk.

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Posted by Aaron Harris on 02/25/2015 at 9:55 AM

Re: “Where Are the Women? This Summer’s Music Festivals Continue to Act as Though Female Musicians Don't Exist

@trouble - Exactly. I feel like a lot of people didn't actually read the article...which only serves to reinforce Megan's point about lazy comments.

@anthony - "If a band cant write great songs or develop themselves then they don't deserve to be playing at any festivals. No offense to Megan but this article is invalid"

The pretzel logic of that statement would give M.C. Escher a brain aneurysm. If one accepts that first sentence as being true (which...honestly, it is), and looks at the rosters for those festivals, then one would easily arrive at the conclusion that the selection of bands being offered at the festivals is deeply, deeply flawed at best...which definitely doesn't negate the article.

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Posted by J. Kirkland on 02/25/2015 at 9:42 AM

Re: “Chris Crofton, Advice King: Driving in Nashville

Atlanta didn't get fucked up because of light rail. Atlanta was fucked up to begin with.

We can afford it, Tobin. We can do expensive things, if we care enough. Lots of real cities did it, why not us?

Posted by CLOVIS on 02/25/2015 at 8:25 AM

Re: “Chris Crofton, Advice King: Driving in Nashville

"The AMP debate wasn't AMP vs Light Rail, it was AMP vs nothing"

That's because the mayor's side was pushing one idea in one place Tobin. We were open to all sorts of alternatives. And most likely, that 175 mil would have ballooned into something else.

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Posted by 44allin on 02/25/2015 at 6:52 AM

Re: “Where Are the Women? This Summer’s Music Festivals Continue to Act as Though Female Musicians Don't Exist

Its not sexism. If a band cant write great songs or develop themselves then they don't deserve to be playing at any festivals. No offense to Megan but this article is invalid

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Posted by anthony on 02/24/2015 at 11:16 PM

Re: “Chris Crofton, Advice King: Driving in Nashville

I lived thru Atlanta adding and then spreading light rail (MARTA). They sold it on how wonderful it would be for everyone... yes, it did a wonderful job, of spreading violent crime and utterly destroying once prosperous and stable areas, including the one I grew up in. Which now looks like the rough part of Beirut... oh, and it went about 5x over projected budget as well. Basically so people with no cars could get to crappy service jobs.

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Posted by HeadedtoNashvegas on 02/24/2015 at 10:53 PM

Re: “Where Are the Women? This Summer’s Music Festivals Continue to Act as Though Female Musicians Don't Exist

Look, I get where you're coming from. My issue with this article isn't its validity, or its purpose, or anything like that. My issue is that it is akin to asking Wal-Mart to start doing the right thing (on any number of issues) and expecting them to listen. Unfortunately, there are two things you're missing to get any progress: promoters who actually want to promote women on an equal or greater level than male acts AND people to actually turn up to those shows.

If women playing music is what you want to see, you have to either prove to a promoter that it's worth their time and money to bring that act out OR bring them out yourself. If they're barely recouping their money, there's 0 financial stability in continuing to do that no matter the act, and it just won't happen. So, ultimately, you're yelling at a brick wall by asking the big guys to be more inclusive. That's not to condescend- I'm yelling with you. The system is pretty shitty (and outrageously sexist) sometimes. The trick lies in new promoters coming up who want to see that change and (hopefully) the audience and fans will do their part by showing up.

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Posted by Manocentric Maleocracy on 02/24/2015 at 7:47 PM

Re: “Where Are the Women? This Summer’s Music Festivals Continue to Act as Though Female Musicians Don't Exist

Yes, the best way to make change happen would be for the music journalist to stop doing music journalism (thus disseminating the info she learned to tens of thousands of people who perhaps had never considered a different perspective before) and instead start her own music festival from scratch. Presumably in her backyard.

10 likes, 1 dislike
Posted by Ashley Spurgeon on 02/24/2015 at 6:28 PM

Re: “Chris Crofton, Advice King: Driving in Nashville

It's called perspective

Posted by Charles Ezell on 02/24/2015 at 6:07 PM

Re: “Chris Crofton, Advice King: Driving in Nashville

The AMP debate wasn't AMP vs Light Rail, it was AMP vs nothing, and we got nothing. Light Rail supporters also seem to forget the difference in cost. The Amp was $175m, Light Rail along the same route would cost half a billion $$$.

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Posted by TobintheGnome on 02/24/2015 at 6:03 PM

Re: “Where Are the Women? This Summer’s Music Festivals Continue to Act as Though Female Musicians Don't Exist

@anon for a reason: That's why I say that these numbers are valid as of today. I know Warped is still announcing, but last year they didn't break 20%, so including them at this point is to support the idea that, despite the fact I had a conversation with Kevin Lyman about it last spring, they have no interest in improving their numbers.

5 likes, 3 dislikes
Posted by Megan Seling on 02/24/2015 at 5:49 PM

Re: “Where Are the Women? This Summer’s Music Festivals Continue to Act as Though Female Musicians Don't Exist

The whole point of the article is that there are established entities with power to set agendas, with funding and connections, and they don't book women who already exist. Telling women who are less established, with less funding, connections and power, that it's up to them. just ensures the problem will perpetuate itself.
It ignores the reality of the situation which is that it is not a level playing field.

10 likes, 2 dislikes
Posted by trouble on 02/24/2015 at 5:32 PM

Re: “Where Are the Women? This Summer’s Music Festivals Continue to Act as Though Female Musicians Don't Exist

Pretty unfair of you to lump Warped Tour in with this as they are still announcing more and more bands every Wednesday (and will be for another 4-6 weeks, I believe).

Also, complaining really doesn't accomplish anything beyond making you look a little petulant. The first commenter is right: If you really don't like the way a festival looks, the best solution is to create your own festival. It's the only way you'll really be happy with the result. Other people owe you nothing, regardless of how you think they do.

4 likes, 5 dislikes
Posted by anon for a reason on 02/24/2015 at 5:26 PM

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