Black Women In Punk: Part 2

First Row: Toni Young (photo by Jim Saah), Santi White (photo by Jonathan Wood), Fefe Dobson (photo by Bill King) 2nd Row: Libby Hodges, Yvonne Ducksworth (photo by Denis Barthel)

Toni Young: Toni Young was the bassist for 80s hardcore punk band Red C. The band was part of the 80s Washington DC punk scene, and was featured on the pivotal hardcore compilation Flex Your Head. Tragedy befell the bend in 1985, when Toni died of complications from pneumonia. Suggested Song: Assassin

Santi White: Before Santi White burst onto the indie scene as Santigold, she was in a punk band based out of Pennsylvania called Stiffed. Formed in the early 2000s, the band released two albums – Sex Sells (2003), and Burned Again (2005). Santi also had ties to another black woman rocker Res, helping to co-write and co-produce Res’ debut album How I Do. Santi started her solo career as Santigold in 2007, with the release of her solo debut Santogold. She still releases music as Santigold, with her latest album 99¢ having been released in 2015. More Information: Wikipedia. Suggested Song: What You Gone Do

Fefe Dobson: Fefe Dobson entered the music scene as an 18 year old in 2003, riding the pop punk wave that was in fashion at the time. Her early sound was comparable to other acts out during this period, such as Avril Lavigne and Kelly Osbourne. She’s had a stable career since, having released her last album Joy in 2010. Originally destined by Jive recording executives to be a pop artist, Fefe wanted to take her music in a different direction and left the label as a result. This led to Fefe releasing her debut self-titled album on Island Records instead. More Information: Wikipedia. Suggested Song: Take Me Away

Libby Hodges: Libby Hodges formed the punk band Girl Trash in 1983. The band was all women, and featured Libby as lead singer along with her sister Doni on Guitar, and Julie and Robin Kerry on keyboards and guitar respectively. Libby was influenced by punk bands such as Dead Kennedys, Plasmatics, and black punk band Pure Hell. The band tragically and abruptly ended after the Kerry sisters were attacked and murdered. More Information: Livejournal post, slashmeup post Instagram: vampirelibby

Yvonne Ducksworth: Yvonne is the lead singer for punk/metal German band Jingo De Lunch. The band was formed in 1987, and released several albums in the late 1980s and early 1990s, in addition to live albums in the late 200s. Jingo De Lunch broke up in 2012. Yvonne was also a singer for other punk bands in the early 1980s, including Combat Not Conform and Manson Youth. She is also an actress and TV presenter, appearing on the 1994 show Metalla (which focused on the hardcore and metal scenes) on the German TV channel VIVA. More Information: on Jingo De Lunch – on Yvonne DucksworthSuggested Song: Seen and Done

POCs in Goth/Punk/Alternative Music Masterpost by diningwithdana

diningwithdana:

POCs in Goth/Punk/Alternative Music Masterpost

Updates! *01/15* I had originally intended on keeping it short, but due to reader enthusiasm, here is a master version. Each contribution was appreciated, you freaks rock.

As an addition to the goth/post-punk/alt band masterpost, here’s a list of bands featuring members of color. Most are influential, others new discoveries or future freak gods. Thanks to research and helpful readers, here’s a bit of sick sound suitable for all taste buds:

Goth, dark or industrial:

Punk or hardcore:

  • Bad Brains – why most of the bands on this list even exist.
  • Death – not to be confused with the metal band of the same way. Not that you could confuse the members in any way.
  • Rough Francis – founded by the sons of David Hackney of Death.
  • Pure Hell – afropunk taken literally.
  • X-Ray Spex – Poly Styrene was the energy and feel of the band. Actually, she was just energy and feel period. Fun fact: she was also bipolar.
  • Radkey – Rad.
  • TMGE – Japanese band named “Thee Michelle Gun Elephant” or as they prefer: JAPANESE BAND NAMED “THEE MICHELLE GUN ELEPHANT”.
  • Tamar Kali – powerful musician, especially known for “Boot”.
  • The Objex – Feloney Melony’s got a wicked hawk and voice.
  • Stiffed – Santi White now performs solo as Santigold.
  • Cerebral Ballzy
  • Suicidal Tendencies
  • Midori – great jazz-punk fusion band.
  • The Redscare
  • Le Butcherettes – Mexican garage punk band.
  • Atari Teenage Riot
  • NOFX
  • Stalin
  • The Bags
  • Dev Hynes – a British musician who started out in a punk band Test Icicles then went solo as a folk/indie musician as Lightspeed Champion and now is doing an electronic/R&B thing as Blood Orange.
  • L’Arc-en-Ciel – Okay, so these guys are Japan’s other most famous export. These guys got known outside of japan for doing some major anime theme songs (Fullmetal Alchemist, Gundam 00, NANA live action movie, etc) and were the first Japanese act to headline Madison Square Garden (Japanese rock bands really like New York for some reason). Their bassist tetsuya (formally known as tetsu) gets bonus points for being one of Japan’s only out LGBT celebrities (he’s Bi).
  • Doll$Box
  • Letlive
  • The Chariot
  • Trashtalk
  • Gogol Bordello – self described as “gypsy punk”. Singer Eugene Hütz is Russian-Ukranian with Romani heritage and born with a ‘stache. Nearly crazier than Little Big and Korpiklaani combined.
  • Blackfire
  • The Bots – punk duo made of two brothers.
  • Bow Wow Wow – IIIIIII Waaaant Caaandy!!!
  • Love Equals Death
  • Ritualization – blackened death metal from Orléans, France
  • Teengenerate

Metal, funk/rap/reggae metal fusion or core:

  • Blasphemy – Black metal, the biggest irony on earth as Caller of the Storms remains one of the rare black musicians within the genre.
  • Babymetal – this Japanese trio is more metal than a viking woman on her period in the middle of a battlefield drinking the blood of her enemies to the sound of Immortal…for some at least.
  • Wicked Wisdom – Will Smith’s wife get a band?? Yes she Will.
  • Unlocking the Truth – these 13 year olds played in the streets of NYC before they opened for Living Colour.
  • Absolace – amazing metal from Dubai.
  • Living Colour – better than Dead Monochrome.
  • King’s X – more hard rock, but hey.
  • Bionic Jive – one of the better hip-hop/metal fusions.
  • Skindred – check out the album “Roots Rock Riot”.
  • Ego Fall – a Chinese folk metal band and also Corbac’s fave. Mixing tradition with heavier sounds.
  • Static X – Japanese guitarist Koichi Fukuda & Mexican-American bassist Tony Campos.
  • Sepultura – the founding members are all Brazilian, currently their lead singer (Derrick Green) is black. “Arise” is a massive album of pure metal awesomeness.
  • Straight Line Stitch
  • Blood Stain Child
  • Sasamaso
  • Tenger Cavalry –  a folk metal band based out of Bejing who describe their style as “Mongolian folk metal”. Like this and you’d probably enjoy Ego Fall.
  • Cthonic – Taiwanese metal band who’s lead singer is also the president for the Taiwanese branch of Amnesty International.Most of their music deals with their goal of an independent Taiwan and they’re really REALLY great.
  • Myrath
  • God Forbid
  • Invasion – a stoner/psych-metal band fronted by a valkyrie space wizard out of London.
  • Vodun – like invasion, marries punk, psychedelic, and doom metal influenced instrumentals with soul influenced vocals to create a unique and original takes on doom metal.
  • Sevendust
  • Animals as Leaders – most suggested band on this list and for good reason.
  • Veil of Maya
  • Oceano
  • Body Count – Ice T’s metal band rules. It would be a little tastier with ice cubes though.
  • Hirax – pioneering thrash/speed metal band (with hardcore influences). Katon De Pena is one of the most distinctive vocalists of the then-burgeoning California metal scene. Though they never achieved the success of some of their contemporaries like Metallica or Slayer, they have long been an insiders’ favorite and cited as an influence by bands ranging from Napalm Death to Cannibal Corpse to Darkthrone.
  • Infectious Grooves
  • Melechesh – an Assyrian black metal band originating from Jerusalem whose lyrical themes include Mesopotamian mythology and occultism.
  • Iron Man – American doom metal band with PoC members.
  • Sex Machineguns – Japanese speed metal band.
  • Hibria – Brazilian power metal band.
  • Metallica
  • Gevolt – Yiddish band from Israel.
  • The Tony Danza Tap Dance Extravaganza
  • Gridlink
  • X Japan – Probably Japan’s most famous metal export. These guys are the reason Visual Kei (basically Japan’s gothic metal scene) exists. All those flashy JRock bands wouldn’t exist without X Japan. They also recently just played a huge show at Madison Square Garden.
  • Maximum the Hormone – Also known as “the guys that did that weird opening and ending to death note”, MTH do a fantastic combination of metal, punk, and even pop. The best part about MTH is that their lyrics don’t make sense even when translated so you can just have mindless fun listening to them even if you understand Japanese.
  • Suffocation –  one of the most influential death metal acts of all time. Terrance Hobbs’ incredible mastery of the guitar allowed the band to blend complex technicality into the genre without sacrificing raw brutality.
  • Versailles Philharmonic Quintet
  • Suicide Silence
  • The Crimson Armada
  • For Today
  • Glass Cloud
  • Heaven in Her Arms
  • Here comes the Kraken
  • Issues
  • Periphery
  • Reflections
  • System of a Down
  • Fear Nuttin Band
  • Year of the Dragon – founder was a member of Fishbone.
  • Dir En Grey
  • Skyharbor
  • Spineshank
  • Coal Chamber
  • Ill Niño
  • Flagitious Idiosyncrasy in Dilapidation (FID) – Formed in Tokyo. Rad ladies playing some super hard grindcore.
  • Sarcofago Brazilian band
  • Acrassicauda Iraqi heavy metal. There is a film called “Heavy Metal in Baghdad”, about the band. Another documentary called Global Metal, which is by the same director as Heavy Metal: A Headbanger’s Journey, is highly recommended.
  • Sigh – one of the first japanese black mack metal bands led by a fierce lady.
  • Sabbat – Japanese black/thrash.
  • Blood Stain Child – rather epic sounding Japanese metal band with contrasting vocals and instrumentals.
  • Gallhammer – female Japanese extreme metal band of doom. The wickedest chicks, definitely recommend.
  • Avulsed – Spanish death metal band.
  • Necramynth – Korean black metal.
  • Crossfaith – japanese metalcore.
  • Subrosa
  • As they Burn – deathcore band from Paris, France.
  • Wolves and Jackals – blackened thrash/death metal from Atlanta, GA.
  • Infernal Revulsion – brutal death metal from Tokyo, Japan
  • Orange Sky – from Trinidad and Tobago.
  • Monuments – it’s got saxophone and it’s awesome.
  • Ego Likeness
  • Peelander-Z – watch the videos, you’ll be happy you did.

Alternative or too cool to label:

Thank you thechampagnenigga for images/links and looselimbs for one more suggestion!

Submissions are now closed.

Black Girl Friday.

thelearnedfangirl:

blackwomeninrock:

slashemup:

Black girls always been at forefront of rock n’ roll and punk. to all the black girls out here I hope this inspires you. NOTE This is alot of bands but its not every band. got any Suggestions send them to us at our email slashtheyassup@gmail.com or on facebook http://www.facebook.com/slashemuppunx Peace,

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MR. B. S.

  https://www.facebook.com/pages/MRB-S-trunk-rock-band/57075558173

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Anus Kings

https://www.facebook.com/pages/Anus-Kings/193854984053047

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NighTrain

https://www.facebook.com/NighTraiNSeattle

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Sister Tyler

https://www.facebook.com/sistertyyler

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TV Tramps

https://www.facebook.com/TVTramps

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Vaginal Creme Davis

https://www.facebook.com/pages/Vaginal-Davis/106159166081796?rf=110385405655669

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Dust Angel

https://www.facebook.com/DustAngelNYC

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Half Breed

https://www.facebook.com/pages/Half-Breed/370532413010081

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Omega Sirius Moon

https://www.facebook.com/OmegaMoon

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Stiffed (Santigold)

https://www.facebook.com/pages/Stiffed/112267422121757

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Replica

https://www.facebook.com/replicareplica

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The Dummy Club

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Aye Nako

https://www.facebook.com/ayedontnako

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The Mighty Paradocs

https://www.facebook.com/pages/Mighty-Paradocs/115554085164785

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3Jane

https://www.facebook.com/3janes

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The Breathing Light

https://www.facebook.com/Thebreathinglight

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Queen Crescent

https://www.facebook.com/QueenCrescent

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Negation

http://negationisaband.tumblr.com

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Honeychild Coleman

https://www.facebook.com/pages/Honeychild-Coleman/6424957932

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Shredding the Velvet

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Nastyfacts

http://www.kbdrecords.com/2006/09/16/nasty-facts-drive-my-car-ep-7/

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Bromance

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Tribe 8

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tribe_8

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Fire Party

http://www.dischord.com/band/fire-party

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The Atomic Tanlines

https://www.facebook.com/theatomictanlines?fref=ts

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Freda Rente and The Chemical X

https://www.facebook.com/FredaRente?fref=ts

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Kusikia

https://www.facebook.com/pages/Kusikia/131239746965551

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Bleed The Pigs

http://bleedthepigs.bandcamp.com/

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Tamar Kali

https://www.facebook.com/Official.Tamarkali

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X-Ray Spex

https://www.facebook.com/pages/X-Ray-Spex/112286375450606

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Red C

http://www.dischord.com/band/red-c

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The Butchies

https://www.facebook.com/pages/The-Butchies/83135143330

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Planet Rawk

https://www.facebook.com/PlanetRAWK

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Sole Heiress

https://www.facebook.com/soleheiressband

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My Therapist Says Hot Damn

https://www.facebook.com/pages/My-Therapist-Says-Hot-Damn/243789262306652

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Cat Bear Tree

https://www.facebook.com/CatBearTreeBand

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Skinny Girl Diet

https://www.facebook.com/pages/Skinny-Girl-Diet/155342227835901

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The Tuts

https://www.facebook.com/thetuts

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Kimya Dawson

https://www.facebook.com/pages/Kimya-Dawson/104045206297436

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Trash Kit

https://www.facebook.com/pages/TRASH-KIT/329766302806?ref=ts&fref=ts

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Mutley Chix

https://www.facebook.com/MutleyChix

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The Objex

https://www.facebook.com/objexlv

If you are black an play in a band feel free to hit us up here or on our http://www.facebook.com/slashemuppunx page let us know.

Eventually I will be back to tag this post. Hot damn!

My band is on this list and i have never been so honored

Tumblr did some weird things for me when I originally tagged this post up, which also affected my resource page – a lot of bands that should be on the resource page were left out. I can’t seem to add the missing tags to the original post, so this post reflects the bands that got left out of the original tagging. I am super OCD about tagging because of how important I feel the resource page is to this blog, and I don’t ever want to a band to be left off of it.

Also @thelearnedfangirl, which band were you in?

Rock & Roll, bless you.

pegasuslove:

I was going to cover my dashboard with Fefe Dobson. But then I changed the plan. I decided to rant a little. But my rant was starting to get crazy so I changed the plan again. It started when I saw quite a few posts about how no one could think of a woman of color singing rock & roll. The voice in my head immediately sounded like Alex Trebek;

Question: American singer and actress whose career has spanned more than 50 years. She has won numerous awards and her achievements in rock earned her the title The Queen of Rock ‘n’ Roll.

Answer: WHO IS TINA TURNER?

Now instead of the rant about how rock music started in the black community, and how it makes me sad that people think that rock music ‘belongs’ to whites, I’m just gonna throw you some names other than Fefe that rock.

  • Tina Turner- Undisputed Queen of Rock & Roll. Don’t tell that you’ve heard her sing Proud Mary and didn’t start headbanging and jumping around. Listen to: Proud Mary to start, but go find a greatest hits and just sit there and worship.
  • Grace Jones-Grace, Grace, Grace, where do I start? Singer, model actress, complete icon. Some people might not consider her a rock musician, but if she ain’t a rocker, I don’t know who is. Listen to: Private Life and Corporate Cannibal.
  • Jada Pinkett Smith- She fronts a metal band called Wicked Wisdom. She growls out like the best of ’em, and while she’s not a perfect singer, it’s like Iced-T once said, “Who can sing in rock ‘n’ roll?“  Listen to: Bleed All Over Me and Forgiven
  • Felony Melody- Fronts the band Objex. You should see her mohawk, and her voice is powerful and punk. She melts me. Listen to: Eat This
  • Graph Nobel- She reminds me a little of No Doubt circa Return of Saturn, slow, soft, heartbreaking. Listen to: Fyah
  • Santi White AKA Santogold- The girl is pure rock in my opinion, but with her band Stiffed, she’s seen in the traditional rock band. Listen to: Hold Tight
  • Shingai Shoniwa- Fronts the Noisettes. If Iggy Pop and Billie Holiday had a baby, it’d be Shingai. There are no words that can express my love. Listen to: EVERYTHING! Lol, but go ahead and start with Sister Rosetta, Don’t Upset The Rhythm, and their cover of When You Were Young
  • Skin- She’s a solo artist but mostly fronts Skunk Anansie. The bands sound is "an amalgam of heavy metal and black feminist rage,” and man do I love it. Listen to: Alone In My Room (solo) Secretly (w/SA), and My Ugly Boy (w/SA)
  • Danielia Cotton- A fucking beautiful voice. If you like classic rock, you’ll like Danielia. She’s opened for B.B. King and Lynyrd Skynyrd, how awesome is that?   Listen to: Let It Ride, Make U Move, and Running
  • Sophia Ramos- Where do I start? She is a true rock goddess, I don’t want to give another baby analogy, but if Led Zeppelin and Janis Joplin had a baby = Sophia. She’s got an emotional, soulful, take no prisoners voice. Amaaazzzzinnng.   Listen to: Torn Down, Freedom is Over, and Shining Still
  • Lisa Kekaula- Fronts The Bellrays, she’s pure rock & roll, like fire man. Listen to: Infection (the video had a dancing bear!) and Fire On The Moon.
  • Alexis Brown- Fronts Straight Line Stitch. METAL. METAL. METAL. Alexis demands attention, and gets it, with her screaming vocals. Lovvveee. Listen to: Black Veil
  • Janelle Monáe- I consider her a rocker. I think she is progressive and psychedelic. Dude, she’s singing about a girl named Blueberry Mary, fairy gods, the words of Dhammapada, and coming alive like a schizo running wild, all while telling the story of an android in love with a human. Dude, it’s a fucking rock opera. She’s rock & roll. Listen to: Come Alive, Cold War, and Sir Greendown.

I think I reblogged this before, but it seems to have grown more awesome-r so reblogging again. Will tag later.

Afro-Punk Scene, Inspired By Santogold, TV On The Radio And More, Explodes Into A Multi-Genre Movement

Afro-Punk Scene, Inspired By Santogold, TV On The Radio And More, Explodes Into A Multi-Genre Movement

Black Women In Rock: If Sister Rosetta Tharpe is too old school for you, then maybe Santigold flips your wig. Either way, sisters have been part of rock music for as long as guitar feedback’s been loud

Forget what it sounds like for a minute, let’s consider the spirit of rock and roll: Rebellious. Energetic. Vocal. Independent. Driven. Unapologetic. Powerful. They’re characteristics I could attribute to damn-near every sister I know.
In fact, my personal Who’s Who of Rock and Roll is stacked with bomb Black women. Betty Davis. Grace Jones. Tina Turner. Aretha Franklin. Nona Hendryx. Poly Styrene. Joan Armatrading. Joyce Kennedy… and that’s just 1976-77.
So why do so many people go out of their way to marginalize or flat-out disregard Black women as both pioneers and torchbearers of rock? Why are we so indifferent to the fact that more than a few African-American women strapped an instrument to their back and helped carry the genre from the fields to the church to the juke joint to the charts to a multimillion-dollar industry?
Probably because someone told us it wasn’t ours and we chose to believe it. They said it was devil’s music, so we cast it out. We let it go because someone gave it white skin, a penis, and the green light to cross boundaries that Black people couldn’t. And in so doing, they convinced the world that our pioneers didn’t deserve equal recognition, equal exposure or equal ownership.
Damn shame.

Black Girl Friday.

slashemup:

Black girls always been at forefront of rock n’ roll and punk. to all the black girls out here I hope this inspires you. NOTE This is alot of bands but its not every band. got any Suggestions send them to us at our email slashtheyassup@gmail.com or on facebook http://www.facebook.com/slashemuppunx Peace,

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MR. B. S.

  https://www.facebook.com/pages/MRB-S-trunk-rock-band/57075558173

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Anus Kings

https://www.facebook.com/pages/Anus-Kings/193854984053047

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NighTrain

https://www.facebook.com/NighTraiNSeattle

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Sister Tyler

https://www.facebook.com/sistertyyler

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TV Tramps

https://www.facebook.com/TVTramps

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Vaginal Creme Davis

https://www.facebook.com/pages/Vaginal-Davis/106159166081796?rf=110385405655669

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Dust Angel

https://www.facebook.com/DustAngelNYC

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Half Breed

https://www.facebook.com/pages/Half-Breed/370532413010081

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Omega Sirius Moon

https://www.facebook.com/OmegaMoon

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Stiffed (Santigold)

https://www.facebook.com/pages/Stiffed/112267422121757

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Replica

https://www.facebook.com/replicareplica

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The Dummy Club

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Aye Nako

https://www.facebook.com/ayedontnako

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The Mighty Paradocs

https://www.facebook.com/pages/Mighty-Paradocs/115554085164785

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3Jane

https://www.facebook.com/3janes

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The Breathing Light

https://www.facebook.com/Thebreathinglight

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Queen Crescent

https://www.facebook.com/QueenCrescent

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Negation

http://negationisaband.tumblr.com

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Honeychild Coleman

https://www.facebook.com/pages/Honeychild-Coleman/6424957932

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Shredding the Velvet

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Nastyfacts

http://www.kbdrecords.com/2006/09/16/nasty-facts-drive-my-car-ep-7/

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Bromance

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Tribe 8

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tribe_8

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Fire Party

http://www.dischord.com/band/fire-party

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The Atomic Tanlines

https://www.facebook.com/theatomictanlines?fref=ts

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Freda Rente and The Chemical X

https://www.facebook.com/FredaRente?fref=ts

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Kusikia

https://www.facebook.com/pages/Kusikia/131239746965551

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Bleed The Pigs

http://bleedthepigs.bandcamp.com/

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Tamar Kali

https://www.facebook.com/Official.Tamarkali

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X-Ray Spex

https://www.facebook.com/pages/X-Ray-Spex/112286375450606

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Red C

http://www.dischord.com/band/red-c

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The Butchies

https://www.facebook.com/pages/The-Butchies/83135143330

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Planet Rawk

https://www.facebook.com/PlanetRAWK

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Sole Heiress

https://www.facebook.com/soleheiressband

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My Therapist Says Hot Damn

https://www.facebook.com/pages/My-Therapist-Says-Hot-Damn/243789262306652

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Cat Bear Tree

https://www.facebook.com/CatBearTreeBand

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Skinny Girl Diet

https://www.facebook.com/pages/Skinny-Girl-Diet/155342227835901

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The Tuts

https://www.facebook.com/thetuts

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Kimya Dawson

https://www.facebook.com/pages/Kimya-Dawson/104045206297436

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Trash Kit

https://www.facebook.com/pages/TRASH-KIT/329766302806?ref=ts&fref=ts

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Mutley Chix

https://www.facebook.com/MutleyChix

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The Objex

https://www.facebook.com/objexlv

If you are black an play in a band feel free to hit us up here or on our http://www.facebook.com/slashemuppunx page let us know.

Eventually I will be back to tag this post. Hot damn!

Black Girls Rock: The Stage

blackrockandrollmusic:

Black Girls Rock: The Stage

Shannon Funchess
Santigold
Kimya Dawson
Fefe Dobson
Etta James
Kelis
Ronnie Spector
Sophia Ramos
Andy Allo
Steffanie Christi’an

Y’all follow the blackrockandrollmusic blog if you ain’t already

WOC in Rock

snobbyowl:

Whenever I see those “Women of Rock” posts I almost always only see exclusively Caucasian faces and it made me wonder why no one has made a post for the badass women of color who have both influenced rock music and paved the way for many other colored women to show the world that rock music isn’t just a “white people thing” (its roots can be traced back to the blues of the early 20th century, which was invented by black people). So here are just some of my favorites, whose musical styles range from blues rock, punk rock, heavy metal, indie rock, and rock and roll. Obviously, there are also many others, but those listed are probably the most easily recognizable colored women of rock music, who deserve to be given major accolades and equal representation because well, they fucking rock.

THIS WHOLE POST

Betty Davis – Liane La Havas – Santigold

mamazede:

I’ve been on a ~black girls only~ music kick lately

Rock & Roll, bless you.

pegasuslove:

I was going to cover my dashboard with Fefe Dobson. But then I changed the plan. I decided to rant a little. But my rant was starting to get crazy so I changed the plan again. It started when I saw quite a few posts about how no one could think of a woman of color singing rock & roll. The voice in my head immediately sounded like Alex Trebek;

Question: American singer and actress whose career has spanned more than 50 years. She has won numerous awards and her achievements in rock earned her the title The Queen of Rock ‘n’ Roll.

Answer: WHO IS TINA TURNER?

Now instead of the rant about how rock music started in the black community, and how it makes me sad that people think that rock music ‘belongs’ to whites, I’m just gonna throw you some names other than Fefe that rock.

  • Tina Turner- Undisputed Queen of Rock & Roll. Don’t tell that you’ve heard her sing Proud Mary and didn’t start headbanging and jumping around. Listen to: Proud Mary to start, but go find a greatest hits and just sit there and worship.
  • Grace Jones-Grace, Grace, Grace, where do I start? Singer, model actress, complete icon. Some people might not consider her a rock musician, but if she ain’t a rocker, I don’t know who is. Listen to: Private Life and Corporate Cannibal.
  • Jada Pinkett Smith- She fronts a metal band called Wicked Wisdom. She growls out like the best of ‘em, and while she’s not a perfect singer, it’s like Iced-T once said, “Who can sing in rock ‘n’ roll?”  Listen to: Bleed All Over Me and Forgiven
  • Felony Melody- Fronts the band Objex. You should see her mohawk, and her voice is powerful and punk. She melts me. Listen to: Eat This
  • Graph Nobel- She reminds me a little of No Doubt circa Return of Saturn, slow, soft, heartbreaking. Listen to: Fyah
  • Santi White AKA Santogold- The girl is pure rock in my opinion, but with her band Stiffed, she’s seen in the traditional rock band. Listen to: Hold Tight
  • Shingai Shoniwa- Fronts the Noisettes. If Iggy Pop and Billie Holiday had a baby, it’d be Shingai. There are no words that can express my love. Listen to: EVERYTHING! Lol, but go ahead and start with Sister Rosetta, Don’t Upset The Rhythm, and their cover of When You Were Young
  • Skin- She’s a solo artist but mostly fronts Skunk Anansie. The bands sound is “an amalgam of heavy metal and black feminist rage,” and man do I love it. Listen to: Alone In My Room (solo) Secretly (w/SA), and My Ugly Boy (w/SA)
  • Danielia Cotton- A fucking beautiful voice. If you like classic rock, you’ll like Danielia. She’s opened for B.B. King and Lynyrd Skynyrd, how awesome is that?   Listen to: Let It Ride, Make U Move, and Running
  • Sophia Ramos- Where do I start? She is a true rock goddess, I don’t want to give another baby analogy, but if Led Zeppelin and Janis Joplin had a baby = Sophia. She’s got an emotional, soulful, take no prisoners voice. Amaaazzzzinnng.   Listen to: Torn Down, Freedom is Over, and Shining Still
  • Lisa Kekaula- Fronts The Bellrays, she’s pure rock & roll, like fire man. Listen to: Infection (the video had a dancing bear!) and Fire On The Moon.
  • Alexis Brown- Fronts Straight Line Stitch. METAL. METAL. METAL. Alexis demands attention, and gets it, with her screaming vocals. Lovvveee. Listen to: Black Veil
  • Janelle Monáe- I consider her a rocker. I think she is progressive and psychedelic. Dude, she’s singing about a girl named Blueberry Mary, fairy gods, the words of Dhammapada, and coming alive like a schizo running wild, all while telling the story of an android in love with a human. Dude, it’s a fucking rock opera. She’s rock & roll. Listen to: Come Alive, Cold War, and Sir Greendown.