2016 has been a rough and tumble year to say the least. Despite the ups and downs, however, we’ve seen some dazzling music emerge from its presses. From top 40 go-tos, to the overlooked and the brand-spanking new, we’ve had a better time on this batty ride thanks to music. Here are some of our staff picks: Madison Bloom talks about her favorite hidden gems of the year; Jerilyn Jordan waxes ever-poetical about her beloved city and launches the inaugural “2016 Playing Detroit Awards”; Suzannah Weiss documents emerging female DJs to note for 2017, while Nicole Ortiz recounts the best reunion shows of the year. Emily Daly brings us the “Best & Worst” in her beautifully curated News Roundup, Gabby Salinardo lists the top 10 social commentary songs of 2016, and lastly I will regale you with my favorite albums of the year – most of which you hopefully haven’t heard yet – with the intention of delivering something fresh to your ears and your heart as we head into the new year. Suffice to say, I’m honored to be working with such a talented crew of women and can’t wait to continue unearthing and expanding our content as we move forward together in this crazy world.
Marianne White is the founder and director of Audiofemme. Catch her if you can.