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Bee Scott

AF 2021 In Review: A Year Of Divorce, Heartache, And Grief

The world might have opened back up in 2021, but it was still a year branded with heartache, sorrow, and grief. Even if you didn’t endure the death of a loved one, you likely knew someone who did 一...

How Jetty Bones’ ‘Push Back’ Saved My Life In 2021

Trigger Warning: This editorial contains graphic discussions about suicide and mental health Jetty Bones pushes the literal boundaries of her work on latest album Push Back, swapping out indie/rock singer/songwriter sensibilities for dazzling dance-centered pop music. Beneath those shimmering,...

Dylan Dunn Works Through Loneliness and Anger on Blue Like You EP

Rather than letting his emotions get the best of him, Dylan Dunn writes about them – carefully cutting around the edges of each, then unfolding them like a string of paper dolls on his debut EP, Blue Like You,...

Sarah Elizabeth Haines Reaches Out to Reconnect with “In the Morning” Video

As a frequent touring musician, singer-songwriter Sarah Elizabeth Haines struggled to balance a professional and personal life. The seed for her new song “In the Morning” had burrowed into her mind, inspired by several “failed relationship attempts,” and eventually,...

Ziemba Grieves For Her Father On Christmas-Tinged LP Unsubtle Magic

“Destabilizing.” That’s the single word René Kladzyk says best encompasses her experience after the death of her father and through rising flood waters of grief. The singer-songwriter, best known under her musical pseudonym Ziemba, lost her father in early...

Premiere: Mimi Oz Goes Under the Microscope In “Hate” Video

Mimi Oz wrote her song “Hate” as a way to deal with conflicting feelings of being an outsider. The Toronto-based singer-songwriter thrives on “being alone,” she says, as a “highly creative” person. With a strong support system, she adds,...

ONLY NOISE: Adele Threads Together Regret and Growing Older from 25 to 30

ONLY NOISE explores music fandom with poignant personal essays that examine the ways we’re shaped by our chosen soundtrack. In this installment, Jason Scott soothes their growing pains with the balm of everyone’s favorite siren singer, who released her fourth studio...

Dyan Valdés Lights The Fuse With Premiere of “Be My Revolution”

Relationships that burn through our lives like meteors can be revolutionary. After a wine-soaked evening out with her BFF and frequent creative collaborator Jess Sweetman, singer-songwriter Dyan Valdés found herself reflecting on just how important those relationships can be....

PREMIERE: Sulene Crashes Her Own Party In “We Go Hard” Video

Sulene wants to do one simple thing: dance. Well, it’s actually a little more complex than that, as she attests with her latest single “We Go Hard.” Through a claustrophobic wall-to-wall sound, the indie-electronic artist embraces “every aspect of...

Amy Jay Readies New LP Awake Sleeper With “Monster” Single

Amy Jay hates being the center of attention. An indie-folk musician based in New York, Jay finds that “everything leading up to the stage” sends jitters throughout her body. It’s only once she’s planted firmly centerstage that those rattling...

Carissa Johnson Premieres Game-Changing New Album Blue Hour

A week before the pandemic forced sweeping lockdowns in the states, singer-songwriter Carissa Johnson moved to Los Angeles to reset. Little did she know her life would be completely upended. “I was out of my world and not feeling...

Quiet Takes Weathers Wondrous Dreams On ‘Weekly, Weakly’ EP

Sarah Magill has the strangest dreams. Quite recently, the Quiet Takes singer/songwriter imagined herself singing backup for Wilco, but “I didn’t know all of the words,” she recalls. Guitarist Nels Cline turned to her “with a big smile on...

Vakili Band Call For Compassion With Reworked “Dreamy Dreamer”

Lily Vakili once asked her mother, “What do you want me to be?” She was never one to give “easy answers,” as Vakili recalls, and her response propelled the singer-songwriter to question her place in the world. “I want...

Maggie Gently Delivers Very Gay Pop Punk Anthem “Hold My Hand”

With her 2020 EP Good Cry, Bay Area singer-songwriter Maggie Gently addressed and packed away some personal trauma. Healing is a never-ending process, but as evidenced with her brand new single “Hold My Hand,” from her forthcoming Refresh Records...

Olivia Penalva Lights Up With Star Power In “Ex’s” Video

Olivia Penalva is typically the sort of songwriter to write from deeply personal experiences, but with “Ex’s,” she stretches her wings to tell a seductive story about lust and betrayal. “I know so many people who have been in...

PREMIERE: Sweetlove Grapples with Grief on Goodnight, Lover EP

Life has put Sweetlove through the wringer. In the span of a year, she lost three of the most important people in her life; with her new EP, Goodnight, Lover, out Friday March 26, she sifts through the craggy,...

Raine Hamilton Moves Mountains With Reflective New Song “Try”

Scaling up a mountain, either on-foot or in a vehicle, can feel as if you’re teetering between this world and the next. That’s what chamber-folk storyteller Raine Hamilton experienced, at least, as she began ruminating on “the beauty of...

Oakland Duo Brijean Vibe Out With Moody Debut Album ‘Feelings’

Brijean Murphy’s life was already under great emotional renovation when she began recording a new album. Working toward greater self-love and self-nurturing, she turned the smaller, foundational building blocks of that practice into songs – alongside collaborator Doug Stuart...

PREMIERE: Adeem the Artist Reclaims Identity With Cast Iron Pansexual LP

There are few albums that capture such an array of the queer experience quite like Cast Iron Pansexual, the new LP from Adeem the Artist. Officially out Friday but premiering via Audiofemme today, the record bursts with personality, marked...