HIGH NOTES: Why Drug Testing Works — and Why More Festivals Don’t Do It

An at-home drug testing kit available via DanceSafe If you grew up in the US, you probably heard “say no to drugs” in middle school health class, but you probably didn’t learn how to reduce harm if you did use drugs. And, chances are, you didn’t follow DARE’s advice. The majority of American [...]

By |2019-01-30T16:13:45+00:00February 4th, 2019|COLUMNS, High Notes|

ONLY NOISE: On Loving the Beatles As a Black Woman

ONLY NOISE explores music fandom with poignant personal essays that examine the ways we’re shaped by our chosen soundtrack. This week, Stephanie Phillips finds a way to relate to the Beatles - even though, as a black woman, their version of Britishness didn't reflect her own experience. Whether it was the power chord-driven emotional roar [...]

By |2019-01-30T15:28:57+00:00January 31st, 2019|COLUMNS, Only Noise|

PLAYING ATLANTA: Chris Coleman and The Reason He Leaves

One thing that I've noticed as the years go by is that, as we get older, our lives get simpler. Not that the problems, stresses, or worries disappear, but the things that kept us rattled as teenagers into our early twenties seem to settle into their designated place, and the things that really matter - [...]

By |2019-01-29T16:11:46+00:00January 30th, 2019|COLUMNS, Playing Atlanta|

PLAYING DETROIT: Chandra Brings ‘Transportation’ EP to Third Man Records

photo by Kate Young Chandra Oppenheim was a one-of-a-kind type of child sensation. Unlike today's child stars that come to fame because of their popularity among their peers (think Justin Bieber or JoJo), Oppenheim was revered in New York’s 1970s underground post-punk scene. As the daughter of famed American artist Dennis Oppenheim, she [...]

By |2019-01-31T11:59:23+00:00January 30th, 2019|COLUMNS, Playing Detroit|

PLAYING CINCY: Watch Rapper Allen4President Kill This Friday Freestyle

The rapper mentions Bird Box, the government shutdown, cell phone surveillance and homelessness in Cincinnati. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5AeH-j2Ad-U Last week, Cincinnati rapper Allen4President appeared on The Wiz radio station’s Freestyle Friday. Although a talented lyricist in the booth, Allen4President proved he’s just as comfortable and quick on his feet in a freestyle. He raps “lifestyle music,’ as [...]

By |2019-01-29T12:56:24+00:00January 29th, 2019|COLUMNS, Playing Cincinnati|

ONLY NOISE: This Is A Man’s World

Luci Turner performing on stage with her band, BEAU + LUCI, in 2018. Photo by Alexandra Scuffle. ONLY NOISE explores music fandom with poignant personal essays that examine the ways we’re shaped by our chosen soundtrack. This week, Luci Turner takes stock of the trials, tribulations and triumphs she's experienced as a young woman working [...]

By |2019-01-24T14:07:12+00:00January 24th, 2019|COLUMNS, Only Noise|

PLAYING ATLANTA: Pariah Recorders Launches with a Bang

So far, Audiofemme has had the chance to connect with some incredible Atlanta bands through Playing Atlanta. This week, we're taking it a step further into the music scene to chat with Nick Magliochetti, the owner of Pariah Recorders, a brand new studio opening its doors to the Atlanta scene. AF: You’ve just opened a studio with [...]

By |2019-01-23T16:55:26+00:00January 23rd, 2019|COLUMNS, Playing Atlanta|

PLAYING DETROIT: River Spirit Embrace Surrender on Debut LP

Photo by Hillary Ilyssa On its first full-length release, Detroit-based experimental group River Spirit delivers a lush collection of songs that seamlessly floats between genres and sends a clear message of renewal and reflection. Vanessa Reynolds (vocals, guitar), Dan Steadman (guitar) and Paul Wilcox (drums) strike a stunning balance by combining addicting melodic [...]

By |2019-01-24T13:57:37+00:00January 23rd, 2019|COLUMNS, Playing Detroit|

PLAYING CINCY: Meet Lauren Eylise, the Vocal Powerhouse Who Will Soothe Your Soul

photo by Kevin J. Watkins (@ohthatsdubs) "Peace and blessings onto you," Lauren Eylise says to the barista bringing over her dirty chai, seated in a crowded cafe surrounded by people escaping the chilly January afternoon. I don't know if it's her smile, her voice, or the bourbon in her latte, but this soulful [...]

By |2019-01-24T13:59:42+00:00January 22nd, 2019|COLUMNS, Playing Cincinnati|

CHECK THE SPREADSHEET: Documenting A DIY Tour with Tips From Steven Anselm

Touring is eventful and exciting, but the days eventually begin to blend together. Venues and bands blur, and people’s names are the last thing that will stick in your mind. It’s best to appoint a member of the band to take photos and/or journal your time on the road, or even bring along a tour [...]

By |2019-01-08T19:28:34+00:00January 21st, 2019|Check The Spreadsheet, COLUMNS, Monthly Mondays|

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