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Girls on Film

A&M’s resident film critic, Peter Wix, abandons his usual review selection to ruminate on the most potent of female screen icons. She may be a friendship driven over a cliff , or Anita Ekberg parting the waters of the Fontana di Trevi, a wiggle, a smile, or a vengeful bandit queen. Just where is that…

A riot grrrl of my own

Riot grrrl began as an early ’90s, third-wave feminist/punk-rock movement in the USA’s Pacific Northwest, ostensibly styled after mixed-gender Olympia, Washington quartet Bikini Kill. Its British incarnation arrived soon after, most notably in the shape of ‘boy-girl revolutionary’ group, Huggy Bear. Here, Jamie Holman recalls the impact of riot grrrl’s British outriders on a scene…

Gimme the Loot (2012)

(Adam Leon)  “Do what you gotta do to make that s**t happen”, says Sofia (Tashiana Washington) to her friend and graffiti partner, Malcolm (Ty Hickson). Once again, they’ve just had their latest work ruined by their rivals – the Woodside King Crew, from Queens – and decide that they need to come up with a…

Photo: Rhiannon Parkinson

Yo La Tengo

Barbican Concert Hall 20 March My first thoughts on hearing ‘Ohm’, the opening track of this year’s Fade album, were somewhere along the lines of “Yo La Tengo have started channeling boy-band pop of the 1990s”. I could almost see Westlife rising from their stools during the final chorus. It took several listens to notice…

Sarah Baker: A Muse of Power

When I meet Sarah Baker at St Pancras train station, I am conscious that I keep looking at her face for longer than socially acceptable amounts of time; I apologise but keep doing it; she’s fine about it, which makes me think she must get that a lot. I could hear myself saying really stupid…

Dave Lazer

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A&M’s resident realpolitik columnist Dave Lazer tells it like it is. This time it’s looking like it’s the end of the world… or is he just having the time of his life? Last Wednesday, as I was walking across the road at the traffic lights by Oxford Circus station, something bizarre happened. As soon as…

Everybody Wants Respect

Rhiannon Parkinson reflects on the ways in which gender alters meaning and perception in pop songwriting. I generally believe that the gender of a songwriter should not matter. Women write songs which are sung by men, men write songs sung by women, with themes and sentiments often appearing to be universal, or at least gender…

I am what I play

Janeen Adams, aka Beanz, is a 22-year-old North London girl who’s part of hip hop collective The Funhouse. Alexis Jourrou met her when she invited his crew (Relative London) to spin some tracks on their radio show – here he explains why he believes she’s got what it takes to make her mark in the…

The Song Remains The Same

Allo Darlin’ singer Elizabeth Morris on the Go-Betweens’ ‘Cattle and Cane’ In Australia, we have an all-night music video show on Friday and Saturday nights called Rage. It was a fun thing to come home and watch after a night out. One night, I stumbled in and Belle & Sebastian were the guest programmers; I…