Playlist: Feminist Punk

Feminist Punk is a movement that is purely and simply dedicated to women seeking agency. No filters - there is nothing token or cute about it. Laura Kebby takes you on a musical journey of femme power since the 1970s in our latest Spotify playlist.

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"The face of rock is changing." This conversation with Alex Lahey about her music, her favourite women in music, and rock music will make you fall in love with her even more.

Alex Lahey was considering doing a law degree if things didn't work out with music, but it's safe to say that she is on her way to a long and steady career in music and the books can stay on their shelves for a while yet. Maybe forever.

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Sydney babes, get thee to Newtown for the Women In Music Empowerment Day. Music, markets, panel discussion and more

Sydney, this weekend, get ready for the Women In Music Empowerment Day.

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Caiti Baker is one of of Australia's leading ladies of soul, but her journey has been marked with overcoming big struggles. She gets up close and personal in this must read interview.

When Caiti Baker opens up her mouth to sing, you are assaulted with soul, heart and brutal honesty. While she is a typical blues and soul artist influenced by Aretha, Etta and such, her music is not just a nod or tribute to the great sisters of roots and blues, rather Caiti herself has battled and overcome many struggles. Couple powerful stories of living with and through chronic fatigue, bipolar disorder and a time of separation from her dad - a formidable blues musician himself - with a musical sensibility and sophistication, and Caiti Baker has the je ne sais quoi to match the greats.

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Episode 11: Michelle Grace Hunder is one of the world's leading hip hop photographers, and the founder of Her Sound, Her Story

Michelle Grace Hunder speaks with Music Love's editor Julie Kerr about her career as one of the world's best hip-hop photographers, and also the founder of an all women in music portrait and documentary series called Her Sound Her Story. Julie talks to Michelle about women in music, the changing face of hip hop,  women in photography, Iggy Azalea, and how important photo journalism is to document and the music scene. 

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Aleyce Simmonds encourages aspiring artists to remember it's “100% OK to be your own person, to run your own race, and not to compromise that for anyone.”

Award winning country artist Aleyce Simmonds has one of the most moving voices and her songs cut straight to the heart. And this week, she has a conversation with Fenella Henderson-Zuel to talk about bearing her soul in her music, her passion to see other other people achieve their dreams, and her musical career so far.

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Joe Jackson has created a masterful moniker in Sloan Peterson. This music will take you back to another time, but also make you feel as fresh as a daisy.

If nostalgia is your thing, then Sloan Peterson is undoubtedly the woman for you. While she is creating old timey music that harks back to another era, the ideas are not gimmicky at all. She is one dedicated and clever music maker, and you can't help but picture her sitting in her loungeroom surrounded by dusty vinyls - everything from Elvis to Bowie to more obscure creators such as Spanish-American band leader Xavier Cugat. 

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From the panels to the stages, boss ladies bring their A-game as BIGSOUND delivers lady powers in spades.

BIGSOUND is one of Australia's most prominent music industry events  and this year's conference and showcase was held in Brisbane last week. Music writer Sosefina Fuamoli was on the ground and says that BIGSOUND was a moment where more sectors of the Australian industry have begun either waking up to the fact that Australian women in music are finally experiencing more agency and prominence, or perhaps, they’re becoming more comfortable in embracing it. Check out her highlights from the panels to the stages here. 

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PREMIERE: Sarah Belkner and Diamond Duck's divine cover of The Beach Boys' "Lonely Sea" - an ambitious endeavour that more than delivers. Recorded for The Newsagency Sessions, Sydney

The fourth and sadly final installment from this  intimate series sees Sarah and Sydney duo Diamond Duck deliver a gorgeous version of The Beach Boy's avant garde masterpiece The Lonely Sea. An ambitious endeavour that delivers the goods. Sarah Belkner is clearly making her mark as a respectful, thoughtful and soul-filled artist whose innovative ideas and willingness to embrace other artists with open arms will result in a long-standing career in music. What a woman. 

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Megan Washington's advice to young musicians? "Be as different as you can; when they zig, zag." Our interview ahead of her national orchestra tour here

Megan has such a warm and inviting voice, with glorious grain and delivers each and every song with precision and heart in equal measure. From the jazz standards, to rock covers and her original pop music (how good is her dreamy track Saint Lo), Megan's chops are malleable, keeping us guessing what's coming up next, and after an upcoming national orchestra tour, get ready for a brand new album in 2018.

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Jen Cloher is undoubtedly one of Australia's greatest and most trustworthy leaders in the music industry, and says, "I've always gravitated towards my musical sisters."

Get Jen Cloher's  music into your ears and her business savvy into your brain. Jen spoke with Music Love about her music and the industry, and here, without edits are her musings on her album, balancing her professional and personal relationship with Courtney Barnett, and of course, her love for the musical sisterhood.

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VIDEO: After a super successful career DJing around the world, and with a social media following in the millions, Tigerlily has just released her first pop song "Ashes." Our interview here.

In our first video interview - woo! - Tigerlily talks about the world of DJing, including a pivotal moment in her career where she gave up partying to take it seriously, her passion for health, her brand new song, and the deeper meaning behind the music video.

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PREMIERE: Sarah Belkner and the Danaides' haunting cover of Soundgarden's "Black Hole Sun" overflows with nostalgia and affection. Recorded for The Newsagency Sessions, Sydney

The third installment from this four part series features Sarah singing up a storm with Sydney local outfit the Danaides with a haunting cover of Soundgarden's Black Hole Sun - and with it all the memories of Chris Cornell's genius songwriting come flooding back. A worthy affectionate tribute. 

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Episode 10: Music Love and Vivid Sydney present Pathway to Platform - an all women panel about the music industry

On Saturday 10 June in Sydney, Music Love and Vivid Ideas hosted a very special morning event called Pathway to Platform. An all women panel of experts from all areas of the Australian music industry spoke to a very engaged audience who came out on a cold, rainy morning to hear wisdom from women who excel in technology, policy, performance, business, production, marketing and more. We have finally put together the audio of this extremely special morning back in June together for you! Prepare to be informed and inspired in episode 10 of Music Love's Women in Music Podcast. 

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Taryn La Fauci, the Sydney songwriter whose heartfelt lyrics give careful expression to the moments of love and loss that we all face

Taryn La Fauci is a thoughtful and honest lyricist. And her latest album Cycling - released in June this year - is a testament to the power of words.

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Sophie Payten is working on her 6 year degree in medicine, while her musical moniker Gordi is forging a global music career.

Sophie Payten shows such remarkable dedication not only to her music, but also her studies. This demonstrates an air of gratitude, humility and faithfulness which ought to be recognised and will no doubt carry Sophie - known artistically as Gordi - on to many a success. Perhaps as a doctor, but without a doubt as one of the finest artists to ever come out of Australia.

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PREMIERE: Sarah Belkner and Merpire's cover of Sylvan Esso's "Die Young" will floor you. Emotion and intrigue for days. Recorded for The Newsagency Sessions, Sydney

The second installment of Sarah Belkner's The Newsagency Sessions is here! This time, Sarah teams up with Merpire, the 2015 Telstra Road To Discover winner and singer and songwriter on the rise. Her voice is wowtown, and accompanied by Sarah, this cover of Die Young by Californian duo Sylvan Esso will have you feeling all the feels. 

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Casey Donovan says: "The one thing I wanted to do with this new EP was remove my face. Remove the 'celebrity', and focus on the music." Our interview with one of Australia's most diverse performers

The balance between Showbiz Queen and Vulnerable Artist is a fine line to walk but one that Casey Donovan does very well. She took some time to chat with Music Love's Julie Kerr all about the tension between being an entertainer and introspective music maker. Her new EP with a tour to follow is out this Friday. 

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