Avril Lavigne, NPR and the Future of femme musicians: A conversation with Diet Cig

Pop-punk duo Diet Cig graced D.C.’s Rock And Roll Hotel last week in front of an eager sold-out crowd. Front-woman Alex Luciano, known for her contagious energy and sweetly provocative lyricism, left no one disappointed with her hyperactive splits, kicks and jumps while drummer Noah Bowman held down the fort by keeping time. Diet Cig’s latest release Swear I’m Good At This made up the majority of the set, grabbing

Julien Baker fills 9:30 Club with charm and rich emotion

In lieu of Monday’s “Me Too” social media campaign advocating for solidarity against sexual harassment toward women, the all-female set at 9:30 Club Oct.17 was nothing less than empowering. Scranton, Pennsylvania, singer/songwriter Kiley Lotz brought sweet ballad while Nandi Rose Plunkett of Half Waif provided powerful electronica, all in support of Memphis, Tennessee, singer/songwriter Julien Baker’s moving, emotional melody. The stage, decorated with nothing but warm lanterns, brought a sense