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March 2023

31 Rockin’ Songs for Women’s History Month

For Women’s History Month, we’re celebrating female artists in all generations and genres of music. Specifically, this list aims to cover women in typically male-dominated music genres that deserve more notoriety.

From popular to underground; here are 31 different musicians to check out:

  1. Avatarium- “Death, Where is Your Sting?” (Alternative metal). Off of their 2022 album of the same name, singer Jennie Ann-Smith is perfect in this band for storytelling through Leif Edling’s lyricism. AVATARIUM – Death, Where Is Your Sting (2022) // Official Music Video // AFM Records
  2. Courtney Barnett- “Pedestrian at Best” (Indie rock). As part of the recent Australian Invasion, Barnett combines punk rock elements into her work with comedic lyrics and a deadpan vocal delivery. Pedestrian At Best – Courtney Barnett
  3. Bent Knee- “Land Animal” (Progressive rock). Being a modern progressive rock band, Bent Knee’s instrumentals tell the story while vocalist Courtney Swain sings her heart out for an emotional payoff. Bent Knee – Land Animal (official video)
  4. Kate Bush- “Sat in Your Lap” (Art pop). After her song “Running Up That Hill” was featured in Stranger Things, the rest of Bush’s discography has been discovered and now appreciated by a younger audience. Kate Bush – Sat in Your Lap – Official Music Video
  5. Tracy Chapman- “Fast Car” (Singer-songwriter). This legendary ballad propelled Chapman into fame through her unique voice, lyricism, and guitar work. Tracy Chapman – Fast Car (Official Music Video)
  6. CHVRCHES- “The Mother We Share” (Electronic pop). These Scottish synthpop artists were inspired by a vast number of musicians from the classic goth rock to new age electronic genres. CHVRCHES – The Mother We Share
  7. Circle the Earth- “Sweetest Pain” (Hard rock). The band’s name was inspired by the fact that each of the five members come from four different countries: the U.S., Brazil, Taiwan, and Japan. Circle the Earth – Sweetest Pain (Official Video)

  8. Delta Rae- “Hands Dirty” (Folk rock). Three siblings make up the foundation of this group, with this feminist anthem becoming one of their most popular songs. Delta Rae – Hands Dirty (Official Music Video)
  9. Pearl Derringer- “The Fool” (Country). This anonymous vocalist allows her work to speak for herself with some bright, country-inspired tunes. Pearl Derringer – The Fool
  10. The Go! Team & The Star Feminine Band- “Look Away, Look Away” (World fusion). Being the only song on this list that’s in French, the supergroup The Go! Team has collaborated with the Benin-based The Star Feminine Band for a traditional yet ahead-of-its-time hit. The Go! Team – Look Away, Look Away (feat The Star Feminine Band)
  11. Laura Jane Grace & Miley Cyrus- “True Trans Soul Rebel” (Folk punk). Against Me! vocalist Laura Jane Grace covered this song off of her 2014 album “Transgender Dysphoria Blues” with Miley Cyrus for a charitable cause. Happy Hippie Presents: Miley Cyrus & Laura Jane Grace – True Trans Soul Rebel
  12. Horsegirl- “Anti-glory” (Indie rock). Inspired by the dissonant post rock of the nineties, this Chicago band came in swinging with their debut album, “Versions of Modern Performance”. Horsegirl – “Anti-glory” (Official Music Video)
  13. The Inflorescence- “Phantom Feelings” (Indie rock). This brand new four piece band already found a cult following in their home base of San Diego with some energized summer hits. The Inflorescence – Phantom Feelings (Artwork Video)
  14. The Interrupters- “She’s Kerosene” (Punk rock/ska). Aimee Allen and the Binova brothers prove ska’s not dead as long as they’re around, especially after the release of their most recent album, “In the Wild”. The Interrupters – “She’s Kerosene”
  15. Jefferson Airplane- “Somebody to Love” (Classic rock). As one of the pioneers of psychedelic rock, Jefferson Airplane created one of the most memorable songs of this era with Grace Slick on lead vocals. Jefferson Airplane – Somebody to Love (Official Audio)
  16. Jinjer- “Perennial” (Alternative metal). Based out of Ukraine, Jinjer and Tatiana Shmailyuk touch on the more sensitive, introspective, and emotive aspects heavy metal has to offer. JINJER – Perennial (Official Video) | Napalm Records
  17. Alanis Morissette- “You Oughta Know” [Explicit] (Singer-songwriter/pop). This concept album turned stage play offers an awesome front to back listening experience as Morissette satirizes her life as a star in the music industry. Alanis Morissette – You Oughta Know (Official 4K Music Video)
  18. No Doubt- “Just A Girl” (Pop rock). Being Gwen Stefani’s big debut, No Doubt continues to be one of the most beloved grunge-adjacent pop rock bands around, with their songs still getting plenty of airtime. No Doubt – Just A Girl
  19. Oceans of Slumber- “The Water’s Rising” (Heavy metal). Cammie Gilbert proves that metal vocals can still suit heavy instrumentals if it’s done well, which comes naturally to this band. OCEANS OF SLUMBER – The Waters Rising (OFFICIAL VIDEO)
  20. Paramore- “Figure 8” (Alternative rock). Paramore returns with their first album in six years, drawing from a wider variety of rock subgenres in this satisfying comeback. Paramore – Figure 8 (Official Audio)
  21. Pit Pony- “Tide of Doubt” (Alternative rock). This highly underrated band from England offer a moody yet catchy banger to open up their album “World to Me”. PIT PONY – Tide Of Doubt (Lyric Video)
  22. Portishead- “Glory Box” (Trip hop/electronic). As one of the pioneers of trip hop, Beth Gibbons’s vocal delivery perfectly fits the dreary noir atmosphere set by the album “Dummy”. Glory Box
  23. Santigold- “Disparate Youth” (Alternative pop/new wave). This genre-defying soloist reaches out to all kinds of musicians both for inspiration or collaboration, offering an entirely unique soundscape in her music. Santigold – Disparate Youth (Official Music Video)
  24. Skunk Anansie- “I Can Dream” (Hard rock). Skin’s soulful and expressive singing voice make this band a sort of hidden gem in the grunge and English punk rock circles. Skunk Anansie – I Can Dream
  25. Sløtface- “Nancy Drew” (Indie rock). The band’s debut, “Try Not to Freak Out”, made this Norwegian punk outfit a new age classic, flowing between edgy rock and soft indie vibes with ease. Sløtface – Nancy Drew (Official Music Video)
  26. Sonic Youth- “Kool Thing” (Post rock/shoegaze). Vocalist and bassist Kim Gordon was inspired to write this song after a very awkward interview with rapper LL Cool J; now considered a tongue-in-cheek commentary on feminism and progressivism. Sonic Youth – Kool Thing
  27. Spiritbox- “Secret Garden” (Hard rock/alternative metal). Courtney LaPlante along with her husband Mike Stringer on guitar wrote this song as a “love letter” to the influence Deftones vocalist Chino Moreno had on their music. Spiritbox – Secret Garden (Official Music Video)
  28. Starbenders- “Downtown” [Explicit] (Alternative rock). From Atlanta, Starbenders utilized the most fun aspects of glam rock and pop to make their debut album, “Heavy Petting”. Downtown
  29. Unleash the Archers- “Northwest Passage” (Heavy metal). This band draws from the boundless energy found in other power metal acts for this anthemic standalone single. UNLEASH THE ARCHERS – Northwest Passage (Official Video) | Napalm Records
  30. White Lung- “If You’re Gone” (Alternative rock). The Vancouver group sent off their fifth and final album, “Premonition”, with a passionate, high octane alternative rock banger full of resounding instrumentals and soaring vocals. White Lung – If You’re Gone (Official Visualizer)
  31. Wye Oak- “Civilian” (Indie rock). Featured in “The Walking Dead”, Jenn Wasner compliments the somber instrumentals with heartfelt lyrics and a vulnerable vocal performance. Wye Oak – Civilian (Official Video)

 

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Exclusive Interview: Circle The Earth Spill All The Details On Their Debut EP And Their Musical Mission

Circle The Earth have come out swinging with their debut EP, Hey Goodbye. It’s a release that’s packed with rocking tunes, pride, and growth. The EP celebrates the diversity of the human existence. It may sound like something that would be hard to wrap up in one EP, but that is simply who Circle The Earth are, and they have executed it perfectly.

Circle The Earth have delivered a mature body of work that reflects each member’s personality, drive, and years of dedication to their craft. We know if you’re like us, you’ll want to dive into the Circle The Earth universe and get to know them better, so if you’re asking, “Who is Circle The Earth?” Well, we’ve got you covered!

Meet The Band

Lead singer Khadia is a pro vocalist who has worked with artists such as Imagine Dragons, Janelle Monae, and Prince. That’s right, the Prince. Her vocal quality floored us on the first listen. Her tone and ability to perform with power and nuanced vocals are on a level that very few performers manage to achieve. She is joined by founding member Michael McBay, who is laying down some major bass on the record.

They’re also rounded out by Brazilian drummer Sandro Feliciano. Plus, Kazuki Tokaji is an incredible songwriter and guitarist hailing from Japan as well as Taiwanese keyboardist Sandy Chao Wang. Each of these incredibly skilled artists has come together to make magic in the form of Circle The Earth. We think they’re onto a winning format with this insanely talented lineup!

Hey Goodbye is one of our favorite releases so far this year, and if this is what the band offers as a first taste of Circle The Earth, we know it won’t be long until they’re taking the world by storm. But don’t just take our word for how cool they are! We got to chat with the band about their EP, background, and what’s to come in the future.

Congrats on the release of ‘Hey Goodbye!’ The song has such a powerful energy to it. What drew you to this as the title track for your EP?
[With] the high energy and feel-good nature of this song, we thought it would be a good fit to start out our schedule of activities for the new year of 2023. It’s also a return to one of our main songwriting collaborators Adrian Jones.

The music video is full of personality and very stylish, we must say! Where do you draw inspiration from with the visuals for the band?
The younger members of the band, especially Sandy (keys) and Kazuki (guitar), have a very “current” fashion sense. Frontwoman Khadia is a seasoned professional who takes great care and professional guidance when putting her look together. For this advice, we use our longtime wardrobe advisor Bryan Rone.

Something you pride yourself on within the band is your diverse background and multicultural identity, which we absolutely love. How do you think this has influenced you as a band, both in musicality and the connection between yourselves?
Specifically, because of our diverse cultural and ethnic backgrounds, we share a common hard work ethic and a very serious attitude toward the project and our careers in general. We also have a special sensitivity toward, and respect for, each other’s feelings because all of us have faced the challenges of racism, cultural and social exclusion, and issues of acceptance and rejection in our lives, and these common issues bind us together like a family. Musically we all share a common love for energetic and passionate music with a positive message within a pop/rock format, and within that common framework, we each approach music from a slightly different angle that make[s] the songs interesting and memorable at the same time.

Speaking of connections, you have established such a passionate fanbase with 22k subscribers on YouTube alone and multiple music videos reaching the million mark. What is it like to have such a strong community and support before you’ve even released your debut EP?
We have worked really, really hard and sacrificed a LOT to get to where we are, and the positive reinforcement from our fans is really motivating us to continue to grow and improve.

How involved in songwriting is everyone in the band? Do you all get stuck in, or are there the group songwriters?
We almost always collaborate with outside songwriters to keep our music as fresh and relevant as possible and also to ensure that the songs are as well-crafted as possible. Most often, our guitarist Kazuki has a writing session with songwriter/producer Jim McGorman (Goo Goo Dolls/Avril Lavigne/Gwen Stefani) on the framework of new material, which the band then completely twists to our own style. Khadia makes very important adjustments to the vocal lines and melodies and often adds exciting rap sections. Occasionally, as is the case with ‘Hey Goodbye,’ the song is entirely written for us by an outside songwriter, and then we adapt/twist the song into our style and unique interpretation.

What is the energy like going into the studio as a band? Any fun creative processes or rituals to get the creative juices flowing?
Going into the studio is a very serious endeavor for us, and we leave very little to chance. Usually, all the parts are very well-rehearsed, and everyone already knows exactly how and what they are going to play. Our drummer Sandro is a highly experienced studio musician who invariably lays the drum tracks in 1 or 2 takes MAX, and we always enjoy the pleasant disbelief of the studio producers and engineers when they see how efficient and well-planned this recording process is for us. More recently, working with rock producer Ethan Kaufman, we have begun to experiment with recording the songs with a less fixed and pre-arranged approach, and this, too, has yielded some excellent results although we would say that this more flexible approach is still new to us.

Is there a song on the EP that stands out and embodies Circle The Earth as a band?
All of the songs on the EP are strong representations of Circle The Earth, and it would be hard to pick one. ‘Sweetest Pain’ is strong, emotional, and rocking with great lead vocals and guitar solo, ‘Dead’ features Khadia rapping in a rock framework as well as a fabulous vocal delivery, and ‘Too Many Pieces’ features a synth solo from Sandy leading into a guitar solo from Kazuki and the rhythm section kills it on all of these songs. ‘Diamonds’ really seems to connect with the audience very strongly in a live situation, and we can all literally feel the crowd connecting with us as we perform this song in concert.

How involved in songwriting is everyone in the band? Do you all get stuck in, or are there the group songwriters?
We almost always collaborate with outside songwriters to keep our music as fresh and relevant as possible and also to ensure that the songs are as well-crafted as possible. Most often, our guitarist Kazuki has a writing session with songwriter/producer Jim McGorman (Goo Goo Dolls/Avril Lavigne/Gwen Stefani) on the framework of new material, which the band then completely twists to our own style. Khadia makes very important adjustments to the vocal lines and melodies and often adds exciting rap sections. Occasionally, as is the case with ‘Hey Goodbye,’ the song is entirely written for us by an outside songwriter, and then we adapt/twist the song into our style and unique interpretation.

What is the energy like going into the studio as a band? Any fun creative processes or rituals to get the creative juices flowing?
Going into the studio is a very serious endeavor for us, and we leave very little to chance. Usually, all the parts are very well-rehearsed, and everyone already knows exactly how and what they are going to play. Our drummer Sandro is a highly experienced studio musician who invariably lays the drum tracks in 1 or 2 takes MAX, and we always enjoy the pleasant disbelief of the studio producers and engineers when they see how efficient and well-planned this recording process is for us. More recently, working with rock producer Ethan Kaufman, we have begun to experiment with recording the songs with a less fixed and pre-arranged approach, and this, too, has yielded some excellent results although we would say that this more flexible approach is still new to us.

Is there a song on the EP that stands out and embodies Circle The Earth as a band?
All of the songs on the EP are strong representations of Circle The Earth, and it would be hard to pick one. ‘Sweetest Pain’ is strong, emotional, and rocking with great lead vocals and guitar solo, ‘Dead’ features Khadia rapping in a rock framework as well as a fabulous vocal delivery, and ‘Too Many Pieces’ features a synth solo from Sandy leading into a guitar solo from Kazuki and the rhythm section kills it on all of these songs. ‘Diamonds’ really seems to connect with the audience very strongly in a live situation, and we can all literally feel the crowd connecting with us as we perform this song in concert.

We’ve got to say ‘Hey Goodbye’ would be a 10/10 song to crowd surf to. Are there any upcoming tour dates where we can see you rocking it live?
We do currently have some shows in Southern California booked coming up: April 15 at The Stages Club in Orange County, April 19 at Long Beach State University, May 26 at Canyon Club in Agoura Hills, CA, and June 3 at Yost Theater in Orange County.

Do you have any big goals for 2023 that you’d love to accomplish as a band?
Our biggest goals for 2023 include a guest appearance on a TV talk show, new song collaborations with bigger songwriters, opening for national touring acts, festival appearances, and signing with an indie record label.

A Final Message From The Band!

We would like to conclude by thanking The Honey Pop for this interview and the opportunity to express our message of ethnic diversity, cultural inclusion, positivity, and spirituality. LET’S ROCK!!

We love you guys! Thank you for the messages and the music you’re putting out into the world! Make sure you guys keep up with Circle The Earth and stream their debut EP, Hey Goodbyehere!


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Hey Goodbye New EP Video & Single Release

Circle The Earth’s repertoire of songs is as diverse as the band members’ ethnicity…

Circle The Earth are not to be missed!” – Music Connection

“Unique blend of modern rock.” – Top Shelf Music

“Circle The Earth blends worldwide musical genres into an eclectic rock stew.” – Grateful Web

“[Circle The Earth] synthesizes the stylings of fiery pop anthems with everything from shred-heavy hard rock and emo to hip-hop in a manner that’s sure to energize the masses at first listen.” – Remezcla

“Polished pop rock that sparkles with a bit of 80’s glam.” – The Indy Review

“[‘Sweetest Pain’] features heavy guitar solos, striking vocals and a classic, mid-2000s alt-rock sound.”

Grimy Goods

“If there was ever a song to get someone out of their funk, it’s ‘New Religion,’ hands down.” – mxdwn Music

 


Los Angeles, CA
March 8, 2023 – Today, female-fronted, multi-cultural rock band Circle The Earth has dropped their debut EP along with an official music video for the title track and new single “Hey Goodbye.” PRESS HERE to watch the video, directed and produced by Caitlin Hill, and PRESS HERE to listen to “Hey Goodbye,” co-written by songwriter / producer Adrian Jones. The Hey Goodbye EP is an 8-song independent collection, mostly produced by Ethan Kaufman (Avril Lavigne, Ryan Cabrera, DOROTHY), also featuring the Los Angeles-based quintet’s 2022 singles Sweetest Pain,” New ReligionandToo Many Piecesand previously released hitsDiamonds and Dead.”

PRESS HERE to listen to the Hey Goodbye EP.

“Releasing this EP is such a milestone for us, as it represents years of really hard work, discipline, determination, and sacrifice for each member of the band and our team,” shares Circle The Earth. “It’s a cohesive, strong and commercial body of work that we’re all proud of musically. The EP also transmits an underlying message of spiritual positivity represented in everything we do. We hope those listening to the entire Hey Goodbye EP take away a feeling of inspiration and recognition of spiritual qualities like faith, hope, love, inclusion, compassion, sincerity, kindness, understanding, respect, determination, the beauty of diversity, and so much more. We also hope you feel and hear the joy of strong, melodic original rock music delivered with passion and soul. Thank you for listening!”

It’s impossible to pigeonhole the sound of Circle The Earth. With a lineup featuring members from across the U.S., Taiwan, Brazil, and Japan, all of whom bring extensive professional experience to their music, the five-piece craft a seamless combination of rock, pop, soul, hip-hop, and even emo. Circle The Earth is fronted by Khadia, a former background singer for Imagine Dragons, American Idol, and The American Music Awards who has also performed with Mya, Janelle Monae and Prince. Rounding out the band is founding member, bassist and Atlanta native Michael McBay, Brazilian-born drummer Sandro Feliciano (who has toured with Ms. Lauryn Hill and Teena Marie), keyboardist/music director Sandy Chao Wang, who grew up in Taiwan, and guitarist/songwriter Kazuki Tokaji, who was born in Japan and began playing guitar at age 7. Circle The Earth coalesced over the course of several years, first formed in 2018, driven by the vision of McBay and an overall message of bringing people hope, love and truth in a world that can feel maddening and hateful at times. They strive to produce music as positive and uplifting as possible, with messages of unity and inclusion that emphasizes the beauty of diversity and leaves good vibes in its wake. The band officially debuted in 2020 with their single Could Be You and have since amassed more than 4 million views on their YouTube channel and over 1 million streams on Spotify in addition to media support from the likes of Music Connection, Spectrum News, mxdwn, The Indy Review, AntiMusic, The Rock Revival, and more. Circle The Earth has also graced the stages of such famed LA venues including The Viper Room, Whisky a Go Go and The Mint as well as a performance at NAMM, building quite the reputation for their explosive live show, and have recently found success on non-commercial and college radio stations across the country.

Hey Goodbye EP Track Listing

  1. Hey Goodbye
  2. Sweetest Pain
  3. New Religion
  4. Too Many Pieces
  5. The Other Side
  6. Dead
  7. Pick Your Poison
  8. Diamonds

 

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