When Atharva Kharkar, former Business sophomore at the University of Michigan, was told he had leukemia last June, he rolled his eyes and said with a smile on his face: “Honestly, life is so dramatic.”
On episode three of Female Fronted is not a Genre, the gang talks with Kentucky scream-pop band, GRLwood. Comprised of Rej Forester (vocals) and Karen Ledford (drums), the duo is self- described as “two Kentucky queerdos wailing at you.” With stripped down baselines crescendoing to a chorus of crashing drums, mixed with ear-piercing screams: GRLWood is quite unlike anything you’ve truly ever heard before.
It's no secret that most music genres are dominated by cis-men, whether it be within the metal, punk or alternative music scene: men are the majority. Thus, the labeling of "female fronted," or when a band makes the explicit note that the person is a non male, and advertises as such, was born.
On season four, episode two of Arts, Interrupted the gang tackles the mythic art of Spotify playlists. Why do we make them? How do we make them? Is Spotify evil? Before Sam, Mina, and Emily dove into these ontological questions, they played a divisive game of “This or That” in which, among other things, the superior Bon Iver era was determined.
It’s season four of Arts, Interrupted and we’re back and better than ever with a brand new mini-series: “Female-Fronted” is Not a Genre. In this new series, we will be exploring the phenomenon of making explicit note of female musicians and gendered practices that occur in the music industry. This labeling has been especially prevalent in genres that are predominantly curated by men, like the punk, DIY and the relative alternative scene.
In the midst of an ongoing discussion over immigration policy, the Washtenaw County Board of Commissioners unanimously voted in favor of supporting a Michigan House of Representatives bill extending immigrants’ civil rights protection Wednesday.
As one of the largest counties in the state of Michigan, state Rep. Yousef Rabhi, D-Ann Arbor, emphasized how significant it is that the county advocates in favor of the legislation in order to garner more support statewide.
Shannon Blick, former principal of Ann Arbor Public School District's Lawton Elementary School, is alleging the district ousted her in an act of “reverse discrimination,”according to her lawsuit against the school.