// Category Archive for: Feminism

Music Review: Kadhja Bonet, The Visitor

Published on October 21st, 2016 in: Current Faves, Feminism, Music, Music Reviews |

By Melissa Bratcher


Kadhja Bonet’s debut, The Visitor, is timeless and otherworldly; pulling the lucky listener into a spacey, jazzy world of poetic lyrics and Bonet’s stunner of a voice. It’s a bit psychedelic, it’s definitely jazz influenced, and it’s a cinematic type of soul that no one else is making.

Music Review: Julia Jacklin, Don’t Let The Kids Win

Published on October 6th, 2016 in: Americana, Current Faves, Feminism, Music, Music Reviews, Reviews |

By Melissa Bratcher


I’m going to admit this right off the bat: there were a few times in listening to Julia Jacklin’s fascinating debut, Don’t Let The Kids Win, that I couldn’t quite make out what she was saying. On the opening track, “Pool Party,” I was drawn to the languid retro feel, a slow dreamy sway of a song, and the unusual timbre to Jacklin’s voice. I just had no idea what the lyrics were (and to me, as a reviewer, lyrics are important). But it didn’t actually matter, because the feelings are evident; there is a heaviness, a sadness that runs through the Americana-esque song.

On Ghostbusters and Why The Reboot Is A Gift

Published on September 23rd, 2016 in: Action Movies, Comedy, Feminism, Movies |

By Adele Wearing


I want to talk about the new Ghostbusters movie, although what I have to say has little to do with the ghosts. I don’t even want to talk about how the film made me review my opinion of reboots in general, although it did.

What I want to talk about is female friendships and why Ghostbusters might be one of the most important films of the decade.

Music Review: Clara Venice, Electric Dream

Published on August 26th, 2016 in: Canadian Content, Current Faves, Feminism, Music, Music Reviews, Reviews |

By Brian Baker


Don’t let Clara Venice’s saccharin appearance fool you. The cover of her Electric Dream EP features her in multi-colored, pig-tailed hair, licking a lollipop. However, her synth-infused pop is by no means child’s play.

Music Review: The Muffs, Blonder and Blonder (Reissue)

Published on July 22nd, 2016 in: Feminism, Music, Music Reviews, Reissues, Retrovirus, Reviews, We Miss The Nineties |

By Less Lee Moore


For the first half of the 1990s, if Redd Kross was involved in something, I was interested. Any band they toured with or recorded with or even name-checked was a band that I would check out. I was rarely disappointed. Enter The Muffs, who I associated with Redd Kross originally because they were both from Southern California and had both punk rock and bubblegum pop cred. And there was the Bill Bartell connection. Plus, Kim Shattuck and Melanie Vammen were ex-Pandoras members, a band I was fond of after hearing them on WTUL New Orleans in the mid-’80s.

Not long after the band’s eponymous debut, Melanie left and former Redd Kross drummer Roy McDonald replaced original drummer Criss Crass. So I was extremely interested in hearing Blonder and Blonder, The Muffs’ 1995 release from Warner Bros./Reprise Records.


Music Review: Vallens, Consent

Published on June 24th, 2016 in: Canadian Content, Current Faves, Feminism, Music, Music Reviews, Post-Punk, Reviews |

By Less Lee Moore


After several years paying her dues in various Toronto bands, Robyn Phillips was visited by a vision. Adopting the name of Isabella Rossellini’s character from Blue Velvet, Phillips began writing songs informed by this persona, eventually gathering other musicians to complete a full band. Vallens’ first album Consent is out today and it reveals that Phillips’ commitment paid off: it’s a stunning debut.


Interview: Consenting To Dream with Vallens’ Robyn Phillips

Published on June 23rd, 2016 in: Canadian Content, Current Faves, Feminism, Interviews, Music, Upcoming Releases |

By Less Lee Moore

Photo by Shelby Fenlon

We get a lot of music press releases at Popshifter and sometimes it’s a slog to sift through them, always hoping to have our ears dazzled by a new band but frequently being disappointed.

This is not the case with Toronto, Ontario’s Vallens, the brainchild of guitarist, singer, and songwriter Robyn Phillips. Vallens makes the kind of music that makes you sit up and take notice. The title of Vallens’ stunning debut album is Consent, a word with a lot of connotations—especially for women. Thankfully, the songs don’t shy away from such emotionally charged issues but explore them. Musically and lyrically, Consent is moody, mysterious, and captivating… and definitely deserves your attention.

In anticipation of Consent being released by Hand Drawn Dracula on Friday June 24, I thought I’d find out more about the talented Ms. Phillips.

Netflix Review: That Gal Who Was In That Thing: That Guy 2

Published on June 13th, 2016 in: Current Faves, Documentaries, Feminism, Movie Reviews, Movies, Netflix Reviews, Reviews |

By Christine Makepeace


That Gal . . . Who Was in That Thing is the companion to 2012’s male-skewed doc of a similar name. While both films focus on what it’s like to be a character actor (a.k.a. someone not typically cast in leading roles), That Guy… played chicken with being overlong and repetitive. Gal gives us the opposite, trading personal tales of woe and triumphs for larger and more unsettling subjects.


Outlander Season 1 Primer: a.k.a. Why You Should Be Watching

Published on June 10th, 2016 in: Current Faves, Feminism, Reviews, Teh Sex, TV, TV Reviews |

By Laury Scarbro

Claire & Frank

Let me begin by saying I came upon the Outlander series during a Starz “free” weekend, which resulted in a miniature binge session of the first half of the season. I couldn’t wait for the second half to air, so I got the entire series in e-book format just because I couldn’t wait to know what happened to Claire and Jamie next. I’m now four books into the series, and I’ve not yet been disappointed in either the tv show or the books.


Music Review: Charlie Faye & The Fayettes

Published on June 10th, 2016 in: Current Faves, Feminism, Music, Music Reviews, Reviews |

By Melissa Bratcher


You may be hard pressed this year (or any year) to find an album that is more fun and delightful than Charlie Faye & the Fayettes’ self-titled album. It’s a tribute to the best groups of all: Girl Groups. It’s a love letter to the Shangri-Las, the Shirelles, the Ronettes, and those ladies on the Red Bird label, with sugar crush harmonies from leader Charlie Faye and her Fayettes, BettySoo and Akina Adderly. It’s packed to the edges with ear catchy melodies and joyous vocals, even when the lyrics get less-than-light.