Women and Queer People Who've Crushed it Wednesdays

If you've ever met a woman in media, they will tell you that visibility, equal representation, and equal pay in media isn't something that is easy to come by. It's almost as difficult to find representations of women and queer people in media that are not stereotypes. We would like to make it easier for you to find new music, art, film, and literature you will love (hopefully as much as we do). Here at Ethos Live, we think culture that leaves out more than half of the population is seriously uncool. We hope to be as inclusive as possible- bringing all genders and sexualities (but not straight cisgender men. Do not fret, you will find them elsewhere on our blog) and women of color and different national origins. 

Here's the newest for women and queer people who have crushed it in music this week. Be sure to follow our Spotify Playlist which will be featuring bands from this list. 



This young woman at the top of our list is one of the most accomplished young dancers at the ages of 14. She is most well known for her performances in Sia's music videos for "Chandelier," "Elastic Heart," "Cheap Thrills," and "The Greatest." Sia first discovered Maddie Ziegler on Lifetime's Dance Moms. Her presence on camera is remarkable and her passion for dancing comes through with her fun expressions. 
Today, Maddie released a memoir called The Maddie Diaries. She shares secrets including her love of rap- the dancer also enjoys rapping. She passes on advice and wisdom beyond her years as a young woman. She encourages people to let go worries of what people think of them- and to just try everything new. Here at Ethos Live, we are big fans of memoirs and autobiographies. Looking forward to reading more about Maddie beyond being Sia's favorite dancer. 

Maddie's book is available on  Amazon

Maddie's book is available on Amazon


Liv Bruce, half of the amazing punk rock duo PWR BTTM, is a presence and actual God-send of a musician that I have been obsessed with for the last two months. PWR BTTM released a new song yesterday about those boys who don't answer back their texts. One of the things that attracted me to PWR BTTM's music is that they are genuine and unapologetic. Their music touches on some things that I might never under understand as a cisgender woman but every song is stuffed with so much for only two musicians playing. I saw them for the first time on NPR's Tiny Desk Concert and have been in love with their music ever since. Their style- both physically and musically is one of the most punk things I could ever love. Liv and Ben are voices for the community through their lyrics and tweets- standing alongside artists who were petitioning for SXSW to change the anti-immigrant language in SXSW contracts and voicing the importance of gender neutral bathrooms at all the venues they play. PWR BTTM is the first queer punk band I've ever gotten into and hope that they will be chipping more into this world that needs to experience this world with them. I also hope that more people who don't fit the white straight male standard of rock and roll are following in their footsteps, too.  -MT
Listen to "Answer My Text" from PWR BTTM's upcoming album Pageant (out May 12.)  Catch them at Webster Hall in support of Pageant on June 21. 

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My teenage angst will be with me into my thirties
— "Answer My Text" by PWR BTTM


Slowspin (photo by Aleks Slota via  Facebook )

Slowspin (photo by Aleks Slota via Facebook)

So not unlike many others, I sometimes turn to Reddit when looking for new and interesting music. I wouldn't expect Reddit to be the front page of women in music but honestly, unlike major publications, I have found so many amazing female and queer artists in /r/listentothis. 
I happened to catch that Slowspin and listened to her voice. She is a female producer from Karachi, Pakistan. Her sound is so ambient and relaxing- perfect to listen to first in the morning, late at night, or at work when you are stressed out.