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Elegant, Passionate Witchery

Elegant, Passionate Witchery

Kate Bush’s first album came out when she was just 20 years old, in 1978. She had been “discovered” prior to that by David Gilmour, of Pink Floyd fame. I imagine it wasn’t that difficult to notice how unusual she was, how eccentric, cerebral, gifted, and glowingly strange. Many of my favorite female singer/songwriters from the 90s were influenced a great deal by her. Milla Jovovich, Tori Amos, and P.J. Harvey, especially. And she was quite the buzz in the…

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The Many Little Earthquakes of Tori Amos

The Many Little Earthquakes of Tori Amos

Tori Amos is one of my favorite Alt-rock divas. Of course, the word “diva” doesn’t really fit her. In our pop culture, it has too many negative overtones to apply to such a refreshingly eccentric woman. It has too many negative undertones to apply to a tremendously creative artist who constantly evolves, sheds old skin for new, and never seems afraid. Of anything. I’ve been a big fan since 1992 when her second album came out. One listen to her…

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Ani DiFranco Writes Graffiti on Your Body

Ani DiFranco Writes Graffiti on Your Body

A girl from Buffalo. A righteous girl from Buffalo. A righteous girl who blends punk and folk and fusion and politics with fire. Staccato babe. Staccato poetry weaving babe. She destroys her guitar but it stays alive. She can sing poems or chant poems as if . . . the rhythm is hers alone. As if . . . the rhythm is forced out from a Greenwich Village bar in the 1960s before she was born . . . I…

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Milla Jovovich’s The Divine Comedy

Milla Jovovich’s The Divine Comedy

The Gentleman who Fell I first fell for her music back in 1994, and fell hard, after hearing her debut album that year. All of 18 when she made her first and only album, Milla Jovovich created one of the most inspired and brilliant musical introductions in recent memory. She wrote every song but one, “In the Glade,” which she adapted from a traditional Ukrainian folk balad. Adapted with a sweet melancholy beyond her years. The entire album is beyond…

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