Waking up to REALiti

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The music artist Grimes

By Valeria Ramirez

Grimes is an underappreciated synth pop rocker who uses a bizarre but unique style to push the music scene forward into neon enlightenment. I came across Grimes when I was looking for new music to add to my playlist, and during that time I’ve been seeing her album Art Angels almost everywhere. Upon first listening to her album, I absolutely disliked her music. I just found it a little too different for my taste, since I mostly listen to the Rock and Indie genres. So I left it in my playlist, never to return again. Until last year, I was playing whatever was on my Spotify and one of Grimes’ song caught my attention. Kill v. Maim was addictive and refreshing to hear. The upbeat electro sound and the clashing of the snare drum is mixed with a pop fairy-like voice that leaves her audience in a fighting, dreamlike mood. Ever since then, I’ve been a huge fan of her music.

Grimes, also known by her family as Clair Elise Boucher, is a Canadian self-taught musician who produced music before becoming an artist. Grimes has always worked in the underground music scene where she built her following. Being a self-taught musician and producer allowed her to create everything that she sings. Even the album artwork is all her own—she is an inspired producer and artist who takes her craft and skill to its limits.

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I’ve Got A Crush On H.E.R.

By Tatiana Rodriguez

A new and upcoming artist I have been listening to is H.E.R. No, you did not read that wrong, either. Her real name is a mystery, just like her face. She recently signed to RCA records and her E.P H.E.R volume 1 was on the  iTunes R&B charts at #1. However, no biographies or pictures about the mystery singer can be found.

What’s even more interesting is that her self titled E.P exploded online with no information about who the artist was. Alicia Keys raved on social media about the 7 track project, and Bryson Tiller posted one of her sultry post to his social media, “Focus.”

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Three Feminist Punk Bands You Need to Check Out

By Stephanie Sampson

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Members of Pussy Riot, a feminist Russian punk rock band

Feminist Punk is a feminist movement that originally started in the 1990’s in the Pacific Northwest that combines women empowerment, punk music and politics. This genre is inspiring women all over the world to express themselves.

Emma May from Scene Reports said that over the past couple of years, as groups like indie-pop heartthrobs Death Cab for Cutie and the bearded Fleet Foxes have mostly disbanded, the members of Seattle’s most-renowned alternative bands have shifted from primarily sad-white-dudes-in-flannel to women in outspokenly feminist bands.

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Stressed Out? Keep Reading!

By Lauren Anthony

emoticon_stressballs_by_super_ninja_poo-d3jyhrnEvery now and then, there comes a day when the best part about it is going to bed. We all have these kinds of days and sometimes we’re not even sure why a sunshine day became a downpour of frustrations. Fear not! You’re not the only one. I had one of these particularly rainy days last Wednesday.

Where do I even begin? My laptop was not working and I was not sure if I was going to have a working laptop by the end of the week. The weather outside was rainy and not so pleasant, which made the walk to class a hassle. In between classes I was on the phone with my brother and IT services on campus talking about my laptop. I would have to take it to a local repair shop. So, I went on the long journey in the rain to the apple store with my laptop and walked back to my dorm. My jacket was soaked, my jeans were soaked, and my sneakers were soaked. Could this day go anymore wrong? By the time I had returned home all soaked I did not want to do anything else, I only wanted to crawl into my bed and go to sleep.

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Body Positivity, Meet Body Revolution

By Lauren Anthony

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Hey, you’re beautiful. You’re handsome. What does it mean when we’re told these phrases by a friend, family member, or loved one? Most times it brings a smile to our faces and leads us to spread this message to others. Body positivity is one thing that is getting a lot more recognition now a day. It is important to spread body positivity because once someone acts on then it will catch like fire. Whether it is through an inspirational quote on Facebook, a sweet text, or a compliment while walking to class, there are many ways we can spread the love to one another.

Let me begin by introducing myself, my name is Lauren Anthony and I am a senior here at the University of Idaho. As someone who struggles with her body image, I knew it was time to do something about it. By sharing music, videos, events on campus, and other things I come across my intention is to share the beautiful power that is body positivity. One way I’m doing this is through Body rEvolution. Body rEvolution is an internship here at the University of Idaho through the Women’s Center.

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Women’s Hobbies by Jimmy Iovine

As a woman, my list of hobbies include talking and complaining about boys. Especially when I’m  heartbroken. Thankfully, Apple Music head Jimmy Iovine understands this list of hobbies, and is helping mescreen-shot-2015-11-19-at-4-21-57-pm to better my life.

“I just thought of a problem, you know: girls are sitting around, you know, talking about boys. Or complaining about boys, you know, when they’re heartbroken or whatever. And they need music for that, right? So it’s hard to find the right music, you know. Not everybody has the right lists, or knows a DJ or something.”

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Progress or Appeasement? Defining Feminism In the Music Industry

By Morgan Fisher

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When it comes to gender equality, the music industry has evolved into somewhat of a paradox over the years. On one hand, you have wildly successful female artists such as Beyoncé and Taylor Swift, whose girl power songs have contributed immensely to their prominence in the industry. But then you have artists like Kanye West, Snoop Dogg, Li’l Wayne, and Eminem whose misogynistic song lyrics are vulgar enough to make us wonder if any true progress for equality has really been made. Add to that the controversy surrounding whether or not choosing to expose yourself (like the women in the “Blurred Lines” video) or swinging on a wrecking ball naked (like Miley Cyrus did) is considered progress because women are “taking control of their sexuality,” or if it’s a gigantic step back because it’s the opposite of what is supposed to be happening. This is a complex, murky dilemma that doesn’t seem as if it will be resolved anytime soon.

Beyoncé has become arguably one of the most iconic musicians of all time. She is a self-proclaimed feminist, and as much as people love her for it, she also receives a great deal of backlash for it. A big reason for this is because of the way she goes about expressing her sexuality. The clothes she wears for performances and in music videos are often notoriously revealing, and her lyrics sometimes call into question whether or not she is actually perpetuating anti-feminist stereotypes with some of the things she sings about. It’s difficult to reconcile these two very opposing ideas, and it seems to serve as further evidence of the gray area that comes from trying to define feminism and what it means in the music industry.

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