In what has been a pretty grim week for the music industry, let the F-Word music blog lift your mood and guide your gig-going and listening activities this month

The big music industry story this week, has been the allegations against Ryan Adams, which have been everywhere. As with previous cases of alleged abuse and mistreatment, including what happened to Kesha, you suspect that this may well be the tip of the iceberg. You can read Laura Snape’s article in The Guardian here. This is the piece that was quoted by Matt Healy of the 1975 in his acceptance speech at the Brits on Wednesday. You can read more about the Brits here.

In happier news, some of my readers may well be interested in a new US podcast, She’s A Punk, which interviews women about their involvement with the contemporary punk scene and explores the impact it has had on their lives.

In other news, the 2019 Jazz FM Awards nominations have been announced. The awards themselves take place in April and among those nominated are Emma Jean Thackray and Poppy Ajudha.

In the classical world, the London Oriana Choir have launched a competition to find a composer-in-residence. The competition is open to all women aged between 18 and 25 and the closing date is the 8 March. The selection panel will include industry luminaries such as composer Cecilia McDowall, conductor Suzi Digby and Tim Brooke from Faber Music. Finalists’ compositions will be performed at a concert in July 2019 and the winner will also be asked to compose three pieces for the choir to perform in 2019/20.

Album releases this month include the following:

The Coathangers, The Devil You Know, 8 March
Sasami, Sasami, 8 March
Amanda Palmer, There Will Be No Intermission, 8 March
Ibibio Sound Machine, Doko Mien, 22 March
Ex Hex, It’s Real, 22 March
Jenny Lewis, On the line, 22 March
Lucy Rose, No words left, 22 March
Hands Off Gretel, I want the world, 29 March

Plenty of artists are on tour at the moment, or will be over the coming months, including the punk pop/metal band Hands Off Gretel, who are well worth seeing.

The mighty She Makes War is doing her tour of support slots “Support the Support” from February through to May.

Sasami are playing London’s The Lexington on 8 March. Singer/songwriter Hannah Grace will be playing two UK shows in April. Exhilarating punk band Press Club (whose song ‘Suburbia’ was featured in last months playlist) are touring the UK in April and May.

Beguiling singer/songwriter Tomberlin, the riot grrrl supergroup Ex Hex and indie band Tallies will all be touring the UK in May.

Rock legends Skunk Anansie are headlining the Beautiful Days festival in Devon on August 16 and will be touring the UK.

In other festival news, Loud Women Fest will be taking place on 14 September in London.

Just in case once a month isn’t enough for you and you have a wider craving for female centric music, do check out the following:

gal-dem | Get In Her Ears | Loud Women.

If you’re aware of any female centric music sites and publications I’ve missed, please do let me know.

Not sure what to listen to this month? Let our monthly playlist be your guide.

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