The strength in these feminist empowerment projects is clear to fans who use them to navigate their own lives, but I want to highlight the message for other artists: use creativity to carve your identity and empower others.
In a singles-oriented music landscape, it's easy to forget that these radio hits are part of a larger body of work. So who released the best albums of 2013? Here's a look at my top 10 picks for the year.
As giant screens, lighting grids, altered for each song and surrounded the band, it was as if there was enough special effects that James Cameron would envy and would want to use for one of his blockbuster films.
While other kids unable to conform were using drugs, harming themselves, or committing suicide, I was able to process my seething hatred through music that helped me understand the source of my anger. It was a catharsis that led to processing and release.
It's August. One more month of freedom -- if that -- before all levels of schools begin again. One more month for jobs to give way to a precious week or two, or even a long weekend, of summertime. What live music shows will make you think summertime?