Siren Nation

Rebecca Gates, The Mynabirds, Yenta

When: Sun., Nov. 11, 9 p.m. 2012


The first (and only) time I saw the Mynabirds was at Pickathon this summer. Yes, Laura Burhenn was wearing that wolf hat you see in photos, and yes, she took command of the nighttime crowd and had everyone dancing in the moonlight. Generals is a strong, exclamatory follow-up record that was apparently inspired by the Avedon photo "Generals of the Daughters of the Revolution." To say the album is solely about female empowerment would be untrue, but there is a political charge to it, paired with poppy dance beats, anthem-like lyrics, and blues guitar. The more I listen to her music, the more I don't want to miss her at this year's Siren Nation Fest, where we'll be able to catch her as part of the new generation of revolutionary women. RACHEL MILBAUER

Price: $15

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