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The Pass The Mic Podcast is dedicated to amplifying female, trans, and nonbinary voices in music.

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The Pass The Mic Podcast is dedicated to amplifying female, trans, and nonbinary voices in music.

    Loud music for hard times with Pity Party's Sarah Levy

    Loud music for hard times with Pity Party's Sarah Levy

    The Pass The Mic podcast has been quiet for a few weeks as Minneapolis has been grappling with the police brutality and call for social change that has exploded across the country and around the world. But we're back to share a new episode with Sarah Levy, a vocalist, songwriter and guitarist in the Oakland-based pop-punk/emo band Pity Party.Sarah talks about the vulnerable and empowering songs on Pity Party's new album "Concrete," her work as an activist, and how becoming a high school teacher gave her an outlet to bridge music and community involvement.Songs included in this episode: "Empathy" and "Concrete" by Pity Party

    • 37 min
    In touch with nature and each other with Sister Species

    In touch with nature and each other with Sister Species

    Outer space, magnolia trees, and the “inevitable heat death of the universe” are just a few of the things that influenced Sister Species’ latest album. Sister Species describe themselves as a “chamber pop septet” and the Minneapolis-based band is led by singer, songwriter, and accordionist Emily Kastrul. In this episode, I’m joined by Emily and Sister Species’ guitarist, Willow Waters. The three of us met up over video chat, from our prospective quarantined locations, to talk about the many musical projects that Emily and Willow play in, how they blended their influences into Sister Species’ upcoming album Light Exchanges, and how they’re connecting with nature — and each other — despite social distancing.Songs included in this episode: "Heat Death (Hold Me Here)" and "Cottonwood Trees" by Sister Species

    • 55 min
    "I'm going to sound like myself" with Joan Griffith and Anna Dolde

    "I'm going to sound like myself" with Joan Griffith and Anna Dolde

    Playing music has connected me with some of my best friends and most influential role models, like Anna Dolde and Joan Griffith. Anna and I met in our college's jazz band. Joan was our director, and also my guitar teacher. For this extra personal episode, I wanted to pay homage to the women who inspire me. Anna, Joan, and I talk about our musical upbringings, inspirations, and how we found the confidence to say, "I'm going to sound like myself."Songs included in this episode: "Sautéed Mushrooms/Deviled Eggs," "Butter," "A Lot of Things Are Edible If You Only Eat One," and "Detective Sprout" by Rabeca; "Blues in Hoss Flat" by Foster & Basie performed by Mac Jazz; noodling from Joan Griffith  

    • 55 min
    Diving into new emotions with Lalin St. Juste of the Seshen

    Diving into new emotions with Lalin St. Juste of the Seshen

    The Sheshen are a 6-piece band that combines sequenced synthesizers, syncopated beats, and Lalin St. Juste’s soft, skillful vocals. Their third full-length album, CYAN, was inspired by the strength and softness of the color cyan, the tumult of the 2016 election, and personal struggles with depression. In this episode, Lalin breaks down some of CYAN's songs and talks about how she fused personal lyrics with bassist/producer Akiyoshi Ehara's textured grooves.Songs included: "4AM," "Don't Answer" and "Dive"

    • 35 min
    Places/Feelings with Termination Dust

    Places/Feelings with Termination Dust

    Stefanie Vigoren and Jaybird Parkhurst are no strangers to change. After forming the band Termination Dust in Anchorage, Alaska, the two have traveled around the country, released two full-length albums, and welcomed drummer Matt Harris into the band. Termination Dust don’t just tolerate change, they embrace it — and are now using it as the inspiration for their third album, Growing Down. Songs in this episode: “It's Not A Place, It's A Feeling” and “Street Lights”

    • 33 min
    Gems of 2019: Part 2

    Gems of 2019: Part 2

    This episode is part 2 of 4 "Gems of 2019," a series where I look back on some of my favorite albums and EPs of 2019. This time, I chat about releases from Jamila Woods, Charly Bliss, ahem, Carly Rae Jepsen and more, as well as a friend who's changed my own relationship to music.

    • 17 min

Customer Reviews

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7 Ratings

juicefacekillah ,

Colleen Rules!

A wonderful show that interviews all my favorite bands. Colleen is an excellent host as well. Love Pass the Mic!

ZizCat ,

Super terrific bands!

I discovered this podcast aftered they featured the band ahem, who are one of my favorites! The conversations on here are great – it feels like listening in on friends having a funny, deep, totally relaxed and natural conversation. But also those friends just happen to be super cool musicians who are making amazing art (no biggie). I'd highly recommend this podcast if you're at all interested in how music gets made!

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