Expect a sea change in the Latin music business as women both on and offstage assume leadership roles and fight back against an industry that is legendary for sexism. At the Latin Alternative Music Conference in New York City on July 12, a panel of female leaders in publishing, promotion, management and booking, moderated by Criteria Entertainment’s Diana Rodriguez,  highlighted how musical and cultural trends are allowing more women to succeed. “The current crop of executives are reaching retirement age, hopefully, and there are all of us that can replace them,” said Yvonne Drazan, vice president of Peermusic’s West Coast Latin division. “[The music industry is] going to shift so the major label system won’t be able to just shove down your throat what they want you to hear. They’ll make decisions on signing based on what you want to hear.” Drazan believes the Latin music industry is segmented, offering regional Mexican and Latin

What started as a chance encounter at a San Francisco café and later morphed into a long-term professional relationship has become the latest story in the #MeToo movement. Following online musings and private legal action, a former colleague of Dave Matthews Band violinist Boyd Tinsley has made public accusations of sexual assault, harassment, and long-term grooming. James Frost-Winn, a Seattle-based trumpet player who worked for Tinsley as a member of the band Crystal Garden from about 2015 through 2016, has accused the 54-year-old musician of making unwanted sexual advances and comments throughout the decade that the two knew each other. Frost-Winn, 28, tells Consequence of Sound that the two met in the fall of 2007 when he was homeless and struck up a friendship based on a mutual love of music and generosity the then-18-year-old had never experienced before. “It did feel good to know that this very experienced, talented, and well-off in the industry musician

Amid a growing number of soul, funk and R&B bands revitalizing the sounds of the ‘60s and ‘70s, a 20-something singer from Fort Worth, Texas, came on the scene and stole the show with his smooth sound and vintage aesthetic. Leon Bridges won over mainstream audiences with his 2015 album Coming Home, a record so rife with earnest, pleading soul that he easily garnered comparisons to Sam Cooke as well as an invitation to perform for the Obamas at the White House. Yet Bridges, a typically soft-spoken soul with just a hint of a Texan accent, is no revival act and is out to prove it on his forthcoming album. Good Thing, available May 4, is a multi-genre musical leap that holds true to his musical influences without forsaking the mid-century soul that first garnered him fame. “Going into this next record, I didn’t want to stay complacent and continue to make that sound for the rest

Although the new generation of punks may not recognize Steve Koepke, a white-mustached 65-year-old with a modest demeanor, NOFX’s Fat Mike makes sure to say hello to him when his band plays in the Bay Area. Billie Joe Armstrong often takes time to greet Koepke at Green Day’s shows, as well. Getting nods from such punk royalty is no big deal to Koepke, who helped put these bands on the map as the creator of seminal concert calendar The List, the flyer and email newsletter he started in 1990. For more than a generation, The List and its associated low-budget HTML site, Foopee, have been the de-facto way for locals interested in punk, funk, thrash, ska and rock to plan their show calendars. “People come up to me in their 30s and say they were 14 years old and used to plan out their lives by this list,” says Koepke. Today, he’s

Daptone Records, a Brooklyn-based label critical in revitalizing soul and funk — it released seven albums from Sharon Jones & The Dap-Kings, whose bandmembers also backed Amy Winehouse on Back to Black — is answering the post-“Despacito” Latin-music craze with its own, first-ever Latin release, a typically left-of-mainstream pick: a mambo album from big band Orquesta Akokán. True to its name — Orquesta Akokán translates to “from the heart” or “soul” — the self-titled release, out March 30, digs into the heart of 1950s Cuban rhythm in an attempt to bring back the sound that kickstarted America’s fascination with the Caribbean isle. “Mambo was popular in Cuba, but it had a short window because it came about right before all these political changes, and musicians left the country,” says the album’s producer, Jacob Plasse, referring to the 1959 revolution that brought Fidel Castro to power and drove 500,000 residents from the nation over the next 20 years. This isn’t the first time the sounds

Adults across America—and even in the far reaches of Europe and Australia—are becoming porn stars, at least for a few months. Unabashedly shown on big screens in more than 40 cities, the adult performers are part of an erotic film festival that, for more than a decade, has changed attitudes about pornography and those who create it. The Hump Film Festival, now in its 13th year, is a showcase for a diverse array of sexual experience—from explorations of trans sexuality to fetish films to love stories that started with a glory hole. (There’s even some straight sex thrown in.) Hump 2018, which opens in New York City on March 23, features 21 films and a particularly diverse lineup of ethnicity, gender and sexual expression. Carefully curated by sage sex advice columnist, author and podcaster Dan Savage and his team, Hump is not only a smorgasbord of skin, but a chance to get fired up by sex you might never have

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