Here are a few of my favorite female-fronted bands and female artists. I needed a break from writing and my favorite part about reading has always been the pictures anyway.
This 16 year-old, New Zealand native has exploded this summer. If you still haven’t heard of her, take a listen to the first two songs that caught my interest, Tennis Court and Royals. She has – by far – the most amazing style and sound I’ve ever seen/heard on a teenager.
Azealia Banks aka Miss Bank$
I first fell in love with Azealia when she came out with the in-your-face (and super explicit) track 212. Talk about swag, just wait until she starts screaming in Young Rapunxel – it’s addicting. The most amazing part is she’s only 22 years-old – hopefully we’ll be seeing a lot more of Miss Bank$ in the future.
Young Rapunxel (Explicit)
Talk about an iconic figure who’s always ready to piss people off, MIA (Mathangi Arulpragasam) is basically a household name after her huge single Paper Planes debuted in 2007. The best part about MIA however, is how she uses her music as a platform for social and political activism.
Born Free (WARNING: super SUPER violent)
A little older, Cat Power (Charlyn Marie Marshall) has been performing since the early 90s with a voice similar to Janis Joplin’s. Her voice is haunting and blues-y on some of my other favorite tracks including I Found a Reason and Ramblin’ (Wo)man. I just love love love her voice. Did I mention how much I loved her voice?
Naked if I Want to
This seven person ensemble is fronted by Monica Martin. Hailing from Baraboo, WI where, “kids often drink poisoned groundwater and become endowed mutants”, the band is a little over a year old. They have a little of Sufjan Steven’s weirdness, I like it.
Slow Mothion/Blue and White
Florence & the Machine
I can’t not put Florence on here. Her voice is majestic and reminds me of heaven.