Welcome back my darling audiophiles! It’s been a crazy busy day for me but I think you’ll find that I didn’t skimp on the music suggestions below. Let’s dive into it! I hope you enjoy these artists as much as I do.
File Under: Rock ‘n roll sex kitten
From: Trinidad born living in London
For Fans Of: Hole (Live Through This era), heavier-rocking Blur songs, Heart ‘s “Barracuda,” spiked heels, leather, being thrown against a wall to make out, candle wax.
Bonus: If you haven’t checked out her fantastically sexy cover of M.I.A.’s “Galang” please, do not walk — run, to her YouTube page.
File Under: Bluesy pulp-noir, rockabilly
From: Boise, but raised in Boston
For Fans Of: Neko Case, ‘50s beach movies, burlesque shows, Patty Griffin, drinking Manhattans, Billie Holiday, the south, The Allman Brothers (OK, just her song “Rambler Girl”) The Ditty Bops.
Bonus: Jewell has a new album coming out in April.
File Under: Goth rock, melodramatic balladry
For Fans Of: Evanescence, Tim Burton movies, Bonnie Tyler’s “I Need a Hero,” Nightwish, long dark hair and smokey eyes, corsets.
Bonus: I was a dope yesterday and missed their latest album release. Thanks to AfterEllen reader Sportylady for the head’s up.
File Under: Electro dance pop, New Wave
From: Sweden (unmistakably)
For Fans Of: The Sounds (with a less-aggressive lead), emo-tronica, a less-polished Robyn, Ladytron, angled hair cuts, cleavage, Lissi Dancefloor Disaster.
Bonus: Thanks for the tip saltmjau!
File Under: I like Gwen Stefani on her own, but I love her more when she’s rocking out with No Doubt
For Fans Of: Garbage meets Mighty Mighty Bosstones, Sublime, Avril Lavigne (on her best day), Save Ferris, Letters to Cleo (OMG remember them?), midriffs, push-ups, tight plaid pants, Doc Martens.
Bonus: Their 2000 release, Return of Saturn, is (in my humble opinion) still one of the best breakup albums of all time. For you young’uns who haven’t heard it, now is the time to get on it.