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We’ve made it to Wednesday! I’ve got another great group of female-fronted acts for you today and they are seriously all over the place in terms of genre so I know in my heart of hearts there’s gotta be something for just about every one of you. Now, all you have to do is check them out.


File Under: Oh my goodness how the hell did I wait so long to talk about Garbage! Alterna-rock oozing with sex appeal like a slap to the face followed by a passionate kiss.

From: Shirley Manson is the lone Scot — everyone else is from the U.S.

For Fans of: Sneaker Pimps, Moloko, Hole, deep colors of lipstick, torn fishnets, wet-looking hair, Republica.

Bonus: Besides the fact that Shirley Manson is a total babe, she also played a terminator robot in the short-lived Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles.


File Under: Pure R&B soul

From: New Orleans

For Fans of: Lalah Hathaway, Mary J. Blige, big accessories, Algebra, slow jams, Fantasia, Tyler Perry movies.

Bonus: Ledisi has been gifted with her musical talents from the time she was born. When she was just eight years old, she performed live with the New Orleans Symphony Orchestra. When I was eight years old, I was embracing my bowl haircut and begging my parents for taekwondo lessons.

Sleepy Vikings

File Under: People keep saying they’re shoegaze but I’m leaning more soft indie rock

From: Tampa

For Fans of: If Tilly and the Wall took tranquilizers, skinny jeans, pocket watches, biking everywhere, PBR, rainy days, Slowdive, Ra Ra Riot, The Catcher in the Rye.

Bonus: Three of the lovely ladies in the group are rocking out — as in out of the closet. Here’s a free download of their song, “Calm.”


Photo by Ben Rowland Photography

File Under: low-fi ‘60s psychedelic surf rock

From: NYC

For Fans of: A more pop-friendly Best Coast, Tennis, sundresses, Hallmark cards, Matt & Kim, Ray Ban sunglasses, jorts, being outdoors whenever possible.

Bonus: Their video for “Go Outside” stars Dave Franco (James’ brother) and the too-young-for-me-to-consider-her-hot-but-I-do-anyway Emma Roberts.

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