Your Weekly Women to Listen to: Ember Swift, The 7s and more


made it to Hump Day and since this past week was Thanksgiving and I
have a lot
to be thankful for, I’ve decided that this week’s round up of
female-fronted acts will be made up of readers of this column. (Or, I’m
assuming, have at least read this column once in order to find my email
address.) Without you, artists and music-aficionados alike, I am just a
girl who is constantly walking around with headphones and a computer.
For any of you who have emailed me and aren’t listed today, don’t
worry, I didn’t forget about you, nor am I any less thankful to have
you here. I just need to save some time for playing with my dogs who
are currently snorting and whining and taking every toy out of their
bin until I pay attention to them. It’s impossible for me to resist
this face.

Bubble needs play time

Sarah Melody

File Under: Pop rocking with
some soul!
From: Canada
For Fans of: Selena Gomez,
Kelly Clarkson, P!nk, American Idol,
one colored streak in your hair, tube tops, slicking your hair down, a
mixture of Robyn’s music when she first came on the scene and Natasha
Bonus: I’m not sure she knew I
would end up finding this, but I couldn’t resist posting an older video
of hers featuring Snow
of “Informer” fame (and he is also cousins with one of the guys from Barenaked Ladies). Also, true or
false: She reminds me a little bit of a brunette Busy Phillips. Oh Canadians, I love

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Ember Swift

Pop-jazz folk-rock in two languages!
From: Canadians are apparently
really talented. This one is currently calls China home.
For Fans of: Wow, I am not even
sure how to compare Ember to other artists! This is so tough but I’ll
say a more rock-infused Sara Storer, Ani Difranco, Meg Hutchinson, a
happier-sounding Erin McKeown, maybe Sister Hazel but with lady parts, food made with ginger, keeping
a journal by your bedside table in case you need to write something
down from a dream, organizing a unique holiday dinner (for example,
anyone who has been to a Passover sedar at someone’s house where they
make their own Haggadas).
Bonus: Not only does Ember sing
in both English and Mandarin, she’s also the founder of her own
independant label and she’s almost ready to pop with her first kid!

Listen by emberswift

The 7s

Soul-folk, singer-songwriter
From: Austin, TX
For Fans of: Melissa Ferrick’s
earlier work, Chris Pureka, Rachel Sage, guitar picking, feminist
history, dressing as Rosie the Riveter, Tank Girl or one of the Bronte
sisters for Halloween, hitting on women at coffee shops based on what
kind of notebook they are writing in, bandanas, fellow weekly artist
Ember Swift .
Bonus: You may know singer Ginger A. Thompson from her solo
work and if not, now is your time to check out her previous releases!


Grace Petrie

Folky acoustic singer-songwriter with a cute lil’
From: England
For Fans of: I’d say maybe a
mixture of Laura Marling and The Tallest Man on Earth, a more earthy
Marissa Nadler, Mariee Sioux, becoming a part of a grassroots political
campaign, taking pottery classes, having at least one accessory that
you wear every day without fail, sweet gestures, The Incredibly True Adventures of Two
Girls in Love

In some very cool news, Grace is going to be featured in
the upcoming issue of Diva
magazine as one of their top “Lesbians to look out for in 2012.”

Once A Pawn

File Under: Harder indie
rock, bluesy pop-punk
From: Omaha, Nebraska
For Fans of: The Thermals,
Green Day, Sick of Sarah, skateboarding, putting buttons on your
backpack, The Locals, raucous house parties, doodling on your shoes,
taking a date to go stargazing, Fall Out Boy, letting your bangs hang
in your face, keeping your concert festival bracelet on for as long as
possible or until it cuts off your circulation in your sleep.
Bonus: The group released an
album last month entitled In This
, and I highly suggest you check it out. Unfortunately it
wasn’t on my radar to include in my Tuesday column that week, but I’m
really digging their sound and the gender identity-themed tune “XXY” in

Last Time –
Once A Pawn
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That’s it for this week but I’ll be back with more suggestions next
week. In the meantime and between time, you can follow me on Twitter,
friend me on Facebook and feel free to drop me an email with a

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