I am so pumped for this week’s list of female musicians I can’t even stand it. After my DJ gig last week, my hunger for more music and different kinds of music just grew. Of course, my hunger for everything tends to grow pretty easily. I’m not DJ Chubby Jones for nothing, OK? On with the music.
File Under: Utterly adorable dance pop that is sure to put a smile on your face.
For Fans Of: The Ting Tings, CSS, jumping on the bed, Dragonette, cosmos, animal crackers.
Bonus: Yelle created a French version of Robyn’s “Who’s That Girl” for iTunes Foreign Exchange. Also, if your pockets are empty of cash at the moment, you can download a sweet mix that features Yelle among other performers.
File Under: Classical violin played by one of the best in the world
For Fans Of: Letting instruments into your inner soul, café au lait, catharsis, Janine Jansen, Jane Austen novels, Breakfast at Tiffany’s.
Bonus: You can stream some of her latest Bach concertos at her website (which I’m doing right now).
Mary J. Blige
File Under: R&B soul with some elements of hip-hop and a voice that can bring you to your knees.
For Fans Of: Monica, Whitney Houston (pre-crack smoking), Jennifer Hudson, fashion, feeling empowered, bubble baths.
Bonus: Mary J. recorded a cover of “Bridge Over Troubled Water” with Andrea Bocelli and all proceeds of the song’s purchase go to the American Red Cross Haiti Relief and Development Fund. You can find it on iTunes.
File Under: Tropical punk that tackles queer politics with humor
For Fans Of: Weird Al Yankovic, Kimya Dawson, carnival rides, cover bands.
Bonus: They put out their own take of Madonna’s “La Isla Bonita” but changed it to “La Isla Con Chicas” (The Island With Girls).