File Under: Japanese alt-rock that you don’t need to understand in order to like (though some of their songs are in English too)
For Fans Of: The Breeders, 90’s angsty feminist bands though not riot grrls, Liz Phair, Patti Rothberg, Veruca Salt
Bonus: The girls got to open for their idols, The Breeders, back in the day
File Under: Pop Americana with sisterly harmonies and cute faces
From: Utah, but their sound could easily have come from the Omaha rock scene
For Fans Of: Tilly & The Wall, Lights, Kate Voegele, sundresses, sweetened iced tea
Bonus: Even though they’ve been dropped by the Warner label, the girls have powered through and will be releasing a new EP, It’s Always Stormy in Tillamook, this November.
File Under: Dark, hipster power-pop with a bit of surf rock that is best to listen to with headphones in and nothing else to concentrate on
From: Baltimore, MD
For Fans Of: The Doors, The Jesus & Mary Chain, rolling your own cigarettes, sleeping on a friend’s futon, nag champa
Bonus: The band just played at Daytrotter and their live session is available to download for free.
File Under: Singer/songwriter pop rock, alt-folk
From: California via NYC
For Fans Of: Hiking, foliage, Tina Dico, Aimee Mann
Bonus: She is largely responsible for the huge takeoff in YouTube music celebrities and won the first-ever YouTube “Best Music Video” award.
File Under: Indie soul, bluesy rock, late nights at diners
For Fans Of: Joan Osbourne, Sheryl Crow (The Globe Sessions), cowboy boots, cherry-infused whiskey (yum), Aimee Mann, breaking up to make up.
Bonus: Pauley has toured with everyone from Erin McKeown and Eric Clapton to the Black Eyed Peas.
I hope this list brings a few new tunes to your ears! Enjoy the rest of your week and I’ll be back with more Women to Listen to next week.