Happy hump day everyone! I’m sorry I missed you all last week. I was busy moving and getting settled into the new digs. While moving is certainly a gigantic pain in the tushy, my aches were softened by blasting music and singing along to everything from old school Mariah Carey to L7. Now, I get to share more great female musicians with you today. Again, I’m starting with some of my favorites of all time and then heading into some newer territory.
File under: Indie rock with a punk conscience, among the leaders of the riot grrrl scene, my future baby mamas
From: Olympia, Washington
For fans of: The feminist movement, screamcore, making out with rock stars, 7 Year Bitch, Bikini Kill
Bonus: Corin Tucker is about to release a solo album and what I’ve heard so far is the hotness.
File under: Two of the baddest MCs and a DJ who can make you dance, sing and push it.
For fans of: Eve, Missy Elliott, Naughty by Nature, doing the butterfly and the tootsie roll
Bonus: Do yourself a favor and pick up a copy of their third album, Blacks Magic. It was the first cassette tape I ever owned and I wore that thing out like nobody’s business.
File under: Southern gothic Americana powerhouse who has written some of the most poignant lyrics of the past century.
For fans of: Bonnie Raitt, Neko Case, the Italian Neo-Realism film movement, Brandi Carlile, catharsis, a little rhythm to go with your blues
Bonus: Her debut album, Living with Ghosts is life-changing. Introduce it to someone you love and they will forever be indebted to you.
File under: A true R&B classic whose soulful voice is timeless and will bridge any music fights you have with your parents/children/grandparents and future next of kin.
For fans of: The Temptations, Motown, soul, funk, The Supremes, Marvin Gaye, dancing at weddings
Bonus: She was the brave soul who innocently felt up Lil Kim at the 1999 MTV Video Music Awards. In other weird news, she dated Gene Simmons from Kiss back in the day.