Your Weekly Women to Listen To: Sleater-Kinney, Those Dancing Days, Bomba Estereo and more

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.

Sleater-Kinney

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.

Salt N Pepa

File under: Two of the baddest MCs and a DJ who can make you dance, sing and push it.

From: NYC

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.

Patty Griffin

File under: Southern gothic Americana powerhouse who has written some of the most poignant lyrics of the past century.

From: Maine

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.

Diana Ross

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.

From: Detroit

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.

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