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


Tilly and The Wall

File under: The cutest ensemble band you’ve ever seen, indie-pop with hand clapping and tap dancing used as percussion.

From: Omaha

For fans of: Parties with your high school friends, passing notes in class, reminiscing, Bright Eyes, Jenny Lewis (with or without Rilo Kiley), hipsters
Bonus: They tend to gather fans to star in their music videos, which is pretty darn sweet.

Those Dancing Days

File under: Infectious alt-pop that will instantly put a smile on your face

From: Sweden, the land of the beautiful people

For fans of: Sia, Robyn, naughty school girls, Stereolab, My Dear Disco, Choose Your Own Adventure books

Bonus: These girls give me butterflies in my tummy they are so adorable. A huge thank you to reader Mochahappy for turning me on to them.

Katastrophy Wife

File under: Former Babes in Toyland frontwoman forms new band with same growl and a little more testosterone

From: Minnesota, Midwest represent!

For fans of: Babes in Toyland, L7, Limp Biscuit, Kitty, shredding guitars, whipping your head around, finding bruises the next day after concerts and considering them battle scars
Bonus: Well, there isn’t much of a bonus because there’s little to be known about what they’re up to these days, but for me it’s a bonus because I just found their old music and it’s hitting me where it counts.

All Girl Summer Fun Band

File under: Pacific Northwest shiny happy people with some Detroit garage rock and ’60s girl group influences

From: Portland

For fans of: Detroit Cobras, Sleater-Kinney, cheering, kickball, bonfires, Stitch ‘n Bitch, hand clapping

Bonus: All of the girls are super crafty and you can check out their current projects at their individual websites. Also, you may recognize Kathy Foster as the bassist for The Thermals, whose latest music video features Sleater-Kinney’s Carrie Brownstein.

Bonde Do Role

File under: A mishmash of electropop, baile funk, rock and dub sounds to get you pumped and ready to take it to the floor

From: Brazil

For fans of: M.I.A., Santigold, CSS, Major Lazer, dancing, jammin’ out with your clam out, after-parties

Bonus: They’re working on putting out a new album sometime in the near future. Also, I just got busted for dancing to them in my chair at work.

Bomba Estereo

File under: Electropop con ganas, tropical, fun times, punky hip-hop

From: Colombia

For fans of: Ana Tijoux, Psalm One, Mexican Institute of Sound, tapas (only because you get to try a bunch of different sounds all from one band)

Bonus: They were voted MTV Iggy’s “Best New Band in The World." I’m not sure I would agree, but I certainly would give them high fives and bear hugs.

That’s all for this week. I hope you’ve been able to find at least a few new ones that you enjoy. As always, please feel free to send me your recommendations. I’ll try to get to everyone’s at some point or another — and I have to say, some of you have really come through with some fantastic bands I had never heard of. Until then, xoxo.

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