Hello everyone and welcome to a mini-sized list of Your Weekly Women to Listen to. Mini-sized because I am mini-sized and also because I am illin’ like a villain and going on a little vacation to hang out with the coolest playa in the game: my grandma.
So, while I’m being stuffed to the gills and playing shuffleboard, hopefully these six acts will keep your ears company for the next two weeks until I can bring you some more.
File Under: Motown soul and funk
For Fans Of: James Brown, Foxy Brown, Mavis Staples, Raphael Saadiq, sweet tea, swaying, skinny ties, breaking it down (as in, the truth)
Bonus: For the price of an email you can download the soul-packed title track, “I Learned the Hard Way,” from her last album.
File Under: Indie-pop, electronica, hipster sex jams
For Fans Of: Ellie Goulding, La Roux, Marina and the Diamonds, black skinny jeans with short black leather jackets and boots, Where the Wild Things Are, Florence & The Machine, one long earring
Bonus: I think it’s apropos to note that it was the possession over her grandmother’s keyboard at the age of 14 that helped pave the way to the music we’re hearing now.
File Under: Club, R&B, Reggaeton
From: Puerto Rico born NYC bred
For Fans Of: Amerie, thrift store chic, Zhane (yes I did just go there), H&M, Rihanna, The Cosby Show, summer jams with the windows down and the music blaring
Bonus: Two words: hot twins. Also, they sampled “Funk Dat,” which makes me LOL.
File Under: Folk, Indie pop, breath of fresh air
From: NY via Cali
For Fans Of: Tegan and Sara, Ani DiFranco’s voice with poppier instrumentals, Allison Weiss, Rachael Cantu, sharp-witted ladies, people who do justice to cover songs, playing on the playground, I’d throw a little Regina Spektor in there, too
Bonus: Lelia is one of the young artists vying for the spot as the first ever unsigned musician to grace the cover of Rolling Stone. I think she kicks ass so, obvs, she got my vote. If you like what you hear, be a pal and hook a sista up!
File Under: Rocking singer/songwriter, folk pop
For Fans Of: K.D. Lang, Melissa Etheridge, Melissa Ferrick, suspenders, social action, handkerchiefs as head apparel, Paula Cole
Bonus: Thanks to AfterEllen.com reader, Bente, for the suggestion of this great gal pal!
File Under: K-Pop, dance pop, bubblegum
For Fans Of: San Rio products, bubble tea, Wonder Girls, Brown Eyed Girls, Dance Dance Revolution
Bonus: They’ve been on hiatus due to some reformation within the band but it appears as though they’re putting out a mini-album soon.