Your Weekly Women to Listen to: Alela Diane, Dance Yourself to Death and more


Flavorwire recently put out a list of 10 new(ish) female musicians you should be treating your ears to and I must say, I totally co-sign it and give them a hearty virtual air high-five. Putting together a list of any type is dreadfully difficult, especially when you have readers as passionate about their musical taste as you are (I am talking about you, gorgeous). I can’t claim to be the all-knowing octopus who correctly guessed the outcome of the World Cup, but I’ve been known to make a pretty darn good mix tape.

So, while you should absolutely check Flavorwire’s list of ladies, I thought now might be just as good a time as any to throw out some other names for you to check out. Please keep in mind, this is in no way a complete list; this is the first of what will be a really long list of incredible musicians, so if you don’t see someone you love, check back next week.

In no particular order, since all of them are amazeboobs.


File under: Emotional music driven by her gorgeous voice.

From: London

For fans of: Goldfrapp, Florence & The Machine, The Knife

Bonus: She’s got a wicked sense of humor to boot, and I just want to put her in my pocket and have her tell me things in her British accent.

Shenandoah Davis

File under: Homegirl plays an accordion; orchestral folk.

From: Seattle, Wash.

For fans of: Joanna Newsom, old vinyl recordings, tea

Bonus: Her arrangements make me want to cry, in a good way. Also, she’s a gal pal Signed to Queer Control Records

Dance Yourself to Death

File under: As the name would imply, hipster dance rock that you do the shake bounce side to side to. Come on, you know what I mean.

From: Toronto

For fans of: Hunter Valentine, Grrrl Rock with a little more electro.

Bonus: They’re good friends and have toured with JD Samson & MEN.

My Gold Mask

File under: Electronic rock a la Siouxsie Sioux that you shake your booty to until you are sweaty and smelly but just don’t care who is smelling your pits because it’s time to get dirty!

From: Chicago, IL (shout out to my hometown)

For fans of: Yeah Yeah Yeahs, Adult., Siouxsie Sioux, music being your hot, hot sex.

Bonus: The remixes are perfect for running.

Alela Diane

File under: Soft folk with beautiful harmonies and great storytelling.

From: Portland, Ore.

For fans of: Darr Williams, campfires, the Women’s Movement.

Bonus: Her Daytrotter session is available for free download.

Miss TK and The Revenge

File under: Sexy electronic, smooth going down

From: New Jersey

For fans of: Peaches, Vanity, Tiga, music to have slow sex to

Bonus: I think I’m in love.

Heartless Bastards

File under: Soulful growling rock with one of the best female leads out there today

From: Cinncinati, Ohio

For fans of: Chryssie Hynde, Kings of Leon, My Morning Jacket

Bonus: Erika, the lead singer, is about as short as I am.

Nico Vega

File under: Pure Rock & Roll

From: Los Angeles, Calif.

For fans of: Electric guitars, sweat, Heartless Bastards, The Dead Weather

Bonus: Aja is a stone cold fox who writhes all over the stage at her shows.

Megan Washington

File under: Singer/songwriter, dream pop, warm fuzzies

From: Australia

For fans of: Loquat, School of Seven Bells, laying on a blanket by the beach

Bonus: Isn’t her being from Australia enough?

Julia Marcell

File under: Classical punk

From: Germany

For fans of: The Ditty Bops, Bjork’s “It’s Oh So Quiet”

Bonus: Her accent is super cute.

More musical goodies coming at you soon, so check back here next week.

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