Enough with Miley Cyrus and the traditional (or not-so traditional) pop-star. Because I’m in the giving mood and I believe that there are so many other great female artists that are getting ignored in lieu of the attention-seeking antics from stars like Cyrus, I’ve put together a playlist that I believe encompasses every kind of rising female icon.
Up-and-coming New York City rapper Angel Haze delivers fast, pin-point lyrics over a bass-heavy beat in “Werkin’ Girls.”
There are also plenty of LA vibes to go around. While Haim, Bleached, Sky Ferreira and Deap Vally all hail from the City of Angels, each bring something different to the table. The sisters Haim soared onto the scene with their melodic indie-pop tunes. I’ve included one of my favorite jams, “Honey & I” from their full-length debut, Days Are Gone.
Jennifer and Jessie Clavin of Bleached aim more towards rock on the pop-rock spectrum, delivering hits such as the infectious “Dead in Your Head.” The girls of Deap Vally, who met in a crochet class, deliver scorching tunes like “Gonna Make my Own Money,” straight off the soundtrack to “Spring Breakers.”
Electronic songstresses Sky Ferreira, Charli XCX, Sarah Barthel of Phantogram and Lauren Mayberry of CHVRCHES have all been particularly active in 2013. Charli XCX and CHVRCHES released two of my favorite albums of the year, and Ferreira just dropped an insanely catchy first single, entitled “You’re Not the One.”
Phantogram have also put out an excellent four-track EP to satisfy fans until the release of their new LP due out early 2014. (Side Note: Be sure to catch Sky at the Paradise next month and then Phantogram in December!)
Although many in the indie-rock community would not consider Annie Clark, otherwise known as St. Vincent, to be up-and-coming, her powerful songwriting and kick-ass guitar playing have gone relatively unnoticed by the general public. It’s tracks like “Cruel” that have made Clark one of my favorite artists, and it’s only a matter of time until she becomes a household name.
Of course, no female-centered playlist would be complete without a few female staples of the 21st century. M.I.A. and Santigold have each made waves with their unorthodox performance styles and genre-defying tracks. On the rock side of things, I’ve included the one and only Meg White of The White Stripes and perhaps the best frontwoman in all of rock, Karen O of The Yeah Yeah Yeahs, to finish off the playlist.
Take a listen on Spotify and enjoy! Feel free to add your own suggestions in the comments section.