Indie Bands With Female Singers

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Many of my favorite indie bands have female singers, and I tend to prefer them over male leads. No real reason why, I just do. Maybe it’s because I grew up on classic rock, which is mostly devoid of female singers? Regardless, I’d like to share some of my favorite female indie singers with you, and give you a sample of their talent. This isn’t an exhaustive list of indie bands with female singers, nor is it a “best of” list in any way. It’s just a sample of the many great indie bands out there with female leads.

Sarah Barthel of Phantogram: “When I’m Small

Channy Leaneagh of Polica: “Amongster

Claire Boucher as Grimes: “Genesis

Alexis Krauss of Sleigh Bells: “Rill Rill

Yukimi Nagano of Little Dragon: “Ritual Union

Frankie Rose as herself: “Know Me

Jenn Wasner of Wye Oak and Dungeonesse: “Civilian” & “Shucks

Emily Haines of Metric: “Breathing Underwater

Megan James of Purity Ring: “Fineshrine

Samantha Urbani of Friends: “Friend Crush

Elena Tonra of Daughter: “Candles (Live)

Caroline Polachek of Chairlift: “I Belong In Your Arms

Natasha Khan of Bat For Lashes: “Horses of the Sun

Suzanne Aztoria of Trailer Trash Tracys: “You Wish You Were Red

Denise Nouvion of Memoryhouse: “The Kids Were Wrong

Molly Hamilton of Widowspeak: “Gun Shy

Victoria Legrand of Beach House: “Lazuli

Jana Hunter of Lower Dens: “I Get Nervous

Alaina Moore of Tennis: “Origins

Jonna Lee of iamamiwhoami: “; John

Sarah Chernoff of Superhumanoids: “Palm Springs

Chan Marshall as Cat Power: Ruin

Santi White of Santigold: “The Keepers

Jessica Weiss of Fear of Men: “Mosaic

Aleksa Palladino of Exitmusic: “The Night

Kristin Gundred of Dum Dum Girls: “Lord Knows

Jasmine White-Glutz of No Joy: “Lunar Phobia

Patience Hodgson of The Grates: “Turn Me On

Alejandra Deheza of School of Seven Bells: “Windstorm

Andrea Estella of Twin Sister: “Lady Daydream

Lauren Mayberry of CHVRCHES: “Recover

Chloe Chaidez of Kitten: “Cut it Out

Katie Harkin of Sky Larkin: “Motto

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5 thoughts on “Indie Bands With Female Singers

  1. Excellent list, found some new bands because of you. I only knew of a few but absolutely love phantogram,metric,santigold,and sleigh bells. I was shocked a few of my other favorites didn’t make the list. They are the Yeah,Yeah,Yeahs, The Sounds, and Shiny Toy Guns. I also do not know why but i am drawn to female vocalists in indie bands. Have a whole playlist of them. Thanks again!!

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