Indie Bands With Female Singers, Part 2

About two years ago I wrote a post detailing all of my favorite indie bands with females singers. Since then I’ve discovered many new bands (and recalled several obvious bands that should have been on the first list). Below is a new list with indie bands (not listed on the first post) with female singers:

Annie Clark as St. Vincent: “Rattlesnake

Monica Birkenes as Mr. Little Jeans: “Fool 4 You

Laetitia Sadier of Stereolab: “French Disko

Karen Orzolek of The Yeah Yeah Yeahs: “Maps

Maja Ivarsson of The Sounds: “Song With A Mission

Carah Charnow of Shiny Toy Guns: “Speaking Japanese

Amelia Meath of Sylvan Esso: “Coffee

Sadie Dupuis of Speedy Ortiz: “American Horror

Emily Kokal and Theresa Wayman of Warpaint: “Biggy

Merrill Garbus of Tune-Yards: “Gangsta

Hannah Reid of London Grammar: “Strong

Nicole Yun of Eternal Summers: “Gold and Stone

Mary Timony of Ex Hex: “How You Got That Girl

Lindsey Minton of Football, Etc: “Goal

Caithlin De Marrais of Rainer Maria: “Atlantic

Laura Stevenson: “L-Dopa

Mackenzie Scott as Torres: “November Baby

Meredith Graves of Perfect Pussy: “Big Stars

Danielle Sullivan of Wild Ones: “Rivals

Casey Dienel as White Hinterland: “Ring the Bell

Ann Yu of Silver Swans: “Solace

Amber Papini of Hospitality: “Eighth Avenue

Lisa Lobsinger of Reverie Sound Revue: “Arrows

Phaedra & Elsa Green as The Casket Girls: “Ashes and Embers

Natalia Rogovin of Social Studies: “Charioteers

Brenda Malvini of North Highlands: “Steady Steady

Sarah Versprille of Pure Bathing Culture: “Scotty

Casey and Jennifer Mecija of Ohbijou: “The Otherside

Sarah Hall of Let’s Buy Happiness: “Six Wolves

Danielle “Danz” Johnson as Computer Magic: “Electronic Fences

Monica Martin of PHOX: “Slow Motion

Meghan Remy as U.S. Girls: “Damn That Valley

Katy Goodman of La Sera: “10 Headed Goat Wizard

Bobbie Allen as Young Summer: “Waves That Rolled You Under

 

 

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Indie Bands With Female Singers

Check out Part 2!

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

My Top Songs of 2013

My Top 10 Songs of 2013 (In No Particular Order)

Oostende” by Keep Shelly in Athens

Black Out Days” by Phantogram

Ironworks” by Baths

Hit Me Up Again” by Summer Hearts

Shucks” by Dungeonesse

A Dancing Shell” by Wild Nothing

Mute” by Youth Lagoon

In Vertigo” by Beach Fossils

The Beauty Surrounds” by Houses

You’re Not Good Enough” by Blood Orange

 

Honorable Mention (Also In No Particular Order)

Recover” by CHVRCHES

Nunca” by Trails and Ways

Cirrus” by Bonobo

Swapping Spit” by Big Deal

Let is Spill” by Los Campesinos!

Open” by Rhye

The Front” by Quasimoto

Best of Friends” by Palma Violets

Some More Midwest Emo and Post-Rock Bands

In the past few months I’ve discovered some great Midwest-Emo and Post-Rock bands. Some I’ve found through merely searching, but to my surprise several indie bands have sent me some of their stuff, and politely asked if I could review their music on my blog. I’m certainly not a music critic, but I’m happy to give them a spot on my blog, and give some thoughts on their music. They were kind enough to reach out to me, so I’m happy to help them spread their band’s name.

I’ve come across many bands over the past few months, and I’ve detailed as many as I could below. I think you’ll be pleasantly surprised at how many of them have their stuff online for free 🙂

Snowing/Boyfriends/Street Smart Cyclist/1994!: On a few previous posts I mentioned a banded called Algernon Cadwallader. They are a great emo/math/screamo bands from Pennsylvania, one of my favorites! However, it turns out that Pennsylvania is an area outside the Midwest (at least how I define the Midwest) where this type of Midwest Emo has sprung up. Through my searches, it seems like Algernon Cadwallader has some “sister” bands.

The first band I found is Snowing. Snowing was formed in 2008, and broke up in 2011. In that time, they release one full album, and at least one EP. Here’s one of my favorite songs of there: “I Think We’re In Minsk.” Lucky for us, their album I Could Do Whatever I Wanted If I Wanted and their EP (at least I think it’s an EP) Fuck Your Emotional Bullshit are completely free! I definitely recommend downloading these guys and giving their albums a full listen!

If you like Snowing, then you’ll definitely like Street Smart Cyclists, mostly because it seems like Snowing is mostly ex-members of Street Smart Cyclists. They played from 2005 till 2008, and are a great emo/math rock band. I picked up their album for cheap on iTunes, but you can listen to there stuff here.

Snowing also had some ex-members of a band called Boyfriends. Again, another band right out of the same tradition. They seems to have made two EPs and a demo, and luckily for us once again, you can get them all, for free, right here.

Boyfriends also had members in it from the band 1994! (man, these bands are incestuous). 1994! is another great emo band (and at this point that’s all I really have to say). You can listen to their stuff here. I couldn’t find any of their stuff for free, but maybe I just wasn’t looking hard enough?

I did find this album on bandcamp that seems to be 1994! / Algernon Cadwallader / Snowing / Boys and Sex, all on some form of a compilation. What ever it is, it’s good stuff from some good bands! And if you’re curious who Boys and Sex are…they’re another great emo band related to the many I’ve mentioned above. You can find their stuff here, mostly for free.

Capillaries: The Capillaries are a post-rock, instrumental band from Atlanta, Georgia. Their music seems mostly straight up, ambient post-rock, of the Explosions in the Sky variety. I think they’re very good. You can check out their bandcamp here, and if you like them, pick up their album and like them on facebook.

Hitabaldaäs: Hitabaldaäs is a band from Barcelona, Spain. I would describe them as a post-rock band, but they’ve got a strong jazz/latin influence. It is a little avantgarde and occasionally psychedelic. It’s not really something I’ve heard before, but I really dig it! Check out their bandcamp here, and as always, if you dig, pick up their album and like them on facebook. Showing support for indie bands that you like is always important!

Più luce: Più luce, which mean “More Light,” is an Italian emo/math/hardcore band. They’re more hardcore then the emo bands I talked about above, but you can hear the emo influence. I like them, and you should check them out, and show them some support if you like ’em!

Hightide Hotel: I mentioned two songs by Hightide Hotel in a previous post. They’re a emo band from Philadelphia, and very similar to the bands from Pennsylvanian I mentioned above. However unlike many of those bands, Hightide Hotel had been around for a little while, produced several albums and EPs, and is still writing. You can get all their stuff on their bandcamp for cheap! Like all the bands I’ve mentioned before, if you like them, throw them a penny or two!

Finally, I’ve found a record company called Count Your Lucky Stars. It’s an independant label founded in 2007 in Michigan, and almost all the bands on the label are Midwest Emo type bands. Three of the bands I mentioned above are on the label, along with a plethora of superb emo bands, many of which I will probably talk about in the near future (once I listen to their stuff). As always, check out the label, and drop some cash for their bands to show your support!

A Further Selection of Post-Rock

Almost a year ago, I wrote a post detailing what I conceive “post-rock” music to be, and I provided some samplings of the post-rock bands I had heard up to that point. However, since then I’ve collected a lot more post-rock, and I have more I would like to share with you. This sample spans the spectrum of post-rock. Some songs are very rockish with a post-rock feel, and some are what could possibly be referred to as hardcore post-rock (that’s completely my term for it). Either way, while I’m still not convinced that post-rock is going to become the next revolution in rock n’ roll, I absolutely love listening to it, and I hope you enjoy this selection.

“Past and Language” by Toe

“Never Meant” by American Football

“On Reflection” by The Appleseed Cast

“Some are White Light” by Caspian

“The Landlord is Dead” by Do Make Say Think

“All is Violent, All is Bright” by God is an Astronaut

“8105” by Moving Mountains

“Our Happiest Days Slowly Began to Turn into Dust” by Red Sparowes

“I Believe in Your Victory” by This Will Destroy You

“Spaceship Broken, Parts Needed” by Pelican

“The Universe!” by Do Make Say Think

“East Hastings” by Godspeed You! Black Emperor

“Tremolo + Delay” by Toe

“The One With the Tambourine” by American Football

Feel free to share any songs you would recommend 🙂

Post-Rock, the Next Evolution in Rock n’ Roll?

I don’t know if anyone reading this listens to “post-rock,” or even knows what post-rock music is? I for one really enjoy post-rock. Post-rock is often defined as pieces that employ rock music instruments, but have rhythms, harmonies, melodies, timbre, and chord progressions that are not usually found in rock tradition (at least that’s how wikipedia defines it, and it’s a pretty accurate definition in my mind). Of course “post-rock” is a wholly inadequate term, and you will rarely find anything filled under “post-rock,” or band’s who self-describe as post-rock. More often you will see bands that are considered post-rock grouped into other types of rock: experimental rock, instrumental rock, new age rock, ambient or ethereal, electronic, or just sometime alternative. Regardless, “post-rock” has become a term used commonly by those wishing to describe a genre of music that has been growing since the mid-90s.

I want to give you some examples of the post-rock bands that I have come across in my search. I first discovered post-rock in the summer of 2008 through pandora.com.

Pandora is an online radio station that allows you to continuously define what type of music you like to listen to. It’s really hard to explain how Pandora works without using an example. First, pandora is free, and all you need is an email address (and I don’t think I’ve ever gotten an email from them). Pandora is part of the Music Genome Project, which takes the characteristics of a song, band, and genre, and compares them to other songs, bands, and genre. So for example. I made a “Radiohead station.” What Pandora did was it took its encoded musical characteristics for the band Radiohead and put them in a radio station. What is really innovative is that while the station is playing songs that are similar in style to Radiohead, it allows you to “thumbs up” or “thumbs down” a song. What this does is it changes the profile of the station to fit what type of music you like. So if the station plays a song you like, you thumbs it up and it will play more song like that song. If you thumbs down a song, it will never play that song again and take into account that you do not like songs of that type. It’s a really innovative and astounding system, and as I said before, an excellent way to discover new music. I would strongly suggest Pandora to anyone, especially music enthusiasts.

Anyway, it was on that very Radiohead station that a song by a band called Sigur Ros showed up. I fell in love with that song, and immediately started researching this band. Soon enough I made a Sigur Ros station on Pandora and was being exposed to many different post-rock bands (many of who, including Sigur Ros, are from Europe).

Here are some songs that I really like and that I think should give you a good idea of what post-rock really sounds like. Is this the next evolution in rock n’ roll? Who knows? But I really enjoy it, and I hope you do to.

“I Thought I’d Find You Here” by Always the Runner

“You’re Jumping Across Mountains” by Always the Runner

“Með Blóðnasir” by Sigur Ros

“Glósóli” by Sigur Ros

“Gong” by Sigur Ros

“Snow and Lights” by Explosions in the Sky

“First Breath After Coma” by Explosions in the Sky

“Your Hand in Mine” by Explosions in the Sky

“Micro Melodies” by The Album Leaf

“Music for a Nurse” by Oceansize

“7:25” by Mogwai

This is only a small selection of post-rock bands. If you like what you hear, I encourage you to search out more post-rock bands (possibly using Pandora).