Alana Haim once told an interviewer that, “Growing up, there were a lot of girl artists like the Spice Girls, Aaliyah and Destiny’s Child. But none of them really played instruments and I would always look up to Stevie Nicks and Blondie -- they are dope female musicians.” Today, there’s tons of kick-ass groups for girls to look up to. 

New music is constantly coming out and woman-fronted bands have been putting out the best of the best. Here are some bands, in no particular order, that deserve a permanent spot in your library:


Via Don Giovanni Records on YouTube

1. Screaming Females

Lead by: Marissa Paternoster

Latest Release: Rose Mountain

Via VARSITY on YouTube


Lead by: Stephanie Smith

Latest Release: Cult of Personality / So Sad, So Sad

Via FatherDaughterRecs on YouTube 

3. Diet Cig

Lead by: Alex Luciano

Latest Release: Sleep Talk / Dinner Date

Via MilkRecordsMelbourne on YouTube

4. Courtney Barnett

Lead by: Courtney Barnett

Latest Release: Sometimes I Sit And Think, And Sometimes I Just Sit 

Via Saddle Creek on YouTube

5. Hop Along

Lead by: Frances Quinlan

Latest Release: Painted Shut 

Via Stereogum on YouTube

6. Tennis

Lead by: Alaina Moore

Latest Release: Small Sound

Via WichitaRecordings on YouTube

7. Waxahatchee

Lead by: Katie Crutchfield 

Latest Release: Ivy Tripp

Via BRGRTV on YouTube

8. Cherry Glazerr

Lead by: Clementine Creevy

Latest Release: Haxel Princess

Via Hand Drawn Dracula on YouTube

9. Vallens

Lead by: Robyn Phillips

Latest Release: Dark Tunnel

Via CarparkRecords on YouTube

10. Speedy Ortiz

Lead by: Sadie Dupuis

Latest Release: Foil Deer

Via TORRESVEVO on YouTube 

11. Torres

Lead by: Mackenzie Scott

Latest Release: Sprinter



Via SlumberlandRecords on YouTube

12. Joanna Gruesome

Lead by: Roxy Brennan and Kate Stonestreet

Latest Release: Peanut Butter 

Via LionBabeVEVO on YouTube


Lead By: Jillian Hervey

Latest Release: LION BABE

Via WichitaRecordings on YouTube

14. Girlpool

Lead by: Harmony Tividad and Cleo Tucker

Latest Release: Before The World Was Big

Via Domino Recording Co. on YouTube 

15. White Lung

Lead by: Mish Way

Latest Release: Deep Fantasy

Via HardlyArtRecords on YouTube

16. Chastity Belt

Lead by: Julia Shapiro

Latest Release: Time To Go Home


17. Savages

Lead by: Jehnny Beth

Latest Release: Silence Yourself

Via HardlyArtRecords on YouTube

18. Tacocat

Lead by: Emily Nokes

Latest Release: NVM 

Via BullyVEVO on YouTube

19. Bully

Lead by: Alicia Bognanno

Latest Release: Feels Like

 Via HardlyArtRecords on YouTube

20. Shannon and the Clams

Lead by: Shannon Shaw

Latest Release: Gone By The Dawn  

Via Adi Putra on YouTube

21. Perfect Pussy

Lead by: Meredith Graves

Latest Release: Say Yes To Love

Header image via SXSW

This post was published September 8, 2015


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Katie is a writer from and based in NYC. She enjoys discovering new bands to listen to, reading, and Googling "baby animals in party hats."