Tuesday, January 5, 2010

Uh Huh Her

There are few women I admire more than ones with a mic and a guitar. Music is one of life's most powerful forms of expression, and being the stereotypical bumper-sticker-toting feminist that I am, I'm naturally a fan of badass chicks with something unique to say. The following are just some of my favorites.

1. St Vincent

A former member of the Polyphonic Spree and Sufjan Steven's touring band, Annie Erin Clark or "St Vincent," has a vocal styling like none other. To call her melodies haunting would be a drastic understatement. Few women can rock with such careful wit. Listening to Vincent's ethereal, well-crafted folk experimentations conjurs up curious images of Alice In Wonderland, and following that analogy, Clark herself would most righteously be the Cheshire Cat.
Must download:
-Actor out of Work (This video is a must watch, as the visual is just as intriguing, if not more, than the music itself)
-The Strangers
-Laughing With A Mouth of Blood

2. PJ Harvey

Take St. Vincent, give her a few cigarettes, maybe a half bottle of Jack, and a problematic ex-boyfriend and you probably get Ms. Harvey. Don't get it twisted, PJ's been in the game way longer than most of her other female contemporaries, and is a lot more explicit. Though repeatedly denying her lyrics are autobiographical, Harvey sings with such raw believability that I'd like to think she's as outspoken and fractured as she is on her albums. Plus her mean muggin' alone on "Uh Huh Her" makes me immediately think yeah who is this bitch? lets kick some ass PJ.
Must download:
-One Line

3. Metric

Who would I be if I didn't include a saucy blonde spitfire on this list? The perfect woman for the job: Emily Haines, Canadian import and top notch badass bitty. Easily leading fans to believe she must possess a doe-eyed innocence because of her petite frame and movie-star cheekbones, Haines actually spins some highly addicting, well-condensed jams. Metric is the kind of band that does a fantastic job making a cohesive sound but unique individual tracks. If you heard a Metric track anywhere you'd know it was Metric, (mostly because of Haines impeccable, honeyed voice), but of their many songs, no two leave you with the same impression.
Must download:
-Sick Muse
-Too Little Too Late
-White Gold
-Help I'm Alive

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