I know this. You know this. But why did I find myself discovering and listening to so many female musicians and woman-led bands in March? Did it have anything to do with it being Women’s History Month?
No. It’s because women put out the best and most noticeable music recently. They also tend to make better album covers than the boys, I’ve noticed.
And despite the fact that many have been putting out music for years, most of them are new to me. Bonus.
I’ll warn you, this list is not short and careens wildly between genres and vibes. In no particular order, with occasional commentary.
Thrush Metal by Stella Donnelly
The song “Boys Will Be Boys” is just wow.
Fine But Dying by Liza Anne
Nudes by Lucius
Acoustic and stripped down. Beautiful.
Historian by Lucy Dacus
Lucy is from Richmond, Virginia. So am I. That’s cool to me. YMMV.
Resolve by Poppy Ackroyd
Instrumental neo-classical ambient drama.
Quit the Curse by Anna Burch
Someone Out There by Rae Morris
The closest thing to pop on this list. That’s a good thing.
Blood by Rhye
Just kidding. That’s a dude singing. But close enough, and what a great album.
Mutual Horse by Holly Miranda
Expectations by Wild Child
Just try not to dance when that first song kicks in. And the title track is 🔥.
Don’t Talk About it by Ruby Boots
Giving Holly Miranda a run for the best name on this list.
Her by Totally Mild
This sounds… deep. It’s the one I’ve probably listened to the most, for some reason.
Live from Europe by Melody Gardot
In a Poem Unlimited by U.S. Girls
Get on the bandwagon.
Superorganism by Superorganism
Listening to Superoganism is listening to the future.
Ventriloquism by Meshell Ndegeocello
Covers. Some sad. Some funky. All just right.
Twentytwo In Blue by Sunflower Bean
May Your Kindness Remain by Courtney Marie Andrews
The new folk-country hotness. Be kind.
Loner by Caroline Rose
Could win best album cover of the lot.
No Fool Like an Old Fool by Caroline Says