International Women-fronted Band Day
Okay, so I just made that up. But it’s believable. There are some weird-ass holidays out there. If there were a day of said name though, here’s what I’d post:
Some women can wail! I don’t want to separate them from the regular music scene, because to do so kind of seems like it’s taking away from them. But, sometimes I’m saddened that there aren’t more bands fronted by women. Then I come across a rash of them that I really like and go on a buying spree. In the past I’ve really gotten in to the Yeah Yeah Yeahs, Sia, or even Tia Carrere.
Recently I have been hearing a lot of Regina Spektor on KEXP and the various music blogs I frequent. I really like her voice. Her sound is very gentle on some songs, but if required she really reaches back and delivers. I like the dichotomy of her folksy voice on Fidelity (with fantastic lyrics, by the way) and her belting it out on On The Radio. I recommend loading up the music player on her site and kickin’ back.
I also like hearing stuff by Lily Allen recently. She’s a little more feisty from Regina. Her music is a bit more traditional pop from the UK. She sings about more down-to-earth everyday stuff, but sometimes with a bit of an attitude. I like Smile a lot, although LDN seems to be more popular with the kids.
Rounding out a trio of female artists (no, not that Trio) I want to draw attention to Leela James. Sometimes you just want to hear some good R&B, ya know? Other than loading up the Comcast classic R&B channel I don’t have a lot of options. I wasn’t around and purchasing music at the time. But Leela really does the genre justice. She only has one album out yet, but I expect more from her. I think I’m also drawn to her because of my soft spot for cover songs. She covers Gwen Stefani’s Don’t Speak, and really makes it sound good.