You know how we feel about ladies with big...voices. And guitars, too. It's been far too long since we celebrated ladies who play it loud.
Clarence included Sleater-Kinney in his Gheorghemas finale, so they've been mentioned here recently. They should be mentioned more. Their long-awaited reunion has critics agog, though it would've even if didn't rock.
Ex Hex released Rips in October. It does. The D.C.-based band (bassist Betsey Wright still works at The Black Cat) is led by veteran punk Mary Timony, who's exactly my age. If slightly more edgy.
Indie types will know Courtney Barrett from her summer hit 'Avant Gardener', a slow-moving, but clever story of an anaphylactic episode (rock and rolllllllll). "Pedestrian at Best' starts with a grungy riff and stays there.
Finally, badass Annie Clark has another new track out (as a part of a forthcoming digital remix of her self-titled 2014 record, St. Vincent). We've lauded her before, but man, she's as good as anyone making music today.