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Women in Alternative Music

March is Women’s History Month!  Although they are largely unrepresented in alternative radio, there are many fantastic female artists in alternative music.  Here’s a list of some of my favorite female artists and female-fronted bands!

  1. Phoebe Bridgers

Ever since her debut album, Bridgers has taken over the Alt and Indie scene with her ghostly and nostalgic style of music that was only improved on by her breakthrough sophomore album. What makes Phoebe so enjoyable, for me at least, is that you can truly tell that she genuinely enjoys making music and is dedicated to making projects that she is proud of, which can be seen from her various supergroups she is a part of. Although her time on the scene is only beginning, her impact on it cannot be denied. Bridgers is an adamant feminist who has never let her gender define her, even responding to sexist remarks on Twitter after a mindblowing SNL performance that ended with a guitar smash. Personally, I cannot wait to see what Phoebe does next because, at this point, it could be anything.

  1. Paramore

Hailing from Kentucky and fronted by the legendary Hailey Williams, Paramore has been a staple in the pop-punk and alternative scene since 2004. Although standing out for being one of the only big pop-punk bands at the time fronted by a woman, they didn’t let this define them. Paramore has always been very adamant to let people know that they aren’t just a singer with some musicians, they are a band just like any other. Paramore is built on not letting gender dictate their image. The songs and lyrics are punchy and catchy but still full of so much emotion and passion for music. Although they haven’t released any music recently the members of the band have been hinting at releasing new music lately, with Hayley Williams tweeting “I am once again asking people to stop perpetuating the rumor that Paramore ever broke up”, so keep a lookout for that!

  1. Billie Eilish

Billie came onto the scene at the young age of 17.  She has a haunting yet strong and captivating way of singing that is totally unique to her… and that’s not the only thing that is unique about her! The young Eilish has created her image to reflect her and to direct attention to her music rather than her looks (which unfortunately happens to most female artists).  Despite her young age, she has shown us time and time again that she’s worthy of being in the alternative scene.

  1. Hazel English

Hazel English is not only a solo artist but also fronts a band of the same name.  Her music focuses on many of the anxieties that any 20-something has, which is a nice change of pace from the seemingly out-of-touch themes found in other genres (and even sometimes in alternative music).  Her music also contrasts the subject matter, which makes it perfect to either listen to causally or listen to it with intent.  She is captivating, raw, and honest in her music-making which, personally, I find refreshing.  

  1. Arlo Parks

Arlo Parks is a new artist to the scene but she hasn’t just slipped in.  Although she entered into the scene just as the pandemic hit, she has made quite the impression on the community.  Her music has become something of a comfort item for many people.  Parks has the unique ability to approach hard topics like prejudice, drug abuse, depression, and sexuality with a warmth that comforts the listener.  I, personally, cannot wait to see what she does after life returns to something closer to normal. 

  1. Soccer Mommy

Similar to Hazel English, Sophie Allison (better known by her stage name Soccer Mommy) takes an approach to her music that aims to tackle many of the anxieties and doubts that many people in their 20s have.  What started as a fun project after high school has evolved Allison into the distinguished and relatable artist that we see now.  She is a talented lyricist that tackles depression, loneliness, and feeling lost.  Despite her quiet start in the industry, Allison has worked and made a name for herself.

To hear a full hour of these and many other fantastic female artists tune into 95.7 The Spin on Wednesday, March 17th at 11 A.M. CST!

Article by Terra Elizabeth

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