Know Your Hipster Gendered Band Names!
Whether I'm checking out music blogs, browsing upcoming concerts in my local alt weekly, or trying to download songs illegally, I can't help but notice some of the names that indie rock acts (read: hipster bands) are coming up with these days, bands named Women, or Girls, which turn out to be more like dudes and bros. It's like having a lady-indicative word in your band name is the new having an animal-indicative word in your band name! Well, almost. I've compiled a short list of current, contemporary bands that err on the side of both misleading and not-so-misleading gendered band names to help you navigate the tides of new and upcoming music. (FYI, Queen = all dudes too)
Number of members: 4
Number of women: 0
Combining both melodic and ambient tunes into post-punk slow jams, Women is making a name for themselves on pretentious music blogs all over the country! You can catch them at thePitchfork Music Festival this weekend in Chicago's Union Park!
Dum Dum Girls
Number of members: One with back up band
Number of girls: One, or as one asshole from Pitchfork put it, "[One] woman, in the parlance of our times (female-American, if you're not into the whole brevity thing)"
Just recently signed to Sub Pop, Dee Dee makes staticky garage pop and pulls it off with crazy long arm tassels (and a back up band including members of Crystal Stilts and Blank Dogs):
Sons and Daughters
Number of members: 4
Number of Sons: 2
Number of Daughters: 2
Into Scottish pop rock but need something with a little more attitude than Belle and Sebastian or Camera Obscura? This foursome's for you, and as far as appropriately describing the sex make-up of your band in your band name, they're pretty good at it.
Number of members: 2
Number of girls: 0
I've only heard a few tracks from these two, but so far I'm into their lo fi surf rock ballads. "Solitude" sounds a little like Bright Eyes on the beach and I like the campy vocals and lyrics to "Lust for life" ("I wish I had a boyfriend, I wish i had a loving man in my life," "I wish I had a pizza and a bottle of wine"). No album yet, but they are on tour!
Number of members: 3 with some occasional help
Number of men: not for me to say!
Le Tigre members JD Samson and Johanna Fateman started this side project that's self-described as a "band and art/performance collective that focuses on the energy of live performance and radical potential of dance music. MEN speaks to issues such as wartime economies, sexual compromise, and demanding liberties through lyrical content and an exciting stage show." Umm....sold! Now on tour, Samson has picked up Michael O'Neill, Ginger Brooks Takahashi and Emily Roysdon as bandmates with Fateman and stepping in here and there to help. Better check out their tour dates right now!
Number of members:1
Number of Kid Sisters: unknown
Chicagoland native Melissa Young picked up the moniker Kid Sister (her own kid brother is in Flosstradamus) in 2006 and started making bubblegum hip-hop songs about dancing and being fresh, and her single "Pro Nails" (below) was remixed by Kanye West. About to drop a new album soon, listen for a single called "Right Hand Hi!".
All Girl Summer Fun Band
Number of Members: 3
Number of Girls: 3 (you could say it's "all girl")
Originally a foursome, the AGSFB began as a collaboration between Jen Sbragia and Kim Baxter. Regrouping intermittently since 1998, the now-trio (including Kathy Foster of the Thermals!) is still making the same super fun, power-chord driven pop music that's awesomely addictive and as timeless as sprinklers and first loves. Their third full-length album came out last September, but it's summer all year long with AGSFB!
Number of members: four
Number of (girls): one
Fans of synth, horns, and Decemeberists-flavored pop will like this foursome whose violinist Rachael Jensen appears to be the only girl in this outfit but . Their Daytrotter recordings from this past April are a must too!
Number of members: 2
Number of boys: 2
What can I say? Their single "In the Morning" has been played straight on my iTunes for at least two hours. If you're into shaking your butt but not getting too sweaty, check out the dreamy electro pop from these two! They're also headlining Chicago's Wicker Park Fest which is at the end of the month!
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