Let's start by saying this: Calling a year "good for women in music" is fairly ridiculous. What that phrase translates to is usually more like "I can name three lady songs from this year!" or "Beyoncé made an album this year!"
After five days, 40 bands, and a combined 20 hours of sleep over the course of the week, we made it to the end of SXSW Music in Austin. Sprained toes and sleep deprivation be damned, we saw more bands that we want you to know about on our last day of coverage than any day prior. Read below the jump for the Final Eight (it helps to think in capitals) highlights from SXSW 2013!
Can'tstoplisteningtoDessa! The only woman in the highly acclaimed underground hip hop collective, Doomtree, Dessa brings a literary beauty to hypnotic rhythms that left me (re)examining the super old and super problematic feminist consensus that hip hop, even what comes from woman artists, is too caught up with rampant sexism to see outside that bubble. Conscious hip hop, thy name is woman!