WBEZ | Patricia Barber http://www.wbez.org/tags/patricia-barber Latest from WBEZ Chicago Public Radio en Female artists shaking up Chicago's music scene http://www.wbez.org/blogs/leah-pickett/2013-06/female-artists-shaking-chicagos-music-scene-107738 <p><p><img alt="" class="image-original_image" music="" queen="" src="http://www.wbez.org/system/files/styles/original_image/llo/insert-images/433343980_640.jpg" style="height: 302px; width: 600px; " sweet="" title="A still from Bone &amp; Bell's &quot;Sweet Queen Regina&quot; music video. (Vimeo/RooftopSessionsChicago)" video="" vimeo="" /></p><div class="image-insert-image ">Good news, Chicago music fans: the ladies are killing it.</div><div class="image-insert-image ">&nbsp;</div><p><a href="http://boxxmagazine.com" target="_blank">Boxx Magazine</a>, a new Chicago-based publication that aims to balance gender inequality in media and give female artists the coverage they deserve, has observed a significant upswing in women making music.</p><p>&quot;There is a definite increase in the number of female artists&mdash;I&#39;d say even more so in the more alternative, heavier or underground genres where there is an increase in female attendance at shows as well,&quot; said Jordan Young, publisher and co-founder of Boxx.</p><p>Many of the year&#39;s breakout stars have been women producing their own heart-stoppingly&nbsp;<a href="http://www.stereogum.com/1356872/stereogums-top-25-albums-of-2013-so-far/top-stories/lead-story/" target="_blank">transcendent work </a>(like&nbsp;<em>Silence Yourself,</em>&nbsp;the explosive debut from British punk rock band Savages), and the women of Chicago are no exception.</p><p>So, in no particular order, here are my top Chicago music acts with some serious girl power:</p><div class="image-insert-image "><img alt="" class="image-original_image" src="http://www.wbez.org/system/files/styles/original_image/llo/insert-images/girlgroupchicago.blogspot.com_.jpg" style="height: 333px; width: 500px; " title="Girl Group Chicago. (girlgroupchicago.blogspot.com)" /></div><p><strong>Girl Group Chicago</strong></p><p>Looking for a mix of&nbsp;1960s girl group, bubblegum, soul and garagey goodness?&nbsp;Led by founder and lead vocalist Shana East, <a href="https://www.facebook.com/girlgroupchicago" target="_blank">Girl Group</a> consists of 20 talented women from different local projects (Bare Mutants, Mucca Pazza and Hollows to name a few) who have combined their love of &#39;60s girl groups like The Shangri-Las and their passion for fashion into an electrifying stage experience. Their &quot;wall of sound&quot; includes a five-piece horn section, a trio of strings and lush backup vocals to supplement those perfectly retro A-line dresses and riot grrrl rock band guitars.&nbsp;</p><p><em>What&#39;s next?</em>&nbsp;Opening for Neko Case, Young the Giant and Mavis Staples at the <a href="http://www.hideoutchicago.com/event/272643-hideout-block-party-v-fest-chicago/" target="_blank">Hideout Block Party &amp; AV Fest</a>&nbsp;Sept. 6-7.</p><p>&nbsp;</p><div class="image-insert-image "><img alt="" class="image-original_image" src="http://www.wbez.org/system/files/styles/original_image/llo/insert-images/glaslux.net_.jpg" style="height: 404px; width: 500px; " title="Glass Lux. (GlassLux.net)" /></div><p><strong>Emily Morse (of Glass Lux)</strong></p><p>As one half of the Euro-pop duo <a href="http://www.glasslux.net" target="_blank">Glass Lux</a>&nbsp;(her partner is local producer/DJ Alfanso Mayen), Morse sings with a voice that haunts, soothes and excites in equal measure. Over Mayen&#39;s synth beats and pulsing electronica, she fits the &quot;Itala disco&quot; bill to a tee: beautiful, mysterious and endlessly unique.&nbsp;</p><p><em>What&#39;s next?&nbsp;</em>A roller-rink <a href="https://www.facebook.com/Glasslux" target="_blank">music video</a> for the song &quot;Disco Light.&quot;</p><p>&nbsp;</p><div class="image-insert-image "><img alt="" class="image-original_image" src="http://www.wbez.org/system/files/styles/original_image/llo/insert-images/angelolsen.com_.jpg" style="height: 281px; width: 500px; " title="Angel Olsen. (AngelOlsen.com)" /></div><p><strong>Angel Olsen</strong></p><p>Olsen is a gifted <a href="http://angelolsen.com" target="_blank">psych folk songstress</a>&nbsp;who has been on the scene for a while, garnering heaps of critical praise for her second album (<em>Half Way Home</em>, released in September 2012) and signing with major indie label JagJaguwar. Still, the Chicago-based singer/songwriter hasn&#39;t forgotten her roots.&nbsp;</p><p><em>What&#39;s next?&nbsp;</em>Performing at the <a href="http://pitchforkmusicfestival.com" target="_blank">Pitchfork Music Festival</a>&nbsp;in Union Park&nbsp;on July 19.&nbsp;</p><div class="image-insert-image "><img alt="" class="image-original_image" src="http://www.wbez.org/system/files/styles/original_image/llo/insert-images/officialtink.com_.jpg" style="width: 500px; " title="Tink. (OfficialTink.com)" /></div><p><strong>Tink</strong></p><p>Chicago has catapulted several male rappers into the national spotlight (Kanye, Lupe, Common, etc.) and now it&#39;s the women&#39;s turn to shine. One of the most impressive female rappers to emerge this year is <a href="http://www.officialtink.com" target="_blank">Tink</a>, an 18-year-old powerhouse from Calumet City who is taking her R&amp;B mixtape songs and bubbly personality all the way to superstardom.&nbsp;</p><p><em>What&#39;s next?</em>&nbsp;A show in <a href="http://www.goglobalconcerts.com" target="_blank">Budapest, Hungary</a> (with Kid Ink and Mikkey Halsted) on July 25.&nbsp;</p><div class="image-insert-image "><img alt="" class="image-original_image" src="http://www.wbez.org/system/files/styles/original_image/llo/insert-images/mygoldmask.com_.jpg" style="height: 496px; width: 500px; " title="My Gold Mask. (MyGoldMask.com)" /></div><p><strong>Gretta Rochelle (of My Gold Mask)</strong></p><p>As the female vocalist and drummer of goth-pop outfit&nbsp;<a href="http://www.mygoldmask.com" target="_blank">My Gold Mask</a> (Jack Armando provides male vocals and guitar, while James Andrew backs them up with electronic drums and keyboard), Rochelle is a lightning rod of art-nouveau magic. Her voice is spooky and versatile, and her ever-hypnotic onstage presence never fails to elevate Gold Mask&#39;s futuristic-gypsy &quot;music in the dark&quot; to new heights.&nbsp;</p><p><em>What&#39;s next: </em>The&nbsp;<a href="http://majesticdetroit.com/magic-stick-detroit/" target="_blank">Magic Stick Lounge</a> in Detroit on July 20 and the Hideout on June 21.</p><div class="image-insert-image "><img alt="" class="image-original_image" src="http://www.wbez.org/system/files/styles/original_image/llo/insert-images/manicstatic.blogspot.com_.jpg" style="height: 500px; width: 500px; " title="The Funs. (manicstatic.blogspot.com)" /></div><p><strong>Jessee Rose Crane (of The Funs)</strong></p><p>For a rambunctious yet expertly-controlled party of fuzzy punk and trash-pop, <a href="http://manicstatic.blogspot.com" target="_blank">The Funs</a> may be the band to beat. Crane is the perfect complement to partner Philip Jerome Plesicko; in fact, they switch roles on guitar and drums so effortlessly that they could the same person. That&#39;s what is so mesmerizing about Crane: her gender doesn&#39;t define her music or her onstage persona. She just rocks.</p><p><i>What&#39;s next:&nbsp;</i>A&nbsp;<a href="https://www.facebook.com/pages/The-Funs/177221262302777" target="_blank">summer tour</a>&nbsp;and a show at the Empty Bottle on July 17.&nbsp;</p><p><strong>Other awesome Chicago ladies worth a listen</strong>: <a href="https://www.facebook.com/BoneandBell" target="_blank">Heather Smith</a> of Bone &amp; Bell,&nbsp;<a href="https://www.facebook.com/PandaRiotBand?fref=ts" target="_blank">Rebecca Scott</a> of Panda Riot,&nbsp;LStreetz, <a href="https://www.facebook.com/blizzardbabies" target="_blank">Blizzard Babies</a>, <a href="https://www.facebook.com/jennhallmusic" target="_blank">Jennifer Hall,</a> <a href="https://www.facebook.com/videotapenoise?fref=ts" target="_blank">Sophie Leigh</a> of Videotape, <a href="https://www.facebook.com/summergirlfriends?fref=ts" target="_blank">Summer Girlfriends</a>, and of course, the legendary <a href="http://www.patriciabarber.com/gigs/" target="_blank">Patricia Barber</a>.</p><p>Who else would you add to this list? Chicago is bursting at the seams with female music talent, and I want to hear them! Sound off in the comments below.</p><p><em>Leah Pickett writes about popular culture for WBEZ. Follow her on <a href="https://www.facebook.com/leahkristinepickett" target="_blank">Facebook</a>, <a href="https://twitter.com/leahkpickett" target="_blank">Twitter</a> or <a href="http://hermionehall.tumblr.com" target="_blank">Tumblr</a>.</em></p></p> Tue, 18 Jun 2013 11:00:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/blogs/leah-pickett/2013-06/female-artists-shaking-chicagos-music-scene-107738