To say that we like it when girls play in bands might be the understatement of the century—but let’s go ahead and banish the phrase “girl band” from the collective lexicon. When female rockers are putting out some of the best (and loudest) music around, there’s really no point in drawing distinctions.
Case in point: Sleigh Bells (top left) and Haim (bottom right), who co-headlined an epic concert in Brooklyn Bridge Park the other night on behalf of Levi’s. Keep reading to hear handpicked tracks from two of our current favorite bands (female-fronted or otherwise).
Thank you, Spin magazine, for never failing to broach every musical topic from multiple angles. In addition to their ’50 Best Things We Saw at Lollapalooza’ list (which, perhaps inevitably, is a mix of cringe-inducing crowd behavior, as well as killer performances), the seminal music magazine captured impromptu portraits of up-and-coming acts (above), and posted the full performance by Queens of the Stone Age, who, even without Dave Grohl on drums, are sauntering closer to rock-royalty status with each new record. Seeing that led us to stumble upon full performances by Phoenix. And Vampire Weekend. (There’s a video of Nine Inch Nails’ headlining set too, but it contains bad words. Click here if you’re into it.)