As promised, here are six more awesome bands that aren’t-all-dudes for you to listen to this Women’s History Month – and hopefully catch live post-pandemic. Check out the first post if you haven’t already, and come back next week for some more awesome bands!
The Regrettes’ sophomore album How Do You Love? was one of my favorite releases in 2019. All the songs are so fun and it definitely has major California summer vibes. Plus, I love a good concept album. I got to see the band shortly after the album came out at a small sold-out show in Pittsburgh, and it was fantastic! The band’s accomplishments are especially impressive if you consider their age – Frontwoman Lydia Night was just 18 when How Do You Love? came out. The rest of the band isn’t that much older. Lydia was also recently featured on Lauran Hibberd’s song “How Am I Still Alive?”
What started out as Maggie Schneider’s solo project became the band glimmers. The quintet released their first EP Cluttered Heart back in October, and are already working on more tunes. They’ve dropped two new tracks so far this year, and have another called “Purple Tux” coming this Friday. Based on the tunes so far, I can tell this band is going places, and I can’t wait to hear what’s coming next.
If post-punk is your jam, check out Chicago’s Ganser. The band dropped their most recent album Just Look at the Sky last July. Though the band was already known in some regard, the new album really took off, gathering them press in Rolling Stone, Vice’s Noisey, and Paste. The band has done some live streams here and there, but here’s to hoping we get to catch these new songs live and in person soon enough.
For you pop punk fans out there, definitely check out Gold Steps! Vocalist Liz has an incredible voice and Gold Steps’ songs are all such bops. The band dropped a couple songs in 2019 to follow up 2018’s Incandescent, and recently shared on Facebook that they’re currently writing new tunes. More tunes means more shows (eventually), so here’s to hoping we’ll all be able to catch a Gold Steps show sometime in the not-so-distant future.
Mint Green from Boston is the perfect soundtrack for warmer weather. Frontwoman Ronnica has an amazing voice, and the way each track comes together is just too good. The band’s most recent release is 2018’s Headspace and from what I’ve seen on their Facebook, it seems like we may be getting more tunes soon 👀. The band has been so kind as to grace us with some livestreams over the past few months too, and they’ve got another one coming up on Friday at Music Mends.
The Music Mends benefit concert is raising money for LGBTQ+ Covid-19 relief. Tickets are just $10 and the event also features artists such as Bleached and Ezra Furman. It kicks off at 9m EST, but don’t worry if you can’t make it, you’ll have access to the event recording for a full year afterwards!
We’ve written about Just Friends a couple times already on here, but in case you’re not hip yet, here’s another reminder to check them out. Just Friends defies genre expectations, but is most often described as some variation of a “funk punk collective.” The Bay Area crew signed with Pure Noise Records in early 2019 to rerelease their album Nothing But Love. Since then, they played some pretty stacked tours around the US and worldwide. Vocalist Brianda absolutely kills it every time and her and Sam make Just Friends shows super fun every time! Brianda also just put out an awesome solo track called “Lead to Gold” back in January. She’s got some more killer covers on her YouTube channel as well from this past year that further show off her 🔥 vox.