The Loudest Chicks In Rock


In honor of the Jam of the Week with Savages Silence Yourself, I started compiling a rocking playlist of female-lead groups for tomorrow’s show. I came to the conclusion that some of these bands and band leaders really rock. Around TRR headquarters (my laptop), we (just me) dig some loud Rock. So I decided to get a little list going, as all of us music nerds love to do. Below are the top five (not ten, because I’m lazy) loudest females in Rock today. The only caveat is that it had to be either a female leader, all-female band, or a duo with one part female to make the list. Also these are current bands, not greatest of all time, so don’t be mad that Patti Smith isn’t on there. Or Michael Jackson (too soon?)

5. Karen O (Yeah Yeah Yeahs)

The most famous of the bunch has lead the successful Indie Rock band to critical and commercial success. Rightfully so, as her signature wail and wild stage performances have defined the trio over their last four albums, including the recently released Mosquito (name drop).

4. Wild Flag (All = Awesome)

The all-female supergroup has some members of past female bands like Sleater-Kenney, and kicks out the jams old school. That means bitchin’ guitars and rocking drums. Leader Carrie Brownstein is also the star of Portlandia, so you can laugh and say “I know her,” while her guitar makes your ears cry.

3. Savages (All = Awesome)

The newest of the troupe is an all-female band across the Atlantic that kick out some savagely loud tunes (yep, I went there). Not as rocking as the other rock bands, but dark and dissonant enough to make for a brutal sonic assault. Check out the new LP Silence Yourself. Us music nerds love it.

2. Marissa Paternoster (Screaming Females)

The screaming female herself has been leading the Punk and Hard Rock outfit to noisy glory. Most notable is her signature vocal style, but damn, that chick can really shred a guitar. I jammed to 2012’s Ugly more than almost anything else released that year because it kicked ass.

1. Alison Mosshart (The Kills, The Dead Weather)

I was always a big fan of The Kills with their quirky and unique Indie sound. Then came The Dead Weather with His Holiness Jack White on drums and Alison Mosshart on vocal duties. I heard the first LP and was blown away. Then I caught them live and witnessed one of the loudest shows of my life, and mind you I have seen Tom Petty in concert.

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  1. Alexis Krauss of Sleigh Bells?

    • That list was a toughie. Had her as #5, but after much debate, bumped her for Karen O of the Yeah Yeah Yeahs. Let the record show I’m a bigger fan of Sleigh Bells though.


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