There has been no shortage of bright new female artists in the last five years from across the musical spectrum, from the aerobatic R&B of Janelle Monae to the post-punk assault of Savages, women have dominated in this new millennium musical frontier. Singer/guitarist extraordinaire Anna Calvi, who has been championed by legendary producer/musician Brian Eno, is the latest in a long line of autonomous artists hailing from the motherland creating her own concoction of gloomy goth, smoky blues, sizzling flamenco, all topped off with Calvi’s angelic yet treacherous voice. On her second album, One Breath, Calvi takes that step that you hope every artist promising artist to take on their second effort: a more confident and challenging creation for the listener.
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Bat for Lashes
The Haunted Man
Halloween is gone, but the Haunting remains. Well…at least The Haunted Man.
Natasha Khan, also known as British songstress Bat for Lashes, has a name better fit for a Bond Girl then a singer/songwriter, but the Pakistani-born songwriter’s music does have the allure and intrigue that comes with a Bond film. This past Tuesday, Bat for Lashes released her third album in The Haunted Man, with an album very much like its cover: odd, bold, revealing, and frankly naked (or at least more so than her last two ornate efforts).
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There is nothing that turns me on more than a hot female musician, and in turn, there is nothing better than writing an entire article dedicated to these women of music. This list is partially in honor to the brilliant new efforts put forth by Fiona Apple, as well as inspiration from recently seeing acts such as Feist and St. Vincent, and topped off by the new Cat Power track that served as an announcement for her forthcoming album that will be released later in the year. This was one of our toughest lists we have compiled yet, and we all felt very strongly about the artists chosen. Unfortunately acts like St. Vincent, and Karen O were not able to be taken into consideration due to the fact that a majority of there compositions are collaborative efforts. Nonetheless, we feel very strongly that the ladies listed below are worthy of the praise they have received, and in some cases, worthy of more.
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For my first write-up for our LxListening features, I was trying to think of an overarching theme for much of the music I have listened to as of lately. Then, bouncing through my recent played albums, that I had been listening almost exclusively to female lead bands, both old and new. Being a blog run by three dudes, we thought it would be good to pump some feminine flavor into the blog once and a while. So here you are.
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