Boxx Magazine, a Chicago-based publication, has observed a big boost in women in Chicago’s music scene.
“There is a definite increase in the number of female artists—I’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,” said Jordan Young, publisher and co-founder of Boxx.
Here’s a list of ladies to watch…
Girl Group Chicago
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Find a mix of 1960s girl group, bubblegum, soul and garagey goodness? Check out Girl Group – 20 talented women from different local projects (Bare Mutants, Mucca Pazza and Hollows to name a few). Led by Shana East, they have combined their love of ’60s girl groups like The Shangri-Las and their passion for fashion into an astounding stage experience. Their band includes a five-piece horn section, a trio of strings and awesome backup vocals to go with retro A-line dresses.
Emily Morse (of Glass Lux)
As one half of the Euro-pop duo Glass Lux (her partner is local producer & DJ Alfanso Mayen), Emily sings with a haunting, soothing and exciting voice. Over Mayen’s synth beats and pulsing electronica, she’s “beautiful, mysterious and endlessly unique.”
Olsen has been on the scene for a while, gathering lots of praise for her second album (Half Way Home, released in September 2012) and signing with major indie label JagJaguwar. Still, the Chicago-based singer/songwriter hasn’t forgotten her roots.
One of the most impressive female rappers to emerge this year is Tink, an 18-year-old budding star from Calumet City who is taking her R&B stylings and perky personality all the way to fame and fortune.
Gretta Rochelle (of My Gold Mask)
Female vocalist and drummer of goth-pop group My Gold Mask , Rochelle is a bundle of art-nouveau magic. With a spooky and versatile voice, and hypnotic onstage performance she brings “music in the dark” to new heights.
Jessee Rose Crane (of The Funs)
Crane rocks a wild but well-controlled mix of fuzz-punk and trash-pop. She is the perfect partner to Philip Jerome Plesicko – they even switch roles between guitar and drums effortlessly.
More Chicago ladies worth a listen: Heather Smith of Bone & Bell, Rebecca Scott of Panda Riot, LStreetz, Blizzard Babies, Jennifer Hall, Sophie Leigh of Videotape, Summer Girlfriends, and of course, the legendary Patricia Barber.