Women rock, both literally and figuratively. Yet, so often, female musicians are overlooked by their male counterparts. But not here. Below, find Ellenwood-EP’s 25 best female/female fronted indie rockers that you should be listening to right now (in no particular order):

Mitski – “First Love/Late Spring”

Mitski has some of the smartest lyrics written in years. With music that seems to be delicate, until it breaks out into a raw scream, her latest album “Bury Me At Makeout Creek” is proof that you can talk about heartbreak without sounding like a broken record. Check out Tour Dates >>

London Grammar – “Wasting My Young Years”

London Grammar is immediately known, among other things, for lead singer Hannah Reid’s silky smooth voice. What’s more, her buttery ballads translate just as well live as they do through your headphones, which is no easy feat. Check out Tour Dates >>


Eskimeaux – “Broken Necks”

It’s been said before, but Eskimeaux sounds the way happy tears feel, and if that’s not one of the best, most cathartic feelings in the whole wide world, then who knows what is. Check out Tour Dates >>


Pity Sex – “Dogwalk”

A little bit pop-punk, a little bit shoegaze, Pity Sex isn’t exclusively female fronted, but their sentimental lyrics are feminine in all the good senses of the word, and the play of male and female voices compliments each other and lifts both of them up while still being able to stand on their own. Check out Tour Dates >>


Girlpool – “Jane”

Girlpool shines in their simplicity. A duo of only guitar and bass, their lyrics are front and center, and are almost haunting in their effortlessness and poignancy. These lyrics are sung in unison by the two, which makes them all the more powerful. Check out Tour Dates >>


Diet Cig – “Harvard”

So often, women are chastised for being meek, and this is something Diet Cig is most certainly not. Front woman Alex Luciano is unapologetically loud, and it is absurdly refreshing – a point she mentions in their song “Harvard.” Check out Tour Dates >>


Sylvan Esso – “Coffee”

Sylvan Esso is one of those bands that you just have to see live. Their unique beats make you want to groove, and front woman Amelia Meath certainly does not disappoint with her enthusiasm and quirky dance moves. Check out Tour Dates >>


Amanda Palmer – “The Killing Type”

Perhaps one of the more established musicians on this list, Amanda Palmer’s cabaret-punk, crowd-funded style of music has not been without its controversy. That being said, her lyrics are heartfelt, her piano playing ferocious, and her ability to form a community with her fans simply unmatched. Check out Tour Dates >>


Bully – “Trying”

A classic blend of upbeat rock and grunge influences, Alicia Bognanno’s songs are soft and easy, until suddenly they’re not, and you’re reminded that girls can rock just as hard as the boys.
Frankie Cosmos – “Buses Splash With Rain”

What’s great about Frankie Cosmos, like Girlpool, is her simplicity and sincereness. She doesn’t think about it too much, and she doesn’t try to be pretentious – if she’s sad about her dog, that’s what she writes about, and it’s not steeped in three levels of metaphor. Check out her bandcamp, and you’ll frequently find quiet, vulnerable snippets of her soul in the form of minute-long songs. Check out Tour Dates >>


Beach House – “Space Song”

Don’t let the name fool you – Beach House’s languid, melancholy electronic indie pop may not be as upbeat as expected, but front woman Victoria Legrand’s deep, luscious voice will envelop you in the musical equivalent of a warm hug. Check out Tour Dates >>


Purity Ring – “Fineshrine”

Like Sylvan Esso, Purity Ring’s live shows take their music to a whole new level. Their intricate lighting adds a dynamism to the already subtly complexity of their music. Check out Tour Dates >>


Little Jeans – “The Suburbs”

The synth-pop, sticky goodness of Mr. Little Jeans first got picked up thanks to her sensual covers of songs from the likes of Arcade Fire and Beyonce. Make no mistake, though, this Norwegian darling is perfectly capable of standing on her own. Fun fact: her name comes from a bit character in Wes Anderson’s Rushmore. Check out Tour Dates >>


Alvvays – “Archie, Marry Me”

Alvvays is part sweet optimism, part teenage angst. Their brand of fuzzy, jangly, catchy pop is the perfect pick-me-up on a day when you’re not feeling your greatest. Check out Tour Dates >>


Daughter – “Youth”

Daughter’s hushed melodies and moody folk, accompanied by delicate electronics, is the perfect sound for those moments when you either want to lie on your bedroom floor crying, or pretend like you’re in a movie montage. Check out Tour Dates >>


Courtney Barnett – “Pedestrian at Best”

The Aussies says it best herself. Her bandcamp description says her songs are “wild and wooly and wordy, her lyrics plainspoken and delivered like she’s making them up on the spot.” Despite the effort that undoubtedly goes into making her music, there is indeed an effortlessness to them that is untouchable. Check out Tour Dates >>

Dirty Projectors – “Stillness is the Move”

Another relatively well-known, and not exclusively female fronted, indie band, The Dirty Projectors are hard to categorize. One thing is for sure, though – they are complex; there’s strings, there’s electronic grooves, there’s harmonies. Whatever you may want, they have it. Plus, Amber Coffman is set to release a solo album sometime in the near future, so we’re keeping our fingers crossed that that happens soon. Check out Tour Dates >>


Waxahatchee – “La Loose”

Waxahatchee sneaks up on you. From the beginning, there’s no doubt they’re good. But give them a listen or two, and suddenly you’ll find your soul ripped open and tears in your eyes from their subtle, powerful beauty. Check out Tour Dates >>

Gnome – “House of Circles”

If you’re into searing, guitar-driven theatrics, then Mr. Gnome is your best bet. The married duo has been in action since 2005, so there’s plenty to dive into. Check out Tour Dates >>

Ani Difranco – “Both Hands”

A folk-sounding singer with a DIY mentality, Ani Difranco is relatable to every woman out there. Tackling issues like rape and sexism, her songs are personal, vulnerable, and all released through her own record label, Righteous Babe. If you’re a fan of Fiona Apple or Tori Amos, this one’s for you. Check out Tour Dates >>


Cocorosie – “Un Beso”

Comprised of two sisters, Sierra and Bianca Casady, Cocorosie’s eclectic blend of folk and lo-fi is reminiscent of Joanna Newsom – harp, versatile voice and all. Their lyrics are pure poetry, and their musical accompaniments are a uniquely complex backdrop. Both manage to stand out individually, without competing for attention. Check out Tour Dates >>

Laura Marling – “Ghosts”

Cat Power may not be dead, but she’s already been reincarnated in 24-year old Laura Marling. Arriving on the scene at the sweet age of 16, Marling’s soft, soulful songs make her wise beyond her years. Check out Tour Dates >>


Phox – “Slow Motion”

Monica Martin, whose voice is basically satin, fronts this midwestern sextet. Their debut self-titled album is filled with sugary, upbeat, folk-inspired tunes that, by their own definition, “straddles Feist and Monty Python”; not a wholly inaccurate description. Check out Tour Dates >>


Body Language – “Really Love”

Amidst a sea of indie rockers comes Body Language, a group that is all about getting you up and dancing. Featuring vocals by Angelica Bess, the Brooklyn-based group has worked with the likes of Passion Pit and Theophilus London, and their sound is as much soul/r&b inspired as it is electronically inspired. Check out Tour Dates >>


Shannon and the Clams – “Ozma”

Part doo-wop, part ‘50s rock and roll, part California surf, Shannon and the Clams has a sound that somehow manages to drip in nostalgia while staying indisputably fresh. Despite being steeped in very distinct influences, you’d be hard pressed to find another group out there right now that sounds like this trio. Check out Tour Dates >>