34 Stylish Music Girls You Don't Know…Yet
Discovering the next big music star is no simple task. It involves countless hours spent watching YouTube videos, daily stalking sessions of the best music blogs and, of course, trekking out to shows more often than you can afford. Being a music snob is a full time hobby-turned-job. But for all of you music enthusiasts out there not quite willing to do the work, we rounded up the 34 best (and most stylish, of course) new musicians worthy of a spot in your iTunes.
Click through the slideshow to check out our picks.
Sound: On her debut album Crazy Is, Haas’s jazzy vocals play off heavy, soulful piano, ripping guitar solos, ambient synthesizers, bluesy pedal steel, funky horns and captivating strings, resulting in a symphony of sounds.
Style: Fiery red hair is Haas's signature and works perfectly with her sassy vintage look and Victorian-meets-roaring twenties style.
Sound: The female duo’s new album Sunshine is full of unconventional melodies. Both contributing to vocals, lyrics and instrumentation, the ladies of Talk Normal provide a mix of drone-y riffs and purposeful beats.
Style: Post-punk grit and '90s grunge come together to form Sarah and Andrya’s Brooklyn-infused style.
Sound: Combining elements of swinging roots rock, jazz, country and blues with Ford’s retro vocals, the Portland quartet seamlessly combines modern and vintage.
Style: Vintage and retro, yet grungy and unassuming, Ford’s style is as quirky and eclectic as her music.
Sound: Full of moody melodies and haunting lyrics with allusions to life and death, sex and war, Hoop’s The House That Jack Built sounds like a modern siren song.
Style: Full of drama and edge, Hoop’s wardrobe could have been taken from the costume closet of a Tim Burton movie. (And we mean that in the best possible way.)
Sound: Fronted by singer Laura Burhenn, The Mynabirds offer dramatic, dusky vocals and garage rock sounds. Their album Generals is full of stomps and claps,orchestration and moments of everything from intense personal pleas to shout-out-loud protests.
Style: Burhenn’s flower child style on and off the stage is Indie music festival ready. Think butterfly sleeves, oversized floppy hats and denim vests.
Sound: Incorporating a sun-kissed, dream pop and rock 'n' roll energy, Seapony’s new EP Falling sounds like an idyllic summer.
Style: Singer Jen’s rockabilly bangs and printed sundresses evoke the same sunny disposition as the band’s music.
Sound: Drawing from a childhood in the Colorado foothills, Sera Cahoone’s singer-songwriter style balances heartfelt sentiments and Americana blues.
Style: Cahoone’s woodsy, All-American style is irresistible and wearable: plaid flannel, worn-in denim and cozy wool sweaters will always have a place in our hearts.
Sound: Sultry, smoky and soulful vocals from Marchelle Brandini and songs that explore the myth of the Old West and heartache make for an all-original junkyard country meets southern gothic soul sound.
Style: You’d think West Coast cool and Southern country charm would clash, but somehow Marchelle Brandini makes it work with denim vests, horseshoe jewelry and leather belts.
Sound: This Los Angeles-based duo’s unique “New Orientalism” sound blends of pop melodies, dark '90s industrial influences and far eastern elements.
Style: In a mix of trendy silhouettes and quirky statement pieces, Ioanna is hipster-with-a-thoughtful-twist.
Sound: A blend of heart-swelling stomp and front-porch folk, The Lumineer’s rustic, heart-on-their-sleeves music offers timeless melodies and soul-stirring lyrics.
Style: Reminiscent of the prettiest Colorado lumberjack you can imagine, Neyla Pekarek, the group’s only female, incorporates basic neutrals, masculine plaids and warm knits into her rustic, folksy look.
Sound: Childhood best friends Kemp, a self-taught guitar plucker (and model, who has also been featured in Lucky), and Eden, a classically trained choral singer, create an appealingly mellow and hazy folk sound.
Style: In long, flowy silhouettes, Kemp and Eden’s style is Little House on the Prairie meets modern romance.
Sound: A '60s influence melded with girl group punk rock energy creates the distinct sound of Hollows, a four women, one man band from Chicago.
Style: The ladies of Hollows have mastered the laid-back, ‘I got it for $5 at a thrift store,’ effortlessly cool look, pairing obscure, graphic tees with patterned bottoms.
Sound: These bad-ass valley girls’ raw, stripped back blues rock is earning them a reputation as the all-female White Stripes.
Style: For this modern-day Thelma and Louise, no outfit is complete without a pair of high-waisted denim shorts, patterned top and pair of lovingly-worn cowboy boots.
Sound: Not only is she an international DJ who has toured with Britney Spears and The Pussy Cat Dolls, Havana Brown is also becoming a pop sensation with dance-worthy, club hits such as “We Run the Night,” featuring Pitbull.
Style: The Australian beauty’s style is decidedly Miami, featuring pops of bright colors and fun bursts of pattern.
Sound: Their album Only in Dreams has been hailed by The New York Times as seething “with a beautiful, raging confidence, louder and fuller than anything they’ve done before…. These lush and reverb-thick songs are ambitious and pointed about subjects that often drag: leaving, wasting away, aching.” OK, we're sold.
Style: Favoring black moody pieces, the Dum Dum Girls’ style is very Gothic Lolita.
Sound: Growing up listening to classic rock, like the Rolling Stones and Fleetwood Mac, and old-school Americana, the sisters behind HAIM marry 60’s rock with 80’s pop and 90’s R&B to create their enchanting sound.
Style: Este, Alana and Danielle channel their California sensibility into their wardrobes to achieve that perfect, cool look.
Sound: Kaye marries retro soul, orchestral chamber pop and surprising rock and roll into a sound that makes you smile.
Style: Unafraid to make a statement, Kaye plays with colors and textures to add an element of fantasy in her ensembles.
Sound: Pleasantly unpredictable, Callers’ music explores the relationship between blues and country with limited instrumentation while Sara Lucas’s vocals evoke a sedated Janis Joplin.
Style: Lucas’s use quirky printed pieces and bright, primary colors give her style a casual and funky vibe.
Sound: Bridging the gap between upbeat rock and down-tempo electronic, The Peach King’s “gypsydelic” sound draws inspiration from the blues, folk and soul vinyls as well as the synthesized global tones.
Style: You might not guess that Paige McClain Wood is from Texas from looking at her understated, less-is-more wardrobe.
Sound: This collective of funk, disco, and soul is powered by the enormous vocals of chanteuse Tiffany Roth.
Style: Cinching her waist in retro silhouettes, Roth’s style is a welcome nod to the past.
Sound: Hopes were high for a new album after learning Amanda Palmer’s Kickstarter campaign set records, earning over $1.2 million to record, produce and distribute a record with her band The Grand Theft Orchestra. As a group, the music is provocative art-punk cabaret with a medley of horns and strings and unlimited spirit.
Style: The Queen of Punk Cabaret’s silky gowns are worthy of her title, reminding us of lounge singers’ dresses from the 1930s and 1940s.
Sound: Like the name implies, this folk/country-pop quartet’s lighthearted sound and romantic lyrics combine with the ethereal vocals of front woman Becky Stark for music that is instantly uplifting.
Style: With her statement headbands and drapey, feminine dresses, Stark’s wardrobe evokes the same beautiful sweetness as her vocals.
Sound: You may recognize the name Jayme Dee from her song “Rules,” on The Hunger Games soundtrack. And this Southern California YouTube cover sensation turned singer/songwriter is putting out music that is as sassy as it is sunny.
Style: The singer’s style is bubbly girl meets West Coast cool with covetable combinations of metallic tops and flowy silhouettes.
Sound: This 17-piece disco band is a party of sounds with a procession of horns, violins, percussion, guitars, keys and backup singers.
Style: You can sense the disco/house influences from just one look at Adeline—think trendy pieces that make for a dance-party-ready look.
Sound: Formerly a backup singer for Escort, Karlie Bruce’s venture into solo music is full of moody jazz sounds and velvety vocals.
Style: The Australian singer keeps her look downtown cool in simple pieces that flatter her figure.
Sound: Self-described as “heavy mellow,” couple Kim Krans and Jonny Ollsin of Family Band’s music relies on his guitar riffs and her moody, stark vocals.
Style: Kim, who also runs a design company The Wild Unknown, pulls off a 1970s free-spirited look that matches her cabin-in-the-woods, sing-along lifestyle.
Sound: Seductive, moody and textural, there’s a supernatural feel to The Luya’s sound. Gentle vocals fuse with a combination of strings, French horn, guitars and drums to induce an eerie, trancelike state.
Style: Stein’s signature printed sundresses lend her wardrobe a casual, folksy air.
Sound: This girl-boy duo’s music can’t be classified into one genre; it finds its place situated among what they call “dream pop, indie, trip hop and hip-pop.”
Style: Cari Rae’s pattern-play and edgy accessories and colored hair give her style a punky, Brooklyn vibe.
Sound: The daughter of late blues-rock singer-songwriter Chris Whitley, the Belgian American musician is following in her father’s footsteps with her EP, The Engine, an album that finds a stunning balance between a bad-ass edge and a haunting old soul sound.
Style: Whitley’s cool sense of style mimics her music with minimalist basics in a neutral color palette and rock and roll details like black leather and zippers.
Sound: With the warmth of jazz and soul, THEESatisfaction’s material infuses funk-psychedelic sounds with cool, icy raps.
Style: The soulful duo’s (and real life couple's) style evokes the sassy funk of Motown with a modern edge.
Sound: Rolling Stone named the folksy Brooklyn singer’s album Tramp, one of the best of 2012 so far, praising the “spacey guitar hum, tidal rhythms and pass-the-Xanax melodies against lyrics about silent love and bad timing.”
Style: With a closet full of cozy sweaters and simple staples in neutral colors, we love Van Etten’s back-to-basics looks.
Sound: Touring as the former pre-teen Smoosh, Asy and Chloe (who were 12 and 10 when they started!) have shared the stage with Pearl Jam, Death Cab for Cutie, Jimmy Eat World, Nada Surf and Sufjan Stevens among others. The search for a fresh start led them to start Chaos Chaos, an electro-pop infused Indie rock duo.
Style: Like in their music, Asy and Chloe aren’t afraid to take risks when it comes to style, pairing a costumey schoolgirl dresses with cowboy boots or a grungey black pieces with a biker-worthy leather vests.
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