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Jen Dan: May 12, 2019


Just in time for Mother’s Day, I’ve got a fresh batch of female-powered music – mainly indie/garage rock with a touch of singer-songwriter/dream-rock at the very end.

1. Ramonda Hammer – “Hoax”
Passionate Los Angeles punk/rock quartet are set to unleash their debut album, I Never Wanted Company, on June 14th via New Professor Music.

2. Mannequin Pussy – “Drunk II”
The Philadelphia-based indie punk group on Epitaph Records will drop their new album, Patience, on June 21st.
ALBUM REVIEW of Gypsy Pervert from 2013.

3. Rat Fancy – “Making Trouble”
In HHBTM Records’ stable, the L.A.-located pop-punk act are set to release their debut album, Stay Cool. on June 7th.

4. THICK – “Green Eyes”
Self-described “girlwave” DIY punk/indie rock band from Brooklyn, THICK deliver another tuneful rocker from their 3rd EP and first for Epitaph Records.

5. Jeanines – “Either Way”
On Slumberland Records’ roster, this Brooklyn-based indie rock band is gaining notice these days and will release their debut self-titled album on June 14th. From the press release: “[Jeanines] specialize in ultra-short bursts of energetic but melancholy minor-key pop.”

6. Fanclub – “Uppercut”
This Austin, TX indie rock/dream-pop band unveiled their debut EP, All The Same, this past January, but this track is not on the EP.

7. Frieda’s Roses – “Forever Defend Her Story”
A lyrically direct statement against misogynistic/rape culture wrapped in bittersweet melodics from a fresh teenage trio under the tutelage of the renowned Azalia Snail and her musical partner Dan West.
MY VIDEO PREMIERE of spirited romp “Jessica Triangle”

8. SOAK – “Maybe”
Irish singer-songwriter phenom who deserves much more attention, SOAK externalizes her private feelings, laying bare her inner questioning, pain, and longing. But she does so with a vocally and emotionally delicacy and nuance that’s beautiful to listen to. New album Grim Town is out now via Rough Trade Records.
MY MUSIC NEWS on SOAK’s poignant cover of “Driving Home for Christmas” from 2018

9. Blushing – “Dream Merchants”
The Austin, TX shoegaze/dream-rock four-piece do it again on this swirling, restless number. The band’s debut album is anticipated for a summer release.
“Bound” on my TOP 50 SXSW PLAYLIST for 2018
“Weak” on my TOP 10 for November 2017
Blushing’s cover of “Out of Control” by Lush on Jack Rabid’s The Big Takeover Show for March 12, 2018

10. Ummagma – “Caravan”
The Canadian/Ukrainian dream-pop/indietronica duo release a wondrous and heart-soaring new tune, the lead single off of their intriguing and stylistically diverse upcoming album, Compass, out via Leonard Skully Records.
INTERVIEW with Shauna McLarnon of Ummagma from 2014
“Lama” (Robin Guthrie Mix) by Ummagma on my TOP 10 from July 2017
MY SONG PREMIERE of “Winter’s Tale” by Ummagma and A.R. Kane
MY VIDEO PREMIERE of “Light Scheme”, featuring Ummagma, by Sounds of Sputnik
VIDEO PREMIERE of “New Born”, featuring Ummagma, by Sounds of Sputnik


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