A Brief List Of Female Singer-Songwriters Who Might Not Fit The "White Girl With Acoustic Guitar" Mold, But Who Certainly Shouldn't Be Ignored By Overly Strict '90s Revivalists

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Hey, so the new Jane Pratt venture XOJane launched today! And one of the Sassy granddaughter's first music-related articles is Yet Another Thing About The Now Gingrich-Assisted '90s Fetishism Happening Right Now, in which Emily McCombs pleads, "Can the '90s Revival Include Female Singer-Songwriters, Please Please Please?" In it, the apparently Grey's Anatomy-bereft McCombs mourns radio stations that had Paula Cole and Meredith Brooks in heavy rotation at all times, and poses the question, "someone please put a song about my period on the radio?" Judging by the snarky (ooh!) edits from Jane included within, I guess the piece is supposed to come off as kinda bubbleheaded--where is PJ Harvey these days, am I right?--but this piece (which also uses the phrase "women in rock" seriously) is so silly that it needs to be combated with the Realest Of Real Talk: A list. Of female singer-songwriters. Who are currently making music that you might even hear on the radio today, and who might write about your menstruation-related travails, Emily McCombs, if you ask nicely, or give them a wad of cash!

Lady Gaga
tUnE-yARDs
Solange Knowles
Marnie Stern
Ke$ha
Marsha Ambrosius
Adele
Kara DioGuardi (mostly including her to remind myself about Platinum Hit, the show that's going to try and turn the songwriting process into something televisual)
Chan Marshall (who was at Lilith Fair last year!)

And that's just the tip of the "I have to get this post up before 10 a.m." iceberg! Also, I guess Jewel's album of lullabys didn't quite reach the post-Jane demo, huh?

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Max Kovalchuk
Max Kovalchuk

Definitely think Sara Bareilles is one of the best female singer songwriters currently. Her new EP One Upon Another Time is awesome! If you haven't heard it yet, you definitely need to check it outhttp://itunes.apple.com/us/alb... 

Finding New Music
Finding New Music

Amazing post! I've bookmarked your web site as well because of the fact that I realized it is actually educational and I enjoyed reading your posts.

Ed Kollin
Ed Kollin

Don't need the past with the good ones that have arrived the last few years Florence Welch,Adele, Lily Allen, Ladyhawke, Jessie J, Eliza Doolittle and yeah a real old one Kate Bush is out with a new album. They are all different and they are all Brits. There a point there somewhere

Jenn Carney
Jenn Carney

Yeah, I'm constantly depressed by the comments on You-Tube and Pandora - two outlets that make it MUCH easier to find new music. Everyone romanticizes the past, while ignoring the fact that most of the people they're lamenting are STILL working. Juliana Hatfield, Kristin Hersh (who continues to be awesome!), Joan Osborne. etc... And they ignore the great ones who have more recently emerged - I love Azure Ray, Venus Hum, Shara Worden (My Brightest Diamond), Adele and many others.  

your mom.
your mom.

yeeeeah, if ke$ha counts as a feminist singer-songwriter (which is what she's asking for here), then so does katy perry.  and if that's feminism, i'm turning in my membership card.

Chris
Chris

I honestly have no idea how I'm supposed to take this xojane story. Many of the singer-songwriters that Emily romanticizes are still around and touring and putting out new music. Sarah McLachlan is playing some venues this summer, Paula Cole and Liz Phair are still making music and touring; Suzanne Vega put out an album last year (where she re-recorded many of her songs). At the Woodland Park Zoo in Seattle (where I live), the summer concert series includes Joan Osbourne, Indigo Girls, kd lang and Aimee Mann. Tori Amos has a new album coming out at the end of September and Maura already mentioned PJ Harvey is still active.

You might not hear those artists on the radio all the time (but I bet Sarah McLachlan gets plenty of airtime on AAA radio), but I bet you'll still hear Florence and Adele and Brandi Carlile and Ingrid Michaelson and...

Barry Bailey
Barry Bailey

 I'm seeing that hip-hop is not in this list, maybe? but I just downloaded the Angel Haze mixtape and, speaking as a non-lady-so-take-my-comments-however, I really really dig it. And the Weeknd. A lot.

But great commentary and a v. good shortlist.

sassydotnet
sassydotnet

 And Emily's xoJane bio even includes:The Most Played Song On My iTunes: "Runs in the Family" by Amanda Palmer

Skkyifudu
Skkyifudu

I surprised u didn't mention Skylar Grey in an article about songwriters 

maura
maura

How is "Where Have All The Cowboys Gone?" a "feminist" track in any way? I seriously doubt that political agendas were at all given thought while McCombs' half-baked rant was being put together.

Also, Ke$ha is way more feminist than people give her credit. Listen to her lyrics! She believes in having the freedom to pursue pleasure!

maura
maura

Yes. This bit of dreck kind of reminds me of a piece I recently read that was all, "WHERE ARE THE DARIAS ON TV NOW?" that should have really been titled "Nobody is telling me about the snarky smart women on tv and I can't exactly be arsed to go FIND them." Just lazy lazy lazy, especially when you have, I don't know, the WHOLE INTERNET in front of you. And no, Jane, your edits don't help. They only call attention to the amateurism.

maura
maura

 (Also Skylar Grey's songwriting credits have so far been SUPER LOUSY.)

maura
maura

 "hook girl"-songwriters are not singer-songwriters.

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