There Are a Ton of Great Female-Fronted Rock Bands Right Now

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Lauren Mayberry's presence has been a welcome one, too, with her earworm-y Chvrches debut The Bones of What You Believe sounding better with every listen. It's not quite as exciting as Crystal Castles or moody as Purity Ring, but Mayberry & Co. are doing something neither of those bands have yet managed, aping in the poppier side of '80s electronica in a way that makes you think you've never heard it before.

Ditto for Austra's sophomore effort Olympia, a criminally overlooked record with "Forgive Me," one of the best singles last year.

Women put out extraordinary records every year, of course, and to highlight these because of gender, even if you're celebrating them, is also to somehow other it. That's far from my aim here. They're simply extraordinary records, plain and simple.

And there are just too many to give proper credit; drawing attention to some only draws more attention to the records that I haven't given enough time to: the underrated reinvention of M.I.A. in Matangi, Janelle Monáe's ridiculously catchy The Electric Lady, Waxahatchee's addictive, affecting Cerulean Salt. Luckily, though, there's still 2014 ahead of us and, god willing, a new Grimes record to talk about.

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