Women On Top: 10 Female Artists We're Way Into Right Now

UPDATED to correct an error in the Crystal Castles item. "Suffocation" is a Crystal Castles original, not a HEALTH remix. -- Ed.

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March is Women's History Month, and Rocks Off has been thinking a lot lately about the indelible contributions to popular music made by women over the last few decades. After all, where would Elvis Presley be if it weren't for Big Mama Thornton? Probably still dead, we guess, but you get the point.

Artists like Joan Jett, Aretha Franklin, Janis Joplin, Tina Turner and more helped push rock, pop and soul in new directions their male counterparts couldn't, and the world of music is richer for it.

Still, when we think about great female artists, the pantheon remains pretty exclusive. What about the ladies who are making musical history right now? After all, the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductees of 2037 now walk among us. It only stands to reason that some of them are doing it in heels.

As a favor to Women's History Month researchers of the future, Rocks Off has compiled the following list of 10 ladies whose music we're way, way into at the moment. Savor that spotlight, girls, and remember -- you might be making history.

10. Sleigh Bells' Alexis Krauss:How freakin' hot is Sleigh Bells right now? The pounding electro-rockers are riding high on the back of a new album, Reign of Terror, and the most buzzed-about SNL performance in years.

Vocalist Alexis Krauss' breathy, girlish voice makes for a fierce counterpart to Derek Edward Miller's bombastic guitars, and if we pretended that her sexy stage strutting didn't up the group's appeal significantly, we'd be no better than stupid, ugly liars. You better believe these two will be hitting up SXSW hard before swinging into Warehouse Live next month.

9. Florence and the Machine's Florence Welch:Great Britain has exported more than a couple of ladies with outsized voices in recent years, and Florence Welch might just be the best of 'em. The rich timbre of her voice is downright empowering, we don't care what gender you are. The Machine rolls into the Verizon Wireless Theater Bayou Music Center on May 2, and if we get goosebumps, we're not apologizing.

8. Crystal Castles' Alice Glass: We've been late to jump aboard the Crystal Castles bandwagon, but when we caught the Canadian electronica group's video for the HEALTH remix of its song "Suffocation" last month, we were smitten at last.

Longtime fans probably already knew all about front woman Alice Glass' magnetic live performances, but the video was our introduction to her potent blend of disturbing and alluring. We've got Crystal Castles down for a new album this year, and we won't be the last ones to pick that one up.

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Erika Wennerstrom from Heartless Bastards should've been in the top 3, I think.


Madonna? really? damn...how about Aja Volkman from Nico Vega instead?


Noticeably missing: Emily Haines from Metric

Nathan Smith
Nathan Smith

What can I say?  I'm a big Madonna fan.  I'm checking out Nico Vega on YouTube now, though, and I'm not hatin' it.

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