Neo-Riot Grrrls: Today's Top 5 Female Punk Rockers

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There have been punk-rock chicks as long as there has been punk rock. That much is true, but what is also unfortunately true is that the genre can all too often be a boys' club. Consider that emo, an entire genre based around angsty young men bemoaning their troubles with women, spawned from punk. Then take a gander at the genre's biggest icons: From Johnny Rotten to Henry Rollins, it's mostly all men.

But does that mean women can't be as punk or hardcore as men? Of course not. Even back in the '80s, there was Kira Roessler jamming on bass alongside Black Flag. In the '90s, there was an entire movement of female punk rock bands: Riot grrrl. And while riot grrrl has mostly petered out since then, that doesn't mean there aren't many badass punk rocker girls dominating the scene today. These are just a few of the best.

5. The Coathangers

The Coathangers learned how to play their instruments by playing them in front of audiences. This trial-by-fire approach to starting out led them to not only frequently trade out instruments, as each of them had as much skill with each instrument as anyone else in the band, but led them to craft some of the most interesting, craziest punk rock going on right now.

4. Teri Gender Bender (Le Butcherettes)

Le Butcherettes are a punk band out of Mexico that has quickly been rising to prominence since signing to Sargent House Records. Front woman Teri Gender Bender is known for her absolutely bonkers stage presence, where she typically wears a blood stained dress.

She's often seen being extremely sexual and violent onstage, and has even peed on the stage a few times (shades of GG Allin). As for their music, they take a slightly poppy tone at times, but they can rock out with the best.

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there are no punk rockers or riot grrls in this "list". signed, a punk rocker


What, no Taylor Swift? NPR's Ann Powers said she's the princess of punk!





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I cannot understand how Pussy Riot doesn't make this list. 


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