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

3. Vivian Girls

Vivian Girls are an all-female garage-rock revival band. Their sound is lo-fi and noisy, but their best feature is their songwriting. They slowly built upon their talents on their first two records, a self-titled debut and Everything Goes Wrong, but it's on their most recent album Share the Joy where everything comes together for them.

Their sound on this record is still firmly DIY, but with their songwriting, they are becoming the heiresses to the throne vacated by Sleater-Kinney. Indeed, Share the Joy sounds a lot like Sleater-Kinney's The Woods when Vivian Girls get around to jamming and rocking out, which is what they seem to do the best.

2. Wild Flag

Speaking of Sleater-Kinney, Wild Flag is the latest band from Carrie Brownstein and Janet Weiss, two-thirds of that band's line-up. Together with Mary Timony from Helium and Rebecca Cole from the Minders, they've gone back to their punk roots and stripped down any excess.

Even better, they prove that front woman Carrie Brownstein may be funny on Portlandia, but she can still absolutely rock when she feels like it. They're also just pure fun. None of the members of Wild Flag have anything to prove to anyone at this point; they're all veterans. That gives them free reign to do whatever they want, and makes the music all the better.

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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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