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Boobs! Guitars! These seven female-driven 2013 releases change everything

Consider Paramore, Charli XCX, Joanna Gruesome and more as musically mind-altering substance

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Hayley Williams - Paramore


The importance of immediacy

Joanna Gruesome – Weird Sister (Slumberland Records): The name is dumb, but Joanna Gruesome is less concerned with what you think about them than they are with blazing through these blasts of hyperventilating noise-pop. (Honorable mention to Deap Vally’s Get Deap! EP and Perfect Pussy’s I Have Lost All Desire for Feeling EP.)

Getting your shit right

Savages – Silence Yourself (Matador): While the band evokes a gnarlier, fiercer version of ’80s art-rockers UT, Savages demand to be taken on their own terms, with a tightly wound and percussion-forward attack that backs up their ALLCAPS manifestos about the primacy of actual music in a world of “musical experiences.” (Honorable mention to, uh, Joanna Gruesome, preaching righteous politics in blistering fuzz.)


Paramore – Paramore (Atlantic): Even if Ken Andrews (Failure) hadn’t produced parts of this premiere of the newly reconstituted Paramore, it would still be something special. Hayley Williams delivers a fresh take on anthemic modern rock with an unrestrained joy and confidence that’s truly impressive. (Honorable mention to Grimes’ Tumblr, actuallygrimes.tumblr.com, which seems to exist solely to worship Beyoncé, Hayley Williams and Sailor Moon.)

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