WOMEN THAT ROCK’s Top 10 Galentines 2020

Women That Rock, the music curation & discovery platform with a mission to spotlight & celebrate the best rising womxn in music, is hosting its 2nd Annual Galentine’s Day Party & Concert Event on Wednesday, February 12th at Baby’s All Right in Brooklyn, in collaboration with shesaid.so. Get your tickets here. (More info at the end the article.)

In celebration of the event, Women That Rock have highlighted 10 awesome artists to check out!

ESS SEE at Women That Rock Galentine’s Day 2019

1. Ariana and the Rose

One of NYC’s most buzzed-about rising artists, Ariana and the Rose has taken the scene by storm. This New York native says: “I believe art can unify the world. I wouldn’t consider myself a consummate optimist, I’m a New Yorker after all, but I do believe in that. A song, a film, a performance, can unify a room. For a split second, strangers feel like they know one another and the differences that can so often divide us can, for this one moment, disappear.” With her standout brand of pop music, her dynamic live performances and her Light & Space events, a monthly multimedia performance she facilitates at clubs around the world, Ariana brings people together with her art. “Imagination is the only weapon in the war against reality,” she says, and Ariana pushes the boundaries of reality with her imaginative music & artistic presence. We’ve got a major girl crush! Check out her music video for the single “You Were Never My Boyfriend” here.

2. Tiger Darrow

Based in New York City, Tiger Darrow is a Tex-Pat, award-winning singer-songwriter, multi-instrumentalist and producer. She began her career as a classically trained cellist (*insert heart eyes!*) and as a contemporary artist, crafts her songs with intricate string arrangements and distorted beats, fusing the aggressive with the delicate. Drawing inspiration from her grl icon St. Vincent alongside Billie Eilish, Lana Del Rey and Sufjan Stevens (plus, she has a giant photo print of Carrie Brownstein on her living room wall!). Tiger has opened for the likes of The Eagles, Zoe Keating, Edie Brickell and The New Bohenians and Erykah Badu, among others! Check out her latest release, the single “Bloodhound,” and her fourth studio album ‘Ugh,’ streaming now!

3. Laney Lynx

Meet Laney Lynx, Brooklyn-based electro-pop artist who weaves a musical fabric threaded with lush harmonies, groovy bass lines and refreshing pop hooks. The Rhode Island native and Berklee College of Music graduate aims to create an ethereal soundscape filled with blissful nostalgia, bittersweet lyrics and a dreamy vocal delivery on her forthcoming EP, “Easy.” Inspired by the likes of Haim, The 1975, MGMT, Aaliyah, and Stevie Wonder, small-town Lynx moved to NYC after graduating from Berklee in pursuit of her childhood dreams, honing in on her unique intersection of R&B/Funk and electro-pop. Laney says, “My songs mirror my personality in a way. [It’s all about] capturing a feel-good, quirky or playful vibe even for lyrically emotional songs.” Her single “Love Sick” found commercial success in U.S. markets and the music video was featured in MTVu’s rotation on the show “The Freshmen”. “My artistry exists in the realm of working hard while not taking myself too seriously,” states Laney. Her latest single, “Bad Attitudes,” is a definitive representation of Laney’s light-hearted nature and musical prowess, and is SURE to get played on repeat (and stuck in your head!).

4. Dana McCoy

Brand spankin’ newly on the scene, Dana McCoy is a rising soon-to-be-star. And you’d of never guessed all the things that come in such a small package! Powerful, melismatic vocals combined with a bold personality and confident self-assurance, this Maryland- born songstress is not to be under estimated. A student at NYU Tisch’s Clive Davis Institute of Recorded Music, Dana’s music is sure to make you feel like you’re best friends. She crafts messages through her songwriting that tell the honest truth about life’s ups and downs, reminding herself and others that vulnerability should be celebrated and self-love cherished.Dana is all about female empowerment. Her latest single “Subscriptions” is all about not taking any sh*t, with lyrics like “Baby it’s just not that easy, you don’t get my love for free” (CLAPS!!) and the standout music video features a dynamic & powerful all-girl dancing squad. Catch Dana opening Women That Rock’s Galentine’s Day show on 2/12/20 and keep her debut EP (coming this year!) on your radar!

5. J. Graves

Introducing @jgraves.xyz, our new obsession & up-and-coming standout from the Portland scene who is all about second chances. After a four year writing hiatus, frontwoman Jessa Graves (of HelloKopter) returned to her purpose with the first full- length record of her musical career. Heavily influenced by indie & Post Punk heavy hitters like Karen O, PJ Harvey & Emily Haines, J. Graves delivers sweet & agonizing garage rock for the ghosts of lovers past. Jessa’s amazing and heart wrenching grit will make you dance, cry & feel ALL THE FEELS. Graves is joined by Aaron MacDonald on drums and Kelly Clifton on bass. Check out the band’s record ‘Marathon,’ featuring the single (and video!) “New Favorite.” And the press accolades are remarkable; Razor Cake wrote, “Everything here is fully formed and immediate, with occasionally harrowing lyrics and vocal delivery reminiscent of PJ Harvey’s early stuff. It’s great to hear such a new band present such a compelling, unified statement of intent and vision. Thumbs way up.” Stage Dive Magazine wrote, “J. Graves are an example of what the world and future needs more of — badass, honest women who can play the shit out of a guitar.” WE AGREE! Get J. Graves in your ears!

6. ESS SEE

Introducing Miss ESS SEE, a Women That Rock favorite. ESS SEE is Brooklyn-based singer-songwriter Sarah Cobb, and her eclectic electro-pop has been a long time coming — and well worth the wait. Cobb began producing her own demos in 2009 alone in her bedroom at night — honing her technique of crafting addictive, seductive melodies. Embracing lyrical influences St. Vincent, Emily Haines, Carole King, and Garbage — ESS SEE delivers a heightened sense of vulnerability and intimacy in her songwriting. Her rich, often theatrical, live performances engage audiences with eye-popping costumes, humor, and an electric presence. Her debut EP, “Ordinary Woman” was released in 2017, and her first full length album (produced by a badass woman Julie Kathryn of I Am Snow Angel) dropped in 2019 — ‘Waiting for the Sky to Fall’ is an 11- track work that should NOT be missed. Check out the record and the single “Slip Slide,” which has garnered over 80,000 plays on Spotify since release!

7. Van Mary

Austin breakout band Van Mary is fronted by the wonderfully talented Emily Whetstone, Tennessee native and modern-day Alternative Southern Belle (think cropped-hair tattooed ATX hipster rather than pageant girl). The band was recently featured in the Austin Chronicle’s list of ’10 Austin Acts to Catch at Free Week 2020,’ and the paper wrote that “Van Mary’s upcoming debut EP merges the Breeders’ salty-sweet noise-pop with beguiling narratives à la Julia Jacklin. “Ennui” begins with “smoking in bed like the girls in Godard’s films,” an unplanned tribute to recently passed French star Anna Karina.” Whetstone said on Instagram that “Ennui” is “about knowing you’re being mistreated by the person you love and wanting to be with that person anyway. It’s a really sad song and it was my reality for a long time.” Uniquely transparent and vulnerable about her own narratives, Whetstone bares her soul in and out of her music, becoming deeply relatable to fans & listeners. Listen to “Ennui” and catch Van Mary with Women That Rock at SXSW 2020 in March!

Van Mary at Women That Rock SXSW Showcase 2019

8. Hayley and the Crushers

CALIFORNIA CRUSH!!! Meet Hayley ad the Crushers — San Luis Obispo, Cali band that’s one part punk-pop, one part sunny surf, all “poolside glitter trash” (self- proclaimed!). Hayley and the Crushers offer up a tsunami of bold, bad girl fun; fizzy, frothy and still a little dangerout, be careful just how far you paddle out! As Hayley writes, “There’s blood in the water and the mermaids in this part of the Crusherverse are known to nibble!” Check out the band’s new LP ‘Vintage Millenial,’ out via Eccentric Pop Records, and catch them live 3/6/20 at SLO SPRING CRUSH and 3/7 with Fatty Cakes & The Puff Pastries at The Partisan Merced in Merced, CA.

9. Roses and Revolutions

Get to know indie pop band Roses & Revolutions, fronted by singer Alyssa Coco. This Rochester-based band saw big success with their 2016 song “The Pines,” which was featured by Paste Magazine, Indie Shuffle and All Things Go, and Spotify Canada playlisting helped the song take off, eventually reaching #2 on the Viral Chart! With the digital success of their music, Roses & Revolutions was able to book opening gigs with accomplished acts, sharing the stage with artists like K. Flay, Verite and Nina Nesbitt. Check out their two latest singles, “Poison” and “Dancing in a Daydream (feat. Weather)” and catch them live March 4th at Mercury Lounge in NYC!

10. Gatlin

Nashville-based alt-indie artist Gatlin combines instinctual humanity with daring vulnerability to craft musical moments of meaning and melody. She’s all cool-girl: she rides a motorcycle, wears leather, isn’t afraid to say ‘I love you’ or ‘I don’t’. She sings it how she sees it, with music that’s brimming with confessional lyricism and emotional storytelling. Gatlin’s sounds emerge from two landscapes — the mountains and roadways of her folk roots, alongside the sea and sky of young, contemporary imagination — evokeing an energy likened to Phoebe Bridgers and Maggie Rogers. Gatlin’s first releases quickly earned her a feature on TIDAL as the face of “Rising:Folk” as well as placement on Spotify’s “Fresh Folk” playlist. Atwood Magazine describes Gatlin as “a lyrically-potent, melodically-savy artistry that has truly found her niche in the
world.” Women That Rock discovered Gatlin when she released her latest single, “Talking to Myself.” We were IMMEDIATELY hooked and have a feeling you will be too! We can’t wait to see what’s to come from this Nashville gal!

2nd Annual Galentine’s Day Party & Concert Event on Wednesday, February 12th at Baby’s All Right in Brooklyn

Join the gals for a femme-focused musical extravaganza; a magical night celebrating all things womxn & womxn love (including SELF-LOVE!). The evening includes performances by 4 femme-fronted musical acts, a female DJ duo, plus a Galentine’s- themed pop-up shopping experience featuring incredible local womxn makers & vendors — including jewellery, accessories, clothing, vintage, art, sweet treats, a pop-up flower shop with beautiful fresh & dried bouquets, a piercing station with the Head of Piercing from Stone and Strand, raffles and MORE! Grab yourself or a loved one the perfect Galentine’s gift!
Doors open at 7pm and the party goes all night! 18+ Tickets $15 advance / $20 at the door. Get your tickets here.

Women That Rock is the music curation & discovery platform with a mission to spotlight & celebrate the best rising women in music. Women That Rock delivers inspiring, unique and entertaining multi-platform content across music, media & entertainment channels, targeting and engaging an audience of musicians, artists, millennials & influencers. Our audience looks to our platform to stay on the cutting edge of what’s happening in the music scene, and we partner with relevant brands to produce meaningful and entertaining content that we know our audience will love and share. In addition to our rapidly growing digital platform, Women That Rock puts on a series of live events each year that bring to life unique femme-focused music showcases, concerts and other related experiences. Our inaugural showcase was hosted April 2018 at Knitting Factory in Brooklyn and was sponsored by Guitar Center, Chipotle, BITE Beauty & Bai Beverages. Since that first event, we’ve hosted 1–3 events per month in New York and beyond, including the first- annual SXSW Women That Rock showcase during the Austin, TX-based music festival in March of 2019 featuring a dozen artists and a sold-out venue. A portion of our event proceeds have been donated to Willie Mae Rock Camp for Girls to support our community and youth in music.
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