IN HONOR OF INTERNATIONAL WOMEN'S DAY: LADY MUSICIANS WHO FUCKING KILLED IT IN 2015

There were SO many. Here are a few of my favs. Rock on, ladies.
  1. Brittany Howard
    As lead singer/guitarist/songwriter of Alabama Shakes, she released the album Sound & Color, which was one of the most rocking and well engineered albums of the year. In addition, she introduced us to her garage-rock side project Thunderbitch with the release of a self titled debut album.
  2. Katie Crutchfield
    Known as Waxahatchee, Katie released one of the most critically acclaimed albums of the year, Ivy Tripp. I really loved this record. Plus, she went on an extensive multi-country tour, including a stint as the opening act for Sleater-Kinney.
  3. Bethany Cosentino
    One half of Best Coast, she put out her third record, California Nights, which kicked ass. She also spent much of the year touring, and collaborated with her boyfriend (Wavves) on a split 7-inch. She also was very vocal on Twitter about different issues affecting women, both in and out of the music industry.
  4. Grace Potter
    Several stops at different music festivals, performances on Conan and at the iconic Radio City Music Hall, plus she was the National Anthem singer for a nationally televised Thursday Night Football game. Oh yeah, and she released a solo record.
  5. Sleater-Kinney
    Who else in music is as badass, trendsetting and daring as these ladies? They came back from their 10-year hiatus with a bang. Plus, Carrie Brownstein is one half of the genius team behind the show Portlandia, which won various awards for their most recent season.
  6. Florence Welch
    Florence + the Machine? More like Florence IS a Machine. Her third record was excellent and possibly her best yet. She released a series of beautiful music videos on YouTube that play out like a short film. And she replaced Foo Fighters as a headliner at Glastonbury. Fuck yeah, Flo.
  7. Courtney Barnett
    The young new artist from Australia released her critically acclaimed and highly talked about debut album, which was probably my favorite record of the year. In addition to a world tour, she landed a television performance on both Conan and the Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon.