Top, in back row from left: Shawna Potter of War on Women; Victoria Ruiz of Downtown Boys; and Sadie Dupuis of Speedy Ortiz. Front row from left: Alex Luciano of Diet Cig; Laetitia Tamko of Vagabon; Christina Halladay of Sheer Mag; Lindsey Jordan of Snail Mail; and Sophie Allison of Soccer Mommy. Credit Natalia Mantini for The New York Times

By Myki Angeline


Q:  How do you first start making music?

Christina Halladay, Sheer Mag: “You have to suck for a while.”

Alex Luciano, Diet Cig: “You have to suck for so long! No one tells you it’s ok to suck.”

Shawna Porter, War on Women: “Just because of your gender, though. There’s millions and millions of completely mediocre, terrible bands with dudes in them.”


As digitally-enhanced pop music steadily dominates mainstream radio waves, many of us are left asking where did the musicians and bands go? We long for songs with artists playing guitars and drums, heavy bass chords, and organic lyrics.


Q: How are listeners handling this shift in power when it comes to gender:

Christina Halladay, Sheer Mag: “Teenage boys are very upset.”


The New York Times released this article that highlights women in rock – particularly in the indie scene. They interviewed some of their favorite female bands like War On Women, Downtown Boys, Diet Cig, and Snail Mail – who are a driving force in music today. Included in the article are quotes and song samples proving why rock is not dead because women are dominating the industry.

Complete article can be accessed here:

Sadie Dupuis, left, of Sad13 and Speedy Ortiz; Shawn Potter, right, sings in War on Women, a “super overtly feminist” punk band. Credit Natalia Mantini for The New York Times.