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Looking for New Music? Here Are 4 Female Rock Artists to Add to Your Next Playlist

This article is written by a student writer from the Her Campus at U Mass Amherst chapter.

I put a lot of effort into my playlists, but I frequently end up just putting the same songs and artists on every playlist (which isn’t a bad thing at all, and I know we are all guilty of this). However, sometimes it’s good to broaden our horizons and widen our music tastes. So, here are a few artists that I have recently been getting into, and you should too.

1. Kelsy Karter

I began getting into Karter’s music in February, and I quickly became obsessed with her music. This rock artist from New Zealand has a debut album and many singles. Her album Missing Person is full of upbeat tracks and somber ballads. Her rasp pairs well with her rebellious lyrics and tracks. I couldn’t help but play her songs over and over again while I drove down the highway: music blasting, windows down.

Songs I’d recommend: “Goodness Gracious,” “Devil On My Shoulder,” “Liquor Store On Mars,” and “Villain.”

2. Doll Skin

I only discovered this group a couple of weeks ago, but I immediately fell in love with their sound. The duo is made up of lead singer Sydney Dolezal and drummer Meghan Herring. Their music is a mix of hard rock and punk. The group has released three albums since 2016, and it doesn’t seem like they’re stopping anytime soon.

Songs I’d recommend: “Love Is Dead And We Killed Her,” “Mark My Words,” and “Nasty Man.”

3. Cassyette

While Cassyette only has four singles, I still100% recommend checking out her music. I’ve probably listened to her first single “Jean” nearly a hundred times. I just couldn’t get enough of it. MTV referred to her music as “hardcore, women-fueled rock,” and I couldn’t agree more. I know her discography is short, but she definitely isn’t going anywhere, and I can’t wait to hear her first album. 

4. Joan Jett

If you’re looking for classic rock, look no further. Jett was part of one of the first all-female bands to gain popularity through playing rock’n’roll: The Runaways. The band — starring Joan Jett, Cherie Currie, Lita Ford, Sandy West, and Jackie Fox — even had a movie made about them that was released in 2010. It featured Kristen Stewart as Joan Jett and Dakota Fanning as Cherie Currie. The band’s first self-titled album came out in 1976, featuring their hit song (one of my personal favorites) “Cherry Bomb.” Joan Jett moved on to front her own band named Joan Jett & The Blackhearts. And most recently she was featured on the song “Bad Karma” on Miley Cyrus’ album Plastic Hearts.

Songs I’d recommend: “Cherry Bomb,” “I Love Rock ‘N’ Roll,” “Bad Karma,” “Bad Reputation,” and “Summertime Blues.”

I hope you choose to give some of these artists a listen, and maybe you’ll add some to your next playlist.

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Samantha Butts

U Mass Amherst '23

Samantha is a junior at UMass Amherst studying English and Journalism. She enjoys reading, fashion, watching movies, thrifting, and going out with friends. She is passionate about women's rights, the environment, and politics.