April 13, 2018

17 female musicians from metro Detroit you need to be listening to right now

OK so there are way more than these 17 sonic sirens hailing from Detroit and beyond. But we think this list is one hell of a start. From trap to transcendental, pure pop perfection and patriarchy-dismantling punk, this bevy of badass babes are femme forces you need to have on your radar.

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 Dear Darkness  
Stacey MacLeod and Samantha Linn are distressed to impress, sharing their wonderfully warped worldview as post-punk kitsch queens Dear Darkness. Think David Lynch meets Leslie Gore. 
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Dear Darkness
Dear Darkness
Stacey MacLeod and Samantha Linn are distressed to impress, sharing their wonderfully warped worldview as post-punk kitsch queens Dear Darkness. Think David Lynch meets Leslie Gore.
Photo via Facebook/ Dear Darkness
DeJ Loaf 
You might remember Dej Loaf from her 2014 YouTube hit “Try Me.” Soon she was featured on Eminem’s massive “Detroit Vs. Everybody” and was later invited to join Nicki Minaj on tour. Last year she teased the release of her debut record, Liberated, with the single “No Fear.” Prepare for blast-off, because Dej  she hasn’t even gotten started yet. 
Photo via Instagram / @dejloaf
DeJ Loaf
You might remember Dej Loaf from her 2014 YouTube hit “Try Me.” Soon she was featured on Eminem’s massive “Detroit Vs. Everybody” and was later invited to join Nicki Minaj on tour. Last year she teased the release of her debut record, Liberated, with the single “No Fear.” Prepare for blast-off, because Dej she hasn’t even gotten started yet.
Photo via Instagram / @dejloaf
Double Winter 
This dreamy, avante-garde four-piece is made up of metro Detroiters Holly Johnson (vocals and bass), Morgan McPeak (drums), Augusta Morrison (electric violin), and Vittorio Vettraino (guitar). The band's ability to meld each other's musical preferences and playing styles introduces a much-needed fresh perspective to the indie-sphere, merging surf and garage-rock sounds.
Photo via Facebook / Double Winter
Double Winter
This dreamy, avante-garde four-piece is made up of metro Detroiters Holly Johnson (vocals and bass), Morgan McPeak (drums), Augusta Morrison (electric violin), and Vittorio Vettraino (guitar). The band's ability to meld each other's musical preferences and playing styles introduces a much-needed fresh perspective to the indie-sphere, merging surf and garage-rock sounds.
Photo via Facebook / Double Winter
Eliza Godfrey 
Maybe you’ve seen Eliza Godfrey slinging drinks at the temporarily disabled UFO Factory, or perhaps her karaoke renditions of Harry Nilsson’s “Without You” or “Crazy on You” by Heart have stopped you mid-selfie. Regardless of your six-degrees of separation, the fact is that there’s only one Eliza — and her voice is in-fucking-credible. 
Photo via Instagram / @elizagodfrey
Eliza Godfrey
Maybe you’ve seen Eliza Godfrey slinging drinks at the temporarily disabled UFO Factory, or perhaps her karaoke renditions of Harry Nilsson’s “Without You” or “Crazy on You” by Heart have stopped you mid-selfie. Regardless of your six-degrees of separation, the fact is that there’s only one Eliza — and her voice is in-fucking-credible.
Photo via Instagram / @elizagodfrey
Girl Fight 
Fuck the patriarchy with Detroit drone duo Girl Fight. Ellen Cope (drums, vocals) and Jacob Boyle (guitar, vocals) keep it old school with their fuzzy, angst-heavy punk. Having released their debut EP Fight Back earlier this year, Girl Fight will knock you out.
Photo via Facebook / Girl Fight
Girl Fight
Fuck the patriarchy with Detroit drone duo Girl Fight. Ellen Cope (drums, vocals) and Jacob Boyle (guitar, vocals) keep it old school with their fuzzy, angst-heavy punk. Having released their debut EP Fight Back earlier this year, Girl Fight will knock you out.
Photo via Facebook / Girl Fight
 Honey Monsoon 
Honey Monsoon knows a thing or two about being sweet and smooth. The ambient jazz outfit couples traditional elements with a modern twist. The five-piece performs with a live painter, making the group a cut above the rest.
Photo via Facebook/ Honey Monsoon
Honey Monsoon
Honey Monsoon knows a thing or two about being sweet and smooth. The ambient jazz outfit couples traditional elements with a modern twist. The five-piece performs with a live painter, making the group a cut above the rest.
Photo via Facebook/ Honey Monsoon
 Jena Irene Asciutto 
American Idol runner-up Jena Irene Asciutto is far deeper than her mainstream reality TV roots. The 2017  Metro Times  cover girl blew us away with her under-appreciated debut album,  Cold Fame . 
Photo via Instagram/ By Doug Coombe
Jena Irene Asciutto
American Idol runner-up Jena Irene Asciutto is far deeper than her mainstream reality TV roots. The 2017 Metro Times cover girl blew us away with her under-appreciated debut album, Cold Fame .
Photo via Instagram/ By Doug Coombe
 Tart 
Equal parts glitz and glam, angsty power pop trio Tart is a major force thanks to frontwoman Zee Bricker. Bricker’s snarly, sweet vocals paired with Adam Michael Lee Padden’s rollicking guitar, and former Von Bondies drummer Donny Blum’s bombastic style result in a femme fatale frenzy. 
Photo via Facebook/By Dan Cox
Tart
Equal parts glitz and glam, angsty power pop trio Tart is a major force thanks to frontwoman Zee Bricker. Bricker’s snarly, sweet vocals paired with Adam Michael Lee Padden’s rollicking guitar, and former Von Bondies drummer Donny Blum’s bombastic style result in a femme fatale frenzy.
Photo via Facebook/By Dan Cox
 Shells (Shelley Salant) 
No one can shred like Shelley Salant can shred. She’s backed her share of bands and is always willing to lend her hands to a project. It is her solo work, Shells, that is the most haunting. Without vocals, Salant is able to weave a story with nothing but her six string and a loop pedal.
Photo via Facebook/ By Doug Coombe
Shells (Shelley Salant)
No one can shred like Shelley Salant can shred. She’s backed her share of bands and is always willing to lend her hands to a project. It is her solo work, Shells, that is the most haunting. Without vocals, Salant is able to weave a story with nothing but her six string and a loop pedal.
Photo via Facebook/ By Doug Coombe
Tiny Jag 
Detroit’s own trap diva, Tiny Jag is just skimming the surface of her greatness. Take her single “Uh Yut” for example. Or better yet, watch the video. With grit, grime, and all around fabulousness, Tiny Jag is destined to be trap royalty. 
Photo via Instagram / @tinyjag
Tiny Jag
Detroit’s own trap diva, Tiny Jag is just skimming the surface of her greatness. Take her single “Uh Yut” for example. Or better yet, watch the video. With grit, grime, and all around fabulousness, Tiny Jag is destined to be trap royalty.
Photo via Instagram / @tinyjag