Hey, Ladies: Five Female Musicians at the Top of Their Game

Alabama Shakes
Alabama Shakes
Pieter M. van Hattem

Anything you can do I can do better. Of course, that isn't the case if you can actually do it better.

Just to be clear, this list isn't about girl power. No doubt, there are dudes who rock harder than some girls and girls who rock harder than some dudes. Talent isn't a gift that affects one gender in greater numbers than the other.

This is about giving credit where credit is due. It's about equal press coverage for equal skills. And it's inspired by Tempe's Black Carl, which features soul songstress Emma Pew, who opens for Hanni El Khatib Thursday at Crescent Ballroom.

That said, men dominate the rock scene. It's just a fact. You could argue that, perhaps, men are more likely to be drawn to the genre than women. You could suggest that music is a more popular path for men than it is women, simply based on the fact that it's more socially acceptable for a man to pick up a guitar than a woman.

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Just ask any woman who plays guitar. As they casually drop the fact into conversation, it's met with nothing but oohs and ahhs. That, and some sudden sexual attraction from any man in the room.

Maybe that was her goal all along. After all, guys start bands every day for the chicks.

It doesn't really matter why these chicks started playing music. They're at the top of their game right now, and they totally rule.

Bethany Cosentino of Best Coast

Best Coast will release their second full-length disc, The Only Place, on May 15 as a follow up to 2010's whiny, amateurish, yet completely sincere and catchy Crazy for You. It was brash. The lyrics were simple, if not immature and obsessive, and were all written by Cosentino. But as they're presented with lo-fi beach- rock attitude, you can't help but think she's the crazy girlfriend of your dreams.

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