Your Weekly Women to Listen to: Selah Sue, The Dark Fair and more

Somehow we’ve made it to Wednesday and I’m counting down the minutes until Trish Bendix makes her way back to Chicago to visit me while she’s also celebrating the wedding of our very own Emily Hartl. Good times, good people. Now it’s time for good music.

The Dark Fair

File Under: Rockin’ babe duo with a dark side

From: Australia

For Fans Of: My Gold Mask, Mr. Gnome, The Pack A.D., Julian Casablancas’ wardrobe, The Kills, The Runaways movie, a shot of whiskey with a PBR chaser, vintage T-shirts, smaller music venues, dark sunglasses, Apache Beat, BRMC

Bonus: Bandmates Kate Bradley and Eleanor Dunn aren’t just totally cute, they’re also totally out. Definite Bonus!

Boom by The Dark Fair

Selah Sue

File Under: Jazz-infused R&B with Carribean flavor
From: Belgium
For Fans Of: Duffy, Jessie J, Adele, Aloe Blacc, Amy Winehouse, Lauryn Hill, getting dressed up, coral jewelry, Jason Mraz, Corrine Bailey Rae, satin sheets, Corona commercials.
Bonus: Big shout out to AE readers Petrichor and Adri.614 for introducing me to Selah. Selah got her start almost on accident — by gaining a lot of followers on her MySpace page. So many followers, in fact, that she drew the attention of record companies and got the chance to work with Cee-Lo Green and Meshell Ndegeocello. Oh yeah, and this was while she was in high school.

Selah Sue – Raggamuffin by mztz


File Under: Crust Punk, echoey, screamy and br00tal as hell
From: Portland, OR
For Fans of: Amebix, Doom, Sacrilege (UK), what I sound like when I have PMS, safety pins to pierce your body and/or make a blood pact with someone, Ann Rule novels, zombie-themed pub crawls.
Bonus: All I have to say is, if I’m recommending something described as “Crust Punk,” you know it came from the LS (Lesbro Scott). Fenriz, of the pioneering Black Metal band, Darkthrone, has pegged Murderess as a band to watch and a new personal favorite of his.

Rita J

File Under: Hip-Hop with some R&B grooves
From: Chicago (yeah girl!)
For Fans of: Rah Digga, Psalm One, Missy Elliott (less dancey though), Pharoahe Monch, Lupe Fiasco, Digable Planets, devil’s food cake, being just as comfortable in high tops as you are knee-high boots
Bonus: You can catch Ms. J in the documentary, What Ever Happened to Hip Hop, which is streaming for free right now on Vimeo.

Rita J 16 by Rita J

Las Kellies

File Under: Post-punk and add some funk
From: Argentina
For Fans of: The Butchies, Iggy and the Stooges, Cibo Matto, Detroit Cobras, Gore Gore Girls, thrift store shopping, stitch & bitch, spending your paycheck on music and beer before paying rent, riding your bike through the city, CSS (there are definitely similar elements like on their song, “Erase You.”)
Bonus: The trio recently signed to Fire Records – which hopefully means more U.S. exposure and tour dates. To get you prepared for more, check out their self-titled album which I missed back in June when it was released. It’s getting me psyched on the weekend as I sit here and listen to it right now.

Las Kellies- Perro Rompebolas by Martyness

That’s all for this week – but if you’re in need of more acts to check out, you can always go to the Women to Listen to archive. Don’t forget, you can follow me on Twitter or drop me a note to suggest an artist you love.