5 Female Rochester Musicians You Should Know

5 Female Rochester Musicians You Should Know

Allow me to get the “female fronted” debate out of the way first, before discussing these talented ladies.

You see, some of us (understandably) feel the slight clinching of our bungholes whenever the term “female-fronted” is used in music. I understand why. We shouldn’t have to differentiate these bands or artists from “other bands” simply because of their gender – but it happens.

However, might I suggest that “female-fronted” isn’t such a bad term? Think about it: as women we’re almost getting more credit for being badass on stage because “we’re girls” – especially if we’re playing “heavier” or “more dangerous” music. Should it be this way? No. Though, as long as it is, why not take the credit for it and keep “surprising” them?

The women I’m about to mention surprised me purely because they’re so talented. They’re original. They’re proud of their sound. They’re all based right here in Rochester.

If you haven’t yet, please meet…

  • Amy Abts: Of Amy Abts and the Transcranials. If you miss the 90s, you need to listen to her. It’s just that simple.
  • VILD: I’ve said a thousand times before that she’s got a range and can sing like Regina Spektor. I mean it.
  • My Grandma’s Cardigan: These ladies are like a cardigan; cute, cozy, and there for you when you need a moment to chill.
  • AfterTime: Sarah Wolf fronts this band. When she performs, you can hear that she takes her craft seriously.
  • Annie Mack: Smooth and soulful. Listen to her.

Now, which of these ladies are you going to listen to first?

Get To Know Rochester’s Own Regina Spektor

Get To Know Rochester’s Own Regina Spektor

We know Regina Spektor, but do we know VILD?

For almost two years, I’ve been checking out VILD – an amazing songstress from Rochester. She reminds me of Regina Spektor because her tone is just as angelic, and she’s authentically herself. It’s an alternative folk journey you haven’t been on before.

Don’t believe me? Listen to a recent performance below.

Side note: her merch is simple and cute. I got one of her tees recently, and it’s so flowy and comfy. I feel like I can wear it anywhere!

Holly Kasinak Photography

Want one yourself? Click here.

Make it your goal to pay attention to VILD this year. She regularly gigs around Rochester. Don’t miss her next show scheduled for January 15th!