Who They Are: This Seattle outfit, formed by high-school friends in love with Mexican food, felines, palindromes and feminism, blends SoCal bubblegum with the traditionally girl-centric Northwest punk. Since 2007, they've been bringing their jangly pop to clubs and festivals across the country, confusing many of the bros who end up at their shows. "They'll be like, 'I was so surprised that you were good at drumming – I can't believe what a good girl band you are!'" singer Emily Nokes told Frontier Psychiatrist. "I think sometimes they think it's a compliment, but it's very, very hilarious."
Why They're Great: Because it was about time someone combined the Beach Boys with Bikini Kill. The band's songs aren't screeds – some, like "Psychedelic Quinceañera" aren't even overtly feminist – but they seem to be pushing towards a new wave of feminism, where the F-word can be fun.
Signature Anthem: "Crimson Wave" is the tongue-in-cheek period song you never knew you needed, with lines about Vicodin, white wine and swimming in the ocean even though you might attract a shark.
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