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Hot Band: Sheer Mag
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Sacha Lecca for Rolling Stone15/27

Hot Band: Sheer Mag

Tina Halladay – powerhouse singer for the Philadelphia band Sheer Mag – recently received an awesome tribute. "My friend sent me a neon poster-board collage that a little girl made of me at Girls Rock Camp in Austin," Halladay says. "I'm fuckin' tearing up talking about it." It's no surprise that Sheer Mag can inspire such devotion in young fans; the band's self-released debut, Need to Feel Your Love, is one of 2017's best records, mixing steely protest jams and lovesick yearning (what Halladay calls "the intertwining of things that make you feel hopeless and things that give you hope") into songs that combine punk spirit and Seventies hard-rock riffage.

The band began in late 2013, four roommates bashing out music on an 8-track machine. From the beginning, they've infused their retro sound with lyrics that take on sexism, gentrification and other forms of oppression. "Rock & roll has always been a white boy's game," says Halladay, who has a silhouette of Thin Lizzy's Phil Lynott tattooed on her thigh. "But when I look out at a bunch of white dudes screaming our lyrics back at me, I hope it's slowly chipping away at that toxic masculinity." J.P.

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