In this installation of our Women of Rock series, we get the whimsical, insatiably quirky pseudo-pop-punkers T-Rextasy to give us a list of 5 female-centric acts they love. Hailing from NYC, these dashing dino dames – a self abscribed moniker – are currently revitalizing the punk and pop scenes with their unique blend of bubblegum pop meets lo-fi punk. Check out the band’s video for “Girl, Friend” and peruse their list of favourite artists, compiled collaboratively by Ébun, Annie, Vera, and Lyris.

T-Rextasy’s latest single, “Girl, Friend”, released on June 20th.

01. Salt-N-Pepa (New York City, NY)
Genres: Hip-Hop, Rap
Links: Facebook, Twitter, Instagram

– I love how fearlessly nasty they are with their lyrics. They are not afraid to talk about what they want sexually and I think that is really important especially being black women. They are a true inspiration to the nasty girls in all of us! – Ébun

Sample the seminal song “Push It”.


02. St. Vincent (Dallas, TX)
Genres: Art Rock, Indie Rock
Links: Facebook, Twitter, Instagram

– She is an incredible musician who doesn’t involve ego in production – she shreds harder than almost every guy but she’ll bury the sound of her guitar if it sounds better as an organ. Also she is a performer to boot. – Annie

Stand witness to “Digital Witness”.


03. Liz Phair (Chicago, IL)
Genres: Indie Rock, Lo-Fi, Alternative Rock
Links: Facebook, Twitter, Instagram

– She has an impeccable and unexpected sense of rhythm in accompaniment, and her songs bring the drama. – Vera

Here’s the video for the certified gold single, “Why Can’t I”.


04. SZA (St. Louis, MI)
Genres: R&B
Links: Facebook, Twitter, Instagram

– Her music touches my heart and soul in ways that other artists have not. I love her voice and the way in which she sings. Her lyrics are also super relatable and nuanced. Her style is amazing, too. – Ébun

“Garden (Say It Like Dat)” featuring the acting chops of Donald Glover aka Childish Gambino.


05. Zenizen (Brooklyn, NY)
Genres: R&B, Soul
Links: Facebook, Twitter, Instagram

Opal Hoyt is not an only an incredible psychedelic/groovy/“soul trip” songwriter but has a captivating stage presence involving a KEYTAR and a pop star headset mic. Also she has incredible style. The band is coming out with some new recordings soon and I can’t wait!! – Lyris

Open up your eyes, and mind, with Zenizen’s video for “Expanding”.


Words read, art seen, and music heard… you NEED to experience this group live. Tour Dates:

07/27 – Cambridge, MA @ The Lilypad
07/28 – Burlington, VT @ Sidebar
07/29 – Montreal, QC @ La Vitrola
07/30 – Hamilton, ON @ The Casbah
07/31 – Toronto, ON @ Baby G
08/01 – Cleveland, OH @ Mahall’s
08/02 – Chicago, IL @ Grandmaster Warehouse*
08/03 – St Louis, MO @ Foam*
08/04 – Lawrence, KS @ Replay Lounge*
08/06 – Denver, CO @ Your Mom’s House*
08/07 – Fort Collins, CO @ Surf 7*
08/08 – Salt Lake City, UT @ The Underground
08/09 – Boise, ID @ Funky Taco
08/11 – Seattle, WA @ Black Lodge
08/12 – Vancouver, BC @ Stylus Records
08/13 – Portland, OR @ MarrowPDX
08/15 – Reno, NV @ The Holland Project
08/16 – San Francisco, CA @ TBD
08/18 – Los Angeles, CA @ The Smell
08/19 – Phoenix, AZ @ The Lunchbox
08/21 – Austin, TX @ Cheer Up Charlie’s
08/22 – Dallas, TX @ Transit Bicycle Co.
08/23 – Little Rock, AK @ Stickyz
08/24 – Nashville, TN @ Two Boots
08/25 – Atlanta, GA @ Drunken Unicorn
08/27 – Richmond, VA @ Strange Matter
08/28 – Washington, DC @ TBD^
08/29 – Philadelphia, PA @ Everybody Hits^
08/30 – Brooklyn, NY @ Elsewhere (Zone One)^

*= w/ @blackerface
^= w/ @honeycuttband

Heya. Watch this video. Cool? And tell your “Girl, Friend”.

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