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It’s the height of festival season. Music lovers from all over the world are grabbing tickets to see bands perform and take artsy pictures on their disposable cameras. Everything is perfect.

Until you realize that almost all of the musical acts are comprised of men.

Music festivals have been unnervingly male-centric this year, proven by these very sad infographics by Pixable. It’s inexcusable. And while it’s impossible to change the lineups of upcoming festivals, it’s VERY possible to discover and support new non-male talent. And here is just the place to do so. Below are eleven artists that I think you should check out.

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 Barf Troop

Barf Troop is a rap collective composed of six incredibly talented woman and nonbinary artists. They perform individually and as a group, with members located everywhere from Georgia to Canada. The best thing about the Troop is their punk approach to rap- they’re here to make a point, stand up for their beliefs, and have fun doing it.

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 Ava Luna

Wobbly art-pop quintet Ava Luna, while technically only two-fifths female, impressed me so much at Hopscotch Fest back in September 2014 that I had to include them in this list. Satisfyingly off-kilter and pleasantly groovy, they’ve put out three impressive albums, including their latest, ‘Infinite House,’ this April.

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Wolf Alice

Originally the solo project of frontwoman Ellie Rowsell, Wolf Alice is a punk band that’s taken their homeland of England by storm. Rowsell has a commanding voice that can be both angelic and menacing, and she’s written a plethora of amazing songs, spanning two EPs and several singles, leading up to the group’s first full-length LP this summer.

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Grace Jones

A legend in her own right, Jones has been stamping her personality all over the music scene since the seventies. Aside from seeing success as a model and actress, she contributed to the disco and new wave genres and remains a remarkable artist today.

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Chelsea Wolfe

Known for her “drone-metal-art-folk,” Wolfe has crafted several beautiful and captivating records. Her style ranges from experimental soundscapes to heavy, foreboding pop, but all her music is haunting, surreal, and worth a listen.

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Angel Haze

Angel Haze

Angel Haze is one of the most interesting figures in modern rap. Haze is nonbinary (they/them pronouns) and they grew up in a cult where outside music was not allowed. They left when they were 16 after threats were made against their mother- but not before Haze had experienced sexual abuse and other trauma in the cult. Coming out of this universe, they absorbed pop culture as quickly as possible and began their rap career. Haze’s music is confrontational, heated, and narrative.

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Best known for her work as the frontwoman of Antony and the Johnsons, Antony Hegarty is a Mercury Music Prize-winning chamber-pop artist. She has a solo album to be released soon under the name “Anohni” and has collaborated with musicians such as Bjork, CocoRosie, and Lou Reed.

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Tinashe

Okay, I know that she’s already decently famous, but I just wholeheartedly believe that EVERYONE should listen to Tinashe. Her debut album, ‘Aquarius’, was released last October and it’s fantastic. For those of you not familiar with her, she makes dreamy r&b music that’s earned her comparisons to everyone from Aliyah to Janet Jackson.

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Mitski

Really excellent crying music. Mitski is a singer-songwriter who combines folk and rock (but never folk-rock) into a perfect blend of slightly emo indie. Her third album, ‘Bury Me At Makeout Creek,’ was released in March and has garnered much praise for its beautiful composition and dark humor.

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Wendy Carlos

You’ve probably heard Wendy Carlos’s music without realizing it. She created the scores for A Clockwork Orange and the original Tron movie, as well as worked on the soundtrack of The Shining. She was responsible for the commercial breakthrough of the Moog synthesizer and has won three Grammy awards.

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Be sure to list some more favorites in the comments!

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