Ten Great Female-Fronted Bands in Denver You Need to Know — 2016 Edition

Since the beginning, women have played integral creative roles in the Denver music scene, and today there is no shortage of projects fronted and led by women. Ranging from noisy pop and folk rock to beatboxing soul and hip-hop, what follows is a list, in alphabetical order, of the ten most vital female-fronted bands active in Denver.

10. Chella & the Charm

Michelle Caponigro moved to Denver from Wisconsin around 2000 and soon began crafting insightful folk and Americana songs, performing under her stage name of Chella Negro. In the past few years, Caponigro has been performing with a full band of regulars called Chella & the Charm. Caponigro's philosophical and poetic take on the struggles of everyday life transcends genre, and the band expertly breathes vibrant life into the storytelling.

9. Church Fire
Shannon Webber spent several years fronting the arty and confrontational punk band Dangerous Nonsense. She brings that same sense of theater and fiery intensity to current project Church Fire. With David Samuelson, Webber has forged the kind of synth-pop band that is as thought-provoking as it is easy to dance to.

8. Death In Space
Girls Rock Denver alum Aleeya Wilson could be said to have taken a real departure from the aspirations of many of her peers. As Death In Space, whether performing as a solo artist or with any of her various band lineups, Wilson is a relentless experimenter of great imaginative powers. Her sound can't be confined to being merely noise, avant-garde rock or weirdo punk. Wilson is the type of artist who takes real risks and is worth checking out.

7. Dressy Bessy
With roots in the '90s indie-pop scene in Denver and beyond, Dressy Bessy started out as a noisy pop band with raw punk energy. While the energetic quality of the music didn't take a back seat, Dressy Bessy refined its sound in a more melodic direction over the following decade. In 2016 the band released its first album in nearly a decade, KINGSIZED, revealing a more stripped-down fuzzy rock-and-roll sound akin to the music it made early in its career. In a live setting, singer Tammy Ealom always seems to possess a surprising forcefulness that elevates the music.

6. The Milk Blossoms

This trio defies easy categorization because its two singers, Michelle Rocquet and Harmony Rose, bring such strong voices and songwriting that are so different yet complementary. Rocquet is not just a human beatbox in the vein of Tez of CocoRosie, but also a powerful soul singer. Rose's more ethereal style brims with a raw emotional resonance. It's pop, it's soul music, and it's experimental at its core — but un-selfconsciously so.

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Tom Murphy is a writer, visual artist and musician from Aurora, Colorado. He was a prolific music writer for Westword and a documenter of the Denver music scene.