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Friday Five: All-female edition featuring Mayda, Vague-a-Bonde, Têtes Noires, more

Têtes Noires at First Avenue circa 1985.


Today is International Women’s Day, and it also happens to be Women’s History Month, so I’ve spent a lot of time these past few weeks sifting through our Minnesota musical past and learning more about the female artists who helped create the more genre-balanced scene we enjoy today.

I’ll share many of my findings this Sunday night on the all-female edition of the Local Show, which airs 6-8 p.m., and will air interviews with members of two of Minneapolis’s first all-female rock bands, Têtes Noires and the Clams, as well as Kat Bjelland of Babes in Toyland and Katastrophy Wife. I’ll also help the Girls Got Rhythm fest founders unveil the lineup for this year’s events, and cap it off with an in-studio performance by Nona Marie of Dark Dark Dark’s Anonymous Choir.

In keeping with this theme, I’ve also rounded up an all-female edition of the Friday Five for you today. Below, find some of the best new videos (and one oldie) by women making music right here in Minnesota.


Mayda just launched a new video blog series called #MaydaMonday that will include updates on her musical life, her thoughts on current events, and personal musings. As part of the new series, she just released this video for “Your Infinity.”

Wiping Out Thousands

I’m loving the piano on this new track from experimental duo Wiping Out Thousands, who are about to head south to perform at SXSW next week.


“I get better under pressure,” BdotCroc raps in this new track, which features a track off her latest album Hear Forever. This burgeoning North Minneapolis artist is one to keep an eye on in the coming year, and her album finds her collaborating with other promising young acts like the Lioness, Ashley DuBose, and Dame Jones (of “Hot Cheetos and Takis” fame).


Vague-a-Bonde’s “Evolved” has been in rotation on the Local Current stream for the better part of the past year, and now we get a visual. Behold the woman behind Vague-a-Bonde, Nicole Brenny, in all her neon, 8-bit glory.

Têtes Noir

One of the best videos I came across while researching the all-female Local Show was this one from First Avenue, which features Têtes Noires playing the main stage in 1985.