The best EndSessions featuring women

March 8, 2017

Photo by Mat Hayward

We’ve been digging through the End archives lately.

It’s been fun to laugh at old pictures and t-shirts. The best part, though, is being reminded of those great EndSessions from years ago.

So, this being International Women’s Day and all, here’s my list of my favorite EndSessions through the years featuring badass women.

7. Fitz & The Tantrums – April 7th, 2013

Fitz & The Tantrums always bring the energy, but my favorite part of that band, and their live show, is always Noelle. She is fierce! Her energy lights up the stage, she looks like she’s having the best time and I think her voice makes that entire band come together.

6.   The xx – September 25th, 2010 AND July 24th, 2012

The first time I saw the xx was at Sasquatch 2013. Romy’s voice is incredible live and I can’t wait to see them again here in April! With all The xx news with the new song, new album, new tour, I’ve been going back into the archives of old EndSessions. I couldn’t pick between these two. The one from 2010 features a rad version of “Crystalized,” but the 2012 one features my favorite xx jam, “Intro.” JAMS, all of ‘em.

5. Garbage – September 23rd, 1998

One word: VOW. Shirley Manson is such a mf’ing rock star. I would’ve killed to be at this EndSession back in “the day.” Garbage’s sound is usually so big and bold live – I love this performance for its stripped down feel. They performed a bunch of great songs, but “Vow” is a favorite forever, ever, ever.

4. Bishop Briggs – October 25th, 2016

Have you seen Bishop Briggs yet? Her aesthetic, her voice, her beats – all flawless. Bishop was easily my favorite new artist of 2016, partly because she is so intense on stage and has her own lighting requirements… and partly because no one rocks a track suit like she does. Excited to see more badassery from here in the future.

3. Save Ferris – February 1st, 1998

Full disclosure: I was fully entrenched in the late 90s wave of ska. LOTS of plaid and velvet. Lots of explaining that “skanking at shows” wasn’t what it sounded like. Lots of all-dude bands. Enter Monique Powell and Save Ferris. This EndSession has like a full-on show. They played almost all of It Means Everything. Full horn section. Horn sections are probably what I miss about the late 90s the most. Listen to “Come On Eileen” and “Goodbye” to get your ska vibes for the day.

2. Yeah Yeah Yeahs – March 19th, 2004

EndSession #90 featured the baddest of the badass women in rock of all time. Karen O of the Yeah Yeah Yeahs owns the stage. So it’s cool to hear the band strip down and play an acoustic set of music that’s usually so in.your.face. “Maps” is a charmer here.

1. LP – February 15th, 2017

I know, how can an EndSession that literally just happened already be my favorite? Well, it is, so there. LP can whistle on-demand, and that’s just one of her amazing skills. She’s haunting and relatable at the same time. Her voice is crystal clear. This EndSession gave me goosebumps. She’s incredible and we can’t wait to hear more from her!

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