Girl trouble

Rock and roll is still a man's, man's, man's, man's world

PJ Harvey is one of the few women in rock and roll who can keep up with the men.
Valerie Phillips
PJ Harvey is one of the few women in rock and roll who can keep up with the men.
Tiny T-shirt designer? Check. Role model? Not bloody likely. Sonic Youth's Kim Gordon is a stereotype.
Tiny T-shirt designer? Check. Role model? Not bloody likely. Sonic Youth's Kim Gordon is a stereotype.

And there are women rockers out there who can do the same. For every guitar-frightened Liz Phair, there's a Carrie Brownstein; for every numbingly self-righteous Natalie Merchant, there's an unassuming drummer like Yo La Tengo's Georgia Hubley. It's enough to almost give you hope. Instead of turning off the stereo at the first sound of a female voice, wait a few bars to see where she's headed. But more often than not, she'll likely end up at the same place Sleater-Kinney resides: at the top of this week's critics' list, with nary a great tune in sight.

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