Sad (but true), there's just no chance we could ever challenge any of these six ladies to a sing-off. But given they each have the kind of intriguing style that seems in perfect harmony with their music, we're happy to steal style inspiration however we can. Be it saddle shoes, Comme des Garçons coats, or strange and beautiful hair bows, we love the individual touches each of these modern songbirds brings to the stage. So, from Coco Sumner's gorgeously smudged eyeliner to Lykke Li's easy top knot, follow our guide for plugging a little extra rhythm into your wardrobe.
1. Janelle Monáe, www.jmonae.com
The Sound: Outkast meets Ella Fitzgerald, futuristic cool girl soul. Latest album was Metropolis: The Chase Suite released in 2008.
The Style: Sort of the chick version of André 3000, elegant but quirky bowties and suits, sleek and high pompadour, saddle shoes.
The Goods: Above, clockwise from left: Stella McCartney Wool Cape, $1541, available at My Theresa; Ralph Lauren Hudson Classic Suede Jodhpurs, $916.50, available at My Theresa; Satore Riding Boots, $394, available at Barneys New York; D&G Silk Chiffon Bow Blouse, $155, available at FarFetch; Stila Stay All Day Waterproof Liquid Eye, $20, available at Sephora; Yves Saint Laurent Rouge Pur Shine Lipstick in Natural Pink, $30, available at Bloomingdale's.
2. Lykke Li, www.lykkeli.com
The Sound: Baby-soft and somber Swedish pop. Debut album Youth Novels was released in 2008.
The Style: Turbans, oversized blazers and T-shirts, lots of black and white (but never boring), layered on silver necklaces, rings, and stacked bracelets.
The Goods: Above, clockwise from left: Bess Vintage Leather Biker Jacket, $1,195, available at Net-A-Porter; Silence & Noise Silk Lace Frock, $78, available at Urban Outfitters; Jeffrey Campbell Mary-Roks Perforated Booties, $138, available at Oak; Rika Zadie Purse, $675, available at La Garçonne; Bad Gal Eyeliner Pencil, $20, available at Benefit; Bing Bang By Anna Sheffield Silver Vivienne Studs, $52, available at Oak.
3. Coco Sumner, I Blame Coco, www.myspace.com/iblamecoco
The Sound: Husky voice with dance rock. Debut album Caesar will be released on February 1.
The Style: Messy-haired Brit It girl (kind of an Alice Dellal/Kurt Cobain combo), shorts and boots, T-shirts, smeared eyeliner, plaids, fur, stripes, checks.
The Goods: Above, clockwise from left: Diesel Wrett Faux Fur Jacket, $175, available at Diesel; Oak Torque Tee, $52, available at Oak; All Saints Altamont Leather Jacket, $476, available at All Saints; Ray-Ban Clubmaster Sunglasses, $169.97, available at ASOS; Etnies High Top Sneakers, $69, available at YOOX; Stila Eye Shadow Trio in Smokey-Rocker, $20, available at Ultra.
4. Joanna Newsom, www.myspace.com/joannanewsom1
The Sound: A whimsical harp genius with some folk roots. Upcoming album Have One On Me will be released on February 23.
The Style: A merging of wood nymph and sophisticated hippie, with romantic silhouettes band-leader jackets, and pretty dresses aplenty.
The Goods: Above, clockwise from left: Opening Ceremony Huarache Heel, $460, available at Opening Ceremony; Acne Romantic Satin Skirt, $289, available at Acne; Forever 21 Military Zip Up Jacket, $32.80, available at Forever 21; Laura Mercier Lip Stain in Mulberry, $20, available at Sephora; Anthropologie Pictureshow Dress, $298, available at Anthropologie.
5. Róisín Murphy, www.myspace.com/roisinmurphy
The Sound: Irish electro-pop. Check out "Momma's Place," a single released earlier this month off her soon-to-be released album.
The Style: Bold color, structure, shoulder-pads, high-experiemental fashion...has a fancy for editorial styles everyday.
The Goods: Above, clockwise from left: Acne Gigantic Print Dress, $840, available at Acne Studios; Underground Sylvester Blue Metallic Boots, $165, available at Pixie Market; Chrishabana Cage Quartz Necklace, $220, available at Shopbop; Topshop Patent Camelia Cross Body Bag, $55, available at Topshop; Peter Pilotto for Linda Farrow Vintage Clear Sunglasses, $350, available at Opening Ceremony; Eugenia Kim Sonia Belt Hat, $193.77, available at ASOS.
Portraits: Promotional photos and album covers via www.myspace.com/roisinmurphy; Vanidad magazine cover via roisinmurphy.blogspot.com.
6. Victoria Legrand, Beach House, www.myspace.com/beachhousemusic
The Sound: Dream pop via Baltimore and France. Third album Teen Dream was released on January 26.
The Style: Blazers and high-waisted pants; thrift-store maxi dresses with major sleeves; big hair bows; polka-dots, trimmings, bold colors; comfortable but with fun details.
The Goods: Above, clockwise from left: Erin Wasson X Rvca Free To Be Stoned Denim Pants, $50, available at Opening Ceremony; Topshop Wavy Spot Flippy Dress, $90, available at Topshop; Chloë Sevigny For Opening Ceremony Baggy Button-down Shirt, $115, available at Opening Ceremony; Topshop Tonic Drop-Front Blazer, $125, available at Topshop; Deena & Ozzy Lace-Up Booties, $68, available at Urban Outfitters; Frederic Fekkai Luscious Curls Wave Spray, $18.99, available at Folica.
Portraits: Promotional photos and album covers via www.myspace.com/beachhousemusic.