Lauren Mayberry of Chvrches performs at the South by Southwest festival in Austin, Texas, in March. Adam Kissick for NPR hide caption

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The Record

Big Songs, Big Hype (Oh Yeah, They're Women)

Three heavily hyped new bands have little in common, except being led by women. How important is that?

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Clockwise from upper left: Valeska Steiner and Sonja Glass of Boy, Matthew Cooper of Eluvium, Vampire Weekend, Annie Hardy of Giant Drag Courtesy of the artists hide caption

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