Dynamic, all-female collectives are not a new brand throughout the history of rock and pop music. The Go-Go’s. The Donnas. The Bangles, Sleater Kinney and Luscious Jackson.
It’s ground that’s been expertly traversed—so why do we treat the emergence of any vibrant and instrumentally skilled femme-fueled act like a unicorn ride over a rainbow?
The latest act up for discussion: glittering pop foursome The Aces, who’ve wowed crowds at Austin’s SXSW Festival and inside such red-hued industry launching pads as New York’s Mercury Lounge. Fronted with the swooning vocals of Cristal Ramirez amid the dance-hall pace of sister Alisa (drums), Katie Henderson (guitar) and McKenna Petty (bass), the millennial-aged quartet has the vibe and vivacity ideal for the current state of the danceable, key-accented Fender rock.
However, the infectious intrigue lies in the unknown. The group has hooked its growing popularity on the strength of the four-song EP “I Don’t Like Being Honest,” pieces of a full-length debut still percolating. But if pristine cuts like the shuffling and impressively tight “Stuck” and “Physical” are indicative of what’s to come, the enthusiasm for the latest round of pulsating girl power might be warranted.
The Aces: 8 p.m. Nov. 10 at Tralf Music Hall (622 Main St.), part of 107.7 Alternative Buffalo’s “You Saw Them First” concert series. Opening is Wild Things. Tickets are $1.07 in advance, $10 day of show. (box office, Ticketmaster)