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Formed in 2006, New Jerseys Screaming Females combine scorching guitars with a firmly D.I.Y. approach to create their own brand of indie rock. Mixing equal parts Dinosaur Jr. and Sleater-Kinney, the Brunswick trio of Marissa Paternoster (guitar/vocals), King Mike (bass), and Jarrett Dougherty (drums) strives to embody the spirit of indie rock in its purest form; Screaming Females book their own shows and release their own records to bring their guitar-driven rock to the people. In 2007 the band fired its opening shot, self-releasing its debut full-length, Baby Teeth, as well as the Arm Over Arm/Zoo of Death 7. The band quickly followed up with its sophomore album, What If Someone Is Watching Their T.V.?, which was self-released and later reissued by Don Giovanni Records. The band focused on collaborative releases in 2008, including a split 7 with Full of Fancy on Lets Pretend Records and another split 7, this one consisting of Neil Young covers, with Hunchback. The Females got some more exposure in 2009 after a series of jaw-dropping performances at New Yorks CMJ and a tour with Dead Weather. That same year, the band made the jump to a label, releasing Power Move through Don Giovanni. In 2010, Screaming Females released their fourth album, Castle Talk, before getting more mainstream attention after they were featured on NPR's All Things Considered later that year. The band followed up with its fifth album, The Steve Albini engineered Ugly, in 2012. Screaming Females first live album, Live at the Hideout, which was also recorded by Albini, arrived in 2014.