The List: 11 awesome male-female music duos

Staff Writer
Columbus Alive

In honor of indie-pop duo Matt & Kim’s sold-out return to Columbus, we decided to highlight some other co-ed music duos who deserve their due.

The White Stripes

Easily the biggest example of this in the past decade and a half, Jack and Meg White made some of the best rock records in forever while pretending to be brother and sister (instead of former husband and wife).

The Kills

If you only know Alison Mosshart from The Dead Weather, her collaboration with Jack White, you’re missing out on her amazing earlier work with British musician Jamie Hince.


Friends since junior high, Sarah Barthel and Josh Carter have been making dreamy electronica-tinged rock since 2009’s Eyelid Movies. They’ve headlined CD102.5 Day and just opened for Alt-J at Madison Square Garden.

She & Him

Portland singer-songwriter M. Ward’s collaboration with actress Zooey Deschanel may be little too “adorkable” for some people, but it’s hard to argue with the fit.

Sleigh Bells

The hook-laden, noisy guitar pop of Derek Miller and the crazed rock cheerleader stage presence of Alexis Krauss make for one hell of a live show.

Crystal Castles

The now-defunct Toronto duo of Ethan Kath and Alice Glass blended pulsating, punky synth with Glass’ throat-shredding vocals and a chaotic live show that resulted in numerous injuries for the singer.

The Knife

Another sadly disbanded entry, the Swedish brother-sister duo of Karin Dreijer Andersson and Olof Dreijer were one of the most influential experimental electronic artists during their 15-year run.

Die Antwoord

The South African rave-rap duo made of Ninja and Yolandi Visser got international attention (and some mockery) for their bizarre “Enter the Ninja” video, but if you think they’re a novelty act, you should check out their live show.

The Raveonettes

The Danish duo of instrumentalist Sune Rose Wagner and vocalist Sharin Foo have been making great shoegaze-y pop for more than a decade.

Mr. Gnome

Personal plug for one of my favorite Ohio bands, this Cleveland husband-wife duo (Nicole Barille, Sam Meister) makes a wall of beautiful noise they barely look capable of producing. (See them May 23 at The Basement. Seriously.)

Got a Girl

This collaboration between producer Dan the Automator (Deltron 3030, Dr. Octagon, etc.) and actress Mary Elizabeth Winstead produced a criminally underrated album of French-pop-influenced goodness (2014’s I Love You But I Must Drive Off This Cliff Now).