Keep the Spice Girls and their cheekily choreographed girl power firmly lodged in the 1990s. Real girl power exists today in the guises of the Sounds
. The former's vocalist, Maja Ivarsson as blond as Debbie Harry in her disco heyday but a spitfire Joan Jett in demeanor commands the crowd's attention with her drum-kit-climbing and powerful pipes, antics that drive (and complement) the Swedes' punky keyboard-rock. The quintet's new album, Dying to Say This to You
, isn't as new-wave influenced but still features hooks and attitude galore. Fronted by Chantal Claret, NYC fun-popsters Morningwood rock like the party band at a teen-movie's prom and, as their name implies, they keep the sexual revolution at the forefront.