The marriage of female vocals and electronic music has gone from strength to strength ever since Giorgio Moroder and Pete Bellotte introduced Donna Summer’s pipes to the Moog synthersizer back in the mid-1970s, and nowhere has this been more evident than on the 2013 festival circuit, where girl-led acts like Blue Hawaii and Empress Of stand out among the frenzy of new talent. Shot here at SXSW (Austin, Texas) and Coachella (Indio, California) by photographer Laura Coulson—who also caught up with Solange, Jessie Ware, Sasha Speilberg, Alana from the band Haim and Io Echo's Ioanna Gika—these women may differ in sound, but together they're proving that the four-boys-in-a-band rock and roll template is a thing of the past. Jessie Ware and Solange have demonstrated an unmatched ability to lure in a live audience, despite their pop debutante status, and Haim’s organic, spectral pop meanwhile plugs right into Fleetwood Mac’s Tusk. Spielberg, who sings with her brother Theo in Wardell, is reminiscent of young Grace Slick; here the band's track "Eli" accompanies the slideshow of portraits in the form of an exclusive remix by experimental producer-du-jour Nicolas Jaar. “Seeing all of the girls and their bands live got me really excited and spurred me on to document what I feel is a huge year for girls in music,” explains Coulson. “My unofficial theme was, 'girls who are killing it in 2013'. But quite simply, all of these artists are making really powerful and important music that people should be excited about.” Accompanying the portraits above is an exclusive We reached out to a selection of the talent to suss out the influences behind the work.