Hive Five: Modern Stevie Nicks Disciples

Florence Welch in New York City, December 2010. Photo: Michael Loccisana/Getty Images

Stevie Nicks twirled back into the spotlight this week with In Your Dreams — her first album since 2001 — but her indie-rock revaluation has been underway for years. Like Bruce Springsteen with Gaslight Anthem or Paul Simon with Vampire Weekend, Nicks has inspired a new generation of artists. Amid this landslide of recent Stevie love, Hive compiled a list of her five best disciples.

1. Florence Welch, Florence and the Machine

Slightly gothy, extremely foxy and blessed with a big, emotive voice, Welch comes closer than anyone to capturing Nicks’ mystique. Check her out here, flouncing around in black showgirl-sorceress outfit:

2. Jenny Lewis

Ever since she broke off from Rilo Kiley and started making her own albums, Lewis has fancied herself the modern-day Queen of Laurel Canyon. While she’s a more snarky Gen-Xer than ethereal ‘70s SoCal bohemian, she’s certainly got Nicks’ knack for songwriting. Plus, she formed a band with her boyfriend, Johnathan Rice. What could be more Fleetwood Mac than that?

Here she is with Rilo Kiley and Gillian Welch covering “Stop Draggin’ My Heart Around,” Nicks’ 1981 Tom Petty team-up:

3. Lykke Li

Within the first 30 seconds of her excellent new album Wounded Rhymes, Li goes full-on Stevie, making “Youth Knows No Pain” sound like an update of “Edge of Seventeen.” In the video for “Get Some,” Lykke Li is part Nicks, part warrior princes and according to the lyrics, part prostitute:

4. Uh Huh Her

This Los Angeles duo plays fizzy electro-pop and cites Led Zeppelin and Pink Floyd as their primary rock ‘n’ roll influences, but “Black and Blue,” the title track from their new EP, owes more than a little to early-‘80s Stevie.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NvI1hy4qSu0

5. Early Winters

Before forming this alt-country group, singer Carina Round channed more PJ Harvey than Nicks. Now, she and the Winters are in Rumours mode — hopefully without all the drugs and partner swapping. Here she performs “Spanish Burn,” one of the first Early Winters songs to surface.

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