The result is a flourishing, inclusive DIY scene that welcomes women musicians and encourages collaboration. It’s the kind of scene, Nokes says, that’s defined by mutual support and camaraderie.

“Where you just get all your friends to play your release show, and everybody is really supportive of everybody’s new album or music video, and we all help each other out, like, “I’ll be in yours and you can be in mine,” says Nokes.

Just ask Julia Shapiro, lead singer and guitarist for Chastity Belt. She formed the band with two college friends, and soon they were disrupting frat house parties by scrappily shouting on stage about things like stealing cigarettes from their moms and being proud to be a “cool slut.”