From: Chicago, Illinois
Active: Veruca Salt (original lineup), 1994-1997, 2014-present; Nina Gordon, 2000-2006
I first heard them: when Live 105 started playing "Seether"
Sound: "Rock on with your frock on" was something Nina said during her first stint with Veruca Salt. It applies to the band more than to her solo work, a lot of which is more in the "rock on with your Sarah Maclachlan records on" vein.
I suppose I should probably address why I'm treating Veruca Salt like Nina Gordon's band when for most of its existence it's been Louise Post's, and even when Nina has been around Louise has written and sung half the songs. The fact is that while I didn't hate Louise's half of Eight Arms to Hold You, I am bigger fan of Nina's songwriting and vocals by orders of magnitude.
Further listening: Here's the song that put Veruca Salt on the map: