Step away from the Britney, put down your Beyonce and lets listen to some talented queers who actually make music because they like to, not for the paycheck (although I bet none of these performers ever turned down a paycheck). I some times rate music by the lack of hearing of a group. In some twisted way, I think a band underground makes better music.
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This Berlin-based band do that whole anti-pop/electro sound really well. Plus, they sing about everything from feminism to Euro-trash all in a very spunky and sarcastic way. You gotta love that. Check out their cover of Tom Tom Club’s Wordy Rappinghood here. Oh! And their collab with the always irreverent, forever wonderful Peaches here.
Toronto’s Austra knows how to deliver the club beats…probably just as good as Gaga, but with a little less glam and sparkle and a little more goth-infused electronica. Maybe if Erasure had a lovechild with The Knife then made said lovechild listen to a lot of My Bloody Valentine. Does that make sense? Because now I’m confusing myself. Here, listen before I go on. The out lead singer Katie Stelmanis is a classically trained vocalist and her voice plus the band’s perfectly balanced new-wave pop sound make a perfect couple.
Christopher Owens, front man of Girls, has had a pretty interesting life thus far. He grew up in a religious cult with his mom, moved to over 20 different countries, and then finally packed off and headed to Texas – by himself – all by the time he was 16. With a life that interesting, you’re sure to make some memorable music. His band Girls, who he formed with fellow band mate Chet White, does just that. Did I mention they have Seth Bogart (of Hunx and His Punx/Gravy Train!!!!) very nude in their NSFW music video for Lust for Life? Check out the tamer version here.
Hunx and His Punx
Speaking of the flamboyantly wonderful Seth Bogart, Hunx and His Punx is his all-girl backing poppy, trashy, punk band out of Oakland. The boy is sassy, likes to show some skin, and sings songs about crushing on boys… hard. As the Houston Press so eloquently put it, this band is a John Water’s film come to life.
And this is news to me, but apparently Lens Crafters used this Hunx song in a recent commercial. How not punk