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7 Straight Musicians Cranking Great Queer Sounds

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Queer bands rawk and Lady Gaga’s pretty good. But sometimes great queer music comes from straight musicians too: artists willing to bend time and sound into highbrow synth-rock, incestual drum and bass dubstep, Brooklyn dance psychildelica, and confessional acoustics that’ll make you moister than a snack cake. Yes ladies, gents, and everyone in between—here’s some of the queerest, most delightful music from straight bands that you’ve never heard.

NOTE: Admittedly, I prefer indie rock and synthpop, so I didn’t include any metal, rap, or super-experimental music in my top 7. These are all bands I caught in Austin, and there’s also not much racial diversity. I did, however try to choose bands that sounded unlike anything I’d ever heard. And though none are queer-identified, I’ve covered some male and female rockers in the past. Enjoy!

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By:           Daniel Villarreal
On:           Feb 8, 2011
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  • 15 Comments
    • Aaron
      Aaron

      What about Ariel Pink?

      Feb 8, 2011 at 10:27 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Daniel
      Daniel

      @Aaron: Suggest a song and link to it so we can give it a listen, yo!

      Feb 8, 2011 at 10:30 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • KalperniaRena
      KalperniaRena

      I suggest Jetpack by Eve 6

      Feb 8, 2011 at 10:42 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • BBB
      BBB

      The xx is fantastic – love it! I suggest French Horn Rebellion – Up All Night, though I havent heard the rest of the album.

      Feb 8, 2011 at 10:49 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Hunter
      Hunter

      The two lead singers in the xx are queer.

      Feb 8, 2011 at 10:53 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • WillBFair
      WillBFair

      I’m sorry. Atonal nightmares.

      Feb 8, 2011 at 11:27 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Clint
      Clint

      This was awful.

      Feb 8, 2011 at 11:35 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Zee
      Zee

      Meh…it’s okay.

      Join Me On Sodahead, We Need More GBLT Voices There!
      http://www.sodahead.com/user/profile/933960/astro-boy/

      Feb 9, 2011 at 2:43 am · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Coffee&Chicory
      Coffee&Chicory

      You first draw a comparison to Portishead and Massive Attack (trip-hop) and then to Burial and the Digital Mystikz (real dubstep)?! no, no, and no. Two completely different genres of electronic music.

      Feb 9, 2011 at 10:17 am · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • TNG Zack
      TNG Zack

      Great article, queery! And for folks who like this kinda stuff, be sure to check out Thenewgay.net. WE do tons of indie coverage…

      Feb 9, 2011 at 2:44 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Aaron
      Aaron

      @Daniel:

      Here ya go: “Kate I Wait”

      http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gB65ENKm4AM

      p.s. it’s about Kate Bush.

      Feb 9, 2011 at 11:53 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Aaron
      Aaron

      @Daniel:

      Ariel Pink were also on Late Night with Jimmy Fallon recently:

      Feb 9, 2011 at 11:57 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Frank Rivera
      Frank Rivera

      Love the music list and then I saw the venues. Yay Austin!

      I suggest The Pass (the played at the Ghost Room last night – sound like an USA answer to Phoenix), Das Racist, Totally Enormous Extinct Dinosaurs (The xx-lite) and Geographer.

      Feb 10, 2011 at 1:58 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • SusanW
      SusanW

      My suggestion is Cosmo Jarvis’ pirate song.

      Feb 10, 2011 at 6:13 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Holly
      Holly

      Not a fan – but her name is Scardetta, not Scardella.

      Feb 12, 2011 at 3:54 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·

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