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Forget the Grammys, Here’s 7 Queer Indie Bands You Should Be Listening To

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The Grammys are coming up on Sunday, and though America’s most prestigious music honors will see gay faves (Adele, Lady Gaga, Pink), bisexuals (Nicki Minaj) and even those who brag about kissing a girl (Katy Perry) vie for awards, it’s probably the least gay of the EGOT  (Emmy, Tony, Oscar, Grammy) series.

So here I’m going give some much-deserved attention to bands and solo acts that will probably never get any recognition by the National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences. But they deserve to be recognized by you. Make some room on your iPod for Jonsi (above) and other all-too-often overlooked queer acts.

Click through for the lowdown of some of today’s hottest queer indie musicians

Photos: Mercury Records, Parlophone


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By:          John Russell
On:           Feb 10, 2012
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    • divkid

      dan avery: “But their cover of Young Marble Giants’ “Credit in a Straight World” (above) holds a very special place in my heart”

      i’m sure you meant to say: their cover of HOLE’s “credit in the straight world” [your shame compounded because they had a queer element!]

      loved kele’s tenderoni. inexplicably it didn’t do shit here in the uk charts, despite decent airplay.

      Feb 10, 2012 at 8:36 am · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • divkid

      i’m a fucking idiot. you were correct.

      i will NEVER doubt you again.

      i am ritually disembowelling myself with my samurai sword even as i write this, such is my shame.

      Feb 10, 2012 at 8:42 am · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • John C

      I thought Diamond Rings wasn’t gay, just gay-friendly?

      Feb 10, 2012 at 9:30 am · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Kate Bushwhacked

      When was this article written? Sigur Rós isn’t on hiatus anymore, they have a new album coming out this spring and they’re touring the whole year.

      Feb 10, 2012 at 11:04 am · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • bop2pop

      This is a pretty good diverse list, however, I would add Ladyhawke (I would have added Goldfrapp too, but they are too well-known).

      My Delirium: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=X_bFO1SNRZg&ob=av2e

      She has just released her new single, , which is an homage to my favorite camptastic horror film, The Eyes of Laura Mars. I have both the video and the video it is inspired for comparison on my website: http://www.bop2pop.com


      Feb 10, 2012 at 11:21 am · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • bop2pop

      Sorry wrong link to Black White Blue.

      here it is…

      Feb 10, 2012 at 11:30 am · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Jack

      Queerty “grammar” strikes again. The headline should read “Here are . . . bands” not “Here’s . . . bands”

      Feb 10, 2012 at 12:22 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Tom

      What about Beirut!? His last record was amazing, and he’s one of my favorite gay artists.

      Feb 10, 2012 at 12:59 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • DenverBarbie

      Patrick Wolf- I live! I actually quite like Lupercalia, perhaps the most of his albums (maybe it’s just nice to hear him happy?). “The Future” and “The City” are my picks off of that release. “Teignmouth” is an older favorite worth checking out, as is every track off of The Bachelor- the lack of cohesion makes for one hell of a ride.

      Will be checking out more Perfume Genius, Hunx, and Ssion. Thanks, Queerty!

      Feb 10, 2012 at 1:14 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • rdysetdisco

      dane terry should be on this list.

      queer neo-vaudevillian singer/songwriter/cabaret superstar.


      Feb 10, 2012 at 2:19 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • jason

      Why aren’t these bands being appreciated by the Grammys? Yet, the Grammys has no hesitation in giving awards to homophobic black thugs and their vile rap lyrics. Remember that Buju Banton nomination recently?

      Oh, and let’s not forget the awards the Grammys people have given to people like Eminem, a man who frequently used anti-gay slurs.

      Feb 10, 2012 at 3:47 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Astro

      Diamond Rings was so awful when he opened for Robyn. The crowd totally wasnt feel him, and he even said during his set “don’t worry everyone, only 35 minutes till Robyn comes on” i felt a bit bad for him, but he was awful

      Feb 10, 2012 at 3:55 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Pissedoffhomo

      he isn’t queer…..he just appropriates queer culture and style.

      Feb 10, 2012 at 5:55 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • SKANK

      Your list of “Queer” bands is only gay men.

      Gossip, Tegan and Sara, The Cliks, Justin Vivian Bond…

      Feb 10, 2012 at 7:04 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Ben

      No mention of The Magnetic Fields? For shame.

      Feb 10, 2012 at 8:39 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • divkid

      beth ditto making fart noises under various folds and crevices would appear to me nonetheless as sonic cathedrals of ethereal majesty, such is my love for that woman.

      Feb 10, 2012 at 10:13 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Aaron

      What about Xiu Xiu and Parenthetical Girls!?

      Feb 10, 2012 at 10:31 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·

      you left off BRANDON HILTON? possibly one of the most exciting new gay artists out right now!



      just signed with Interscope, gonna be HUGE! they’re calling him “the male Lady Gaga”

      Feb 11, 2012 at 12:09 am · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • John C

      There’s also the Jane Austen Argument- an Aussie duo who tour regularly with Amanda Palmer/The Dresden Dolls, and who had lyrics written for them by Neil Gaiman:


      Feb 11, 2012 at 12:37 am · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Lazycrockett

      Nice to see queer music get some attention on this mostly boring gossipy site. Good selection of artist, but I hope hunx has properly credit the new order riff.

      Feb 11, 2012 at 12:47 am · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Doi

      Credit In The Straight World was originally done by Young Marble Giants. Not Hole.

      Feb 11, 2012 at 12:33 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Timmmeeeyyy

      I think we’re in a sort of LGBT music renaissance right now with lots of amazing bands with openly gay members. A few more to check out:
      Jessie J
      God-Des & She
      Fagget Fairys
      Lady Sovereign
      Sleepy Vikings

      Serious Business’ fun song Hot Damn is in my rotation often these days.

      Feb 11, 2012 at 12:41 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • divkid

      @Doi: hence comment no. 3.
      please don’t prolong my humiliation. :)

      Feb 11, 2012 at 1:11 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • DenverBarbie

      @divkid: Don’t be too embarrassed, sugar! Something tells me they were digging on Hole when they recorded the cover. I swear up and down that I heard a couple of Hole references on other tracks.

      Feb 11, 2012 at 6:53 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Shannon1981

      @divkid: awwww don’t beat yourself up, babe

      Feb 11, 2012 at 7:51 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • divkid

      @DenverBarbie: @Shannon1981:
      mwah, mwah! your both sweeties, and that was…music to *my* ears!

      Feb 11, 2012 at 8:04 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Shannon1981

      @divkid: thanks,and its my pleasure, and so good to have you around again.

      and click my name, that’s the new blog(not the one you came to bring me back on) in case you leave again/get busy and we can email. Queerty really needs a messaging system of some sort..

      Feb 11, 2012 at 8:13 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • scott

      Secret Rivals

      Are a new band from Oxford who im really getting into the more listen x

      also Gossip and Bloc Party spring to mind

      Feb 16, 2012 at 10:08 am · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Daniel

      Free promo waheyyy! My boyfriends band:

      Feb 17, 2012 at 9:41 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • John C

      Well, hell, if we’re just shamelessly plugging:

      Feb 17, 2012 at 10:59 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Alex

      As a result of this article, I “ran over” to Amazon and bought both “The Boxer” by Kele and “Lupercalia” by Patrick Wolf…on VINYL!

      Mar 15, 2012 at 1:53 am · @ReplyReply to this comment ·

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