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  • Left to right: Allison Russell, Dizzy Fae and Lawrence Rothman. Photos by Marc Baptiste, Alondra Buccio and Mary Rozzi

Keep Your Pride Season Going With These 8 Queer Artists (and Allies with Receipts)

By |2021-07-16T11:32:11-04:00July 16th, 2021|Entertainment, Features, Music|

Between sips of White Claw or while sweeping cicadas off of your patio, youll want to turn up your speakers to some of our favorite rising LGBTQ+ musicians and a few allies that will give you new reasons to expand Pride into July, and beyond.

Allison Russell – Nightflyer

Allison Russell is truly all the things: speaker, poet, a Black woman, queer, a survivor of abuse. Those facets are woven into the fabric of the multi-hyphenates debut album, Outside Child.  Inspired by the likes of Lucinda Williams and Tracy Chapman, Russells solo release is a sonic reclamation of her childhood that promises a career full of triumphs. Fans of Feist shouldnt miss this one.

Goldilocks – Slide My Way

Goldilocks, who uses the pronouns she, her and ella, is a non-binary, New York-based musician whose debut album, Future Famous,is both accessible and ambitious in scope. From the reggaeton stylings ofSlide My WayandAnimalto the catchy pop choruses of Cherry, Goldilocks is only one album in and already shes fit for fight against the likes of J Balvin, Bad Bunny and Ozuna.

McKinley Dixon – make a poet Black

McKinley Dixon describes his sound as music Gerald from Hey Arnold! would listen to.Hard to argue with that. With his latest release, For My Mama And Anyone Who Look Like Her,” Dixon shares his experiences and his critique of American society — through his lens. Never Will Knowcontemplates the fear of being gay and not getting into heaven, while the sincere and urgent make a poet Blackpleads abstractly.

Lawrence Rothman – Thrash the West (featuring Amanda Shires)

A veteran composer, Lawrence Rothman has had a chance to explore the music scene from their non-binary, genderfluid perspective for over two decades. Active early in their career in alt- and punk-rock band Living Things, music from Rothmans 2017 debut, The Book of Law, would later appear in Netflixs 13 Reasons Why and Lucifer.” “Good Morning, America,” Rothman’s sophomore album, was largely written with collaborators over video calls and was recorded in a number of unusual locations, including an abandoned mall in Los Angeles. “Good Morning, America” is out July 16.

Dizzy Fae – Body Move

With three releases now under her belt, Dizzy Fae has a lot to say on what it means to be a queer woman of color in the music industry. Her single Body Moveis an upbeat testament to dance and pop. Ever the visionary, Dizzy’s art would be incomplete without considering her intricate, hypnotic music videos. As with her other singles, “Her/Indica” and Im Good, psychedelia and surrealism emerge in surprising and curious contexts on her new EP, Antenna.

Indigo Sparke – Everything Everything

Sydney-based Indigo Sparkes debut album, Echo, delivers careful and thoughtful moments with her often-mournful folk. Co-produced by Big Thiefs Adrianne Lenker, the albums melding of spoken word and living-room guitar creates intimacy in both sound and feeling. “Echo” is sweetened by its moments of reprieve, and the album as a whole is a satisfying labor of love.

Patrick Paige II – So They Say

Patrick Paige II is perhaps best known for his work in The Internet alongside Syd Tha Kid. With his second album, If I Fail Are We Still Cool?,” Paige delivers cut after cut of mellow bars and bass-laden R&B, using equal parts sensuality and funk to compose the hazy Whisper (Want My Love). Lead guitar and trap hype up Big Plays,a stark contrast to the thoughtful and not-quite-lofi Who Am I.

Fears – vines

As Fears, Constance Keane recorded her album Oíche in three separate bedrooms. The album is like a scrapbook, each song an emotion. A feminist endeavor, Keane released Oíche through her own label, TULLE Collective, to create space and representation for female and non-binary musicians.

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