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Best gay albums of 2011

Just our yearly take on the best albums and EPs by queer artists this year. We don’t hold back our local bias but it is an international list, and I think Canada might be kicking our asses a li’l this year. […]

MEN in review

This isn't the Portland show but it is MEN live

Remind me not to stop drinking, because when I fall off the wagon, I fall hard. It was a tough hump day anyway, beginning with a dentist appointment and a long work day…oh, and the death of Elizabeth Taylor. Luckily, I had two of my favorite bands to save me at the end. Lovers and MEN‘s latest albums are […]

JD Samson’s MEN take over humpday in PDX

Michael, JD, Ginger of MEN

To see some truly great bands you’ve got to be willing to party mid-week. And for the likes of electro-politico-indie-dance-rockers MEN it’s work any Thursday morning hangover. Headed by frontqueer JD Samson (Le Tigre), the trio are touring with their triumphant freshman album release Talk About Body, bringing it to Rotture (315 SE 3rd) tomorrow night.

Joined by local DJ hero Mr Charming, Silver […]

New MEN video – ‘Who Am I to Feel so Free?’

MEN's new album 'Talk About the Body'

The new video from electro-indie trio MEN is minimalistic, even simplistic, but it is awesome. Off their newly released debut album Talk About Body the video for Who Am I to Feel So Free? features frontwoman JD Samson (of Le Tigre fame) in a very calm and commanding stance atop a cliff. The climax is epically gay and I have little doubt […]

Gay days at MusicFest NW

Big Freedia gets the sissies bouncin'!

Besides books, bikes and beer Portland, Oregon is also known for its local music. And the space between summer and fall is when we choose to put it center stage with MusicFest NW starting today and running through the 12th. There’s a smorgasboard of both local and out-of-town bands, DJs and performers and no lack of queers among them. Here’s where to find […]

Afresh with new album The Gossip returns to Portland Saturday

The Gossip

The excitement was palpable when Southerners turned Portlanders The Gossip started to really make it big with their last release Standing in the Way of Control. It’s hard to believe that was three years ago. In the interim frontwoman Beth Ditto has become a spokeswoman for chub love and queer rights and culture, appeared naked on the cover of two magazines, started her own plus-size clothing line, […]

Music video Monday with Men, Yo Majesty and Athens Boys Choir

After attending a video release party in NYC in early May, I eagerly awaited the online arrival of Athens Boys Choir‘s “EZ Heeb” directed by former Portlander Ali Cotterill. It took many months but the rollerskating, Atlantic City fantasy date is funny on the inter-tubes.

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It’s raining Men at the Doug Fir tonight

Men

I can’t believe I almost forgot about tonight’s Men show at the Doug Fir (830 E Burnside). Le Tigre fans will recognize the electronic artsy dance fun spearheaded by JD Samson.

Here’s a little snippet from the current J/O Diversion:

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New music video for MEN, by K8 Hardy

Men: Ginger Brooks, Takahashi, JD Samson and Michael O’Neill

MEN, a project largely piloted by Le Tigre’s JD Samson, now includes Michael O’Neill (Princess, Ladybug Transistor) and Ginger Brooks Takahashi (LTTR, The Ballet) with Johanna and artist Emily Roysdon contributing as writers, consultants, and producers. And the new NYC queer band of the dance scene has a brand spankin’ new video for “Off Our Backs” produced by the weird […]