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Interview with Australian Punk Rocker Jen Cloher

questions by: Bob Jones // Germany || photo by: Tajette O’Halloran // Australia

I first listened to Jen Cloher on the radio while traveling Down Under. I was intrigued by her authentic voice that matched her unpretentious, somewhat intimate lyrics. Jen’s music got me to dive into the local underground music scene
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On Being a Queer Musician

text by: Kat Hamilton // USA || photo by: Manic Pixi // USA

First of all, I love the term “Queer”. There is something unifying and inclusive about it. It covers a lot of ground. In the past year, I’ve really taken to identifying as queer vs. gay or lesbian. I hear it often in the music scene especially.
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Perfume Genius on pigs, kids and fame

questions by: Mareike Lütge & Verena Spilker // Germany || photo by: Jason Harrell // Germany

It’s changed. I mean, you know, the first album was a very manic feeling. It needed to come out and I was just doing it for myself. The second album was still personal, but I knew that there were going to be listeners. I kept them in mind while I was writing.
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Jay Brannan on Gummy Bears and new languages

questions by: Verena Spilker // Germany || answers + photo by: Jay Brannan // USA

I’m actually using the same guitar that I recorded that soda shop video with, and when I record, I do it in someone else’s studio, or rent studio time and an engineer. So honestly, I haven’t upgraded any equipment since starting.
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Jef Barbara – authentic and outrageous!

questions by: Verena Spilker // Germany || photo by: Jason Harrell // Germany

I first learned about Jef Barbara a few years back, when Jef contacted me asking to get listed on Transnational Queer Underground. I really liked their music and so I took this chance of them playing a show here in Berlin to finally meet and interview Jef. I enjoy the honesty you can feel coming from their music
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Khaela Maricich of The Blow

by Verena Spilker
I don’t remember when I first listened to The Blow’s album Paper Television. What I do remember is playing one of its songs while DJing in Leipzig and seeing the girl I had a crush on singing along…

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Introducing… Kumbia Queers

text by: Verena Spilker // Germany || photo by: Verena Spilker // Germany

This July Berlin had the pleasure of welcoming Kumbia Queers, a band from Mexico & Argentina in Berlin for no less than three concerts, in which they introduced us to their version of cumbia, aka tropipunk.
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Reclaiming space: Rae Spoon

questions by: Zoé Sona // Germany || answers + photo by: Rae Spoon // Canada

A few weeks ago I saw Rae Spoon at a show at SilverFuture in Berlin. He’s that small guy with big glasses and a great voice. He presented his new album „Love is a Hunter“ and I just couldn’t stop listening to it every day since then.
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Perfume Genius Concert

by Mareike Lütge
It’s a summer evening in shimmery hot Berlin. People are spending their time at lakes, parks or in front of bars with a cold beer. Only a few will find their way to Privatclub, a small venue in a basement in Kreuzberg…

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Jamie Stewart/Xiu Xiu

by Verena Spilker
Jamie Stewart has been making music for over 14 years. Eight years ago he started his band Xiu Xiu. Following the change in line-up, the band has put out an album…

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They’re Yes Yes Y’all and They Don’t Stop!

text by: Nicholas Miniaci // Canada || photo by: Yes Yes Y’all // Canada

Jamming unlooked-for venues with hundreds of people, week upon week, the rhythms of Homo Hop are loud and strong in Toronto, Canada. One of the city’s hottest groups, Yes Yes Y’all (or YYY for short), is barely two years old and has already grown a wide and diverse following.
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Lesbians on Ecstasy

by Verena Spilker
Lesbians on Ecstasy came into existence at a party many years ago when the would-be members had the idea of turning lesbian folk tunes into dance. The band’s first and self-titled album…

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JD Samson (MEN)

by Verena Spilker
MEN, a DJ project originally founded by JD Samson and Johanna Fatemen of Le Tigre turned into a band that could hardly be ignored during the last year on queer dance floors…

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Joel Gibb (The Hidden Cameras)

by Verena Spilker
The Hidden Cameras, originally from Canada, emerged from the Toronto queercore scene and play sweet pop songs with lyrics that range from political statements such as Ban Marriage…

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Terre Thaemlitz

by Steffen & Verena
These Interviews were conducted in 2003/2004 as part of a research for a paper at the University of Göttingen | Germany on gender networks and music…

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