The new class
Times are a changing, when being out while starting your music career actually seems like a viable option. Some of the best new music has come from out lesbian artists. Holly Miranda’s solo debut, The Magician’s Private Library, was well-received by critics and hit number 40 on the Billboard Heatseakers chart. Screaming Females, led by out singer/guistarist Marissa Paternoster released their album, Castle Talk, and toured extensively around the U.S. They’ve been recognized as a one of the best new punk groups to see live, and Marissa also released a solo album under the moniker NOUN, which was equally as good.
Rhymesayers MC Psalm One released Woman at Work in three parts this year. She let fans download it all for free, building her buzz and solidifying her place as the newest entity to watch in hip-hop. Detroit-based MC Invincible raised her profile this year with a music video about suicide and depression that was banned by MTV for its “serious content.” It was later given play after the network received complaints from fans.
In the works for 2011 include new albums from Vanessa Carlton, Lady Gaga, Otep, Uh Huh Her, MEN and Hercules & Love Affair. There will also be some new artists to watch out for, including electro DJ duo CREEP, who have just released a single featuring Romy Madley-Croft from the xx on vocals. Plus Kim Ann Foxman has recorded some solo tracks, which could also make it to an LP in 2011.
While another Lilith Fair is rumored to happen, there isn’t much information on how the tour will work, and if they’ll go with less dates than they attempted last year to ensure success. But there are other women-focused festivals that will continue to play out in their respective locations such as Michigan Womyn’s Fest and Fabulousa Festival, which was founded by out musician Jenny Hoyston (Erase Errata).
And will we see more women unafraid to be open about their true sexualities? It’d be great to say yes, but there’s still an oppressive business world that so many must navigate, where money and product reigns and personal preference can be pushed to the wayside. In the meanntime, we can probably expect some more hints at pansexuality or asexuality, or somewhere in between, but the musicians who are unafraid to be themselves will be the most successful at connecting with listeners in the long run.