Sound Check: June 2009


News and Notes

Check out Gretchen Phillips doing a great cover of Prince’s song "Dirty Mind" on

Kanye isn’t the only hip-hop star to be pimping lesbian artists: Rapper Ludacris gave props to out classical-pop musician Elizabeth Willis in a recent issue of Rolling Stone.

Elizabeth Willis

Remember that awesome "Glass Vase Cello Case" song from But I’m a Cheerleader? That was a Tattle Tale track, a duo that included now solo artist Bonfire Madigan, whose The Lady Saves EP is out now as a preview to her upcoming fall full-length release.

Bonfire Madigan

Amanda Palmer has announced that she is waiting to see if her label, Roadrunner Records, will officially be dropping her as a solo artist and her band The Dresden Dolls sometime this month. The decision should be made by the end of June.

Tegan Quin has been working as a producer of a new queer artist Char2D2
whose debut EP will be released sometime this summer. Tegan also sang
on a track for a new EP from ex-Sparta band member, Jim Ward.

The documentary film Fish out of Water scored by Kaki King will make its debut at Outfest in Los Angeles on July 18.

The Gossip
have been putting up behind-the-scenes documentary footage of their
current European tour, and the recording of their new album Music for Men, which comes out at the end of June.

Australian transplant Sia has been hosting webchats on her official website, and talks details about her upcoming album, working with Christina Aguilera and her favorite cocktail.

Also this month: New albums from Girl in a Coma, The Cliks and Shawn Colvin.

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