Your Weekly Women to Listen to: Neverever, Kool Thing and more


Oh snap — it’s Wednesday and I’ve got some great recommendations for you, thanks in large part to other great readers of this lil’ column of

mine. Since I’m all about group hugs and spreading the word on great

music, I’ve been thinking it would be really nice for us lady-loving

music nerds to create a Twitter community hashtag devoted to giving

each other music recommendations and also be there to answer any music

questions you might have. Think of it as having a mini gay DJ in your

pocket! That alone sounds like a party and a half. Now, what I need

from you all are suggestions as to what our hash tag should be. I’m

making this a group vote and whoever comes up with the winning hashtag

will receive an autographed photo of my French bulldogs. Entries must

be short, sweet and rated PG.

On to some tuneage!

Kool Thing


Electronic, darkwave

From: Ireland/Australia but

currently residing in Germany

For Fans of: Lovers, Light

Asylum, Uh Huh Her, Telepathe, mixed multi-media, black on black, a

more electronic Warpaint, tattoos referencing science, literature or

simple black line drawings, Tilda

, anything Miranda July

touches, a less operatic Austra.

Bonus: I would like to thank

AfterEllen reader doIT for the

fantastic suggestion and also for sending me the (semi NSFW) music

video we featured in Morning Brew recently. The single, “Light Games,” which is also the title track of

their EP, is available for free download here.

That video gave me that feeling in my tummy that’s a mixture of dancing

unicorns and babies crawling on the ceiling a la Trainspotting.


Eleni Moraites


Singer-songwriter, acoustic folk

From: Champaign-Urbana, home of

the Fighting Illini and also where I was born!

For Fans of: Edie Carey, Cathi

Bruns, Doria Roberts, camping, sharing your feelings, adding religious

traditions to the formal traditions in order to celebrate the

matriarchs of a culture, Mich Fest, flowing skirts, looking at flowers

and/or gardening, homemade black bean burgers.

Bonus: Eleni is not only a

musician, she’s also an incredible advocate for children born with rare

skin diseases. All of the proceeds from the sale of her album, Fertile Ground,

go to Camp Discovery, a really great

place for these children to be surrounded by friendly faces and feel

comfortable in their own skin.

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Dirty garage-pop, beach rock

From: California

For Fans of: Vivian Girls, Best

Coast, smoking Pall Malls, going as either The Fonz or Rizzo for Halloween on a regular

basis, anything that has “Shangri-La” in the title, antique shops, big

jewelry, little skirts, Captain Crunch cereal with chocolate milk,

Miller High Life, getting busy in the back seat of a car.

Bonus: I like a good Tumblr page and they’ve got one I could probably

get lost in for hours, particularly when the pictures of singer, Jihae Meek,

come up. Can I get an Austin Powers,

“Yeah, baby!” out there?

Charlene Soraia


She’s difficult to describe so I’ll say if she were a

tree her trunk would be made out of R&B and then she’d have

branches of jazz, folk and neo-soul



For Fans of:

La Havas, Birdy, paying attention to the backup singers at big name

shows and realizing they’ve got more swag than the headliner, Adele’s

“Right As Rain”, finger sandwiches, in some ways Dirty Vegas’s “Days Go

By,” cocktail dresses, To Kill a



Charlene is apparently a big doodler or cute

things. You can check out her doodles

at her website!

It’s been a crazy hectic day for me so unfortunately this is all I’ve

got time for. I’ll put this cute picture right here though so you don’t

feel like you’ve been cheated in any way. Now, start thinking of the

hash tag we should be using for our gay pocket DJ community and start

leaving them in the comments, message

, tweet

, send it to me on Facebook or, most preferably, drop your

suggestions off at my apartment on a list you have pinned to the

sweater of a baby teacup piglet that you wanted me to have for my very


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