Mykki Blanco

Perfume Genius, Angel Haze, and More Queer Music Icons for 2014

The idea of the “gay icon” has been present in mainstream culture ever since Judy Garland slid into those ruby slippers in The Wizard of Oz. Since then, many have taken up the baton: Garland’s daughter, Liza; Barbra Streisand; Madonna; Cher; Elton John; Bette Middler; Lady Gaga. The tradition of the gay icon is a fun one, but it’s disconcerting when you realize that most traditional gay icons aren’t actually queer-identified, considering that the collective identity of LGBT people has since outgrown the glitzy “gay” aesthetic of the ’70s and ’80s. For that reason, we’ve compiled a list of musicians who could be considered “queer” icons — rather than “gay” icons — for 2014: artists who not only live a certain lifestyle, but create art that reflects and highlights that… Read More

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Kathleen Hanna Collaborating with… Mykki Blanco?

2014: the year of the potentially awesome Kathleen Hanna collaboration! First there was the news that she was working with Miley… Read More

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The 5 Best Songs We Heard This Week: Nine Inch Nails, Sun Kil Moon

It’s Friday, which means your humble correspondent is kinda excited because he’s about to go on vacation for two weeks, and also that it’s time to survey the best new listening of the week gone by. This week seemed to be all about remixes — perhaps the most fascinating is an old, previously unreleased Coil remix of Nine Inch Nails, but there’s also Factory Floor taking on Wild Beasts, which is similarly interesting. Apart from these, there’s also a beautiful new Sun Kil Moon song, Mykki Blanco’s new single, and some claustrophobic electronic brooding from The Soft Moon. All this is streaming for precisely no money, so click through and start listening! … Read More

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Exclusive Photo Gallery: Afropunk 2013

This weekend, one of Flavorwire’s very favorite festivals returned to New York City for another year — the annual Afropunk Fest! This year’s event was at Commodore Barry Park in downtown Brooklyn, and saw a bunch of thoroughly excellent performances, including a special guest spot by Dead Prez, the return to NYC of the prodigal Mykki Blanco, precocious Brooklyn three-piece Unlocking the Truth, and a killer Saturday slot from Saul Williams. Our photographer Darlene Phan was on site to capture all the action, so click through to click out our exclusive gallery of photos from the wekeend. … Read More

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20 Great Albums You Can (Legally) Download for Free Right Now

David Byrne and St. Vincent have followed up their excellent Love This Giant album from last year with a new EP entitled Brass Tactics. Apart from the fact that it contains a previously unreleased track, the most notable thing about the EP is that they’re giving it away for free, making it the latest addition to an ever-increasing volume of music that you can download — legally! — for free right now. There’s so much, in fact, that it’s kind of overwhelming. Here’s a selection of 20 records that Flavorwire recommends you add to your collection right… Read More

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The 10 Best New Songs We Heard This Week: Deerhunter, Mykki Blanco

It’s Friday afternoon, which means that we’re off to see a celebrity psychic in a few hours (no, really), and also that we’re going back through all the new music we heard over the last few days to pick out our ten favorite tracks of the week. This week we warmed slowly to the new Deerhunter single, took substantially less time to love the new Mykki Blanco track, thoroughly enjoyed BEAK> covering Pink Floyd, got all woozy to Maria Minerva, discovered Manics-sampling pop from Istanbul, remembered why we liked Balam Acab, and more. All these tracks await you — get streaming and/or downloading, readers! … Read More

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Notable New Yorkers’ Cultural Resolutions for 2013

Now that Christmas is nothing more than a pile of shredded wrapping paper and tinsel on the floor of your family’s living room, ’tis the season to think about how we can make slightly less of a mess of things in the year ahead. That’s right: New Year’s resolutions. Of course, here at Flavorwire, we’re not so interested in your plan to get ripped or reconnect with your middle-school best friend. Our favorite resolutions are of the cultural variety — and who better to ask about those than 50 of New York’s most promising emerging culture makers? We hope their compelling, diverse, and sometimes humorous resolutions will inspire you to make some of your very own. … Read More

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50 Up-and-Coming New York Culture Makers to Watch in 2013

New York in 2012 may be a city that runs on money, but, contrary to all economic logic, it remains a city whose character is equally defined by the art it creates. Artists — by which we also mean artisans, writers, musicians, filmmakers, actors, designers, chefs, dancers, comedians, and makers of all kinds — and the entrepreneurs and curators who support them still populate the city by the thousands, maintaining its status as the creative capitol of the United States. … Read More

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