Mykki Blanco

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

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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

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

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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!
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Exclusive Photo Gallery: Afropunk 2013

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

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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