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5 Queer Band You Need To Know

If this lot don’t feature on your iPod, you’re missing out

Jess Banham

Thu, 20 Dec 2012 14:59:56 GMT | Updated 4 years today


CocoRosie (pictured) comprise of two sisters Bianca and Sierra Casady who formed in 2003. Though born and raised in the United States, the band formed in Paris. Their avant-garde music, once referred to as "freak folk", blends together many elements of music from blues to electronica. Bianca is not afraid to explore sexuality in her work, declaring that "It's really not about being gay or ungay, it's about being youself in a patriarchal, heterocentric, heteronormative, monotheistic world". To hear more from the eclectic duo CocoRosie visit their Facebook page  




The talented lesbian singer-song writer Mary Lambert sings the beautiful chorus to Macklemore and Ryan Lewis' song Same Love, a track which was recently released in support of gay marriage. Her voice has been compared to the soft and lyrically haunting sounds of Bon Iver and Feist. Lambert has worked hard for her career in music yet when she's not singing, Lambert is also an accomplished spoken word artist, winning the Northwest Regional Slam in 2012. She is since becoming one of the most talked about new artists in her area. To hear more from this Seattle treasure, visit her website




The Cliks are a Canadian rock group fronted by open trans man Lucas Silveira. They are making waves in the LBGTQ community by being the first band with a transgender lead singer to be signed by a major record label, however Silveria is careful not to market their band as a solely transgender band. Often compared to the likes of David Bowie and The White Stripes, their songs have appeared on The L Word soundtrack as well as performing at many Pride festivals. Their new album Black tie elevator will be released in March, 2013. To find out more, visit their website



4. SIA

Sia Kate Isobelle Furler, more popularly known as Sia, is an Australian singer and vegetarian activist. With roots in the jazz scene, Furler's haunting and dreamy pop sound make Sia one of my favourite artists. Furler has sung with Christina Aguilera, Flo Rider and David Guetta in the past, but my personal favourite collaboration is when she contributed vocals for the Flight of the Conchord's second album. In 2008, Furler discussed her bisexuality, remarking "I don't care what gender you are, it's about people". Exciting news comes from Tegan and Sara, who have tweeted that Sia has been in the studio and contributed vocals to their forthcoming 2013 album Heartthrob.  To see more photos, videos or songs by Sia visit her website//set/




I first found out about Miranda when she was on Liz Feldman's show This Just Out and I instantly fell in love. In Holly's solo career she has toured on Tegan and Sara's US tour, and has also supported the xx and Florence and the Machine. The Brooklyn based musician identifies as a lesbian, but remarks "I don't want people to not listen to my music because of that and I don't want people to listen to my music because of that." Inspired musically by Jeff Buckley or a modern day Cat Power, Holly Miranda is a soulful artist to remember. To get the latest updates and tracks from Holly Miranda, visit the official website

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