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Best of 2011: Overlooked LGBT Albums

Best of 2011: Overlooked LGBT Albums

Advocate asked readers to submit their favorite, but overlooked, music you shouldn’t have missed in 2011. Here are the ladies who should be on your playlist!

To wrap up 2011, our sibling site Advocate.com put together several "Best of" lists to recount headline makers, films and albums not to be missed for the LGBT community this year.

Advocate asked readers to submit their favorite, but overlooked, music you shouldn’t have missed in 2011. Here are the ladies who should be on your play list! Be sure to check out the full list of albums from Advocate.

The Shondes, Searchlights (Fanatic Records)

Another riot grrrl–inspired but modern rock classic from the world’s best Jewish gender-queer band.

 

Brilliant ColorsAgain and Again (Slumberland)

Hazy melodies and dreamlike cacophony by this lesbian trio make for a lovely and mellow playlist. 

 

Camille Bloom and the RecoveryNever Out of Time (Camille Bloom)

The genre-straddling lesbian singer-songwriter earns comparisons to Melissa Etheridge or Gwen Stefani—unlikely musical bedfellows though they’d be. Eight different TV shows have optioned works from this album alone.

 

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Girl in a ComaExits and All the Rest (Blackheart)

This thundering all-girl San Antonio–bred trio combines punk, Tejano, and indie rock with lyrical metaphors on real issues like border patrol and immigration.

 

Shunda KThe Most Wanted (Fanatic)

One half of the popular lesbian Christian hip-hop group Yo! Majesty offers an equally outspoken mix of up-tempo electro, freakazoid rhymes, and Southern hip-hop stylings.

 

Driftwood FireHow to Untangle a Heartache (Self-released)

These Virginia-based lesbian balladeers play beautiful roots rock with touches of Emmylou Harris. Knowing they’re a couple in real life is pure icing.

 

MenTalk About Body (I Am Sound)

J.D. Samson (of Le Tigre fame) teams with Michael O'Neill and Ginger Brooks Takahashi for an album that’s still queer and charged, with anthems like “Off Our Backs” that are liberal and liberating.

 

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The Sheryl Bailey 4For All Those Living (PureMusic)

A smoky, melancholic jazz meditation on healing from one of the best lesbian guitar players around. 

 

OtepAtavist (Victory)

Lesbian-fronted band offers up a burning gothic funk-metal album with hints of Siouxsie Sioux and Henry Rollins.

 

Gypsy Fuzz, Searching.Finding.Living. (Boxrilla Music)

Lesbian singer-songwriter Christine Havrilla performs ’70s-inspired powerhouse rock with some dark lyrics, mean guitar, and ethereal introspection.

 

Blame SallySpeeding Ticket and a Valentine (Rocket Science Records)

Think Joan Jett meets Lucinda Williams with self-reflective and lyrical masterpieces from this lesbian band.

 

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