The Best Overlooked Albums
BY Advocate Contributors
November 14 2011 4:00 AM ET
Excuses for Skipping, Tonic for Hysteria (Make Records)
This queer San Francisco quartet is hot as hell onstage, and the band’s fiesty hybrid of new wave, old-school, space-age drama rock translates through earbuds too.
Girl in a Coma, Exits 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 K, The 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.
Men, Talk 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.
Driftwood Fire, How 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.