Sebastian's Team Pick
So I heard y'all might be into some adorable queer ladies that make good music. Lucky for you, I have a soft spot in my heart (ears?) for this genre of music. (Have I mentioned I've seen Dar Williams in concert three times and just bought tickets for another show in December? I call it my "lesbian cred.") I actually ran this by Crystal, Autostraddle's fabulous Music Editor, first because I was sort of worried that it was too predictable to show you guys an acoustic singer/songwriter duo of lezzies in their early 20s, but the reality is that Hannah & Maggie are so much better than the typical vaginarock that floats around lesbian circles (listen don't deny it - I spent 6 years in lesbian circles!) And also really, really cute.
Can we just look at this cover Maggie did of Two Weeks by Grizzly Bear?
CASE IN POINT.
But here I'll give you even more evidence of their talent and cuteness. They did this cover of "Home" by Edward Sharpe when they were on different continents! And I am in awe of Hannah's voice on this one.
I think what really sets them apart from the hoards of other talented chicks covering songs on youtube is their original music. They flew out to California this year to record their debut album, Fine Being Here, which you can stream in its entirety on soundcloud. I think "Warm Again" is my favorite.
They're doing a lil bar/cafe tour in New England this month and I'll hopefully be at a couple of the stops (full disclosure: Maggie is a close pal and I have platonic marriage intentions). So read their bio below, check out their incredibly well-designed website (I seriously cannot stand ugly sites), buy their album even, and maybe I'll catch you at a show!
"Hannah & Maggie are an acoustic folk-pop duo with a pronounced fondness for seltzer, cinnamon, chapstick, and things made of cloth. The two began playing together in 2009 and within a year had released their debut album, Fine Being Here. They will embark on their very first tour on August 19th, trekking through the northeast and stopping to make friends along the way. Their last show is on September 1st where they will open for Danielle Ate The Sandwich. After touring they plan to resume their normal lives and begin recording their second album, already well in the works. Maggie will be starting her fourth and final year at Smith College where she studies literature and parallel parking. Hannah has just moved to Manhattan where she spends her days furnishing her apartment with money she doesn't have."