“Senator Penny Wong has been a driving force in creating reform for gay and lesbian Australians, and part of her ability to be the instigator of reform stems from the fact that she has chosen to refrain from advocating for gay marriage.”
Here is a list of good Australian musicians nominated for this year’s ARIA music awards, as reported by a real Australian.
This is an Audiostraddle PSA for our Australian readers.
All-female Brooklyn trio and overnight sensations, Vivian Girls, live up to the hype as they bring their gloriously shambolic pop-noise and Riot Grrrl spirit to Australia. Contributing writer Isabelle has a lot of feelings about sexist critics as she reviews an energetic, rapid-fire set, complete with broken G strings and tales of a “stoned Koala bear”.
Canadian rockers Metric finally bring their powerful, crowd-pleasing synth rock to Australia. Indie heart-throb Emily Haines wins over a hardcore Melbourne crowd with smoking hotness and idiosyncratic dance moves, requests a spliff and receives candy instead. Audiostraddle’s contributing writer Isabelle takes us there.
Photographer Stef Mitchell & Autostraddle Deputy Music Editor/Australian Specialist Crystal report from the trenches of the Outback’s Outbreak of Pink Fever. Lady Gaga Who? “Even the most passionate Pink fans couldn’t have predicted that this feisty pop star was capable of selling out a whooping 58 stadium shows in a country with only 21 million […]
Crystal & Intern Hot Laura tell you what’s going on this month in music; like the Red Hot Chili Peppers, The Veronicas, Tegan & Sara, Patrick Wolf, William Fitzsimmons, Lights, The National, The Dead Weather, Lisa Mitchell, Rachel Yamagata, Sarah Slaton, Bloc Party, Lydia, Eddie Kowalczyk, Matt and Kim, Sarah Blasko and Owl City!
“The major misconception about modern day roller derby is that it’s staged, like rock and roll wrestling … Sure, we love to dress up but the hits are definitely real. We train very hard to get to the level we play at – it’s definitely a legitimate sport, as much as football is.”
“Upon hearing that I’m not a regular, she is quick to whip out some Sly lesbian folklore; her ex-girlfriend alleges she once saw Ruby Rose and Jess Veronica make out in the very spot that we were standing. Her ex was probs also at Woodstock.”
Stef interviews Minneapolis-based openly-gay quintet Sick of Sarah and Crystal interviews Emma Dean, who’s just released the “musical theatre soundtrack for two years of [her] life (2006-2008)!”
Here, being able to hold a conversation while looking over your friends’ shoulders is a must-have skill. I point this out to a girl named Mel, who laughs and agrees, “We’ve been having a conversation for about ten minutes, but the whole time I’ve been looking over there.”
“As your resident Australian girl-on-girl, I feel it’s my obligation to update you on the most important thing to ever happen in the history of Lesbians in Australia (since the birth of Portia De Rossi): the torrid affair between Charlie and Joey.”
Crystal from Australia & Stef’s Beat on the Street team up to bring you this week in music, with lots of secrets too.
DeAnne Smith, a New York native who lives in Montreal, is a superstar comedian who is currently amassing many awards and honors that you may not have heard of [it’s not a Nobel] but are nevertheless important and indicative of fame and stardom. She has appeared on NBC’s Last Comic Standing and in the “Just for Laughs” Comedy Festival.
Meet Crystal! She’s from Australia, and so is Portia de Rossi. This probably explains why Crystal is so great at talking about music – here she tells us all about Empire of the Sun, Sarah Blasko, and Evermore.