Tag: music

Music, Arts, Entertainment: Trans Media Arts

| Aug 20, 2018 | Reply

Amanda F. Steele covers the arts and entertainment beat for TGF. Today she has the news about Nicole Maines in Supergirl, a project by a coalition of Hollywood organizations to promote the casting of transgender actors, a controversy around Amanda Lepore on album artwork, Dame Edna in hot water with the T community, and more. Keep up with what’s happening with transgender people in the arts and entertainment scene by following Trans Media Arts.

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New Music Video from Rev. Yolanda

| Aug 13, 2018 | Reply

Rev. Yolanda has made a video of her song Transcendence. The song is available now on a 3 song EP and it is part of the upcoming autobiographical musical The Church Of The Alien Love Child Presents: The Passion of Rev. Yolanda to be premiered Oct 11, and 12, 2018.

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“Daughter” by Ryan Cassata Video Review

| Apr 16, 2018 | Reply

Music columnist Pam DeGroff returns to TGForum with a review of a new video by FtM musician and song writer Ryan Cassata. The song is titled Daughter and is about how gender transition changed many relationships in his life. In particular it changed the father-daughter relationship. Where his father had established bonds to a daughter, after Ryan’s transition his father had to learn how to change that relationship to bond with his new son. But Ryan will always be his dad’s little girl. Watch the video and read Pam’s review.

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Trans Media Arts — Trans Music!

| Apr 2, 2018 | Reply

Amanda F. Steele is our arts, music and media reporter. Today she has news of the first trans woman contestant on The Voice. She tells you all about a woman who wants to be the first trans Latina rapper, features a music video by a band called Ought that tells the story of a mechanic by day who dolls up to sing with the band at night. Amanda also has news of the upcoming Against Me! tour of the west coast, and she includes and concludes her post with a new track from Amanda Lepore.

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Review: “Tranny” by Laura Jane Grace

| Dec 18, 2017 | Reply

Our Page Pundit Sophie Lynne takes a look back at a book that was published a little over a year ago but has made a lasting impression on her. It’s Laura Jane Grace’s book “Tranny: Confessions of Punk Rock’s Most Infamous Anarchist Sellout.” Sophie discusses the many levels the book hit her on and why anyone who was put off by the title’s first word should put aside their feelings about that and read Grace’s story which combines pain and joy from which she emerges triumphant.

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Youth View with M — Trans Music

| Dec 18, 2017 | Reply

Music is important to many people today. Trans and queer music is a sub genre in the popular music scene. What are the youth of today listening to? In particular — what are the trans/gender fluid/queer/agender youth of today listening to? We don’t know about all of them but our Youth View correspondent M introduces you to the trans and gender fluid musical artists they find appealing. And there are videos embedded in M’s blog so you can listen and view for yourself.

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Trans News from the world of entertainment: Trans Media Arts

| Nov 13, 2017 | Reply

Today Amanda F. Steele’s Trans Media Arts features news about trans actors, and trans characters in film and television. Also drag queens on Instagram and the Top 25 Songs about gender identity. There are more than just Take a Walk on the Wild Side and Lola. There’s sexual harassment, disappointment, and word of a new TV show about the drag scene in New York City in the 1980s. Check it out!

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Entertainment News From Trans Media Arts

| Jul 24, 2017 | Reply

Amanda F. Steel covers the trans entertainment beat. Today she has info on an LGBT memorial to be installed in New York. She tells us about a new film titled “And Then There Was Eve” that stars trans actress Rachel Crowl. Can a party hostess/DJ make it in the art world? Amanda says that Juliana Huxtable is doing just that. Then there’s new musical in development that tells the story of LGBT street kids. She wraps up with news about when Gavin Russom of LCD Soundsystem will reveal her femme identity to her fans. Get all the entertainment news relating to the trans community right her in Trans Media Arts.

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Perpetual Change: Music Buying Guide and Two Reviews

| Dec 19, 2016 | Reply

Pamela DeGroff has a different Perpetual Change for you today. Along with the annual year end music buying guide, she’s including a couple of short reviews of brand new musical projects. The first project is Shawna Virago’s “Heaven Sent Delinquent.” The next is Rev. Yolanda Mape’s “Country Gospel Kirtan Vol.2 Step Back.” There’s a lot on the Perpetual Change plate this month, so get comfortable.

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Perpetual Change: Three Music Reviews

| Nov 21, 2016 | Reply

Perpetual Change is TGForum’s long running music column by Pamela DeGroff. Today Pamela reviews three music projects include the hard-to-find CD entitled “Rock And Roll Drag Queen Tribute/The Fabulous Tranni-rock of Robbie Quine,” originally released in 2005. Also included are reviews of Lady Gaga’s newest, “Joanne” and “Kin” by K.T. Tunstall. Get the inside track on the music scene with Perpetual Change.

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Perpetual Change — Trans Music Makers

| Oct 24, 2016 | Reply

Today Pamela DeGroff reviews the new CD from trans man singer songwriter Ryan Cassata. It’s titled Shine. Then Pamela dives into to some music news from her favorite artists like Rev. Yolanda, Georgie Jessup, and Calpernia Addams. She also has Hedwig tour news and a note about the new Lady Gaga album, Joanne. She rounds out the column with a mini review of a new EP by a Norwegian rocker names Dagny. You’ll find it all in Perpetual Change, TGF’s longest running column.

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Perpetual Change — Shawna Virago Interview

| Sep 26, 2016 | Reply

Shawna Virago, the San Francisco based singer/songwriter, was last interviewed on TGForum when her Objectified album came out. Today Pamela DeGroff checks in with Ms. Virago and learns that she is now working on a new album. The interview covers touring, her work with a dance troupe, and her politics and musical influences. If you haven’t met her before give Perpetual Change a read and learn all about Shawna Virago. Then Pamela gives you a mini review of a new album from a group called Tritonal. Listen to one of their new tracks right here.

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Perpetual Change: Rev. Yolanda, Part 2

| Aug 29, 2016 | Reply

The Rev. Yolanda Mapes is a drag queen musical minister whose live show “Rev. Yolanda’s Old Time Gospel Show” mixes that old time religion with gospel music and eastern philosophy. Last month Pamela DeGroff interviewed Yolanda about her upcoming projects. Today she presents Part 2 of that interview along with some musical news concerning Cyndi Lauper and does a review of new music by female rocker Kaye. It’s all in our TGF music column, Perpetual Change.

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Film! Music! TV! Trans Media Arts

| Aug 22, 2016 | 1 Reply

Is the world ready for a film in which a hitman is forced into sex change surgery? There’s one coming out soon and it has the trans community stirred up. Meanwhile, some in the community say “good riddance” to the cancelation of I Am Cait. Amanda F. has those stories along with info on another upcoming film that follows 6 trans people through their lives called More Than T, and she fills us in on a new show title Strut that will follow trans models as they compete to reach the top. There’s more coverage of the media, the arts and music all waiting in Trans Media Arts!

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Perpetual Change: Rev. Yolanda’s Birthday Celebration

| Aug 1, 2016 | Reply

The Rev. Yolanda Mapes is going to be celebrating her birthday soon and in honor of the occasion our trans music scene writer Pamela DeGroff has done an interview with the Rev. Yolanda. In case you don’t know about her drag queen gospel show you can learn a lot about it and how Yolanda came to be a minister and a drag queen who created Rev. Yolanda’s Old Time Gospel Hour by reading Part 1 of the TGF interview with Yolanda. Then Pam gives you some news about live appearances by several trans artists and reviews a new album from a band called St. Lucia. It’s all there waiting for you in the longest running column on TGF, Perpetual Change.

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Perpetual Change: Trans Music — Tona Brown

| Jul 4, 2016 | Reply

Tona Brown is a violinist and vocalist who performs across genres, from classical to jazz to R&B. Ms. Brown is a trans woman from Baltimore and she has been interviewed in this column before, back in 2009. Pamela DeGroff interviewed her again recently and brings you that interview today. Ms. Brown has been active in music and also as a presence on social media doing a live interview show. After the interview Pamela has some music news and a mini review of the new Ariana Grande album.

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Rhode Island Trans Rockers — Jodi Jolt and The Volt

| Jun 6, 2016 | Reply

Our music columnist interviews Jodi Jolt of the trans band Jodi Jolt and The Volt. They’re from Rhode Island and they gig throughout New England. The Volt performs in LGBT clubs and straight clubs. How do the crowds react when Jodi Jolt and The Volt hit the stage? Check out Pamela’s interview and learn a lot about the band. Then she has some music news from other trans performers.

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Perpetual Change: Reviews and New Music

| Apr 11, 2016 | Reply

Today Perpetual Change brings you a song from trans man singer Ryan Cassata that tells the gender binary what it can do with itself in very certain, and profane, terms. Next up Pamela DeGroff has info on the forthcoming album from Reverend Yolanda, “Country Gospel Kirtan, Vol. 2.” Then she does a review of the newest music from No Doubt vocalist and solo artist Gwen Stefani, “This Is What Truth Feels Like.”

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Perpetual Change: CD Review, Mood Swings by Jennifer Leitham

| Feb 15, 2016 | Reply

Today Pamela DeGroff reviews the latest CD from trans woman, jazz musician and composer Jennifer Leitham. It’s called Mood Swings and features original compositions and Leitham’s take on the songs of others, including The Beatles’ You Won’t See Me. Then Pamela brings us info on upcoming performances by some trans performers and reviews a new CD by a group called Chairlift. The CD is titled Moth. Tune in for music news and commentary and check out Perpetual Change.

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Podcast: Part 2 of The Jennifer Leitham Interview

| Feb 15, 2016 | Reply

In December Pamela DeGroff featured Jennifer Leitham in her year end music buying guide and we ran an interview that Ms. Leitham did for the YourTrueGender podcast. Today, to compliment Pamela’s review of the Mood Swings CD we present Part 2 of the Jennifer Leitham interview. Ms. Leitham responds to questions about her music, her […]

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Podcast: An Interview With Jennifer Leitham

| Dec 21, 2015 | 1 Reply

Today we bring you an audio interview with jazz bassist and composer Jennifer Leitham which was conducted last month before a gig in California. The interview was made available to us by the good people at YourTrueGenderPodcast. Ms. Leitham talks about her band, her career and her Mood Swings album.

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Perpetual Change Music Buying Guide

| Dec 14, 2015 | Reply

It’s time for Pamela DeGroff’s annual music buying guide, offering gift suggestions for that music lover on your Christmas list. Most of the artists and musicians on this list have an online presence through Twitter, Facebook, instagram, YouTube, etc. Their music can usually be found through major retailers such as Amazon and CD Baby. Many of these artists are trans while others are cisgender artists you will love to dance to.

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Perpetual Change Reviews — Jennifer Leitham & Kylie Minogue

| Nov 16, 2015 | Reply

Today Pamela DeGroff reviews two Christmas albums. One is from last year, Future Christmas by jazz bassist Jennifer Leitham. The second is Kylie Christmas by Kylie Minogue. Then Pamela reviews some new music from a new artist who has a “throw back voice,” Andra Day.

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Perpetual Change: “I Am A Stick” New CD from Baby Dee

| Oct 19, 2015 | Reply

The writer who has been with TGForum longer than anyone, Pamela DeGroff, has another of her in depth musical columns for us today. First up is a review of the latest CD release from eccentric trans artist Baby Dee. Then Pamela has music news from David de Alba and Georgie Jessup, and mini reviews of new albums by Duran Duran, Leona Lewis and The Young Professionals.

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Perpetual Change — Pam Interviews Baby Dee

| Sep 21, 2015 | Reply

Today Pamela DeGroff has an interview with the eccentric, hard to categorize musical artist Baby Dee. Baby Dee talks about old and new CDs, the types of venues that they have played on their last tour and what musical influences shaped their music. Then Pamela gives you music news, and does mini reviews of some new CDs by three women artists.

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Perpetual Change: Wigmaker Joie Starr & Part 2 of Ike Allen

| Aug 24, 2015 | Reply

Today Pamela DeGroff provides Part 2 of her interview with Ike Allen, the producer of the documentary film about Rev. Yolanda’s old time gospel show. Then she interviews singer, wigmaker and queen around town Joie Starr. As if that wasn’t enough she also has info on Coco Peru’s tour and several mini music reviews.

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