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cancer killing gemini: big queer rock show

CANCER KILLING GEMINI – IN NINE MONTHS I’M FUCKED

There’s a great post on Cancer Killing Gemini‘s blog called “5 Reasons Why Straight People Should Come To The Big Queer Rock Show”. The fifth reason is quite simple, but particularly important when deciding whether to attend a rock show—”The Music Will Be Amazing”. Here’s what the band had to say on that matter:

“From Grygiel’s stripped down acoustic set, to Oilhead’s dance-rock assault, to the rock/electronic clusterf*ck of Cancer Killing Gemini,  to the high-octane rock of Full Body Anchor, it’s a one-time music collection that can’t be missed.”

Beyond helping an amazing non-profit organizaton (and the awesome raffle prizes), this is, perhaps, the most exciting thing about the BIG QUEER ROCK SHOW. The artists involved are all producing such diverse sounds, and some of them are even doing it within their own set list. “Rock/electronic clusterfuck” is an apt description for Cancer Killing Gemini. The band has been releasing a new song through their website since January 2011, and you never really know what to expect. The last two, which currently includes “In Nine Months I’m Fucked”, are always available as a free download.

Rumor has it that March’s track “Homosexual” will be making its official debut at Friday’s show. I will confirm or deny those rumors shortly after Cancer Killing Gemini (and the rest of the bands) have finished rocking my face off.

PS: You can get advance tickets to the show here. If you are unable to make the show for whatever reason, you can still make a donation to BAGLY at the very same link (or make plans to attend the Out For Youth Event at the New England Aquarium on March 23rd).

Click through (or look below) for one of my personal faves from Cancer Killing Gemini:
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full body anchor: big queer rock show

Full Body Anchor - 1 in 150
Full Body Anchor - Offering

Good news! BAGLY picked up a nomination for “Most Loved LGBT Center” in About.com‘s Reader’s Choice Awards. They’re currently in the lead with a whopping seventy-three percent of the votes, but that doesn’t mean you should slack off and not vote for them. Go here. Click a button. With over 30 years of advocating for LGBTQ youth, they deserve this recognition!

And now for some additional good news…

It’s finally time to meet Full Body Anchor, the third of four bands performing at the BIG QUEER ROCK SHOW on March 2nd. Their sound channels the energy of ’90s indie-rock, with a list of influences that includes Shudder to Think, HUM, Archers of Loaf, Deftones and Queens of the Stone Age.

The anthemic chorus of “1 in 150″, however, is reminiscent of older influences, calling to mind the powerful punch of 1970s punk rock like The Ramones or The Sex Pistols. “Offering” reminds me of something too. Something great. Something you want to listen to.

As previously mentioned, you can (and should) catch Full Body Anchor live at the BIG QUEER ROCK SHOW. The show’s happening on March 2nd at T.T. The Bear’s in Cambridge. Tickets are $10 in advance or $12 at the door, and you can still make a donation to BAGLY if you can’t be there (which is inexcusable, but less inexcusable if you make a donation).

Enjoy their music, and be sure to head over to their BandCamp page to listen to more of it!

 

oilhead: big queer rock show

Oilhead - I'm Crazy, Deal With It

Oilhead is the second of four bands participating in this March’s BIG QUEER ROCK SHOW benefit for BAGLY (Boston Alliance of Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual and Transgender Youth). The show will be going down at T.T. The Bear’s, and tickets are $10 in advance or $12 at the door. You should go! I’ll be there! We can stand next to one another awkwardly and pretend that we know how to “rock”.

Oh, and don’t try to give me some lame excuse that you’re “too far” to make it to the show! Hop on a plane. Plan a road trip. Teleport to the venue… Or, more realistically, take all that money you were going to put toward developing a teleportation device and make a donation to BAGLY. One dollar would work. A million dollars would work too. Three billion dollars would work even better. No pressure though!

Now, shall we get back to talking about the music?

I’m very excited to see Oilhead live, because I have an extreme weakness for female-fronted pop-punk/dance-rock groups. This may come as a surprise to regular followers of this blog (all 1.5 of you in existence), considering the lack of female-fronted pop-punk/dance-rock groups featured within these pages… But it’s absolutely true!

If you haven’t already done so, take a listen to “I’m Crazy, Deal With It” above. Should it become your new favorite song or personal anthem, you can currently pick up a copy of Oilhead’s online sampler at BandCamp through the oh-so-wonderful “name your price” model. Rumor has it that the band’s currently raising funds to record their debut EP. I’ve also heard rumors that the rewards on their Kickstarter page are extremely generous… Of course, I’m not one to gossip, so you didn’t hear it from me.

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