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After yesterday's discovery and publication of some questionable language used in the contracts for musical acts participating in official SXSW showcases, and Brooklyn band Told Slant's cancellation of their appearance at the festival, today a number of very notable and renowned acts have responded. In a letter cosigned by acts including, but not limited to legendary rapper Killer Mike, rising-star rockers PWR BTTM, punk rock icon Ted Leo, Evan Greer—a touring queer singer/songwriter and the campaign...
There’s a long history of gender fluidity and drag in rock music, from David Bowie to Roxy Music, Twisted Sister, k.d. lang, Kurt Cobain, Hedwig and the Angry Inch, Against Me! and many (many) others. But it’s always easier to put on a mask than to be yourself. This is what sets Liv Bruce and Ben Hopkins’s band, PWR BTTM, apart. Even when Hopkins has half their face covered in blue glitter, or Bruce wears a...
Plenty of lines get tossed around about Millennials: They have no respect for elders; they’re entitled; they don’t read; they’re up-talkers. Well, maybe some are. But if we’ve confirmed anything about Millennials in the last few weeks, as we got to know dozens of the best and brightest from Brooklyn’s New Guard—our annual list of 30 Under 30—on several field trips to Coney Island, it’s that they can also put most of the rest of...
What’s so refreshing about New York based rock duo PWR BTTM is their explicit embrace of queerness within their work. The wildly prolific author and activist Sarah Schulman writes in In Ties That Bind: Familial Homophobia and Its Consequences of queer creators who sadly become successful only by eliminating queerness from their work and embracing heteronormativity--that is not what Liv Bruce and Ben Hopkins do in PWR BTTM. Their music, and presence--both online and...

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