Queer LA: Smells Like Butch Spirit

Left to right: folksinger Phranc, The Cricket’s JD Samson and Alice Bag Band/YAAWN’s Candace Hansen at The Smell last Sunday night.

Butch rockstars were in the house last Sunday night at the all-ages venue, The Smell, to check out the Crickets, Kuromi and A G E N D E R show.  The headliners were the New York-based Crickets, which is a newly formed band that includes JD Samson (Le Tigre, MEN), Roddy Bottum (Faith No More, Imperial Teen) and Michael O’Neill (MEN). Le Tigre, MEN, and Imperial Teen have all been highly popular and influential bands in the modern queer music scene. Sunday’s show marked the Crickets first Los Angeles appearance after their recent first show in NYC.

Among those in attendance were folksinger Phranc of “Bulldagger Swagger” fame and former member of synth-punk band Nervous Gender, and Candace Hansen, drummer for the Alice Bag Band and hardcore punk band YAAWN. While there was quite a diverse crowd of all ages queers and allies in attendance, with the presence of these butch rockstars including JD Samson all under one roof, it indeed smelled like butch spirit.

Crickets are playing this next Thursday night, May 30, with performance art duo Princess at the Zebulon Cafe, 2478 N. Fletcher Drive, Los Angeles, 90039. 8:00 PM, valet and street parking.

©Photo by Judy Ornelas Sisneros. All rights reserved.

Judy Ornelas Sisneros

About Judy Ornelas Sisneros

I am a native Californian, born and raised in Bakersfield and eventually escaping to San Jose then San Francisco where I spent every free moment in punk and post-punk culture spaces before heading to LA permanently in 1989. I have also spent major time as an AIDS and queer street activist, which today along with my passion for punk/alternative music still informs my personal and social life. I love photography, film and playing punk/post-punk stuff on the bass. My LA Beat contributions are usually photos that give a glimpse into the vibrant art and music scene that makes Los Angeles such an amazing city to live in today.
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