Five Transgender Musicians That Rock Your World

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John Gilhooley
Laura Jane Grace of Against Me!
Gender frequently plays a role in creating an image with music. Whether a song is dripping with the feminine empowerment of a two-bit pop act like the Spice Girls or throbbing with the stuffed trousers of any of the cock rock metal bands satirized by Spinal Tap, femininity and masculinity are frequently used to delineate artists and give them traits with which their target audiences can relate. However, the attribution of gynocentric and androcentric themes is just as contrived as the use of exploitative sexual imagery in order to sell any product; music transcends gender association, and the rest is just marketing. In order to illustrate this point, the Weekly is proud to present the following list of five groundbreaking transgender musicians. Generally speaking, these are important modern artists who neither demonstrate a gender bias in their music nor do they hold to the gender roles that society assigned them at birth.

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Five Old School Songs About Pimps and Hoes

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Gerrit van Honthorst's oil painting "The Procuress" (1625)
Many people regard love as the greatest virtue, but since there has always been a shortage of virtue in the world, lots of folks settle for lust. Now, in any community with an economic system, wherever there is a demand, there is an opportunity for profits to be made -- thus, the advent of prostitution, or, as it's widely known, "the world's oldest profession." Given the profession has likely been around since the concept of barter was established, it is no surprise that people have been singing about it for many years, and while rap musicians are popularly derided for singing about pimps and hoes, they are certainly not the first poets to do so. Thus, for your edification, The Weekly proudly presents this list of old school and classic playa songs. Enjoy!

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10 Shredding Female Drummers in Orange County and Long Beach

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Lux Drummerette
Lets face it: being a female musician can be a pretty rough gig at times. Women have difficulty gaining respect from male peers, face challenges being booked on festival bills, deal with unrealistic expectations and double standards, and are often overlooked by mainstream music publications. Add in being a drummer, and your chances of being on the receiving end of sexism, sass, or just straight up ignorance will increase. Drums are often regarded as a man's instrument, but the women who drum all over the world and right here at home aren't letting that or a lack of mainstream representation stop them from doing what they love. Our community is home to a thriving scene full of local female drummers who rule the throne playing all kinds of music. In no particular order- here are 10 shredding female drummers in Orange County and Long Beach!


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The 10 Most Iconic Guitars in Rock'N'Roll History

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Joanna Corwin
Zakk Wylde's Les Paul Joanna Corwin
The guitar has always been at the center of rock 'n' roll, ever since its roots in blues music. Musically, visually, physically, it's the single backbone of modern music's most famous genre, although some are more recognizable than others.

Among the millions of guitars that've seen the lights of a rock show in the last several decades, here are 10 that stand out from the crowd.


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10 Best Rock Band Feuds

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Tom Edwards
The queen of rock feuds.
As entertaining as members of the same band fighting amongst themselves can be, feuds between bands can be even better. Rather than seeming like a cheap dose of reality television, fights between bands can escalate into full-blown soap opera dramatics. Here are 10 of the best feuds between rock bands.

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The 10 Best Pool Songs

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Matthew Hurst
Hey, girl, you know you need some tunes to go with that tan.
It's officially gotten to that point of the summer when there's only two forms of salvation for OC residents: air conditioning and the pool. Since you may want to put the blazing sun to use once in a while and get a tan, here are 10 songs to jam out to while you're in or around the pool.

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The 10 Best All-Female Rock Bands

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Mary Scanion
L7
At some point, all famous female rock bands of the past several decades have endured a similar barrage of insults: not being able to play their instruments, being dramatic, have too much sex appeal (or not enough) or being feminist man haters. Although most of those accusations are biases and downright sexism, one common similarity among all women rock groups is the tendency to make fun of the guys instead of trying to fit in among them.
Many rock and heavy metal subgenres inherently formed with a communal brotherhood of male fans, segregating many females from the scenes for decades. The few brave leaders who tried to break into the fraternity suffered a rough road of acceptance. This opposition is still seen today even by other female heavy metal musicians, quoting more male influences on their music than women.

Today, there are plenty of female bands who still aren't afraid to stand up and grab your attention. In some cases it ranges from societal statements such as being photographed with hairier body parts to serving time in prison for making political statements with music. Even with advances in civil rights and more depth in musical expression, current female artists are still battling some of the same stereotypes today as their predecessors did 30 years ago. The noise being made has sparked another revival of feminism that as brought back life to some of the greatest female rock groups and continued to inspire the next generation of women musicians.

Here are the top 10 best all female rock and heavy metal bands...

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10 Local LGBTQ Artists You Need to Hear

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Courtesy Ben Weaver
Ben Wevers of The Ben Wevers Trio, Maureen O'Sullivan Jazz Group, and OC Swing Band.
With all the hub-bub surrounding the SCOTUS ruling, what better time than now for Orange County to learn about some LGBTQ artists in our community? Contrary to the belief that anything south of Long Beach is a cultural wasteland as far as LGBTQ identity is concerned, these artists have been thriving and creating awesome music, challenging the misconception that queer artists can only exist in LA, PDX, and NYC. After some digging, texting, and leaving no virtual rock unturned, I searched the corners of the county to bring some of OC's best queer artists right to your fingertips. Get ready to jump out from behind that rainbow filtered Facebook photo and put on your dancing shoes- in no particular order, behold 10 LGBTQ Orange County artists to listen to or see this summer!

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10 Best Musician Cameos in Film and TV

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Alice Cooper in Wayne's World
It's nothing new for actors to want to be musicians and musicians to want to be actors. Unfortunately, few do both well (Donald Glover/Childish Gambino is one of the rare exceptions).

Thankfully, rock stars and rappers can still get their fill of the Hollywood life by popping up (often unexpectedly) in movies and TV shows. Here are 10 of the best film cameos by musicians.

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10 Greatest Female Rock Stars of All Time

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Jim Louvau
Stevie Nicks
For as long as there's been rock 'n' roll, there have been chicks who rock. They're not as plentiful as their male counterparts, but they can have just as much impact.

Here are 10 of our favorite lady rockers.

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