Queer Fall Albums
By Jason Lamphier
Futuristically Speaking'Never Be Afraid
(October 7, Domino)
Dropping salty rhymes, shameless sexuality, and slyly inspiring mantras over club-stompin' synth beats, Tampa-based lesbian rappers Shunda K and Jwl. B turn the tables on misogynist hip-hop homophobes everywhere with their riotous debut full-length, the follow-up to this summer's Kryptonite Pussy EP.
Uh Huh Her
(August 19, Nettwerk)
Copping their nom de rock from PJ Harvey's 2004 album title, L Word actress and ex-Murmurs member Leisha Hailey and Camila Grey (who's collaborated with Dr. Dre and Busta Rhymes) cook up a debut album of dreamy, seductive electro.
SoL-AngeL and the Hadley St. Dreams
(August 26, Geffen)
Rather than ride on big sis Beyonc's bombastic R&B coattails, Solange (a.k.a. Solange Knowles) waxes nostalgic, enlisting coveted producers like Mark Ronson and the Neptunes to create sparkling Motown toe-tappers (see the summer hit 'I Decided') and spacey disco grooves.
Ice Cream Spiritual
(September 2, We Are Free)
With baby-faced lesbian front woman Molly Siegel yelping and ululating over a labyrinth of spastic guitars and ping-ponging percussion, this young Baltimore-based art-rock foursome sound like they've chugged way too much Kool-Aid -- but their sophomore album is a galvanizing, last-days-of-summer essential.