Category: Music

Trans Media Arts: Music, Film, TV with a trans twist

| May 29, 2017 | Comments (0)

Amanda F. Steele has filed another report on the trans influenced arts. Today she has word that the filmmakers responsible for the panned action movie The Assignment, in which a male assassin is transformed into a woman as punishment for his actions, are saying it doesn’t have anything to do with transgender people since the character isn’t trans. See what else they have to say and what Amanda thinks about it. She also has word on the new album by the band Life of Agony and we have a video. The she brings you up to date on a young trans artist and the trans character in Sense8. It’s all in Trans Media Arts.

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Perpetual Change — Good Bye . . . and Thank You!

| Jan 16, 2017 | Comments (0)

Pamela DeGroff has labored away in the humor and music departments of TGForum since the early days of this publication. All told she has been with us for 18 years. Today she posts her final Perpetual Change music column. We thank her for all those contributions over the years and wish her luck in all future endeavors. Pamela will be gone but not forgotten. You can always read her columns from the past few years right here on TGF. Just use the search box and look for Perpetual Change. And now and then we may bring back some of her older contributions from the original TGF as Retro Reruns. Thanks Pamela!

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Perpetual Change: Music Buying Guide and Two Reviews

| Dec 19, 2016 | Comments (0)

Pamela DeGroff has a different Perpetual Change for you today. Along with the annual year end music buying guide, she’s including a couple of short reviews of brand new musical projects. The first project is Shawna Virago’s “Heaven Sent Delinquent.” The next is Rev. Yolanda Mape’s “Country Gospel Kirtan Vol.2 Step Back.” There’s a lot on the Perpetual Change plate this month, so get comfortable.

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Trans Media Arts — The Shawna Virago Interview

| Dec 12, 2016 | Comments (0)

Today Amanda devotes Trans Media Arts to an in-depth interview with San Francisco trans folk/punk performer Shawna Virago. The interview covers such topics as who is Shawna’s favorite Beatle, what was the inspiration for her stage look, what she does for fun at the Motel 6 every month and where she what motivates her to write songs. The Shawna Virago interview is today’s Trans Media Arts, and Amanda includes a video of a song from Shawna’s new album.

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Perpetual Change: Three Music Reviews

| Nov 21, 2016 | Comments (0)

Perpetual Change is TGForum’s long running music column by Pamela DeGroff. Today Pamela reviews three music projects include the hard-to-find CD entitled “Rock And Roll Drag Queen Tribute/The Fabulous Tranni-rock of Robbie Quine,” originally released in 2005. Also included are reviews of Lady Gaga’s newest, “Joanne” and “Kin” by K.T. Tunstall. Get the inside track on the music scene with Perpetual Change.

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Trans in Entertainment and the Arts — Trans Media Arts

| Nov 15, 2016 | Comments (0)

With news from entertainment and the arts, here is Amanda’s Trans Media Arts column. Today she features news about the 17th Street High Heel Race, Elton John’s purchase of some drag art, GLAAD’s annual report on how the television industry is treating trans actors and characters, word of an Ed Wood musical and a lot more. Don’t miss Trans Media Arts!

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Perpetual Change — Trans Music Makers

| Oct 24, 2016 | Comments (0)

Today Pamela DeGroff reviews the new CD from trans man singer songwriter Ryan Cassata. It’s titled Shine. Then Pamela dives into to some music news from her favorite artists like Rev. Yolanda, Georgie Jessup, and Calpernia Addams. She also has Hedwig tour news and a note about the new Lady Gaga album, Joanne. She rounds out the column with a mini review of a new EP by a Norwegian rocker names Dagny. You’ll find it all in Perpetual Change, TGF’s longest running column.

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Trans Media Arts

| Oct 17, 2016 | Comments (0)

Amanda has the trans media beat covered and this week she brings news of the new production of Rocky Horror featuring Laverne Cox as Dr. Frank-N-Furter. She also has news about Ms. Cox posing for pictures as various femme icons. Then she tells you about the trans kids of some famous people, talks about the trans boy who guest starred on a recent episode of Modern Family and gives information on the Against Me! tour with Green Day. She rounds it all out with info on a production of I Am My Own Wife, the story of Charlotte von Mahlsdorf by a Chicago theater company. Don’t miss out on the arts!

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Perpetual Change — Shawna Virago Interview

| Sep 26, 2016 | Comments (0)

Shawna Virago, the San Francisco based singer/songwriter, was last interviewed on TGForum when her Objectified album came out. Today Pamela DeGroff checks in with Ms. Virago and learns that she is now working on a new album. The interview covers touring, her work with a dance troupe, and her politics and musical influences. If you haven’t met her before give Perpetual Change a read and learn all about Shawna Virago. Then Pamela gives you a mini review of a new album from a group called Tritonal. Listen to one of their new tracks right here.

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Perpetual Change: Rev. Yolanda, Part 2

| Aug 29, 2016 | Comments (0)

The Rev. Yolanda Mapes is a drag queen musical minister whose live show “Rev. Yolanda’s Old Time Gospel Show” mixes that old time religion with gospel music and eastern philosophy. Last month Pamela DeGroff interviewed Yolanda about her upcoming projects. Today she presents Part 2 of that interview along with some musical news concerning Cyndi Lauper and does a review of new music by female rocker Kaye. It’s all in our TGF music column, Perpetual Change.

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Film! Music! TV! Trans Media Arts

| Aug 22, 2016 | Comments (1)

Is the world ready for a film in which a hitman is forced into sex change surgery? There’s one coming out soon and it has the trans community stirred up. Meanwhile, some in the community say “good riddance” to the cancelation of I Am Cait. Amanda F. has those stories along with info on another upcoming film that follows 6 trans people through their lives called More Than T, and she fills us in on a new show title Strut that will follow trans models as they compete to reach the top. There’s more coverage of the media, the arts and music all waiting in Trans Media Arts!

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Perpetual Change: Rev. Yolanda’s Birthday Celebration

| Aug 1, 2016 | Comments (0)

The Rev. Yolanda Mapes is going to be celebrating her birthday soon and in honor of the occasion our trans music scene writer Pamela DeGroff has done an interview with the Rev. Yolanda. In case you don’t know about her drag queen gospel show you can learn a lot about it and how Yolanda came to be a minister and a drag queen who created Rev. Yolanda’s Old Time Gospel Hour by reading Part 1 of the TGF interview with Yolanda. Then Pam gives you some news about live appearances by several trans artists and reviews a new album from a band called St. Lucia. It’s all there waiting for you in the longest running column on TGF, Perpetual Change.

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Perpetual Change: Trans Music — Tona Brown

| Jul 4, 2016 | Comments (0)

Tona Brown is a violinist and vocalist who performs across genres, from classical to jazz to R&B. Ms. Brown is a trans woman from Baltimore and she has been interviewed in this column before, back in 2009. Pamela DeGroff interviewed her again recently and brings you that interview today. Ms. Brown has been active in music and also as a presence on social media doing a live interview show. After the interview Pamela has some music news and a mini review of the new Ariana Grande album.

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Trans Art: Music, Television & More!

| Jun 27, 2016 | Comments (2)

Trans Media Arts is our column dedicated to trans people and trans subjects portrayed in the art and media. Today Amanda has a look at trans topics as diverse as a new drag singing sensation in San Francisco; the new season of Orange is the New Black; a trans man athlete featured in a magazine in the nude; a drag mural; a trans super hero, and much more. Don’t miss Trans Media Arts!

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Rhode Island Trans Rockers — Jodi Jolt and The Volt

| Jun 6, 2016 | Comments (0)

Our music columnist interviews Jodi Jolt of the trans band Jodi Jolt and The Volt. They’re from Rhode Island and they gig throughout New England. The Volt performs in LGBT clubs and straight clubs. How do the crowds react when Jodi Jolt and The Volt hit the stage? Check out Pamela’s interview and learn a lot about the band. Then she has some music news from other trans performers.

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Music Video: Everybody’s Gotta Learn Sometime

| May 23, 2016 | Comments (0)

An Australian film maker working in Japan has produced a music video for a song by Robyn Loau titled “Everybody’s Gotta Learn Sometime.” The video stars a trans woman and her Japanese girlfriend and tells the story of how the trans woman came out to her girlfriend about being trans. View the video here and listen to a podcast recorded by the couple talking about their relationship.

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David de Alba Interview Plus Music News!

| May 9, 2016 | Comments (3)

Today in Perpetual Change Pamela DeGroff interviews The Cuban Legend, David de Alba about his career, his Cuban heritage and the upcoming documentary about David that is now in post-production. Then Pamela offers appearance news about Coco Peru, Rev. Yolanda, and Georgie Jessup. She has news about a new release from Shawna Virago and a mini review of Cyndi Lauper’s new country album, Detour.

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Perpetual Change: Reviews and New Music

| Apr 11, 2016 | Comments (0)

Today Perpetual Change brings you a song from trans man singer Ryan Cassata that tells the gender binary what it can do with itself in very certain, and profane, terms. Next up Pamela DeGroff has info on the forthcoming album from Reverend Yolanda, “Country Gospel Kirtan, Vol. 2.” Then she does a review of the newest music from No Doubt vocalist and solo artist Gwen Stefani, “This Is What Truth Feels Like.”

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Perpetual Change: CD Review — “Take The Day Off” by Michelle Rocking Horse Garcia

| Mar 14, 2016 | Comments (0)

Pamela DeGroff reviews an advance copy of the new CD by Michelle Rocking Horse Garcia. Ms. Garcia added “Rocking Horse” to her name when she learned another woman was gaining fame as Michelle Garcia. Ms. Garcia is a musician, singer and songwriter from the west coast who moved to Nashville. Even though everyone in that town is a musician she has managed to stand out. Pamela reviews the CD and then gives you some music news and a mini review of the new EP by Alex Newell, the young man who played the trans girl on Glee.

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Perpetual Change: CD Review, Mood Swings by Jennifer Leitham

| Feb 15, 2016 | Comments (0)

Today Pamela DeGroff reviews the latest CD from trans woman, jazz musician and composer Jennifer Leitham. It’s called Mood Swings and features original compositions and Leitham’s take on the songs of others, including The Beatles’ You Won’t See Me. Then Pamela brings us info on upcoming performances by some trans performers and reviews a new CD by a group called Chairlift. The CD is titled Moth. Tune in for music news and commentary and check out Perpetual Change.

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Podcast: Part 2 of The Jennifer Leitham Interview

| Feb 15, 2016 | Comments (0)

In December Pamela DeGroff featured Jennifer Leitham in her year end music buying guide and we ran an interview that Ms. Leitham did for the YourTrueGender podcast. Today, to compliment Pamela’s review of the Mood Swings CD we present Part 2 of the Jennifer Leitham interview. Ms. Leitham responds to questions about her music, her […]

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Perpetual Change: A Tribute To David Bowie

| Jan 18, 2016 | Comments (0)

Today Pamela DeGroff devotes the majority of her column to David Bowie. His androgynous stage looks, and the lyrics to his song “Rebel, Rebel” provided inspiration to many in the trans community. His legacy of music, his influence on fashion and his flaunting of traditional gender roles make him one of the greats. Pam looks back at Bowie, and then rounds out her column with some music news and a review of Peaches new “Rub” album.

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Podcast: An Interview With Jennifer Leitham

| Dec 21, 2015 | Comments (1)

Today we bring you an audio interview with jazz bassist and composer Jennifer Leitham which was conducted last month before a gig in California. The interview was made available to us by the good people at YourTrueGenderPodcast. Ms. Leitham talks about her band, her career and her Mood Swings album.

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Perpetual Change Music Buying Guide

| Dec 14, 2015 | Comments (0)

It’s time for Pamela DeGroff’s annual music buying guide, offering gift suggestions for that music lover on your Christmas list. Most of the artists and musicians on this list have an online presence through Twitter, Facebook, instagram, YouTube, etc. Their music can usually be found through major retailers such as Amazon and CD Baby. Many of these artists are trans while others are cisgender artists you will love to dance to.

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Perpetual Change Reviews — Jennifer Leitham & Kylie Minogue

| Nov 16, 2015 | Comments (0)

Today Pamela DeGroff reviews two Christmas albums. One is from last year, Future Christmas by jazz bassist Jennifer Leitham. The second is Kylie Christmas by Kylie Minogue. Then Pamela reviews some new music from a new artist who has a “throw back voice,” Andra Day.

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Trans Media Arts

| Nov 9, 2015 | Comments (0)

Today in Trans Media Arts Amanda brings you up to date on Caitlyn Jenner on the road. She has info about new music coming from Against Me!, Gen Zed and a new single from trans performer Macy Rodman. There’s also news on D.C. Comics LGBT characters, Southern Comfort coming to The Public Theater and a reminder that The Danish Girl premiers this month.

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