I had a great time hosting WNBA star (and OUT lesbian) Brittney Griner this week at Q Center in Portland! Brittney read from her book, answered questions, signed and gave out copies of “In My Skin”, took photos, and was just generally wonderful. She even brought packs of Skittles and Cliff bars for all of the LGBTQ youth and friends in attendance. What a gem!
At one point during today’s dialogue, when Brittney Griner was asked if she had any advice for queer women coming out in sports, her answer was simple: “Don’t let them silence you.”
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Though it has been happening for years now, each time I hear one of my songs on the radio feels just as exciting as the first time it happened — way back in 2005. This is probably exacerbated by the fact that whenever any of my family or friends hear me on their radios, they get all excited, too and text me about it. It’s all pretty special.
Big thanks to Portland’s Alternative radio station KNRK 94.7FM, KBOO’s Out Loud Radio, and Portland’s LGBTQ Radio Station Wild Planet Radio for all featuring my tunes this week on the air!
Tune into these stations and request that they play more of me so we can all keep feeling special forever, folks.
Oh my god, you guys. My “Tramp Stamps and Birthmarks” video just passed half a million views on YouTube!
Big thanks to Kevin, Emily, Josh, Kelly and Benjamin from Hippodrome Media, to Robert for pulling off scary and creepy so well, to Spencer for co-writing the song with me and to Gino for producing it…did I already say “oh my god”?
Check it out HERE or by clicking play below. Thank you for watching, darlings. This was a difficult video to make, so I’m glad you like it!
Shall we go for a cool million next?
(Originally Published on The Huffington Post on 1/2/2014, HuffPost Entertainment Section)
Portland’s Crystal Ballroom — an iconic, historic entertainment landmark for the city since 1914 — is celebrating its centennial birthday on Tuesday, Jan. 21, 2014.
To ring in the anniversary, McMenamins Crystal Ballroom has amassed an epic, 100-night celebration, appropriately called “100 Nights!” The party has been going strong since this past October and keeps churning out banger shows nightly until the 21st, with a special performance by Colin Meloy of The Decemberists.
Any band who has ever played the Crystal Ballroom, any person who has every been to a show in that special place, holds some piece of this rich, 100-year history as their own — myself included.
This past week I caught up with Carrie Brownstein (Sleater-Kinney, IFC’s Portlandia), Courtney Taylor-Taylor (The Dandy Warhols), Calvin Johnson (K Records Founder) and Jimi Biron (Music Director, Crystal Ballroom) to chat about the 100 nights of shows, what this birthday means for the NW music scene, and some of the more memorable moments from the ongoing Rock and Roll spectacle that is Portland’s Crystal Ballroom.
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I have to say, 2013 was a really trying, intense, transformative year. If I were to pick just one word to describe it, “pleasant” doesn’t make the top of the list…but my YouTube channel begs to differ. She had a fucking GREAT year!
Thank you to all of the talented people I have been lucky enough to get to work with over the years. The following metrics have everything to do with all of you. Well, you…and Miley Cyrus.
Check this out:
Happy New Year, everybody!
I went to Q Center’s HOLIDAZE party today in Portland and this happened. Oh god.
Can’t take me anywhere!