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Big Freedia, Austra, Logan Lynn, SSION, Christeene, Trust and More Performing at Austin Stargayzer Festival

Stargayzer Festival 2014

Big news today! Stargayzer Festival, the first multi-day music event of its kind dedicated to LGBTQ artists, just announced the second round of performers — a performance on the main stage by yours truly included! The festival will be held September 12th-14th, 2014 at Carson Creek Ranch, a private, 20-acre property just east of Austin. The festival will encompass three main stages, including an amphitheater stage on the banks of the Colorado River.

Among the highlights of today’s announcement are New Orleans “Queen of Bounce,” Big Freedia, poet and hip hop performance artist Mykki Blanco from New York, the powerhouse performance collective known as the San Francisco Album Project, Seattle-based dream pop quartet Night Cadet, plus Los Angeles comedian, star of VH1’s Best Week Ever, Brad Loekle…and ME, of course.

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Highlights from the first round of artist announcements included synth pop sensation Austra, experimental Canadian electro group Trust, avant-garde musical duo Xiu Xiu, art-punk group and recent Kylie Minogue collaborator SSION, drag terrorist CHRISTEENE, queer hip-hop icon Cazwell, producer, DJ and MEN lead singer JD Samson, former LCD Soundsystem member Gavin Russom’s latest project the Crystal Ark, emerging queer rapper Cakes Da Killa, and from the first season of The Voice, the blues crooner Nakia. The DJ line up includes vogue/ballroom innovator MikeQ, the futuristic hip-hop sounds of Kingdom, and the San Francisco based DJ collective Honey Sound System. As for drag performers, the legendary Peaches Christ will join Mitzy Meyers (aka Junebug) of New Orleans, the girls of Hot Nuts Toronto, Ambrosia Salad of Los Angeles, and Austin’s most notable dame, Rebecca Havemeyer.

Full lineup (so far):

Stargayzer Lineup (Full)

See you this summer, Texas!  Get tickets HERE.

Logan Lynn: SSION Earthquake – An Interview with Cody Critcheloe

(Originally Published on The Huffington Post on 6/27/2012)

This week while I was in New York City I had the chance to catch up with the mastermind behind the freaky pop genius of SSION, Cody Critcheloe. We talked about new videos, the trials of growing up queer in small towns, what it’s like working with bands like Gossip, Fischerspooner, and Peaches, what it means to “make it” in the music industry in this day and age, and more.

Watch SSION’s “Earthquake” video now, then check out our conversation (and behind the scenes photos from the “Earthquake” shoot by Megan Mantia) below!

LL: Hi Cody! Thanks for chatting with me today. Your new video premiered this past week and the response seems to be really great so far. Congratulations! You and I have both spent a great deal of time in Kansas City. How was the experience of growing up in that part of the country for you? Read the rest of this entry »

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