Phoebe Bridgers, Conan Gray and more – Billboard
Is tax season getting you down? Encourage yourself with new tracks from your favorite queer artists. Billboard Pride is here to help with First Out, our weekly roundup of some of the best new music from LGBTQ artists.
From Phoebe Bridgers’ surprise new single to the start of Conan Gray’s new era, check out some of our favorite releases from this week below.
Phoebe Bridgers, “Sidelines”
It seems odd to think that “Sidelines” is Phoebe Bridgers’ first track since she unveiled Punisher in 2020 – the indie singer’s entire career has transformed since then as she became a superstar. But “Sidelines” proves that while circumstances may have changed for Bridgers, his penchant for songwriting has not. On a bed of lush synths and glorious strings, Bridgers’ Vocoder-assisted vocals once again bring an eerie sense of peace, as she accepts to become an active part of the world around her, instead of remaining at home andtalk to my houseplants,” she sings.
Conan Gray, “Memoirs”
Have you ever had that ex who likes to show up, out of the blue, even though you’re finally starting to get over it? Conan Gray can relate, as he sings on “Memories,” a sweeping ballad dedicated to that person who always ends up in your head. Gray’s voice sounds more confident and refined than ever as he moans over a chorus of dreamy electric guitar riffs as he begs his former lover to leave him alone and just “stay in my memories”.
100 Gecs, “Doritos & Fritos”
Hyperpop duo 100 Gecs have always gone out of their way to do the unexpected – ‘Doritos & Fritos’, their latest release, is no exception to this rule. Opening with a tinkling, industrial synth line paired with a juicy bass hook, the song quickly turns into a buzzy jam, with Laura Les listing the places she’s been and the things she’s bought. Of course, the song quickly turns to the Auto-Tune and high-pitched vocals that made 100 Gecs stars – but not before giving fans something new and fun to play.
Trixie Mattel, “Go Loretta”
No, you probably didn’t expect to hear a world-famous drag queen sing a garage-rock song about the life and times of country icon Loretta Lynn today – but there you are, jamming when same. Trixie Mattel’s new single “C’mon Loretta”, taken from her upcoming double LP The blonde and pink albums, sees the drag superstar serve up soft rock, as she navigates Lynn’s complicated marriage, wondering aloud why a woman “singing ’bout runnin’ the show songs” would allow herself to be treated badly. It might be a weird concept, but it’s a slam-dunk for Mattel.
Pussy Riot feat. Slayyyter, “Hatef–k”
Russian anti-Putin collective Pussy Riot has been hard at work lately – but now they’re ready to give you an anthem you’ve been waiting for. “Hatef-k,” the band’s new collaboration with Slayyyter, sees Pussy Riot submit to chaos. With punchy bass and synth patterns flying throughout the song, the band and their guest all weigh in on the virtues of despising someone so much you just want to stick it on them…literally.