Totally Bitchin’

Posted on 24 Apr 2008 at 4:46pm
By Daniel A. Kusner – Life+Style Editor

Outspoken queer innovator Bitch performs intimate Dallas gig

Music is never so enjoyable as when it comes from a direction least expected. Lesbian multi-talent Bitch blends the exuberance of a block party with the in-your-face attitude of a poetry slam.

A singer, violinist, beat poetess, rapper and ukulele player, Bitch throws a kitchen sink’s worth of influences, from hip-hop, to folk, to world beat into her performance-art jam sessions. Surprisingly enough, it works more often than not.

Back in 2004 — when she was an artist on Ani DiFranco’s Righteous Babe label — Bitch was half of the duo Bitch & Animal. Since then, the New York-bred rrriot girl has also added "actress" to her list of accomplishments, appearing in John Cameron Mitchell’s "Shortbus" movie. If you look closely, she’s paired up in a scene with andro-beauty Daniel Sea, the breathtakingly gorgeous actor who plays Max on "The L Word." Sea is also Bitch’s partner, and there’s a great new video on YouTube that shows the power-couple’s nest.

Bitch also added "indie entrepreneur" to her list of skills: She started her own label, Short Story Records. On Friday, Bitch and her band, The Exciting Conclusion, play Bend Studios, arguably Dallas’ most intimate setting for a live performance. Almost sitting in the performers’ laps, Dallas will get a taste of Bitch’s new sound. The band’s new album isn’t expected until the fall.

— Daniel A. Kusner



BITCH IN BIG D:
Bend Studios,
5014 McKinney Ave. April 25 at 7:30 p.m. $15. All ages.
214-606-0770. Bitchmusic.com.

OUT &
ABOUT


Who East Village Opera Company Rihanna
The music: Operatic greatest hits set to a
contemporary soundtrack.
A previous reggaeton vibe traded in for sleek, R&B club-banging pop.
Claim to fame: Making opera even more pompous and overblown than it already was. Making an umbrella a sexual innuendo.
Queer cred: Lesbian prima donna AnnMarie Milazzo, above left. MediaTakeOut.Com released a picture of
Rihanna getting all up in another girl’s bidness.
Be prepared to: Swoon at the dark reggae rendition of "Habanera" from Bizet’s "Carmen." Show your bling and stomp the yard.
Why you should be there: It’s the only way you’ll appreciate just how much Puccini rocked. Because Beyonce is on her honeymoon.
Why you can skip it Queen had basically the same idea in 1975. Because she’s only the opening act on Kanye West’s tour.
Where, when, cost: McFarlin Auditorium on SMU campus, 6405 Boaz Lane. May 1 at 8 p.m. $14-$59. 800-462-7979. Superpages.com Center, formerly Smirnoff Music Centre, 1818 First Ave. May 1 at 7 p.m. $29.50-$34.50. 214-373-8000.

This article appeared in the Dallas Voice print edition April 25, 2008.

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