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Gavin Rayna Russom Aug 23, 2019
Friday, August 23, 6:00 PM A Queer Pride & Chicago Filmmakers present the Chicago premiere of NO MORE WHITE PRESIDENTS (NMWP), an experimental film by Gavin Rayna Russom (LCD Soundsystem, Black Meteoric Star, Ladies of LCD Soundsystem). The screening will be followed by a panel discussion with the filmmaker, as well as Immigration Justice Activist Jennicet Gutiérrez (Familia TQLM), and activist, artist and community organizer Elijah McKinnon (People Who Care, PrEP4Love Open TV, Reunion). NMWP features a soundtrack by Rayna's alias, Black Meteoric Star and, from the perspective of her emerging trans feminine identity, opens up a territory for the exploration and interpretation of the themes of abolition and reparations in our current political climate. NMWP made its debut at the Knockdown Center in New York in 2017, and screened at Moogfest in Durham, NC in 2018. https://www.chicagofilmmakers.org/screenings/2900
Gavin Rayna Russom Aug 22, 2019
Gavin Rayna Russom Aug 14, 2019
Gavin Rayna Russom Aug 13, 2019
Heaven’s Highways, my collab single with Chicago rapper KC Ortiz is out now and creeping across all the platforms!! Check the bomb artwork by Xavier Schipani!!! WE R DOING THIS OK?!?!??!?
Gavin Rayna Russom Aug 09, 2019
What an honor to be part of this incredible event! Event and ticket links in the comments!!
Gavin Rayna Russom Aug 07, 2019
This was a special one. The invitation to play said "We run it in a very small intimate venue in Greenpoint called Magick City and invite mostly local artists to play records that they dont usually get to play during regular club nights." This spoke to me. I love what and how I ended up playing. It's similar to how I played for many years (maybe like 1999 - 2006 or something?) before I began to focus a bit more on beat matching and blends, but with new layers as well. Quite possibly the blueprint for where I want to go in the future. https://soundcloud.com/liveatmagickcity/mc11-weird-science-with-gavin-rayna-russom
Gavin Rayna Russom Jul 29, 2019
“The Lord said, “Let there be nasty, evil bass,” and lo, Gavin Rayna Russon's bass was good. The LCD Soundsystem synthesist puts her whole back into this beat while Alabama-born, Chicago-based rapper KC Ortiz drips dirty south swag like honey on them hi-hats. “Heaven's Highway” touches on both artists' relationships with their religious pasts, complicated by their trans identities.” https://www.billboard.com/articles/news/dance/8524106/first-spin-the-week-new-dance-tracks-yotto-atliens-jubilee
Gavin Rayna Russom Jul 24, 2019
New track I made w KC Ortiz gets a preview today via Adult Swim. Keep your eyes peeled for it’s release everywhere coming soon... https://www.stereogum.com/2052414/gavin-rayna-russom-heavens-highway-feat-kc-ortiz/music/
Gavin Rayna Russom Jul 13, 2019
Always a solid party happening over at the Black Meteoric Star Bandcamp page... Check it out: https://blackmeteoricstar.bandcamp.com/
Gavin Rayna Russom Jul 10, 2019
Tonight Wednesday July 10th, 6pm is the first Radical Traditions Reading Group at H0L0, 1090 Wyckoff. If there’s something you really want the group to read please bring it so we can all check it out. For those unfamiliar with the reading group concept, more or less we’ll all read a book or excerpt that we’ve voted on and then meet regularly to discuss it as we go through. It’s been a huge part of my political education and since connecting radical politics and nightlife is such a big part of what I do, the idea of doing a group like this in a space like H0l0 is a dream come true. Spread the word and see you there. #queer #queertheory #trans #transliberation #nyc #queens #holo #radicalpolitics #socialism #abolition #prisonabolition #abolishice
Gavin Rayna Russom Jun 29, 2019
TONIGHT!!! The plan is... DANCE!!!!!!!
Gavin Rayna Russom Jun 21, 2019
Prepping for some good times in great company this weekend at Pride Toronto. https://nowtoronto.com/music/features/toronto-pride-best-music-2019/
Gavin Rayna Russom Jun 19, 2019
I'll be showing this artwork from my 2014 Telemetry/The Beneficent, The Merciful EP as well as another large drawing from 2004 in the upcoming OUTLines Exhibition at One Art Space. Opening June 27th. Event links in the comments. Heels Photo on flyer by Lanee Bird.
Gavin Rayna Russom Jun 14, 2019
The Ladies of LCD Soundsystem are rolling into Atlanta to party with Deep South ATL and The Music Room Saturday night! Nancy and I will be donating $1 each for every ticket sold to Planned Parenthood Southeast Advocates in response to Georgia’s new anti abortion legislation so get out and party w/ us!
Gavin Rayna Russom Jun 08, 2019
Ladies of LCD Soundsystem New Orleans party is tonight at Republic NOLA! Nancy and I are each donating $1 per ticket sold to the New Orleans Abortion Fund. Let’s pack it out and enjoy each others’ company. See ya later on. http://www.republicnola.com/2019/06/08/ladies-of-lcd-soundsystem/
Gavin Rayna Russom Jun 07, 2019
Ladies of LCD Soundsystem cruising into LA Friday night. Looking forward to returning to 1720. See you on the dance floor!
Gavin Rayna Russom Jun 05, 2019
In response to the recent wave of anti abortion legislation from the Louisiana State government aka the #6weekban or #sb184 Nancy Whang and I will each be donating $1 from every ticket purchased to our Ladies of LCD Soundsystem show on June 8th at Republic NOLA to the New Orleans Abortion Fund. Please come out to party, dance, celebrate your body and support legal, safe abortion now and always! #Pride feels real complex for me. Complex is good. But the reality is that the thing that has now become Pride began by trans femmes of color pushing back against police harassment. And today, right now, trans folks, especially trans folks of color are still being murdered, locked in cages, assaulted and killed by law enforcement, by ICE and by ignorance. I believe in the political and spiritual power of the dance floor and the party. And also intention feels critical in that space. Nancy Whang and I are playing several Pride parties as the #ladiesoflcdsoundsystem and I always wear my #justiceforroxsana shirt that Micah Bazant made and Jennicet Eva Gutiérrez presented me with last year. I will wear it until there is Justice for Roxsana and for all other incarcerated and detained trans folks, which means #abolition now and forever. All struggles are connected and the New Orleans Abortion Fund has done a great job of connecting trans advocacy with the fight for safe and legal abortion. This is one of the many reasons we chose them to donate to. #nola #louisiana #righttochoose #prochoice #mybodymychoice #prochoiceisprolife #noaf #stoptheban #neworleanspride #pridenola #donttreadonme #abolishice #justiceforjohana #justiceforroxsana #abolitionnowandalways #allatrugglesareconnected
Gavin Rayna Russom Jun 03, 2019
Being on the panel of National Sawdust’s Hildegard Competition gave me the opportunity to hear works by young femme, trans and gnc composers, and to work directly as a mentor with a few of them. It was a phenomenal experience. Tomorrow night the winners Inti Figgis-vizueta, Niloufar Nourbakhsh نیلوفر نوربخش and Bergrún Snæbjörnsdóttir will present new pieces generated by the competition prize and runners up Bahar Royaee, Yaz Lancaster, Meara O’Reilly, Nina Shekhar, Angela Slater, and Sugar Vendil will also have works played by the ensemble. Well worth checking out, join me there! https://nationalsawdust.org/event/hildegard-competition-concert-inti-figgis-vizueta-bergrun-snaebjornsdottir-and-niloufar-nourbakhsh/
Gavin Rayna Russom May 31, 2019
Very much looking forward to playing Emerge Impact + Music tonight! Come join the party. Full schedule and tickets are available at www.emergelv.com
Gavin Rayna Russom May 30, 2019
Tonight, Ophelia's Electric Soapbox Denver with Boyhollow and L.A. Zwicky! https://www.opheliasdenver.com/event/1847719-ladies-lcd-sound-system-ft-denver/
Gavin Rayna Russom May 29, 2019
My film “No More White Presidents” with soundtrack by Black Meteoric Star screens tonight at the Spectacle Theater, 124 South 3rd St in Williamsburg Brooklyn at 7:30pm. Come and get it.
Gavin Rayna Russom May 28, 2019
Ladies of LCD Soundsystem tour starts this weekend with Nancy and I hitting Ophelia’s Denver, Emerge Impact + Music Las Vegas and Monarch San Francisco... And continuing throughout the summer. 5/30 Ophelia’s Denver 5/31 Emerge Las Vegas 6/1 Monarch SF 6/7 1720 LA 6/8 Republic New Orleans 6/15 Music Room Atlanta 6/23 Pride Toronto 6/29 Good Room Brooklyn 6/30 Metro Chicago 8/2 Ogden Amphitheater Ogden 8/9 Cheer Up Charlie’s Austin 8/10 Paper Tiger San Antonio
Gavin Rayna Russom May 20, 2019
Me and Nancy Whang are back on the road as the Ladies of LCD Soundsystem starting next week! We’re preparing a tasty spread of dance jams for y’all. Come find us at one (or more) of these.... Ticket links in the comments! 5/30 Ophelia’s Denver 5/31 Emerge Las Vegas 6/1 Monarch SF 6/7 1720 LA 6/8 Republic New Orleans 6/15 Music Room Atlanta 6/23 Pride Toronto 6/29 Good Room Brooklyn 6/30 Metro Chicago 8/2 Ogden Amphitheater Ogden 8/9 Cheer Up Charlie’s 8/10 Paper Tiger San Antonio