Gay music acts on the verge of a breakthrough this year

A crop of on-the-verge acts with a decidedly queer sensibility are poised to move beyond the gay music scene. Check 'em out.

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Photograph: Shervin LainezAVAN LAVA Fronted by out singer Tom “TC” Hennes, this Brooklyn combo is well-known for its high-energy live sets at diverse events.File under: Modern retro, fusing classic funk and soul with current electronic influencesRecalls: Escort, Holy Ghost!, PrinceListen to: “It’s Never Over,” a funky gem that will have even snobby indie-rock fans dancing  Download on iTunes    Download on Amazon Watch the video for "It's Never Over" by AVAN LAVA
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Photograph: Christa HolkaBright Light Bright Light The Welsh singer-songwriter (né Rod Thomas) already has a cultish following among thanks to a handful of intimate, stateside gigs last year. His melancholy pop will find its way onto your next breakup mix—or the Girls soundtrack.File under: Crying on the dance floor. Earnest, heartbroken lyrics and soaring vocals are paired with irresistible disco beats.Recalls: Robyn, La Roux, MorrisseyListen to: “Disco Moment,” a floor filler about a dead-end relationship  Download on iTunes    Download on Amazon Watch the video for "Disco Moment" by Bright Light Bright Light
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Photograph: Sabi VargaJbDubs The proudly outlandish JbDubs (a.k.a. James Whiteside, a soloist with American Ballet Theatre) has racked up more than a million YouTube views for “I Hate My Job.” But he’s no novelty act; His electro-rap-pop songs stand up to scrutiny.File under: Seriously funny. The clever wordplay and rapid delivery are impressive and amusing.Recalls: Kreayshawn, Das Racist, PeachesListen to: “Pantywaister,” maybe one of the gayest songs ever recorded, referencing manscaping and speculating about the size of Anderson Cooper’s junk  Download on iTunes    Download on Amazon Watch the video for "Pantywaister" by JbDubs
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Photograph: Shawn SmithHi Fashion Formed in New York but now based in LA, the duo of Jen DM and Rick Gradone won plenty of local fans with a handful of appearances last year, showcasing their irony-drenched lyrics, wild stage shows and highly danceable beats.File under: Good attitude. Jen DM's vocals alternate between diva yelps and drag-queeny quips.Recalls: Scissor Sisters, the Ting Tings, Gwen StefaniListen to: “Amazing,” a bitchy, winky homage to high self-esteem  Download on iTunes    Download on Amazon Watch the video for "Amazing" by Hi Fashion
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Le1f New York native Le1f (born Khalif Diouf) has already earned attention from Internet pop-culture vultures ranging from Pitchfork to Gawker for his 2012 mixtape, Dark York. The outlandish rapper and producer's latest offering, Fly Zone, is inching him even closer to the mainstream.File under: Strangely sexy. Le1f's tracks are as hot as they are weird.Recalls: Azealia Banks, the Knife, M.I.A.Listen to: "Wut," a fleet-tongued, unabashedly queer earworm that was overshadowed by its viral-sensation video Watch the video for "Wut" by Le1f
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Garçon Garçon This ’80s-inspired Aussie synth-pop act, comprised of Nathan Mahon and Nick Tsirimokos, has been around for a few years, but hasn't made many waves on these shores—yet. Expect big things coming up, with new music on the way. File under: Hard on the outside, soft on the inside. The duo's hyperstylized aesthetic—which is both campy and ultramasculine—is offset by its gentle, introspective lyrics and Mahon's mournful vocals.Recalls: Jessica 6, Annie, Pet Shop BoysListen to: "Stay in Touch," a heartbreaker about a relationship that's run its course.  Download on iTunes    Download on Amazon Watch the video for "Stay in Touch" by Garçon Garçon

The city’s gays are currently spoiled for choice when it comes to singers, bands and performers treading the gay power party and underground LGBT party circuit, and we’re predicting big things for the following acts. Catch up with their top tracks below.

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