I don’t follow dance and pop very closely, so I was only vaguely aware of Dua Lipa until recently. I started listening through her catalog after watching her recent Tiny Desk Concert. Such a great session. I’m hooked. I keep coming back to it to buoy my mood.

I love how forward the background singers are in the mix, especially on the third song. The bass player is super groovy, the audio engineering is great, and the stylist knocked it out of the park.

Also, the “Let’s Get Physical Work Out” is a thing of joy.

I’m leaning heavily on playlist making as a coping mechanism right now. Here’s my “Chronic Neurodivergent Depressed Queer Punk” playlist of mental health related punk and punk-adjacent songs.

Themes/CW: suicidal ideation, addiction, mania, depression, dysphoria, chronic illness, anxiety, overwhelm, panic, meltdown, masking, burnout, OCD, ADHD, ADD, SPD, bipolar, autism


When bigots have got me down and I need to scream it out, I often turn to Marissa Paternoster and her band Screaming Females, my favorite power trio of all time and space. Here she is singing about gender non-conformity and homophobia, screaming “While you sit on the fence I will burn in hell” over and over from the depths of her soul.


To all you fence sitting family members with conscience compromised by your bigoted religion: fuck you. You fail at moral autonomy, and you fail to #EmptyThePews of toxic Christianity.

The joyful celebration of pluralism through song perks me up when the world gets me down. I started an inclusion song playlist. What should I add?

One of my favorite bands, The Warning, is crowdfunding their new album.


Check out their Live at Lunario CDMX set, and then go give them some money so they can keep rocking us.

It’s been 5 and a half years since they caught our attention with their cover of Enter Sandman.

They have since put out an EP and two LPs (not a bad song among them) and are working on their third LP. They’re all still teenagers. Amazing and awesome. I can’t wait for the new album or the videos of the live sets from the upcoming North American tour.

BTW, check out Pau of The Warning along with a couple of other drummers I’m binge listening in this piece:


Drummers I’m binge listening:

Paulina Villarreal of The Warning

Akane Hirose of BAND-MAID

Hideki Aoyama of BABYMETAL’s Kami Band