Singer-songwriter and guitarist Marilyn Mitchell, a member of the popular early 2000s San Francisco Bay Area all-trans female rock band Lipstick Conspiracy, shared new music and life stories on this week’s Out in the Bay — Queer Radio & Podcast and hinted that her former group may get back together.
Challenging an audience’s assumptions about sex and gender dates back to the earliest days of rock & roll, from the lustful hip-shaking of Elvis Presley to the confident but effeminate style of Little Richard. But a new generation of musicians is pushing the boundaries farther than ever before; on the independent music scene, transgender performers are achieving a new level of visibility and acceptance, and filmmaker Madsen Minax profiles a handful of transgender artists bubbling up from the underground in this documentary. Riot Acts: Flaunting Gender Deviance In Music Performance features performances from Systyr Act, Coyote Grace, The DeGenerettes, and Lipstick Conspiracy. Riot Acts was an official selection at the 2010 San Francisco International LGBT Film Festival.
–Excerpt from the N.Y. Times Review of Riot Acts, by Mark Deming.
Lipstick Conspiracy’s trio of guitarists employ different rigs to drive the band’s ’70s-inspired sleaze rock. Sarafina Marachino plugs a Gretsch G3140 Historic Series into a Carvin SX200 combo, Shawna Love uses a Les Paul and a Fender Super Reverb, and Marylin Mitchell plays a Stratocaster through an ADA preamp, an ART Multiverb, a Tubeworks Mosvalve power amp, and two ADA cabs loaded with Celestions.
Wicked Textures, by Buddy Saleman, Guitar Player Magazine, July 2006.