Sweet Talk with Beth Ditto

Beth Ditto
Beth Ditto | photo courtesy of the artist

Beth Ditto is the kind of artist where one’s fandom can and often does feel like friendship.

From her tenure as the formidable frontwoman of iconic queer punk band The Gossip all of the way through her recent debut solo album, Fake Sugar, listening to her songs possess a fun but familiar feeling to them, like you’re having a conversation with a friend you either just met or haven’t seen in forever. That intimacy becomes even more immediate when you see her do her thing live, which she’ll be doing at Union Transfer this Sunday.

It felt more instant still when I had the pleasure of chatting with her on the phone last month. It was freewheeling discussion that covered a lot of topics both mundane—we commiserated over our dirty laundry piles and the state of my shoe collection—and more relevant to her music, her philosophies about life and work, and what she gets from both. The highlights from the latter can be found below. Continue reading →


Just Announced: Beth Ditto will headline Union Transfer in March

Beth Ditto | photo by Mary McCartney | courtesy of the artist

The final record from Portland-via-Arkansas dance punk trio The Gossip landed in 2012 and the band officially parted ways in 2016, but frontwoman Beth Ditto keeps plenty busy. Between acting (a part in a new Gus Van Sant’s new Don’t Worry, He Won’t Get Far on Foot), fashion (a plus-size clothing line designed with Jean Paul Gaultier), collaborating with her heroes (she contributed to Blondie’s 2013 album), and writing (a memoir Coal to Diamonds), Ditto has a full agenda of pursuits outside the music-specific zone.

But oh, that music. And specifically that solo album, Fake Sugar, Ditto’s first outing under her own name, released in June on Virgin Records. Continue reading →