Pet Door Show’s Independent and Underplayed Trans, Non-Binary, and 2-Spirit Artists You Should Know in 2024

Hannah Werdmuller
9 min readApr 1, 2024

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Happy Trans Day of Visibility!!! Today is dedicated to celebrating trans & non-binary people, and recommitting ourselves to the work that still must be done to end discrimination against trans people.

As you’re probably aware, there has been a concerted campaign of legislative persecution of trans people ramping up in the past few years thanks to far-right billionaire assholes. It is more important than ever to educate yourself and challenge the myths about transgender people that have been introduced into public discourse to aid that campaign. Transgender people have always existed, documented throughout history in cultures all over the world, and absolute binaries do not exist in biology. Being trans is not only natural, it is a beautiful sign of self-knowledge. Any time someone embraces and shares their true self with us, it should be celebrated with gratitude in the knowledge that it benefits all of us to embrace our true selves as well, and harms all of us to hold each other to narrow made-up definitions that inadequately describe our realities.

In recognition of the real challenges that transphobia creates for trans & non-binary people, Trans Day of Visibility is also a really great day to show appreciation with your wallet. As the host of the Pet Door Show on Shady Pines Radio (Thursdays, 2–4pm PT / 5–7pm ET / 10pm-12am UK), I exclusively play new music by independent & underplayed artists from around the world who don’t get nearly as much airplay as they deserve. As such, I have the pleasure of playing a bunch of incredible music by amazing trans, non-binary, and 2-Spirit artists, and I’d like to share them with you.

Below (arranged alphabetically by artist full name) are the Pet Door Show’s list of underplayed trans, non-binary, and 2-Spirit artists you should know in 2024, who I’ve played on the Pet Door Show this year. I am also including a bomb-ass Spotify playlist for easy perusing, but please buy anything you like if you are able (links provided).

Let me know what your new favorites are!

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A’jon
New Orleans, LA. R&B hip hop.
Favorite track: Black Baby, single released September 26, 2023.

Alex Sturbaum
Seattle, WA. Trad folk.
Favorite track: Marion Reece’s Cumberland Gap (ft. Cameron DeWhitt), from the album SLASH, released August 26, 2022.

Anachnid
Montréal, Canada. Electronica.
Favorite track: Sur ton parallèle, single released April 6, 2022.

Aquiestawally
Santiago, Chile. Indie.
Favorite track: pokemon, single released August 4, 2023.

Auto Angel
Tāmaki Makaurau, Aotearoa. Cyberpunk posthardcore.
Favorite track: What Else But Love? (ft. FABLE, Yuko Miyoshi), single released February 14, 2024.

B

Bad Luck Penny
Austin, TX. Folk.
Favorite track: Three, and Keys and Rats, from the EP Daydreams, released April 7 2023.

Bells Larsen
Montréal, Canada. Folk.
Favorite track: Place To Be, from the EP If I Was, I Am, released July 28, 2023.

Bijoux Cone
Portland, OR. Synthpop electronica.
Favorite track: Mind’s Eye, from the album Love is Trash, released October 20, 2023.

Blue Foster
Williamsport, MD. Alt folk.
Favorite track: Lucy, single released October 18, 2023.

Brutalligators
Hitchin, England. Indie alternative.
Favorite track: What’s Next, single released May 31, 2023.

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Chloe Hotline
Cincinnati, OH. Hip hop.
Favorite track: drenchway freestyle, from the album Drench Forever: A Soulja’s Prayer, released January 1, 2023.

Chrysalis
Boston, MA. Folk.
Favorite track: handprints, from the album i’m on my way, released October 20, 2023.

Creekbed Carter Hogan
Austin, TX. Folk country.
Favorite tracks: Full Time No Benefits (with Asher Ford)*, from the split album with Large Brush Collection, released March 24, 2023, and The Relic Song, from the album Creekbed Carter, released March 22, 2024.
* One of the Pet Door Show Best of 2023!

Crush Fund
Brooklyn, NY. Punk.
Favorite track: Tender is the Night, from the EP New Fixation, released April 4, 2024.

Cunty MeMe
Chicago, IL. Electropop hip hop.
Favorite track: ENEMY, single released April 9, 2023.

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The Daisy Chain
Belfast, Northern Ireland. Indie psych americana.
Favorite track: You Ain’t Playin’ With Me, from the album Take a Look at all the Houses, released November 17, 2023.

Davis Esther Rose
Portland, OR. Indie pop.
Favorite track: gay4nature, from the album Day by Day by Day, released March 23, 2023.

Day Soul Exquisite
Seattle, WA. Indie neosoul.
Favorite track: Disentangle, EP Sanguine & Cardamom, released January 19, 2024.

Dumpster Pussy
Nashville, TN. Alternative rock.
Favorite track: Intimate, from the EP Songs to Grow Up To, released October 13, 2023.

DVON SRNT
CA. Hip hop R&B.
Favorite track: Trying hard to find (ft. Jayla Greenbrean), single released November 25, 2023.

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Eevie Echoes & the Locations
Brooklyn, NY. Alternative punk.
Favorite track: 24 (The Growing Pains of Capitalism), from the album The Cons of Being a Wallflower, released January 10, 2024.

Equal Creatures
Atlanta, GA. Indie rock.
Favorite track: Check Engine Light, from the album Everything That Hurts, released March 1, 2024.

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Fake Fruit*
Oakland, CA. Indie rock.
Favorite track: Milkman**, from the album Fake Fruit, released March 5, 2021.
* One of the Pet Door Show’s up-and-coming artists you should know in 2024!
** One of the Pet Door Show Best of 2021!

FINSTA
New Delhi, India. Electropop hip hop.
Favorite track: PURRRRR, from the compilation album Delhi Sensate, released Nov 3 2023 by Norient.

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Girl Fiend (FKA Shaylee)
Portland, OR. Indie rock.
Favorite track: Snow Day, single released January 18, 2023.

Good Vacation
Dallas, TX. Alt folk.
Favorite track: Tear My Heart Into Two, single released May 16, 2023.

Gum Disease
London, England. Pop punk.
Favorite track: DNR, single released March 1, 2024.

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Ire Paz
Buenos Aires, Argentina. Folk.
Favorite track: El Pájaro y la Jaula — En Vivo (ft. Jazmín Laurenza), from the album Edificios Derrumbados (En Vivo), released July 30, 2023.

Ismay
Sonoma County, CA. Indie folk.
Favorite track: The Dove, the Shrew & the Raccoon, from the album Desert Pavement, released January 26, 2024.

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Jayla Greenbean
Oakland, CA. Hip hop.
Favorite track: SPEAK!, from the EP Changez, released January 5, 2024.

Jazmine Mary
Gunaikurnai ancestral lands, Australia. Folk.
Favorite track: Only Yellow, from the album Dog, released June 2, 2023.

Jerrika Mighelle
Eau Claire, WI. Indie folk.
Favorite track: All the Time, from the album Be Brave, released July 7, 2023.

Jess Kallen
Los Angeles, CA. Indie.
Favorite track: Exotherm, from the album Exotherm, released June 21, 2023.

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KEEKS
Portland, OR. Electropop hip hop.
Favorite track: Make You Sick, single released February 2, 2024.

Khaki Cuffs
Newark, DE. Alternative rock.
Favorite track: waffle house, 1am, from the EP 2017–2019, released June 9, 2023, on Fault Records.

Koe
Chillán, Chile. Electronica.
Favorite track: tus margaritas, single released November 11, 2022.

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L.T.Leif
Glasgow, Scotland. Indie folk.
Favorite track: No Birds, from the album Come Back to Me, But Lightly, released January 27, 2023.

Large Brush Collection
Austin, TX. Indie folk.
Favorite track: Arm’s Length, from the album Off Center, released January 16, 2024.

Lauren O’Connell
Los Angeles, CA. Folk.
Favorite track: Joangeline — Duet (ft. Nataly Dawn), single released March 8, 2024.

Lokeigh
Sacramento, CA. Punk.
Favorite track: Kid Again, from the EP Destined to Eat Your Flesh, released May 16, 2023.

M

Mare
San Francisco, CA. Indie pop.
Favorite track: Don’t Wanna Be Talking About Him, from the EP Inside Voice, released December 16, 2023.

Mightmare
Chapel Hill, NC. Indie americana.
Favorite track: Killer Killer, single released October 16, 2023.

Molly O’Leary
New Bedford, MA. Indie folk.
Favorite track: A Room With A View, from the album Marigold, released Feb 23 2024 on New Frontier Records.

monarch.
New York City, NY. Alt folk.
Favorite track: Naïve — Acoustic Version, single released November 11, 2022.

Mulligrub
Winnipeg, Canada. Indie alternative.
Favorite track: Ex, from the album Tragical, released June 16, 2023.

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NANí
Brooklyn, NY. Folk.
Favorite track: Bitter, from the EP NANí (with Wild Hunt Sessions), released October 6, 2023.

Nervus
Watford, England. Alternative rock.
Favorite track: Drop Out, from the album Evil One, released June 24, 2022.

The Nile Club
Milwaukee, WI. Indie post punk.
Favorite track: Kill John Wayne, single released August 8 2023.

No Lonesome
Chicago, IL. Indie folk.
Favorite track: To Begin, from the album Flowers Recomposing, released May 24, 2023, and Cool Waters, single released February 6, 2024.

NONBINARY GIRLFRIEND
Portland, OR. Indie.
Favorite track: I Tried to Forget Who I Was, from the album Big and Kind, released February 14, 2023.

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Ombiigizi
Ontario, Canada. Indie rock.
Favorite track: Back At Me (ft. Peter Dreimanis), single released April 4, 2023.

Over My Dead Name
Boise, ID. Indie alternative.
Favorite track: Kobayashi Maru, single released November 24, 2023.

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the park
Columbia, MO. Indie rock.
Favorite track: sixteen candles, from the EP demonstrations, released July 10, 2023.

Peach Rings
Boone, NC. Alternative rock.
Favorite track: mega man (ft. Tape Girl), single released January 7, 2024.

Public Transit
Philadelphia, PA. Alt folk.
Favorite track: Closeted, from the album Public Transit, released December 1, 2023.

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RAT BATH
Milwaukee, WI. Punk.
Favorite track: Prayers Gone Silent, from the album Call Me a Monster, released November 10, 2023.

Red Hill
Meeanjin, Australia. Indie folk.
Favorite track: River, from the 2-track River / Paintbrush, released October 19, 2023.

Reveal Party
Copenhagen, Denmark. Indie pop.
Favorite track: Seldom Made, from the album Favourite Person, released March 10, 2023.

The Reverent Marigold
Tucson, AZ. Folk.
Favorite track: The Bogside Doodlebug, from the album The Comprehensive TRM Folk Song Box Set: 11+ Hours of Every Irish & Scottish Folk Song We Know, Comes With Bonus Art!, released February 9, 2024.

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Sad Boy Union*
Portland, OR. Punk.
Favorite track: Echoing, from the album Sad Boy Union, released September 15, 2023.
* Shady Pines Festival 2023 performer!

Sam Paul
Denver, CO. Indie bedroom pop.
Favorite track: Starting Again, single released May 17, 2023.

Shady Bug
St. Louis, MO. Indie rock.
Favorite track: zero expectations, from the EP What’s the Use, released June 30, 2023, on Exploding in Sound.

Shark Sandwich
Louisville, KY. Punk.
Favorite track: Dog Song, from the album Shark Sandwich, released January 7, 2023.

Sister Ray
Toronto, Canada. Indie folk.
Favorite track: Teeth, from the EP Teeth, released March 22, 2023.

Sister Wife Sex Strike*
Seattle, WA. Folk punk americana.
Favorite track: All Roads Lead to Rome, from the album Sister Wives Strike Back (Deluxe), released August 11, 2023.
* One of the Pet Door Show’s up-and-coming artists you should know in 2024!

Spud Bugs
Cortland, NY. Folk punk.
Favorite track: Swamp Riot, from the EP Substrate Vibrations, released April 25, 2023.

Square
Meeanjin, Australia. Indie post punk.
Favorite track: Radio, from the EP Introducing, released May 4, 2023.

Stephanie Anne Johnson
Tacoma, WA. Indie americana.
Favorite track: The Day That You Begin, from the album Jewels, released April 7, 2023.

Stress Dolls
Buffalo, NY. Indie rock.
Favorite track: Alone, single released January 19, 2024.

Sunny Kahleel
Daytona Beach, FL. Hip hop pop.
Favorite track: Insomniac, single released May 24, 2023.

Sunny Morris
Naarm, Australia. Indie jangle pop.
Favorite track: See You in a Million Years on Sunday, from the album Hearsay, released August 5, 2022.

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thanks for coming
Brooklyn, NY. Indie rock.
Favorite track: Spotless Mind, from the album What Is My Capacity to Love?, released September 29, 2023.

Ther
Philadelphia, PA. Indie folk.
Favorite track: 2 holidays, from the album a horrid whisper echoes in a palace of endless joy, released April 14, 2023.

Tinge
Lake of the Woods, Canada. Indie rock.
Favorite track: Big Crush, from the EP Big Deep Sigh, released March 3, 2023.

tofusmell
Orlando, FL. Alt folk.
Favorite track: Basil Noodles, from the EP Humor, released June 30, 2023, on Hardly Art.

Ty Sorrell
Richmond, VA. Hip hop.
Favorite track: Room 095, from the album HomeGrown, released July 29, 2022.

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Wayfairy
Oakland, CA. Folk punk.
Favorite track: Cactus Heart (Fuck Luther Burbank), from the album Sabotage, released October 21, 2023.

Weehawk
Portland, OR. Indie.
Favorite track: Leave Me Dry, single released March 6, 2023.

Wheriko
Te Moana a Toi-te-Huatahi, Aotearoa. Indie pop.
Favorite track: Enby, single released July 19, 2022.

Women in Peril
Boston, MA. Alternative rock.
Favorite track: Larkspur, single released March 1, 2024.

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Yellow Eyes
CT. Hip hop.
Favorite track: Her/Story (ft. Alexis T’Ziah Mills), from the album Transfemme Fatale, released August 4, 2023.

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Z the Stranger
Rockland, MA. Hyperpop hip hop.
Favorite track: Trans Mission, from the album Pink Shrimp Deluxe, released February 28, 2023.

Ziibiwan
Tkarón:to, Canada. Indie neosoul.
Favorite track: Heroes (Last Words), single released September 1, 2023.

That’s the end of the list! If you liked this list, check out last year’s list!

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Hannah Werdmuller

Hannah Werdmuller:: frontperson of Django Moves to Portland / singer in Chonk! / Hosts the Pet Door Show on Shady Pines Radio, Thursdays 2-4pm (PST) / they/them