5th Wave Radio

Lauren Tabak is an award-winning creative working in film, music and the arts. Lauren has received a National Lesbian and Gay Journalism Award award for Excellence in Online Journalism for a piece she wrote about her experience co-producing and directing “Never A Cover”, a short film about the Lexington Club, San Franscisco’s iconic dyke bar. In 2017 she made her pop music debut in the Frameline Film Festival and in 2020 won San Francisco IndieFest’s “Best Music Video '' for her self-directed video “That’s What We Do”. Most recently Lauren has been shooting “Queer From Here” an ongoing geographically specific portrait project she founded that explores modern queer identity. Since 2019, the exhibition has been shown in museums and galleries across the United States from San Francisco California to Nashville, Tennessee. In 2021, Lauren was awarded a CLIO for her documentary “Love Me Like You Should”, a short film about disco icon Sylvester. Her current music project, Charles Mercy, is a multimedia lesbian western and collaboration with American songwriter and producer Chuck Prophet. The Boot called Charles Mercy ”Equal parts lounge singer and gun slinger” and Country Queer described the project as “A total left-fielder in all the best ways”.

Lauren lives in San Francisco with her Texan boo and her dog named Lou and recently built a backyard pizza oven that she wrote a song about called "Pizza Oven Blues #1-4, 17".

What is 5th Wave Radio?

A KXSF.fm radio show hosted by Pamela Busch. The show centers women and non-binary people who are forming alternative power structures and whose work is improving our lives. You'll also hear music from under appreciated female musicians from all musical genres.