It’s my turn

Posted on 17 Apr 2015 at 6:00am

Sean Baugh settles in as the (official) new artistic director of the Turtles ARNOLD WAYNE JONES  | Executive Editor Rehearsals had been underway for a while, and things were not going well. The music director was beginning to worry that the program he had designed would be more than he could manage. And then, about […]

FREAK machine

Posted on 03 Apr 2015 at 6:15am

Renee Phoenix, queer frontwoman of Fit for Rivals, gets her Freak on Sounding like a mix of Tegan & Sara, Joan Jett and Finland’s heavy metal outfit H.I.M., the seven-year-old rock/punk/pop band Fit For Rivals is fronted by out lesbian singer/songwriter Renee Phoenix. Her vocals pack serious punch — and more than a pinch of […]

Carin’ Carpenter

Posted on 27 Mar 2015 at 6:30am

From country to pop to orchestras to a stripped-down concert of songs from her career, 5-time Grammy winner Mary Chapin Carpenter re-imagines her music JONANNA WIDNER  | Contributing Writer Mary Chapin Carpenter has always been known for her eclectic oeuvre, when she released last year Songs From the Movie — a 10-cut album of some […]

Picking up the baton

Posted on 30 Jan 2015 at 7:15am

7 years after he stepped away from the podium, Tim Seelig — the Turtle Creek Chorale’s charismatic former artistic director — returns for TCC’s 35th anniversary concert ARNOLD WAYNE JONES  | Executive Editor How fun is this?” Tim Seelig grins from his home in San Francisco. “I didn’t know we would get this opportunity again!” […]

Taking it to the street

Posted on 23 Jan 2015 at 6:30am

Jonathan Palant re-emerges with a new choir and a mission — to bring attention to homelessness ARNOLD WAYNE JONES  | Executive Editor For those who think of Jonathan Palant as merely the former artistic director of the Turtle Creek Chorale, there are many more verses yet unsung. For instance, since arriving in Dallas eight years […]

Genius bar-none

Posted on 10 Oct 2014 at 6:15am

Mike Hadreas, the genius behind Perfume Mike Hadreas is tapping his “really long” nails on a table. “Can you hear that?” he asks. The act seems insignificant, but for the Seattle-based musician — better known by his nom-de-cool Perfume Genius — it’s a rite of passage. That tap, tap encapsulates independence, bravery and rebelliousness … […]

Hercules and Love Affair: Up & Andy

Posted on 19 Sep 2014 at 5:05am

Andy Butler, the openly gay founder of the edgy electronic dance music project Hercules & Love Affair, talks about live performance vs. studio work, influential DJs and support (or lack thereof) from the gay press ___________________ HERCULES & LOVE AFFAIR Club Dada, 2720 Elm St. Sept. 24. 8 p.m. $17. ___________________ As a student […]

Guitar shero

Posted on 19 Sep 2014 at 5:00am

Openly gay musician Ruthie Foster brings her soulful Texas blues to the Metroplex __________________ RUTHIE FOSTER Levitt Pavilion, 100 W. Abram St., Arlington. Sept. 26. 8:30 p.m. Free. __________________ Ruthie Foster — out blues diva, Grammy Award-nominee and native Texan — isn’t in the habit of letting much time pass between studio recordings. Her newest […]


Posted on 29 Aug 2014 at 6:30am

Perpetually sunny musician Jason Mraz hates labels, but vague pronouns and taking up causes for gay rights does little to dissuade speculation about his own sexuality CHRIS AZZOPARDI  | Contributing Writer I won’t tell you what Jason Mraz told me during our interview in early 2012. Realizing after the fact that a political remark […]

Sax appeal

Posted on 08 Aug 2014 at 6:15am

Out jazz musician Dave Koz toots his own horn SCOTT HUFFMAN  | Contributing Writer I think first and foremost, if you like the saxophone, you will be very happy,” out sax player Dave Koz, 51, jokes about his music. The musician and radio host will be delivering a matinee performance in support of his most recent […]