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 [...]

Queer & folk

Posted on 01 Aug 2014 at 6:30am

Out Texas musician Jay Brannan steps off the shortbus and into adulthood   Judging from the comments on Jay Brannan’s YouTube channel, the Texas-born, Manhattan-based, openly queer singer-songwriter doesn’t have many haters. He may have the 2006 film Shortbus to thank for the international fan base he has accrued there: on his May 2014 posting [...]

Tori Amos: The gay interview

Posted on 25 Jul 2014 at 12:00pm

Now 50, and with her acclaimed 14th album, Unrepentant Geraldines, Amos is facing age head-on

Beach babe beauty tips

Posted on 25 Jul 2014 at 6:15am

Texas rocker chick Deborah Vial returns from Maui to get pretty for her concert at House of Blues Like all great artists, Deborah Vial knows how to work the press. Even though she moved from Dallas to Maui a decade ago, she still makes time for the local media, to conduct in-depth, cutting-edge interviews prior [...]

My semi Precious

Posted on 20 Jun 2014 at 6:15am

Chatting with Justin Tranter, Semi Precious Weapons’ ambisexual frontman   SCOTT HUFFMAN  | Contributing Writer Many people enjoy celebrating birthdays with a party. But for Justin Tranter — the gender-bending rocker and frontman of alternative band the Semi Precious Weapons — every work day is a party. So, when he turned 34, just a [...]

Queerly Neon

Posted on 30 May 2014 at 6:15am

Newly out frontman Tyler Glenn leads band Neon Trees with fresh panache   Springtime is always a season of new life, whether you’re talking pastel flowers or Neon Trees. One of the hottest bands out there, Neon Trees’ season has been one of starting anew, especially for lead singer and keyboardist Tyler Glenn. He recently [...]

Martini hour

Posted on 28 Mar 2014 at 6:30am

Thomas Lauderdale, leader of the megagroup Pink Martini, loves the sound of music Where else but on a Pink Martini album such as Dream A Little Dream would you be able to hear Abba’s “Fernando” sung in the original Swedish? Not only that, it’s sung by the von Trapps (Sofia, Melanie, Amanda and August), the [...]

Country bear jamboree

Posted on 14 Mar 2014 at 6:30am

Out country artist Drake Jensen arrives in Texas — finally — to headline at the Texas Bear Round Up RICH LOPEZ  | Contributing Writer At age 40, what Drake Jensen thought was going to be a backburner project turned into an actual career move. He recorded an album, and then another, and before he [...]