The emancipation of Amy Cook

Posted on 30 Nov 2012 at 8:30am

The out Austin-based singer found freedom by releasing her expectations RICH LOPEZ  | Contributing Writer rlopez5428@yahoo.com Amy Cook has friends in high places — and almost by accident. The indie artist may not yet be a household name, but for her latest album, Summer Skin, she has a rock ‘n’ roll legend, a queer music [...]

Back & forward

Posted on 12 Oct 2012 at 8:30am

Melissa Etheridge willingly addresses the complexities of life — in her music and personally   JONANNA WIDNER  | Contributing Writer jonanna.widner@gmail.com It was soon after a contentious presidential campaign that Melissa Etheridge came out publicly as lesbian. That was nearly 20 years ago, but it can be easy to forget how different the world was [...]

Floyd inaugurates new cabaret series

Posted on 14 Sep 2012 at 11:00am

Mandy Patinkin isn’t the only singer who idolizes Great American Songbook writers like Sondheim and Harburg — Dallas’ own Gary Lynn Floyd has a personal favorite. So who is it? Gershwin? Porter? Kern? Nope. The man Floyd thinks deserves his due is Harry Warren. A master of the Hollywood musical ear-worm, Warren composed the music and/or [...]

Oh, Mandy

Posted on 14 Sep 2012 at 10:50am

B’way veteran (and LuPone bestie) Patinkin teams up with his favorite diva for a homecoming to Texas, where they first launched their famed concert   ARNOLD WAYNE JONES  | Life+Style Editor Mandy Patinkin is used to keeping each foot in different worlds. He’s a Broadway star (and Tony winner) and popular singer on the concert [...]

No day but today

Posted on 07 Jun 2012 at 8:15pm

Diva Idina Menzel’s career has defied gravity, with a trio of pop-cultural phenomena and a new concert tour ARNOLD WAYNE JONES  | Life+Style Editor …………………. IDINA MENZEL Fair Park Music Hall, 909 First Ave. June 13 at 7:30 p.m. $40–$130. Ticketmaster.com. …………………. Gay men wish they could be Idina Menzel fo­r two reasons: First, she’s got [...]

Taylor made

Posted on 31 May 2012 at 10:30pm

Under a serious demeanor, Dayne maintains a sense of humor about herself RICH LOPEZ  | Staff Writer Taylor Dayne projects a cool demeanor that makes you take her seriously, not someone to be joked with (unless your Tig Notaro) or engaged in idle chatter. Or so it seems. As the headliner at in this year’s [...]

Trey’s the charm

Posted on 17 May 2012 at 6:50pm

In his first sit-down since becoming TCC’s new permanent artistic director, Trey Jacobs looks ahead to the season’s last concert & beyond RICH LOPEZ  | Staff Writer The final show of this season’s Turtle Creek Chorale is also a first for its newly minted artistic director, Trey Jacobs. Although he led the gay men’s chorus [...]

Bette & Barry, reborn

Posted on 12 Apr 2012 at 6:05pm

They may not work The Continental Baths, but Amy and Freddy might be the second coming of Midler and Manilow, with a decidedly fraternal bent RICH LOPEZ  | Staff Writer …………………. AMY & FREDDY The Rose Room, 3911 Cedar Springs Road (inside S4). April 13 at 7 p.m. $25–$30. ReactionShows.com. ………………….. After 15 years together, [...]

New kid on the block

Posted on 12 Apr 2012 at 5:52pm

Indie singer D. Alexander holds a defiant attitude toward the corporate labels of the music industry — strange for a dance-pop singer whose genre relies big-time on that kind of backing and radio play. But the young singer is intent on having his pop career his way, even if it means forgoing all the swag [...]

Scent of genius

Posted on 22 Mar 2012 at 5:00pm

Mike Hadreas aka Perfume Genius hits the road with the gayest album ever RICH LOPEZ  | Staff Writer Mike Hadreas could easily — and incorrectly — be dismissed as a simple depressive. His second album, under the name Perfume Genius, Put Your Back N2 It, runs like a morphine drip of dark tones: Drug overdose, [...]