REVIEWS: ‘Prisoner,’ ‘Remnants’

Posted on 07 Apr 2017 at 7:30am

Ryan Adams, Prisoner. Ryan Adams, known in part for making Taylor Swift cooler to pop-resistant granola girls (he recorded, in full, a beautiful version of her Grammy-winning 1989 behemoth), is back to his old tricks on Prisoner. As usual, the beloved feelings guy dives deep into his torn psyche for rockers doused in punchy guitars […]

Let me sing you a story

Posted on 07 Apr 2017 at 6:30am

Tony-winning Fort Worth native Betty Buckley has a hit film and a new CD — both thrills for her devoted fans ARNOLD WAYNE JONES | Executive Editor I pop Story Songs, the new CD by Broadway legend (and Fort Worth gal) Betty Buckley, into my disc player, and the album starts out as expected. The […]

Hear me out

Posted on 06 Jan 2017 at 6:15am

Our picks for 2016’s best albums   In a world of downloads, EP, singles and music videos, we still love full music albums. Here, then, our top CDs of 2016. 10. Britney Spears, Glory. If you counted the Holy Spirit out after 2013’s weird let-down Britney Jean, you should know better. Brit’s next success is […]

George Michael, pop superstar, dies at 53 in Oxfordshire home

Posted on 25 Dec 2016 at 10:10pm

The legendary pop star and gay icon, who launched his career with Wham! in the 1980s and continued his success as a solo performer, passed away peacefully at his home in Goring, Oxfordshire on Christmas Day. Michael’s manager, Michael Lippman, says the cause of death was heart failure, as reported by AP. Having sold more […]

The power of 5

Posted on 23 Dec 2016 at 6:30am

Dezman Lehman’s road from closeted Pentecostal church kid to out-and-proud pop singer Dezi 5 ARNOLD WAYNE JONES | Executive Editor Imagine growing up surrounded by music, but unable to embrace it. Now imagine the same thing, only with your sexual orientation. That’s the background Dezman Lehman faced. Although not reared by his mother, she […]

HOLIDAY CD: ‘A Pentatonix Christmas’

Posted on 16 Dec 2016 at 7:25am

If you were listening to pop music in the late ’70s and early ’80s — or are just a fan of the era — you probably recall a group called The Manhattan Transfer, most famous for their song “The Boy from New York City.” Their sound was a blend of doo-wop and jazz, adult contemporary […]

Ocean’s 11 (out of 10): Frank Ocean’s awesome, long-awaited CD

Posted on 30 Nov 2016 at 11:28am

Ocean’s 11 (out of 10): Frank Ocean’s awesome, long-awaited CD ‘Blond’

Croon prince

Posted on 11 Nov 2016 at 6:00am

Balladeer Michael Buble talks about his music and his gay fans You know what I’ll be Googling tonight: Bublé, gay, queer, all that stuff,” says Michael Bublé one recent afternoon, after being informed that said search terms render colorful results. All you lovers, though, needn’t search beyond the dreamy crooner’s recently released album, Nobody But […]

Lady sings the truths

Posted on 27 Oct 2016 at 1:28pm

Eclectic & heartfelt, Lady Gaga’s ‘Joanne’ shows a master of her medium as musician & humanist   ARNOLD WAYNE JONES  | Executive Editor The evolution of Lady Gaga — as an artist, as an icon — has been one of the joys of pop-music appreciation for the last decade or so. She’s proved she can […]

CD review: ‘Complete Trio Collection’

Posted on 20 Oct 2016 at 1:32pm

CD review: ‘Complete Trio Collection’