Before or synth

Posted on 24 Jul 2015 at 7:25am

Brit trio Years and Years’ ‘Communion’ shows unrealized potential The opening track of Communion begins faintly, as if you forgot to turn up the volume on your MP3 player: A low, rhythmic pulsing. Then the first words arrive with crystal clarity, almost disconnected from the music undergirding it. As it grows, it expands its complexities [...]

Midsummer CDs

Posted on 03 Jul 2015 at 7:25am

From Shamir to Lamar, we rank the best music (so far) of 2015 We are at the midpoint of 2015 (I know — insane), which means we are at the start of the year’s movie season … but fully half way through the year in records. So what unmissable discs have you missed? Here are [...]

Building a ‘Fortress’

Posted on 19 Jun 2015 at 7:25am

Gay composer Michael Friedman shares the path of ‘Fortress of Solitude’ from Dallas to NYC to original cast recording ARNOLD WAYNE JONES Executive Editor jones@dallasvoice.com The Dallas Theater Center’s commitment in recent years to cultivating new works has been a boon for local audiences, but increasingly, New York ones as well: Give It Up! made it [...]

Reba McEntire: The gay interview

Posted on 01 Jun 2015 at 8:16am

Reba McEntire on the importance of gay marriage, and how sad it is to know that some country artists feel they can’t come out

Pimp your Pridemix

Posted on 08 May 2015 at 7:20am

11 gaylicious new anthems to add to your party playlist With a passel o’ DJs coming to town this week and Pride Month around the corner, you need to update your iPod shuffle to get your Pride on … and not with the old standbys. Now, don’t delete Madonna. You can keep your Diana Ross. [...]

CD REVIEW: Madonna’s ‘Rebel Heart’

Posted on 25 Mar 2015 at 9:07am

Witnessing the 56-year-old in self-reflection mode is refreshing, and also, despite Madonna’s refusal to actually age, befitting

Ricky Martin: The gay interview

Posted on 24 Mar 2015 at 8:23am

He won’t make it to Dallas with his tour until Oct. 4, so until then Ricky Martin tides us over with shirtless selfies, his love life and being a gay dad.

Parental guidance

Posted on 13 Mar 2015 at 7:20am

New moms Brandi Carlile and Kelly Clarkson: No longer the girls next door Brandi Carlile, The Firewatcher’s Daughter. Now that her major-label days are over, Brandi Carlile can get her hands as dirty as she wants. Indulging entirely in the authenticity of the sound she’s been honing since her second album (2007’s T-Bone Burnett-produced The Story), [...]

His ‘Ice Cream Truck’ brings the boys to the yard

Posted on 06 Feb 2015 at 7:15am

Gay rapper Cazwell knows his market — and he’s happy to serve it ARNOLD WAYNE JONES  | Executive Editor If you’ve been in a gay club in the last five years or so, chances are you know who Cazwell is. Long before even Frank Ocean or Fly Young Red, Cazwell was the gay rapper — [...]

Gwen Stefani: The gay interview

Posted on 21 Jan 2015 at 10:18am

Editor’s note: More than 15 years ago, I drove over to Fort Worth to see No Doubt in concert. I was glad I went — not because of No Doubt, which gave a kind of programmatic concert that felt robotic and uninspired — but because that was my first introduction to the opening act: Cake. [...]