The letting go

Posted on 14 Nov 2014 at 6:30am

Melissa Etheridge: On her new CD, reinventing her career and her proudest moment as a pioneering gay icon It’s been more than 20 years since Melissa Etheridge, after declaring herself a lesbian at an inaugural ball for President Clinton, came out on record. Released in 1993, the artist’s benchmark album, Yes, I Am, would signify [...]

Lennox, crystal clear

Posted on 17 Oct 2014 at 6:00am

Nearing 60, Annie Lennox — rock’s coolest chick ever — rails on ‘feminism-lite,’ why we need to get rid of the word ‘gay’ and what makes her nostalgic They don’t make hearts bigger than the one beating inside of Annie Lennox. Despite the icon’s legendary recording career — dating back to the late ’70s — [...]

Disc-ussion: Reviews of new music from Ariana Grande and Counting Crows

Posted on 19 Sep 2014 at 5:10am

Ariana Grande, My Everything.  Ariana Grande doesn’t wanna be your “next Mariah Carey.” Shattering the classic-Carey image, she somehow became known for (aside from a honeyed coo here and there, I still don’t get the comparison), Grande’s likable-if-weightless sophomore album, My Everything, signals her transition from buzz-worthy Disney wonder to major mainstream mainstay. A sizable [...]

Summer Shuffle

Posted on 18 Sep 2014 at 5:15am

An iPod with limited functionality is a virtual mix tape on a beach getaway ARNOLD WAYNE JONES  | Executive Editor I received an iPod Shuffle as a gift about a year ago, but I never used it. I didn’t see the point. My iPod Touch still worked, and had all the music I needed there. [...]

Babs and friends: ‘Partners’

Posted on 12 Sep 2014 at 7:20am

Ever since Frank Sinatra released his first Duets CD more than 20 years ago, the powerhouse musical matchup has become a feature in the recording industry; there’s even a special category for it at the Grammy Awards now. That first Sinatra CD featured a duet with Barbra Streisand — already then a legend in her [...]

Music review

Posted on 05 Sep 2014 at 7:30am

Banks, ‘Goddess’ Goddess, the larger-than-life title of the full-length debut album from Jillian Banks (who uses just her last name), isn’t much of an understatement. Anyone who’s been following the 26-year-old’s steady rise to stardom since she released two EPs last year knows she’s destined to take that throne. Long before dropping this trance-y throng [...]

CD review: Jason Mraz, ‘Yes!’

Posted on 21 Aug 2014 at 10:21am

“Love Someone” fits that sensitive-guy-with-a-guitar role, but so does most of the album

Disclosure: The gay interview

Posted on 20 Aug 2014 at 12:09pm

Guy Lawrence, half of the dance-pop team Disclosure, on his gay influences and why he loves Beyonce and Sam Smith

Pop rocks

Posted on 11 Jul 2014 at 7:25am

Matt Palmer’s catchy debut; NPH punks out as Hedwig Stranger than Fiction Matt Palmer From the familiar squeezed-sound opening of “The Break-Up” — the opening track from Matt Palmer’s self-released debut EP — it’s clear he’s adept at those radio-friendly songs that gets your head boppin’ to easy lyrics. That it’s stylistically indistinguishable from the CD’s [...]

Matt, booming

Posted on 11 Jul 2014 at 6:30am

Singer-songwriter Matt Palmer gives pop its newest out artist Now that everyone from Adam Lambert to Sam Smith to Frank Ocean to Melissa Etheridge have come out, maybe it has become ho-hum to talk about openly gay pop artists. But when one of them is newcomer Matt Palmer, we decided there was room for another. [...]