The music and the mirror has 2 voices

Posted on 26 Aug 2016 at 6:15am

Babs back on B’way. Plus: Cast albums for ‘She Loves Me,’ ‘Close to You’ ARNOLD WAYNE JONES  | Executive Editor If you’re anything like me, chances are you did a quick double-take when you looked at the lineup of singers pairing with Barbra Streisand on her latest album. Anne Hathaway? Well, she won an […]

Why Beyonce’s ‘Lemonade’ matters

Posted on 15 Jul 2016 at 7:30am

Everyone has their own theory about Beyoncé’s Lemonade. Is it about her marriage to Jay Z? Her father’s infidelity? America’s pervasive racism and its wrenching consequence: the slaughtering of innocent blacks? Is it about Orlando now? Could be. Though the complexities are rich and thought-provoking, Lemonade simply represents resilience. Inspired by Bey’s grandmother-in-law, it’s about […]

Maddening man

Posted on 15 Jul 2016 at 7:25am

Cheyenne Jackson CD shows vocal chops, but stumbles on song selection ARNOLD WAYNE JONES  | Executive Editor Judges on shows like American Idol often disparage singers by saying their voices are “too cabaret,” or “too Broadway.” It’s a puzzling criticism, because it’s no criticism at all. Broadway and cabaret are incredibly important and successful […]

’Til death do us part

Posted on 17 Jun 2016 at 7:45am

Queer musicmakers Tegan & Sara continue their stylistic evolution with new album lawrence ferber  | Contributing Writer Are Canadian synthpop wonders Tegan and Sara trying to tell us something with their catchy new single, “Boyfriend?” Has one of the openly queer Quin twins switched teams since their multiple award-winning 2013 record, Heartthrob? Tegan — older […]

CD review: Nick Jonas’ ‘Last Year Was Complicated’

Posted on 09 Jun 2016 at 9:04am

As far as corporapop music goes, Last Year Was Complicated, Jonas’ new LP (it drops tomorrow), capitalized on the Dallas native’s maturation away from girl-crush to reckoned-with solo artist. It’s a promising foray

MUSIC REVIEW: Original Broadway Cast Recording of ‘Bright Star’

Posted on 20 May 2016 at 7:35am

The opening fiddle strains on “If You Knew My Story” — the first song from Bright Star original cast recording, now available for download and on CD next week — sound like something from a Ken Burns documentary: melancholy and rural, with a bluegrassy aroma that conjures backwoods of Appalachia, where the musical is set […]

CD reviews: Cyndi, Rihanna

Posted on 09 May 2016 at 8:27am

CD reviews: Cyndi Lauper’s Detour, Rihanna’s ANTI

Cyndi Lauper shows us her true colors

Posted on 29 Apr 2016 at 6:30am

She’s always been unusual — and we love her for it even more now It’s not just about having fun anymore. For Cyndi Lauper, music runs deeper than her ‘80s-era eccentricities may have seemed to suggest. A collection of classics from the Great American Songbook, deep Memphis-based blues, the feel-good Broadway romp Kinky Boots, which […]

Music reviews: Gwen, Bonnie, Zayn

Posted on 13 Apr 2016 at 8:54am

Music reviews: Gwen, Bonnie, Zayn

The Pink Elephant in the room

Posted on 04 Mar 2016 at 6:15am

Dallas-based queer musician Lady BSmoove heads to Austin for Pink Elephant, the inaugural festival of LGBTQ hip-hop artists SCOTT HUFFMAN  | Contributing Writer Hip-hop — the music and the resulting movement — was created to give a voice to the unheard. Minority groups in general and African-Americans in particular were the first to embrace […]