Figuring it all out

Posted on 30 Sep 2016 at 6:15am

Even though she’s not gay herself. Scottish singer KT Tunstall is proud of her LGBT fans — but not so happy Trump used her music at a campaign stop   Is she or isn’t she? Truthfully, KT Tunstall understands the confusion regarding her sexuality — she’s responsible for it, after all. Tunstall, whose breakthrough song, “Suddenly I […]

Chord progression

Posted on 23 Sep 2016 at 6:15am

How acceptance and support at a Deep Ellum club spurred a second coming out for trans musician Ivan Dillard   ARNOLD WAYNE JONES  | Executive Editor Ivan Dillard remembers a key moment in his coming out process — actually, his second coming out. Ivan — born Aleah — had “tried to be a lesbian for […]

Tegan & Sara & Lori, oh my!

Posted on 09 Sep 2016 at 6:00am

Fascinating new CDs from 4 queer faves   Lori McKenna, The Bird & the Rifle. Music Row’s renowned wordsmith Lori McKenna doesn’t exactly bury this casual burn, but still, you might miss it. You might because Lori McKenna’s exceptional 10th studio album teems with lines that sear and stick; that’s just what happens when you’re […]

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