The year in entertainment: Music

Posted on 27 Dec 2013 at 6:00am

Our critics rank the best of 2013 in film, stage and music and more   CHRIS AZZOPARDI  | Contributing Writer chrisazzopardi@pridesource.com From 10 to 1, our favorite CDs of 2013. 10. Arcade Fire, Reflektor. Winning the big daddy of Grammys for The Suburbs didn’t just change Arcade Fire’s career — an album of the year [...]

‘Straight’ dabbler?

Posted on 13 Dec 2013 at 7:35am

Panic! at the Disco frontman Brendon Urie on sexual fluidity and hot dudes After years of speculation, Brendon Urie is coming out as … “a straight dabbler?” Panic! at the Disco’s glam frontman, who celebrates bisexuality on the band’s single “Girls/Girls/Boys” from its fourth LP, Too Weird to Live, Too Rare to Die!, opens up [...]

Scary stories

Posted on 13 Dec 2013 at 6:00am

Mel B talks about the gay eye and falling in love with her woman Mel B will tell you what she wants, what she really, really wants: to get back to being Scary Spice again. Not that the pop star, known as the Spice Girls’ wild child, ever got away from her alter ego. But [...]

A Glee-ful Sondheim

Posted on 06 Dec 2013 at 7:50am

Doc tries (and succeeds) at summarizing composer in a half-dozen songs ARNOLD WAYNE JONES  | Life+Style Editor ………………………….  4 out of 5 stars SIX BY SONDHEIM Premieres on HBO Dec. 9 at 8 p.m. 90 mins. …………………………. Theaterfolk know how to showcase a musical number in the best possible way — typically, they don’t have the burden [...]

Girls on a wire

Posted on 06 Dec 2013 at 7:30am

Dallasite Zilpha Starnes and her partner Dania Abu-Shaheen make beautiful music together — in life and in career JONANNA WIDNER  | Contributing Writer This lesbian hook-up story begins, as many do, at Sarah Lawrence College. It was there, in 2005, that a Dallas-bred choirgirl named Zilpha Starnes met a raven-haired, Lebanese poet/songwriter named Dania Abu-Shaheen. [...]

Hot mess

Posted on 06 Dec 2013 at 6:30am

We got to talk with Britney Spears for 8 crazy minutes. Guess how well it went Chris Azzopardi  | Contributing Writer It’s Britney, bitch. No, really, it is. She’s on the phone. And Britney Spears — the meek, reserved, media-shy entertainer — doesn’t get on the phone with press very often these days. For good [...]

Jingle Bell

Posted on 22 Nov 2013 at 6:30am

Erasure’s out frontman Andy Bell on the group’s new CD, his love of carols and campy holiday albums   Two years after their last studio effort, 2011’s Tomorrow’s World, synthpop icons Erasure have returned with a first holiday-themed album, Snow Globe (Mute Records). A mix of classics and original ditties, Snow Globe features keyboard whiz [...]

Snow job

Posted on 22 Nov 2013 at 6:15am

We go a-caroling with new holiday music from Erasure, Kelly Clarkson, Matthew Morrison and DFW Actors Give Back   ARNOLD WAYNE JONES  | Life+Style Editor Erasure, Snow Globe. Let’s face it: The problem with most Christmas albums is that they either contain all the same, boring carols (“Silent Night,” “The Christmas Song”) or obscure medieval [...]

REVIEW: Lady Gaga’s ‘ARTPOP’ doesn’t measure up

Posted on 21 Nov 2013 at 11:28am

Lady Gaga, ARTPOP.  So much for that high-concept, post-modern ingenuity that ARTPOP promised even before Lady Gaga hawked it as the album of … not the year, not the decade, but of the millennium. This isn’t that album. Not even close. Not when it comes to the innovativeness it touted, anyway. If this is art, so [...]

REVIEWS: Katy Perry, Donna Summer

Posted on 13 Nov 2013 at 12:34pm

New music is coming out fast and furious lately, so here are a few more CDs to check out. Katy Perry, Prism. Damn you, divorce. You went and made Katy Perry all grown-up. Where’s the fireworks? The teenage dreams? The California girl? They’re few and far between on Perry’s third major release, where her personal woes [...]