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 [...]

CD REVIEW: Miley Cyrus, ‘Bangerz’

Posted on 05 Nov 2013 at 10:49am

CD REVIEW: Miley Cyrus, ‘Bangerz’

REVIEW: ‘This Is… Icona Pop’

Posted on 24 Oct 2013 at 10:53am

The Swedish synth-pop duo of Caroline Hjelt and Aino Jawo — with their endearing, no-pretense irresistibility — could be your BFFs … if your BFFs wrote joyous dance-pop, bedroom-romping earworms

CD REVIEW: Cher, ‘Closer to the Truth’

Posted on 11 Oct 2013 at 9:47am

Picking up where 2001’s Living Proof left off — when Cher, impossible as it sounds, got even gayer — Closer to the Truth (her 26th LP) keeps the queers at her feet and on their knees

SOUND CLIP: Elton John, The Diving Board

Posted on 27 Sep 2013 at 8:00am

The advantage of being an aging icon is the artistic freedom to do whatever the hell you want. And when you’re Elton John — legend, diva, grand master of pop for 40 years — your high-ranking order merits an LP like The Diving Board. It’s a throwback in the sense that he recorded it, on [...]