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. […]

Grand standing

Posted on 27 Jun 2014 at 6:30am

A sit-down with out musician Steve Grand, after a year of stardom When we last sat down with gay singer-songwriter Steve Grand last July he  was making national headlines for his music video “All-American Boy,” which soon logged more than a million views on YouTube. The song — a sweet, catchy, country-influenced number — was […]

Sam I am

Posted on 27 Jun 2014 at 6:15am

Soulful Brit singer answers the question: What if Adele became Aaron Neville? ARNOLD WAYNE JONES  | Executive Editor How’s this for creative viral marketing: Release an album, and just as you do, leak a YouTube video of you singing a cover of a Whitney Houston song. Then don’t include that song on the album. Watch […]

We love a Broadway show

Posted on 20 Jun 2014 at 7:55am

A roundup of this season’s original cast recordings: ‘A Gentleman’s Guide,’ ‘Madison County,’ ‘If/Then,’ ‘Beautiful’ ARNOLD WAYNE JONES  | Executive Editor The Tony Awards are over, and the nominees and winners in the musical category will be forever remembered by theater queens the world over. But how do the cast recordings of the hit shows […]