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 [...]

Eli manning up

Posted on 13 Sep 2013 at 11:15am

Out, sexy Eli Lieb on his YouTube fame — and inevitable comparisons to Steve Grand   YouTube’s been good to Eli Lieb. The Iowa-born, boyishly handsome musician, who’s amassed a faithful following with his own distinctive twist on radio songs, recently dropped his new intoxicating pop single “Young Love.” It’s sweet and liberating, and it [...]

Boy trouble

Posted on 13 Sep 2013 at 11:05am

Civil Wars’ problems fuel excellent CD; the Boys are back, badly Nitty-gritty details are few and far between concerning the highly publicized drama between The Civil Wars twosome Joy Williams and John Paul White, but at least we know the fallout was intense enough to trigger the cancellation of a national tour, talk of a [...]

Built Ford tough

Posted on 13 Sep 2013 at 10:50am

Now 50, gay adult film star-cum-recording artist Colton Ford is finally hitting his stride   RICH LOPEZ  | Contributing Writer Many men in the gay community are probably familiar with the name Colton Ford, but probably not initially as a philosophizing musician. Ford is OK with that — as long as you don’t make [...]

Lotsa Love for the gays

Posted on 30 Aug 2013 at 8:15am

Courtney Love dishes on scary straights, Kurt Cobain’s lesbian relative and being ‘normal in some ways’ Just give Courtney Love 10 minutes — the time I had to talk to her recently in the midst of her tour — and she’ll tell you a lot of things without you asking. She’ll tell them rapidly, because [...]