REVIEW: ‘RuPaul’s Drag Race’ season 6 premiere

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For devotees of RuPaul’s Drag Race, one of the joys of each new season is discovering the hot new term of the year: “Eleganza extravaganza” and “hunty” are memorable one that played out for a season then wafted into the ether. But in addition to “fishy,” which has lingered (the way fish do), the word for the 6th season of RuPaul’s Drag Race, which kicks off tonight, is “sickening.” And for fans, that’s just what it is.

Ru is back, of course, as are judges Michelle Visage and Santino Rice, but there are some shakeups: New members of the Pit Crew for one (brought to you by Scruff, no less!) and a “divided” season premiere that may become the standard for future reality competition shows. Divided how, you ask? Well, only half of the 14 queens on this season compete in the season opener; the remaining half-dozen-plus won’t show up until Episode 2 next week. Which means your chances of being cut — and the focus on you — are twice what they usually are. No coasting, girls … you gotta work it from out the gates.

For fans (including yours truly), it’s a boon to spend more quality time with each queen early in the season and establish favorites, whether it Adore (bitchy but delightful) or Ben DeLaCreme, and the competitions are just as intense as ever. Best yet is guest judge Adam Lambert (sporting some sexy whiskers).

The season premiere conflicts with the premiere tonight also of Dallas, but that’s the great thing about cable — you can always DVR one or catch the replay a few hours later. Whichever you do, figure out a way to watch both … and as Ru would say, don’t f*** it up.

And read about former contestant Alyssa Edwards in this week’s issue of Dallas Voice.

—  Arnold Wayne Jones

Audé-tious: Grammy-nominated remixer Dave Audé headlines Boi Thursday

AUD_PIC_WKND_10.12Proof that music knows no boundary comes this week when straight DJ/remixer Dave Audé headlines the very gay night Boi Thursday at Winston’s Supperclub. But then again, without the gays, DJs probably wouldn’t have a job.

So how will the Grammy-nominated, in-demand A-list DJ prepare for his soon-to-be Dallas gay fans? Rich Lopez chatted with Audé from his home in Los Angeles:

“I don’t think about what I’m gonna bring too much — the night before I’ll think about some of it,” says Audé. “I could play Dave Audé stuff all night even but I’m not gonna do one type of thing. I’ll just play everything.”

But if he does play his own work, that would hardly be a disappointment. His catalog includes remixes of Rihanna, Madonna and Adam Lambert to name a few —  all gay faves. And his current projects are just as impressive and will likely be dotting gay dance floors for months to come.

—  Arnold Wayne Jones

Weigh in: What do you consider “the gayborhood?”

A straight friend of mine asked me what the actual geographic boundaries of what we call “the gayborhood” are. It’s easy to say, “near the intersection of Cedar Springs and Throckmorton,” but that’s a locus, not a boundary. It can extend in all directions for large portions, and even spike down residential streets and cross highways, depending on how you define it.

So how do you define it? Is it a two-block radius around The Crossroads? The better part of Dallas County? Your bedroom on a Saturday night?

We’d like to hear you weigh in with what you consider Dallas’ gayborhood (or gayborhoods) in the comments. There is no winner, it’s just for fun … ah, hell, let’s pick a winner or two. We have some swag to hand out to some who contribute to the conversation  — we’re looking right now through our stuff to see what we have (hmmm…Adam Lambert CDs, an American Translation DVD, some books, OK, we’re good). Why not — it’s almost the weekend.

—  Arnold Wayne Jones

If you’ve never seen a Glambert up close, prepare yourself, because you’re about to

One of the more popular categories in the O Music Awards (that’s what they say anyway)  is the Fan Army FTW award. Erstwhile fan “clubs” are now “armies,” and the enthusiastic devotees of Taylor Swift, One Direction and 30 Seconds to Mars (really?) are among the nominees. Of course, you know the Glamberts are in for the win. Adam Lambert fans come together in this video pitch to campaign for votes. From young to old, straight to gay and everything in between, the gay singer’s appeal is far more reaching than I would have ever imagined.

While the O Awards may not hold the merit of the Grammys, they have been consistent in giving nods to musicians’  forays into the digital realm, but with irreverent fun. Awards include Best Artist with a Cameraphone and Hottest Music NILF. And anyone can vote! Just don’t be surprised if some Glamberts try to convert you while they ask for your vote.

Watch the Glamberts hype up their favorite singer and the impact he’s had on their lives after the jump. It’s actually kinda sweet.

—  Rich Lopez

You don’t have to like Adam Lambert to help YFT

In Friday’s Voice we have a story about Youth First Texas’ decision to stage a Spring Formal this year instead of the traditional Gayla Prom — in part because a full-fledged prom simply would’ve been too expensive for the cash-strapped agency.

The story also talks about how YFT’er Rosie Roetto has used Twitter, an Amazon Wish List and her Adam Lambert fan club to help bring in basic supplies including ceiling tiles, food and office chairs.

When we tried to obtain a photo of Roetto to use alongside the story, she responded as follows:

“… Isn’t the story more about Youth First Texas and the people actually putting on the prom? I don’t feel like I did enough to warrant a picture. [YFT board chair] Chris Cognetta has a wonderful picture of the 35 amazon boxes piled high on the counter from the first delivery of donations from the Adam Lambert fans, but I don’t know how much your story is about that. It was a great picture.”

Although we disagree that Roetto’s work doesn’t warrant a photo, we did want to go ahead and share Cognetta’s (above), which he sent over on Thursday. We thought we’d also mention that you don’t have to be an Adam Lambert fan to help out YFT, which among other things was recently left off the beneficiary list for Black Tie Dinner. You can respond to YFT’s Amazon Wish List yourself by going here.

—  John Wright

Adam Lambert: The gay interview

Our intrepid contributor Chris Azzopardi sent us this exclusive interview with gay music star Adam Lambert, whose sophomore album we reviewed here this week. In it, he talks about the “novelty” of his homosexuality, being an unfit role model and his peculiar sex toy.

Remember the fuss Adam Lambert caused when he tongued his keyboardist in front of the world? Of course you do. The controversial kiss drew both homophobic outbursts and so-what shrugs, and it’s an American Music Awards moment that won’t soon be forgotten. Especially by Lambert himself.

“That was an interesting night,” he says, snickering in his charmingly guy-next-door way about that seminal smooch. “That AMAs performance was trespassing, in a way.” And, on his latest album, he’s not done crossing the line: Trespassing is the defiant second to the American Idol spawn’s 2009 debut.

More after the jump.

—  Arnold Wayne Jones

Listen: Adam Lambert’s “Never Close Our Eyes”

As if to tease his fans more, Lambert releases another single as they wait for his second album Trespassing to come out which was pushed to May. I think this single, “Never Close Our Eyes,” is a really good song with its electronica foundation but Lambert’s delivery commands a rocker’s edge. And his voice here has a beautiful grit to it that I never quite felt before. This should definitely amp up the anticipation for his legions of Glamberts.

Listen here.

 

 

—  Rich Lopez

Queer Music News: Jay Brannan, Brandi Carlile, Adam Lambert and more announce releases

This has already been a strong year for queer music releases and it’s only March. But we have a few more to look forward to starting as soon as next week.

Jay Brannan will release his second album of original material after 2009′s In Living Cover album stocked with a fascinating selection of remakes. Rob Me Blind is set to drop March 27, but you can get a major preview of it now. Idolator posted the entire album on its page, sorta like we just did here.

—  Rich Lopez

WATCH: Uh Huh Her’s “Wake to Sleep”

Uh Huh Her dropped a new video for this next single from Nocturnes. There isn’t a lot of fanfare going on with the release of “Wake to Sleep,” but Lezbelib was sharp to point out the guest star in the duo’s video. From the site’s post.

In this video, directed by Justin Coloma, we can see behind Camila Grey and Leisha Hailey, the dancer Sasha Mallory (So You Think You Can Dance) who came out as a lesbian last year.

Good eye, ladies. Mallory has also danced for the likes of Rihanna and Adam Lambert. I can’t say the video is altogether mind blowing, but it’s nice UHH is keeping it in the family. Watch “Wake to Sleep” after the jump.

—  Rich Lopez

CONCERT NOTICE (that you’re likely not going to): Adam Lambert at Mix 102.9 on Monday

If you listen to Mix 102.9 and jumped on the station’s contest, then you might be seeing Adam Lambert up close. And how jealous are we? The artist is working a promotional radio tour and he is scheduled to stop by Monday at the station to play an acoustic set in their Mazda Music Lounge. Listeners had until yesterday to enter the contest to attend the show.

According to Travis (just Travis) in promotions at Clear Channel, the response was outstanding, which doesn’t surprise. There’s nothing that can stop a devoted Glambert.

I found out about the promotion only through musician Susan Carson‘s Facebook page. She and her Bandmates partner (in life and music), Kimberly Castrellon, will be joining friends to see Lambert.

—  Rich Lopez