LISTEN: Gentleman Reg previews new EP with “Waiting Around For Gold”

After the greatness of his 2009 album Jet Black, it’s nice to hear new stuff from gay musician Gentleman Reg again. Today, the singer announced his upcoming work along with a preview track. According to Exclaim, he takes the Robyn-Body Talk route and will release three EPs over the course of the year. They will all be components of the full-length Leisure Life, set for a fall release. The first EP, Leisure Life Part One is scheduled for a July 3 digital release and “Waiting Around for Gold” is the first track.

In Jet Black, Reg had polished off the rougher edges of his previous sound and produced a stellar album. That echoes here in “Gold” with added emotional resonance that works superbly. If this is any indication of what’s to come, 2012 should be a good year for Gentleman Reg and perhaps a great one for his listeners.

—  Rich Lopez

AfterElton.com lists top 50 gay male musicians — and you won’t believe some of them

Over on AfterElton.com, Davis Mallory offers a list of the top 50 gay male musicians of today. He hit a lot of good marks with the inclusion of some, and of course, the comments are filling up with complaints about some of his other mentions. Mallory makes a good point about the omission of some, saying this list is more about the artists’ influence than their work.

“We simply tried to assemble a list of those artists we feel have been both successful in their careers while also raising awareness toward gay rights issues and giving back to the community in which they belong.”

This explains why the Village People are listed at No. 4 and more relevant artists like Rostam Batmanglij of Vampire Weekend and Sigur Ros’ Jonsi are on the bottom half of the list. But Glambert fans will rejoice at Adam Lambert rounding out the top 10. Personally, I’m sad that Gentleman Reg or Joel Gibb didn’t make the cut, but that’s just my input.

Cant wait to see the list of out female musicians.

—  Rich Lopez

The Hidden Cameras and Gentleman Reg at Hailey's Friday night

The show at Hailey’s Friday night might have to go down in the books. It was outstanding and substantial. For a mere $8, people were given more of an actual concert than just a live show in the venue. The O’s opened up with a small set but Gentleman Reg and The Hidden Cameras played sets worthy of a bigger venue. If only more people were there.

The O’s opened to a small crowd of about 15. That didn’t stop them from performing their Americana rock at full force. They sounded crisp and their multi-instrument playing at one time is kind of phenomenal to watch. It was a small set but they tore through every minute of it without abandon despite the small turnout.

When Gentleman Reg took the stage, he owned it from the get-go. His four-piece band performed in perfect cohesion and even though his music is a folkier pop style, they rocked it out.

—  Rich Lopez

A taste of The Hidden Cameras and Gentleman Reg before tonight's show at Hailey's

I have to admit, I’m obsessed with Origin:Orphan, the latest album by The Hidden Cameras who are featured in this week’s issue. Everything about it hits the right notes for me. However, my interview with out frontman Joel Gibb was, um, interesting. In fact, it’s akin to the first minute and a half of their video for “In the NA.”

And no, NA doesn’t mean Narcotics Anonymous. Gibb explains the “na” as “a variable, like x, y, or z. It transcends meaning.” Of course it does, but it’s also a heckuva charming song. And while I don’t get the above video all that much, it’s fun watching. Plus, it gives you an idea of what to expect at tonight’s show.

—  Rich Lopez