Girls Scout An interview with Kristin Chenoweth

Tony and Emmy Award-winning actress Kristin Chenoweth could potentially have a Grammy Award in her sights with her new album For the Girls (Concord). On her most contemporary pop-oriented studio album in nearly ten years, Chenoweth pays tribute to several of her musical icons including Judy Garland, Eydie Gorme, Barbra Streisand, Patsy Cline, Linda Ronstadt, and Dolly Parton. Parton herself joins Chenoweth on a roof-raising rendition of the Dixie diva’s “I Will Always Love You.” Other guests joining Chenoweth on the album include Jennifer Hudson, Reba McEntire, and Ariana Grande. A longtime friend and supporter of the LGBTQ community, Chenoweth […]

Gayer by the Minute

It looks like 2019 is going to be a good year for out R&B artist Rahsaan Patterson. His song “Tears Ago” is one of the few highlights on Dionne Warwick’s new studio album, her first in five years. Patterson himself steps into the spotlight with his sixth studio album Heroes & Gods (Shanachie), a set of songs that strikes a balance between his smooth and funky sides. On rhythmic numbers such as “Soldier,” “Silly, Love Fool,” “Rock And Roll,” “Catch Me When I Fall,” and the title cut, Patterson invites us to join him on a hot and sweaty dance […]

Good as Gold

Nashville-based queer singer/songwriter Becca Mancari is an artist you must hear and one who’s name you should remember. Her 2017 debut album Good Woman, which received high praise from music journalist Ann Powers, landed at number 19 on Rolling Stone’s “40 Best Country and Americana Albums of 2017” list, as well as Brooklyn Vegan’s assemblage of “Five Overlooked Albums of 2017”. In addition to her acclaimed solo work, Mancari has also performed as one third of the trio Bermuda Triangle with Brittany Howard and Jesse Lafser. With a new album completed (and being shopped around to labels), Mancari is embarking […]

Stage and Screen – Summer 2019

You have to admit that it’s more than a little strange to watch the third season of Netflix’s “Stranger Things” while the strangest thing of all is living in the White House. Plus, the evil Russians subplot frankly hits a bit close to home, if you know what I mean. Nevertheless, the 1980s-set series always has good period tunes and the various artists Stranger Things 3: Music from the Netflix Original Series (Netflix / Legacy) is proof. While it doesn’t have any of Kyle Dixon and Michael Stein’s marvelous Tangerine Dream-esque score, you will find 1980s chestnuts by “Weird Al” […]

Modern Horror Stories

With his second feature-length horror film Us (Universal), now available on Blu-ray, writer / director Jordan Peele got 2019 off to a great start. Like Ari Aster (Hereditary and Midsommar), Peele is redefining and revitalizing a genre that had become somewhat, well, horrifying. Setting the stage in 1986, with an ad for the charity stunt Hands Across America (remember that?) and a mention of the miles of tunnels that exist beneath the continental US, Us takes us to the Santa Cruz beach boardwalk amusement park, where young Addy (Madison Curry) wanders away from her parents. On the way to the […]

50 Years and Counting

Just because June and all of the Stonewall 50 commemorations have come and gone doesn’t mean that you have to stop celebrating or feeling proud to be a part of the LGBTQ community. The Stonewall riots, which began on June 28th, 1969 at the Greenwich Village gay bar Stonewall Inn, are considered historically significant in terms of the birth of the gay liberation movement. With the 50th anniversary of the Stonewall riots still on the minds of the LGBTQ community, as well as our straight allies (and several corporate entities), it’s a great time to take a look at the […]

B Best

What’s the first thing you think of when you hear the words, “Tin roof, rusted!”? If you answered “Love Shack” by the B-52s then pat yourself on the back. That 1989 single, the biggest hit of the B-52’s career, finally earned the group the widespread mainstream attention it justly deserved. It was also considered a comeback for the band from Athens, Georgia, following the devastating loss of co-founding member Ricky Wilson. Those in the know who had been following the B-52s since the band’s self-titled 1979 debut album (featuring the single “Rock Lobster”) were free to gloat as their friends […]

Divas by the Dozen

There aren’t a lot of musicians who have a backstory as fascinating as Jenny Lewis’s. A child actress who appeared in the camp/cult flick Troop Beverly Hills (alongside Shelly Long!) and the CBS series Brooklyn Bridge (alongside Marion Ross!), she went on to form the indie pop band Rilo Kiley. Her solo albums, in particular the amazing The Voyager (from 2014) and her new one On The Line (WB) put her in league with brilliant songwriters such as Aimee Mann. On The Line feels like an intentional companion piece to The Voyager and Lewis’s ongoing development as a songwriter of […]

Timeless Teen

Imperial Teen delivers on the promise of the title of the band’s new studio album Now We Are Timeless (Merge), its first in seven years and its sixth overall. The aptly named second track, “We Do What We Do Best,” almost says it all when it comes to the ten tracks on the album. There are synthesizers, danceable beats, a variety of vocal harmonies, and a blend of humorous and serious messages. The current running through the irresistible opener “I Think That’s Everything” is au courant. “Walkaway” arrives on a sexy dance-pop strut, while “Parade” marches boldly forward, and “Somebody […]

Big Blasts from the Past

Known for his unique comedic style and innovative TV shows, Ernie Kovacs’ influence lived on long after his untimely death at 42 following an automobile accident in 1962. To commemorate the Kovacs centenary, Kovacs’ Grammy-nominated album has been reissued on CD for the first time in an expanded version as The Ernie Kovacs Album: Centennial Edition (Ominvore), featuring six bonus tracks. A compilation consisting of “bits and pieces of Kovacs’ World of Kraziness,” the album functions as both a worthwhile introduction for newcomers and a pleasant reminder for those already familiar with Kovacs’ substantial talents. As innovative and influential artists […]