Really Retro

Hello 1968! It’s nice to hear from you again. Coming as it did after 1967’s ambitious (and symphonic) Days of Future Past, the Moody Blues’s 1968 album In Search of the Lost Chord (Deram / UMC), reissued in an expanded 50th anniversary edition, had a lot resting on its shoulders. A thoroughly psychedelic affair – check out “Legend of a Mind” with its Timothy Leary name-check – it’s a departure in more ways than one. Regardless, the album was accessible even if you weren’t partaking in mind-altering substances. “Ride My See-Saw” is one of the band’s most popular songs, and […]

Sound Tracking

 If you make plans to go to see a movie in early November 2018, you’ll have your pick of several titles featuring queer characters, including Yen Tan’s brilliant and devastating 1985 and Melissa McCarthy playing gay in Can You Ever Forgive Me. The overt queerness of A Star is Born is either the most calculated move in recent memory or a love letter to gay fans. Yes, Judy Garland and Barbra Streisand are beloved by the LGBTQ community (and Garland’s A Star is Born was directed by a gay man), but the new version, directed and co-written by Bradley Cooper […]

Putting Soul (& Sheep) in Christmas

Mama’s Black Sheep, an Americana music group from Baltimore, will celebrate the release of their new CD, The Sheep Save Christmas, on November 15th at Baldwin’s Station in Sykesville, Maryland. Mama’s Black Sheep is the soulful collaboration of singer-songwriters Ashland Miller and Laura Cerulli. Together, this duo has created a blend of hit-worthy originals and covers with a unique spin for the holiday season. Baltimore OUTloud recently sat down with Cerulli to discuss the upcoming CD release and the tenth anniversary of the group. Frankie Kujawa: What can your fans expect at the CD release? Laura Cerulli: Well this new […]

Jill Sobule Kills it on new album

There is no one else like Jill Sobule. Seriously, how many other singer/songwriters can you think of who are outrageously funny, heartbreakingly serious and politically left, sometimes in the same song? Beginning with the commercial breakthrough of her 1995 eponymous sophomore release (containing the groundbreaking, inimitable hit single “I Kissed A Girl”) and continuing with outstanding (but unfairly overlooked) albums including Happy Town, Pink Pearl, Underdog Victorious,California Years and Dottie’s Charms, Sobule never failed to amaze us. Nostalgia Kills (Pinko), Sobule’s first album in four years is another masterpiece and one that deserves a large audience. Living up to its […]

Even More Solos and Sides

If you had the misfortune of suffering through Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again, you might not think it would be possible for anything good to come from such a debacle. But you’d be wrong. Cher, who played Sophie’s grandmother Ruby, and performed the song “Fernando” as a duet with Andy Garcia, may be the only one who survived the wreck as a winner. For her new album Dancing Queen (Warner Brothers), her first studio recording in five years, Cher reinterprets ten ABBA songs with mostly delightful results. Not a particularly original concept (Erasure beat sure Cher to it by […]

Dancing Towards Doomsday

If you’ve been paying attention to the news, things look bleaker than they have in a long time. You can bury your head in the sand and hope it stops. You can take to the streets in protest in an effort to make it stop. Or you can dance your cares away. Leave it to the genius of Merrill Garbus of tUNe-yArDs to turn cultural appropriation and apology for white privilege into a dance party as she does on I Can Feel You Creep Into My Private Life (4AD). Not only does the new album contain some of tUNe-yArDs’ fiercest […]

Complete Coverage

In the history of modern pop music, certain acts are associated with the songwriters behind their biggest hits. Dionne Warwick will forever be linked with Burt Bacharach and Hal David. While they had hits written by others, the Fifth Dimension’s most memorable hit singles were penned by Laura Nyro. Motown divas The Supremes (Diana Ross, Mary Wilson, and Florence Ballard) are another perfect example. It’s hard to imagine where they would be without the songs composed by the team of Lamont Dozier and Brian and Eddie Holland. Essentially an expanded and rebranded reissue of 1967’s The Supremes Sing Motown, The […]

Seasonal Gaiety

It’s been said before, but it bears repeating. LGBTQ musicians are making some of the most captivating and inspiring music out there. Since the beginning of 2018, new releases by queer artists such as Jim Andralis, Lucy Dacus, H.C. McEntire, and Sarah Shook rank among the best to be heard. Beginning with the release of her eponymous 2005 debut recording, Brandi Carlile has consistently delivered outstanding albums, including The Story and Bear Creek, that have earned her a devoted following. With a goose-bump raising vocal range and the ability to write songs with immense emotional impact, Carlile doesn’t disappoint with […]

Do You Remember Yesterday?

If you’re of the age to remember the first time that Donna Summer’s On The Radio – Greatest Hits – Volumes I & II was released in 1979, you may recall that it came with a large poster of Summer. It was also a single-slot jacket containing both vinyl LPs. Rereleased, no doubt, to coincide with the Tony-nominated Broadway musical Summer: The Donna Summer Musical, the double LP reissue of On The Radio – Greatest Hits – Volumes I & II (Casablanca / Mercury / UMe) no longer includes the poster. That image can now be found in the reissue’s […]

Late Summer Dance Fling

Anyone who’s familiar with the work of Róisín Murphy shouldn’t be surprised by the concept of Irish electronic dance music. Heck, even U2 has been known to dabble in electronic beats. That said, the aptly-titled Pleasure (Red River) by Irish electronic dance band Le Galaxie definitely ups the ante. The ten dance-floor-ready tracks on Pleasure are as forward-thinking as they are nostalgia-inducing, mixing modern dance moves with a healthy respect for disco history with a splash of new wave. The merger of electronic and organic instrumentation with the shared vocal duties by May Kay Gegharty and Michael Pope also give […]