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Author Dan Loughry

  • Dan Loughry

    Music Correspondent

 

New Music Tuesday, Oct. 21, 2014: Sleater-Kinney, Kiesza, Aretha Franklin, Primus

Except for the Sleater-Kinney box set mentioned below, there isn’t one thing on this list I could live without. But you, dear consumers, may have a different narrative soundtrack to your life, and that might include KieszaTaylor or Aretha, and no one can argue with that.

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New Music Tuesday, Oct. 14, 2014: Mary Lambert, U2, Bright Light Bright Light, Jessie J

We missed last week (do yourself a favor and seek out Flying Lotus and Paloma Faith), but life goes on. So meet some sure-to-be new favorites (Mary Lambert, we’re throwing you some of that same love we have for our iconic gay artists), some older ones in newer drag (hello again, sexy Kele), and—wait—do I hear wedding bells in my future? (oh, Bright Light Bright Light, if you could only meet me). Also, some band called U2 you may have heard of in your journeys.

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Paloma Faith Graces L.A.'s Shores with Her Special Brand of Soul

It’s impossible not to have a visceral reaction when British singer-actress Paloma Faith opens her mouth to sing. She channels the history of dance music—all the way back from jazz and the blues through a modern sensibility—on sultry workouts such as “Can’t Rely on You” and the Diane Warren-penned “Only Love Can Hurt Like This” (both from her superlative A Perfect Contradiction, out this month). She’s a stylish spitfire, as influenced by fashion as by music, and has quickly become the go-to gay icon for Anglophiles. And though her musical vibe conjures a sweaty, seething juke joint—you can practically smell the pomade and skunkweed—she treads the floorboards like it’s a couture catwalk.

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New Music Tuesday, Sept. 30, 2014: Cazwell, Annie Lennox, Stevie Nicks, Prince

There's more gayness to celebrate this week, including one of the original out gay rappers and that singer-songwriter of the heartland—as well as some usual and unusual suspects.

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New Music Tuesday, Sept. 23, 2014: Perfume Genius, Erasure, Gaga and JHud

It’s a gay old week up in here what with Perfume Genius and The Drums and Erasure. As if that’s not enough, there’s also first rate work from Alt-J and Leonard Cohen and Foxes in Fiction. And—surprise of surprises—we also get a Jennifer Hudson jam that doesn’t make me want to turn it off but TURN IT UP. Proof, it must be said, that the world is surely coming to its end.

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New Music Tuesday, Sept. 16: James, Chris Brown, Barbra Streisand and More

Another big week of releases, and if you think I’m exhausted, you’re right, but also exhilarated and excited by all this new music. A great return from an old standby—Jamestops this chart, with plenty more to recommend beneath it, from the new EDM standard-bearers (The Juan Maclean) to a sadly overlooked electronic act (Engineers) to a sharp acoustic troubadour’s debut (Nick Mulvey). And that’s not even half of it.

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Fall Films: 5 Actors on Our Radar

In the overwhelming sea of projects awaiting the silver screen, it’s the work of these five talented thespians we can’t wait for.
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Fall Music Calendar: Albums and Concerts on the Pop Horizon

Never mind the high-profile rumors (Madonna, Pink Floyd, Frank Ocean)—here are the sure things on the pop horizon, both albums and concerts

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New Music Tuesday, Sept. 9: Banks, Karen O, Ryan Adams, Queen and More

The real beauty in discovering young bands is found when they create a new sound or advance a well-known one. This week, Banks and Avi Buffalo are those youngsters. Yet sometimes it’s more exciting when established artists do what they do better than anyone else on the planet without progressing a damn thing. I’m talking to you, Ryan Adams and Robert Plant.

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Meet Ferras, Pop Music's New Queer Voice

When Ferras released his debut album, Aliens & Rainbows, in 2008, he was a twentysomething solo artist facing an uphill battle in an ever-changing music industry landscape. The track “Hollywood’s Not America” received exposure as part of American Idol’s seventh season, but the record sold slowly, and Ferras seemed to retreat from public view.

He was anything but idle during this time, co-writing songs with Adam Lambert, Ricky Martin and many others and releasing an interim EP in 2010 called Interim – The Time Between. Of course he also continued honing his craft.

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