Arts & Culture :: Music

Chanticleer's engaging endurance: the choral group's new directors on music and a 'societal awakening'

Chanticleer's engaging endurance: the choral group's new directors on music and a 'societal awakening'

  • by Brian Bromberger
  • Oct 14, 2020

Chanticleer, founded in 1978 in San Francisco and dubbed as "the world's reigning male chorus," is not immune to the disruption engendered by the coronavirus. Yet despite tour cancellations, they continue to evolve and engage fans.

Kyle Motsinger: gay singer-songwriter discusses his second album

Kyle Motsinger: gay singer-songwriter discusses his second album

  • by David-Elijah Nahmod
  • Oct 13, 2020

With references to the TV show 'Dark Shadows,' Kyle Motsinger's musical stylings range from playful goth to inspiring pop in 'Any Way I Want It To,' his just-released second album.

'Julie and the Phantoms' ghostly gay fun

'Julie and the Phantoms' ghostly gay fun

  • by Jim Provenzano
  • Oct 12, 2020

For some deliciously diverting fun, the new Netflix series Julie and the Phantoms brings a new adaptation of the popular Spanish telenovela with bouyant style. Among the cute cast are a gay drummer, and Cheyenne Jackson as a charming villain.

Q-Music: Fall into LGBTQ+ tunes

Q-Music: Fall into LGBTQ+ tunes

  • by Gregg Shapiro
  • Oct 6, 2020

Listen up for new music from Maria McKee, Evangeline Gentle, Kim David Smith, Rachel Garlin, Bonnie Whitmore and other LGBTQ+ musicians.

Q-Music's 2020 LGBTQ History Month playlist

Q-Music's 2020 LGBTQ History Month playlist

  • by Gregg Shapiro
  • Sep 29, 2020

Erasure, Sabrina Chap, Matt Lovell, Rituals of Mine and other queer and trans musicians deserve to be on your playlist. Listen up.

'Life' story: an interview with Branden James

'Life' story: an interview with Branden James

  • by Gregg Shapiro
  • Sep 29, 2020

Branden James has enjoyed success as a gay classical crossover musician in the duo Branden & James (with his husband James Clark). But his triumphs were not without trauma, something he goes into detail about in his new memoir, 'Lyrics of My Life.'

Jada Michael's 'body-positive' musical appeal

Jada Michael's 'body-positive' musical appeal

  • by Jim Provenzano
  • Sep 28, 2020

You need some music to relax. Jada Michael's vocals range from moments of under-the-covers intimacy into the charismatic chorus with R&B smooth grooves, just what we need to feel better. Oh, and she's an out and proud lesbian, too.

Blue Hearts beating: an interview with gay musician Bob Mould

Blue Hearts beating: an interview with gay musician Bob Mould

  • by Gregg Shapiro
  • Sep 22, 2020

If gay modern rock legend Bob Mould isn't the hardest working man in music, he's definitely one of them. To prove that point, he's wasted no time in following up 2019's 'Sunshine Rock' with the new 'Blue Hearts.'

B.A.R. launches memberships

B.A.R. launches memberships

  • by Cynthia Laird
  • Sep 18, 2020

In a continuing effort to receive support from readers, the Bay Area Reporter has launched its membership program.

Q-Music: The present is female

Q-Music: The present is female

  • by Gregg Shapiro
  • Sep 1, 2020

New music and re-issues from Diana Ross, Tanya Donelly and the Parkington Sisters, Jonatha Brooke, The Beths and PJ Harvey's are reviewed.

Q-Music: The present is female (and queer)

Q-Music: The present is female (and queer)

  • by Gregg Shapiro
  • Aug 18, 2020

Give a listen to new music from Caroline Rose, Girl Friday, Soko, Xoe Wise and Fay Wildhagen.

Erasure's 'Nerves of Steel' music video features drag stars

Erasure's 'Nerves of Steel' music video features drag stars

  • by Jim Provenzano
  • Aug 15, 2020

Erasure's new video for their latest single, "Nerves of Steel," features more than 20 LGBTQ stars, including several best known for their appearance on 'RuPaul's Drag Race.' But as always, the music duo's work stands on its own.

Q-music Burnin' down the House music

Q-music Burnin' down the House music

  • by Gregg Shapiro
  • Aug 13, 2020

For those unable to get to their workouts at the gym or favorite dance club because they've been shut down again after reopening too soon, here are some new releases sure to get your heart rate up and your body moving. Play them loud.

Sam Harris: singer discusses the 'Substance' of his new novel

Sam Harris: singer discusses the 'Substance' of his new novel

  • by Jim Gladstone
  • Aug 5, 2020

Sam Harris certainly won't be singing in the Bay Area for the foreseeable future. But he's doubled-down as an author. His second book, 'The Substance of All Things,' was published July 1. It's a novel. And it's a knockout.