Arts & Culture :: Music

Q-Music: Queerantine playlist

Q-Music: Queerantine playlist

  • by Gregg Shapiro
  • Aug 4, 2020

New music from Indigo Girls, Gordi, Katie Pruitt, Khruangbin's Mordechai, Totally F*cking Gay, and The Ultimate Peggy Lee collection.

Latest and Greatest: an interview with Becca Mancari

Latest and Greatest: an interview with Becca Mancari

  • by Gregg Shapiro
  • Aug 4, 2020

It's only July, but rest assured that 'The Greatest Part' (Captured Tracks), the breathtaking second album by out singer/songwriter Becca Mancari, will not be forgotten when folks assemble their end-of-the-year, best of 2020 albums lists.

Crescendo, SF Gay Men's Chorus gala, to include special guests

Crescendo, SF Gay Men's Chorus gala, to include special guests

  • by Jim Provenzano
  • Aug 3, 2020

San Francisco Gay Men's Chorus' annual Crescendo gala goes online with honors to singer-actor Billy Porter, activist Ariadne Getty, and special guests Kristin Chenoweth, Alex Newell, Wilson Cruz, and more.

Tituss Burgess says, 'Dance, M.F.'

Tituss Burgess says, 'Dance, M.F.'

  • by Jim Provenzano
  • Aug 2, 2020

You loved him in 'Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt ("Peenooooo Noir!") and other shows. Tituss Burgess' newest song, "Dance, M.F.," speaks to us now about letting our inhibitions down in a time of crisis.

Cheyenne Jackson performs with Seth Rudetsky Aug, 2 & 3

Cheyenne Jackson performs with Seth Rudetsky Aug, 2 & 3

  • by Jim Provenzano
  • Jul 31, 2020

TV fans know him for 'American Horror Story,' Broadway fans know him for 'Xanadu' and 'All Shook Up.' Cheyenne Jackson, the handsome singer-actor, performs in an intimate concert fundraiser with our favorite musical theatre wizard, Seth Rudetsky.

Chicks, still chirping: Natalie Maine, Emily Robison and Martie Maguire on their new music and revised band name

Chicks, still chirping: Natalie Maine, Emily Robison and Martie Maguire on their new music and revised band name

  • by Gregg Shapiro
  • Jul 28, 2020

The Chicks have now, thankfully, reunited for the amazing new record 'Gaslighter.' The album contains everything you love about The Chicks, including breathtaking vocal solos and harmonies.

For Kim David Smith, life is a cabaret

For Kim David Smith, life is a cabaret

  • by David-Elijah Nahmod
  • Jul 28, 2020

Kim David Smith, a gay Australian native who now lives and works in New York City, has released his first concert album: 'Live at Joe's Pub.' Smith's concert conjures up images of smoky nightclubs in Weimer Era Germany.

Megan Hilty, Seth Rudetsky concert: Get a front-sofa seat for the 'Smash' and 'Wicked' star's online show

Megan Hilty, Seth Rudetsky concert: Get a front-sofa seat for the 'Smash' and 'Wicked' star's online show

  • by Jim Provenzano
  • Jul 24, 2020

Broadway fans rejoice; Megan Hilty's concert with erudite pianist and musical genius Seth Rudetsky will stream Sunday July 26 at 5pm PST, with a repeat on Monday, July 27 at 1:30pm PST.

And one for Mahler: 'Otello' and Mahler's eighth symphony, for your listening pleasure

And one for Mahler: 'Otello' and Mahler's eighth symphony, for your listening pleasure

  • by Tim Pfaff
  • Jul 21, 2020

Jonas Kaufmann's performance as the lead in Verdi's 'Otello,' and a new recording of Mahler's eighth symphony, conducted by Yannick Nezet-Seguin, are reviewed.

Q-Music: Testosterock: bar bands and guy tunes with flair

Q-Music: Testosterock: bar bands and guy tunes with flair

  • by Gregg Shapiro
  • Jul 21, 2020

Springsteen-inspired bands Steve Earle and the Dukes, Iron City Houserockers, plus Chicano Batman and other rocking groups' latest CDs are reviewed.

Rufus Rules: an interview with Rufus Wainwright

Rufus Rules: an interview with Rufus Wainwright

  • by Gregg Shapiro
  • Jul 14, 2020

For those who have been counting (and patiently waiting), it's been 12 years since Rufus Wainwright has released an album of original pop music. Rest assured that with 'Unfollow the Rules,' Wainwright doesn't disappoint.

SF Opera Summer Season online

SF Opera Summer Season online

  • by Jim Provenzano
  • Jul 7, 2020

Missing SF Opera's summer performances? Tune in on Friday, July 10 at 7:30pm for a 90-minute free digital broadcast showcasing the many musicians, performers, and luminaries who would have shaped our summer season.

Q-Music: Iggy Pop's 'Lust For Life,' 'The Idiot' re-released

Q-Music: Iggy Pop's 'Lust For Life,' 'The Idiot' re-released

  • by Gregg Shapiro
  • Jul 7, 2020

When it comes to Iggy Pop's solo work, he has yet to top the two he released in 1977: 'The Idiot' and 'Lust For Life,' each one newly reissued in expanded, double disc, deluxe editions, both produced by David Bowie.

Kent James, aka Nick Name: April 30, 1964 - July 3, 2020

Kent James, aka Nick Name: April 30, 1964 - July 3, 2020

  • by Jim Provenzano
  • Jul 6, 2020

Kent James, also known as the punk-influenced rock music frontman Nick Name, died at his home in Palm Springs on July 3, 2020. The gay singer-songwriter lived in San Francisco for a few years, and performed at local nightclubs.