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A Stritch in time: an interview with Billy Stritch

A Stritch in time: an interview with Billy Stritch

  • by Gregg Shapiro
  • Feb 2, 2021

Billy Stritch is a gay man as comfortable in the limelight as he is in the background, known for his collaborations with Liza Minnelli, Linda Lavin, Christine Ebersole, and his uplifting pandemic-era live-streaming performances.

Q-Music: new sounds from Mary J. Blige, Pamela Means, Tami Neilson and more

Q-Music: new sounds from Mary J. Blige, Pamela Means, Tami Neilson and more

  • by Gregg Shapiro
  • Jan 27, 2021

'Chickaboom!, the 2020 album by Tami Neilson, the self-described "hot rockin' lady of country, rockabilly and soul," Reigning queen of hip-hop soul Mary J. Blige's new remixes and other women musicians are bringing new and classic sounds.

Musical grooves: Best LGBT music, part 2

Musical grooves: Best LGBT music, part 2

  • by Gregg Shapiro
  • Jan 4, 2021

From dazzling debuts (Izzy Heltai, Katie Pruitt) to familiar faces (Bob Mould, Indigo Girls), in 2020, musicians produced a treasure trove of awesome audibles.

Best LGBTQ music 2020: Q-Music's social distancing soundtrack

Best LGBTQ music 2020: Q-Music's social distancing soundtrack

  • by Gregg Shapiro
  • Dec 28, 2020

Despite the absence of live concerts, LGBT musicians around the country have managed to release new music. Here is the first part of two Best of 2020 music mentions, including a few who came out of their musical closets.

Women on the record: Q-Music covers Sneaks, Ace of Cups, Shelby Lynne and more

Women on the record: Q-Music covers Sneaks, Ace of Cups, Shelby Lynne and more

  • by Gregg Shapiro
  • Dec 22, 2020

You can hear the inspiration of the spoken word scene in the songs on Happy Birthday (Merge) by D.C.'s Sneaks (aka Eva Moolchan). Ace of Cups, Yelle and other women-led bands' new music are reviewed.

Mariah Carey's memoir's major: pop singer's life shared in new book

Mariah Carey's memoir's major: pop singer's life shared in new book

  • by Cornelius Washington
  • Dec 22, 2020

'The Meaning of Mariah Carey' is The New York Times best-seller of the life and career of a truly influential artist and entertainer, the autobiography of one of the most talented, hardworking, compelling, witty, and transcendent African-American artists.

Merry Krimble! alternative holiday music playlists

Merry Krimble! alternative holiday music playlists

  • by Jim Provenzano
  • Dec 20, 2020

Whether you're safely home alone, or socially distanced with family or friends, this is a most unusual holiday. So, for Christmas week, Eve and Day, enjoy a most unusual holiday music playlist.

Colton Ford on music, maturity and moving forward

Colton Ford on music, maturity and moving forward

  • by Jim Provenzano
  • Dec 15, 2020

After a few years away from music, singer-musician Colton Ford has returned with new songs and new perspectives on art, life and yes, politics.

Koz for celebration: an interview with jazz saxophonist Dave Koz

Koz for celebration: an interview with jazz saxophonist Dave Koz

  • by Gregg Shapiro
  • Dec 8, 2020

Smooth jazz superstar Dave Koz has a new album and a fresh take on the holidays with a one-night 'Greatest Hits of Christmas ' concert online.

Big Freedia's booked; celebrates paperback memoir release online with regional bookstores

Big Freedia's booked; celebrates paperback memoir release online with regional bookstores

  • by Jim Provenzano
  • Nov 28, 2020

The Queen of Bounce will share stories from his new book, 'God Save the Queen Diva.' The New Orleans musician and reality show star will chat with hosts of bookstores nationwide, from Philadelphia, to Tulsa, Austin, Fairfield and Los Angeles.

Faye Carol to perform LGBT musician tribute concert

Faye Carol to perform LGBT musician tribute concert

  • by Jim Provenzano
  • Nov 10, 2020

Miss Faye Caro will perform with Poet Avotcja & Youth A Cappella Ensemble Vocal Rush, in a concert celebrating Black LGBTQ+ music pioneers like Billy Strayhorn, Little Richard and Sylvester.

Bambi Lake, trans singer, succumbs to cancer Nov. 4 (updated)

Bambi Lake, trans singer, succumbs to cancer Nov. 4 (updated)

  • by David-Elijah Nahmod
  • Nov 3, 2020

People expressed shock and sadness when it was announced on Facebook that transgender performer Bambi Lake had been diagnosed with cancer and was receiving treatment at Zuckerberg General Hospital. She died on November 4.

June Millington: cofounder of Fanny, the pioneering women's band, is still rockin'

June Millington: cofounder of Fanny, the pioneering women's band, is still rockin'

  • by Gregg Shapiro
  • Oct 27, 2020

June Millington is the very definition of a living music legend. A founding member of celebrated '70s all-female rock band Fanny, Millington and her bandmates, including sister Jean, paved the way for everyone from the Runaways to the Go-Go's.

The Daring Dozen: genre-defying musicians

The Daring Dozen: genre-defying musicians

  • by Jim Provenzano
  • Oct 24, 2020

While live concerts are mostly still on hold, LGBT and nonbinary musicians continue to release music at a steady pace. Whether you're into folk-rock, dance grooves or R&B hip hop blends, these twelve queer artists and allies are making music for any mood.