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Lucinda Williams: Grammy-winning singer-songwriter on her new music, memoir and tour

Lucinda Williams: Grammy-winning singer-songwriter on her new music, memoir and tour

  • by Gregg Shapiro
  • Jul 25, 2023

Lucinda Williams has left an indelible mark on contemporary Americana, country, blues, pop, and rock music, and despite setbacks emerges victorious on record and in print in 2023.

Shelly Lares: Tejano country singer's musical life

Shelly Lares: Tejano country singer's musical life

  • by Laura Moreno
  • Jul 18, 2023

This year Shelly Lares was presented with a Lifetime Achievement Award at this year's Tejano Music Awards Show. At 51, she's been singing professionally 41 years, admired for her unique blend of Tejano country music, and only recently came out.

Help is On the Way 27: REAF's latest dazzling fundraiser

Help is On the Way 27: REAF's latest dazzling fundraiser

  • by David-Elijah Nahmod
  • Jul 11, 2023

Cast members from the new touring company of the classic musical "Les Miserables" will join other Broadway and cabaret stars at the Marines' Memorial Theater on July 16 for "Help is On the Way 27: Broadway & Beyond," the latest REAF fundraiser.

Post-Pride pressings; reissues from Cher and Pet Shop Boys

Post-Pride pressings; reissues from Cher and Pet Shop Boys

  • by Gregg Shapiro
  • Jul 11, 2023

Pride month has passed, but you can fly your own flag of fandom for two popular musical favorites; Cher and Pet Shop Boys, with reissued vinyl and CD collections.

Ivo Dimchev: gay singer/songwriter's Bulgarian rhapsodies

Ivo Dimchev: gay singer/songwriter's Bulgarian rhapsodies

  • by David-Elijah Nahmod
  • Jun 27, 2023

Ivo Dimchev, an openly gay HIV-positive performer who hails from Bulgaria, stands his ground in his music and performances, proudly letting the world know exactly who he is.

John Waters hosts Mosswood Meltdown

John Waters hosts Mosswood Meltdown

  • by Gregg Shapiro
  • Jun 20, 2023

Filmmaker and "filth elder" John Waters will once again host the 2023 edition of the hip, queer, punk music festival Mosswood Meltdown in Oakland. He shared his love of punk music and style.

All aboard: Chunx and Funx of Gravy Train!!!!

All aboard: Chunx and Funx of Gravy Train!!!!

  • by Gregg Shapiro
  • Jun 20, 2023

Known for its explicit and humorous queercore rap style, Gravy Train!!!! (yes, 4 exclamation marks) ascribes to a shock value code of ethics.Two of the band members talked about their reunion in advance of their Mosswood Meltdown gig on July 2.

Divas defined: Black Music Archive explains singing styles

Divas defined: Black Music Archive explains singing styles

  • by Cornelius Washington
  • Jun 20, 2023

In videos on the Black Music Archive, Milik Kashad explains the intricacies of mostly Black women singers in opera, pop, R&B and other genres, while answering questions about singing styles.

Q-music: Pride sounds all year long

Q-music: Pride sounds all year long

  • by Gregg Shapiro
  • Jun 20, 2023

Even after you're over the rainbow, new music from Jake Shears, Rufus Wainwright and Passion Pit will have you humming along down your own yellow brick road.

Q-Music: solos and sides

Q-Music: solos and sides

  • by Gregg Shapiro
  • Jun 13, 2023

Big name musicians (Paul Simon, Natalie Merchant and Ben Folds) depart from their traditional band mates for new solo albums, and one unusual super group (The No Ones) includes alumni from several bands.

Country music crossovers

Country music crossovers

  • by Gregg Shapiro
  • May 30, 2023

Country music artists are regularly crossing genre boundaries, some even recording covers of Stephen Sondheim musical numbers. Here are four new outstanding audibly artistic diversions.

Katya Smirnoff-Skyy celebrates 18 Years at Martuni's

Katya Smirnoff-Skyy celebrates 18 Years at Martuni's

  • by Christopher J. Beale
  • May 16, 2023

J. Conrad Frank's character Katya Smirnoff-Skyy was custom-made for a specific reason: to host cabaret and sing live. This week Katya celebrates 18 years hosting Katya Presents at Martuni's piano bar, a passion project that became an institution.

Spotlight on Pride at Lyon & Swan: four gay performers are featured now through June

Spotlight on Pride at Lyon & Swan: four gay performers are featured now through June

  • by Jim Gladstone
  • May 16, 2023

To celebrate Pride month, the queer-owned Lyon & Swan supper club has booked a remarkable slate of four local gay artists, all worthy of broad attention, to play the intimate room.

Tales of Taylor: Ann Talman's musical memoir at Feinstein's

Tales of Taylor: Ann Talman's musical memoir at Feinstein's

  • by Jim Gladstone
  • May 9, 2023

Ann Talman first met Elizabeth Taylor in January 1981. The writer-performer brings her musical reminiscences of La Liz, "The Shadow of Her Smile," to Feinstein's at the Nikko on Friday, May 12.