Madonna, Drake and the apparent tonguing that went on at Coachella dominated my Twitter and Facebook feeds for what seemed like a very long time.
When the leading artists of our generation speak up about politics or fashion, I can understand the eye rolling and skepticism. When they speak up about music, we should listen.
Given Petronio's NYC connection, it's no surprise that his company will perform at the Joyce Theater this week. There's no other venue that so aptly captures the haunting enthusiasm and open intimacy that the city harbors, all of which is reflected in Petronio's repertoire.
Like Sting and other genre-defying and genre-creating musicians, Donna De Lory's new remix CD "Universal Light Remixes (From the Unchanging)" is a divine delight! As soon as I put it on I was literally swayed by the subtle grooves, delicious tones, compelling melodies, and eclectic beats.
Will I subscribe? I can't decide. But seriously, if the world's best musicians really think that they are "taking a stand" by charging us more money to stream their music in the name of "high-fidelity" sound... then they are seriously out of touch in more ways that I ever thought was imaginable.
In this episode of Nicholas Snow Live I welcome masters of celebrity female impersonation, the cast and crew members of Palm Springs' hit dinner show, Carnival Cabaret, starring James GYPSY Haake and produced by Dan Gore and his team.
Mary Lambert isn't just open about being a lesbian. One spin of plucky single "Secrets" lays bare the singer/songwriter's struggles with weight, bipolar disorder, a dysfunctional family and much, much more. Says Lambert with a laugh, "I'm severely out!"
Madonna gets a lot of heat for behaving in a way many believe is inappropriate for a woman over 50. Men who are also "of a certain age" often behave in rebel fashion, but are usually lauded for their actions.
There are several reasons why celebrities -- and lay folk -- change their names. Norma Jean Baker became Marilyn Monroe, now synonymous with bombshell beauty. I present 14 celebrities who changed their names, and seven reasons why they may have done so.
Madonna was recently on "The Howard Stern Show" to promote her new album, Rebel Heart. During the interview, she discussed being raped in the 1970's in New York City. When asked if she reported it, she said "It's just not worth it. Its too much humiliation."
Madonna and many others are intoxicated by the heady whirl of victory -- which the media magnifies in an extraordinary way -- and appear to believe, living within this seductive moment of advances for LGBT rights, that we've "arrived" and the rest of it is inevitable.
The last great frontier could be women -- our rights over our bodies, safety and income are under assault around the world and across the United States. Except that LGBTQ people, people of color and women aren't three disparate groups.
It seems like celebrities constantly try to outdo each other when it comes to naming their children something unique. Likewise, the rest of us often tend to emulate the famous (or infamous) by using these same (often atrocious) names with our own brood.
I've always felt Madonna's appear to the gay community was about more than her dance hits and shirtless dancers. Today, more than ever, I think it has something to do with what her life has to say about aging, health and wellness.
If you're looking for a few new songs to spruce up your existing mix, you're in luck. Alternatively, if you need a clean break, you can swap in this entire list -- since it blends a variety of speeds and sounds that will get you moving and keep you guessing.
With this thirteenth record, Madonna is telling us she has not, does not, and will not ever stop her campaign against breaking the rules of gender, sex, and the limits placed on her own humanity.