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Electro Cabaret Star Bares His Soul (And His Bod) For New Video

The Huffington Post | Curtis M. Wong | Posted 10.06.2015 | Gay Voices

Australian singer Kim David Smith is steaming things up in his new video, "Shooting Star," and The Huffington Post has an exclusive fir...

Biebs, I Hear Ya!

Rev. Dr. Sunny Farley | Posted 10.06.2015 | Religion
Rev. Dr. Sunny Farley

Justin, I saw in Relevant Magazine this past week that you are renewing your Christian faith. As a United Methodist minister, I am delighted for you. Way to go, man.

New Artist Reviews: Qualia

Morena Duwe | Posted 10.02.2015 | Entertainment
Morena Duwe

Seattle-based Michael Hazani whose performance alias is Qualia, is a new and deeply emotive indie rock project who is quickly gaining momentum in the underground music world.

How Do You Get a Famous Musician or Band to Play at Your Wedding? It Can Be Done.

Sandy Malone | Posted 10.01.2015 | Weddings
Sandy Malone

You don't have to be a famous person to have a well-known music group play at your wedding ceremony or reception, but you do have to realize it's going to be a big chunk of your budget and it won't be without some restrictions.

#FreedomForKesha Is an Important Stand Against Rape Culture

Sean O'Toole | Posted 09.25.2015 | Women
Sean O'Toole

This week it was announced that singer-songwriter, Kesha Rose Sebert has sought an injunction against Dr Luke (Lucasz Gottwald) and Sony Music, in an effort to speed up a suit she had brought against Gottwald in October 2014 for sexual assault, battery, sexual harassment, gender violence, emotional abuse and the violation of California business practices.

Ain't No Stopping The Common Kings

Brad Puet | Posted 09.25.2015 | Entertainment
Brad Puet

I first interviewed the Common Kings on New Years Eve of 2014. Just like that interview, I had a great time chopping it up with them recently about wh...

When Did the Bond Song Become So White? Why Picking Sam Smith for SPECTRE May Not Have Been a Good Idea

Adrian Daub | Posted 09.17.2015 | Arts
Adrian Daub

It wasn't ever going to be anyone but Sam Smith, but until last week's announcement that he'd be singing the theme song for SPECTRE (entitled "Writing's On the Wall"), there was at least hope.

New Artist Reviews: bitter's kiss

Morena Duwe | Posted 09.16.2015 | Entertainment
Morena Duwe

From New Jersey emerges the family, indie pop duo, bitter's kiss with Chloe Baker (singer/songwriter) and her father, Michael Baker (production/guitar/piano/bass/drums). The young Chloe Baker, is only just beginning her sonic journey.

Artist Spotlight: Michael McArthur and His Album 'Magnolia'

Morena Duwe | Posted 09.15.2015 | Entertainment
Morena Duwe

The potency of the human voice has the power to move not only with its tone but also with its message. Beautiful vocals imbued with meaningful words creates an irresistible combination. Based out of Lakeland, Florida comes Michael McArthur, a soulful singer/songwriter.

Lowki Releases Their Debut Single "F.A.C.E."

Morena Duwe | Posted 09.14.2015 | Entertainment
Morena Duwe

The incomparable sound of Lowki combines sweeping melodies with Sara's haunting vocals, hypnotic synth lines, dark bass tones and pulsating rhythms likened to the heartbeat.

Before Online Streaming, This Band Got Paid

Sarah Illingworth | Posted 08.26.2015 | Arts
Sarah Illingworth

New Zealander Steph Brown and West Virginia-born multi-instrumentalist and producer Fen Ikner are Lips, an electronic pop act characterised by a girl with giant lips for a head.

23 Year-Old Jordanian Singer Songwriter Jaafar Smashes Into the U.S. with His New Single 'Sixteen'

Ilana Rapp | Posted 08.24.2015 | Entertainment
Ilana Rapp

I wasn't looking for a different type of music to listen to. My loyal readers know I love metal, hard rock, 80s, hip hop, rap and reggae. Then pow. Jaafar, who is from Jordan, landed in my speakers.

Carly Rae Jepsen: My Relationship With My Gay Fans Is A 'Mutual Lovefest'

The Huffington Post | Curtis M. Wong | Posted 08.20.2015 | Gay Voices

Carly Rae Jepsen's slick pop tunes have made her a favorite among gay audiences, and now, the "Call Me Maybe" songstress says the admiration is mutua...

The Gorgeous Meaninglessness of the Bond Song

Adrian Daub | Posted 08.20.2015 | Arts
Adrian Daub

Over the decades, only a few artists have managed to receive dispensation: when it came to writing a song for 1983's Octopussy, the producers mercifully decided that the song would not be called that.

Why A Great Big World's New Love Song Is Unlike Any Other On The Radio

The Huffington Post | Curtis M. Wong | Posted 08.18.2015 | Gay Voices

It's only after repeated listens that the subversive nature of "Hold Each Other," the sterling new single by Grammy-winning pop-rock du...

Beyoncé Covers Vogue's September Issue

Vogue | Posted 08.13.2015 | Style

In an age when roles and styles morph as quickly as computer images, she's a shape-shifting virtuoso. She can evoke Rita Hayworth or Naomi Campbell, flappers and B-girls.

Not in a Minion Years: The Top 10 Reasons Why 'Minions' is the Worst Movie Ever Made

David Fagin | Posted 07.30.2015 | Entertainment
David Fagin

Feel free to call Me Despicable, but, in my opinion, Minions is easily one of the worst movies of all time. I didn't walk in wanting to hate it. I walked in wanting to love it. Which is why I'm so pissed.

New Artist Reviews: Rimi

Morena Duwe | Posted 07.29.2015 | Entertainment
Morena Duwe

Indian-American recording artist, Rimi, has found a balance between ancient Indian ideals and modern pop music.

What Do Computers 'Think' of Pop Music?

Lior Shamir | Posted 07.28.2015 | Science
Lior Shamir

When Stevie Wonder wrote "Music is a world within itself, with a language we all understand," the word "all" meant "all people." But that was in 1976. With the rapid advancement of technology, music is gradually becoming a language that can also be understood by computers.

Two Very Different Shows; One Common Theme #GayLivesMatter

Charles Karel Bouley | Posted 07.27.2015 | Entertainment
Charles Karel Bouley

Whether dark or joyous, there is much to gay culture and in this time of merging, blending, homogenization, it's nice to have two reminders of how fabulous gay culture can be, and how far it has come with so far yet to go.

Cool Dad Transforms Pop-Punk Classics Into Bedtime Lullabies

Van Winkle's | Posted 08.01.2015 | Parents
Van Winkle's

Even the loudest songs can be turned into a lullaby. Change the tempo, make a few instrument swaps and Blink 182's "All The Small Things" could beco...

Adam Lyons Wants You to Get "Ice Cold"

Andrew Benkovic | Posted 07.03.2015 | Entertainment
Andrew Benkovic

Adam Lyons is a little emotional. It's now midnight in London and June has turned into July. He is sitting in his London flat and received the e-mail. His debut album is now available on iTunes.

It's All About That... What?

Diana Whitney | Posted 06.10.2015 | Parents
Diana Whitney

"Mommy, I see your bass!" yelled Carmen, cackling her baby hyena laugh. "My what?!" "Your bass! You're wearing lace panties!"

Les Paul's Journey and the History of American Popular Music

John Covach | Posted 06.09.2015 | Arts
John Covach

American guitarist Les Paul would have turned 100 years old this week. Born in Waukesha, Wisconsin on June 9, 1915, Paul became one of the most important figures in popular music during the middle decades of the twentieth century.

Why Female Pop Stars Like Taylor Swift Need to Embrace the Feminist Movement

Claire Davidson | Posted 06.09.2015 | Women
Claire Davidson

If the persona Swift has created for herself is continuously falling for the wrong guy, isn't it time she grew up and let her fans hear a message that centers around taking ownership of their choices and gaining more wisdom and independence?