Young Women Rule The Pop Charts

by Chris Narloch

Meghan Trainor’s “All About That Bass” and Taylor Swift’s “Shake It Off” recently occupied the top two spots on the Billboard pop singles charts, creating a one-two punch of musical estrogen that was backed up by Tove Lo’s “Habits (Stay High)” at #3 and “Bang Bang” featuring Ariana Grande, Jessie J and Nicki Minaj in the fourth position.

What’s happening here? Young women are creating an abundance of catchy, carefully crafted pop music in 2014 – that’s what is happening.

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John Rechy: On the Gay Sensibility

By Frank Pizzoli

Born erudite, John Rechy, 83, is the author of twelve novels and three non-fiction works. He was raised Mexican-American in El Paso, Texas at a time when Latino children were routinely segregated.

He was assumed to be Anglo because of his light skin. A teacher “changed” his name from Juan to John.

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Check Out The Latest Broadway (And Off-Broadway) Cast Recordings

by Chris Narloch

The Tony Awards for 2014 are history, and it will be awhile before shows like “A Gentlemen’s Guide to Love and Murder,” which won for Best Musical this year, and “Hedwig and the Angry Inch,” which nabbed the Tony for Best Revival of a Musical, are seen in these parts.

In the meantime, you can enjoy cast recordings for many of the nominated shows, including “If/Then” with Idina Menzel, and the Broadway version of “Bullets Over Broadway,” as well as several off-Broadway CDs, reviewed below.

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The Glamour of dr.a.g. Returns to Bookstores with Twenty never-before-seen images

Christopher Logan has re-released his remarkable coffee table book filled with photographs capturing the worlds most celebrated drag superstars by the industry’s leading photographers. 

Photos represent a wide spectrum of drag icons from underground drag royalty to the new breed of reality television stars. Included are Jeffree Star, shot by photographer Austin Young, Jimmy James as Marilyn Monroe by photographer Walter Melrose and Larry Edwards as Tina Turner by photographer Ninon Nguyen.

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The Black Keys and Neon Trees  -- Plus Rixton, Robyn & Royksopp

by Chris Narloch

I don’t care whether an artist records rock music, dance music or bubblegum pop, as long as it’s good.

All of those genres are represented below in reviews of recent CDs that are worth spending your cold hard cash on.

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