June 2013 Archives

Catch John Grant Tonight at U-Hall

By Doug Rule
June 28, 2013 7:00 PM |
Sinead O’Connor cries out the lyrics right alongside John Grant on Grant’s aching song “Why Don’t You Love Me Anymore?” The song is about exactly what it sounds like, a man still pining for a no-good ex.  The tune is just one of many great tracks on Grant’s new electro-folk album Pale Green Ghosts, and one of several on which ... [Read]

Macklemore Raises Up Gay Rights in Hip-Hop

By Doug Rule
June 28, 2013 10:51 AM |
Is there a hot new pop act more gay friendly than Macklemore & Ryan Lewis? At the least the Seattle hip-hop duo has definitely given fun. a good run for the LGBT money. Instead of simply starting a pro-LGBT nonprofit and organizing fundraisers for gay/marriage equality causes -- nothing simple about that, of course, and it’s all to the good, ... [Read]

Puff Johnson, best known for R&B hits "All Over Your Face," "Over and Over" (from the film "The First Wives' Club") and "Forever More" succumbed to cervical cancer this week at the age of 40.  She had also appeared with Tupac Shakur on his memorable hit "Me Against the World," and opened for Michael Jackson on his 1997 tour.  Although ... [Read]

George Michael's 10 Chart Toppers

Posted by Chris Gerard
June 26, 2013 9:45 AM |
Well, another week, another iconic pop star reaches a milestone birthday. Only days after Cyndi Lauper turned 60, fellow 80s megastar George Michael reaches the mid-century mark. I remember watching American Bandstand with Dick Clark when I was a kid and seeing Wham! awkwardly lip-sync early single “Young Guns (Go For It)” while dancing rather comically in leather jackets. It ... [Read]

Earlier this month we wrote about the stellar new album by The Lost Patrol, "Driven."  The NYC-area band has just premiered their new video for standout track "See You In Hell," and it's terrific - a bit campy and perfectly suited for the song.  Check it out below.  ... [Read]

Casey Stratton is a prodigious talent who didn’t allow being lost in the major-label shuffle to derail his career.  Released by Sony Records in 2004, Stratton’s album “Standing on the Edge” was a superb collection of melancholy and emotive piano-pop.  Produced with Patrick Leonard (perhaps best-known with his work on several of Madonna’s biggest hits), the album received promising ... [Read]

Pop icon Cyndi Lauper turned 60 years old on Saturday, and hopefully she celebrated in style, coming off her triumph at the Tony’s with her “Kinky Boots” Broadway musical, and currently enjoying a successful tour celebrating 30 years of her breakthrough album “She’s So Unusual.”  Astonishingly, Cyndi hasn’t had a Top 40 pop hit in America since “I Drove All ... [Read]

Kanye's "Yeezus" complex

Posted by Chris Gerard
June 17, 2013 10:58 AM |
  After the epic arena-rock grandeur of “Ok Computer,” Radiohead retreated to a world of electronic experimentation and isolation with the equally brilliant “Kid A.”   After the Beatles defined psychedelic pop with their masterwork “Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band,” their next full-length album was a return to their rawest possible elements, the anti-Pepper, even lacking in color ... [Read]

Former Culture Club singer, solo artist and icon Boy George turns 52 today.  So what better way to mark the occasion than take a look some of the best moments from his long and successful career?   Culture Club – “Miss Me Blind” Boy George and his band had a string a major hits in America and around the world ... [Read]

As we lurch inexorably towards the mid-year point of 2013 (can it truly have gone by so quickly??) it’s time to look back at some of the best albums released this year thus far.  It’s been a great year for music already, and it was hard to narrow it down to 5, but these would be my picks so far ... [Read]

June, 1983 – 30 years ago – Irene Cara was at the top of the Billboard Hot 100 singles chart with her mega hit movie theme song “Flashdance… What a Feelin’”, which was co-written and produced by the one and only Giorgio Moroder (who also features prominently on this week’s current #1 album by Daft Punk, “Random Access Memories”).  Irene ... [Read]

Capital Pride 2013 Sampler

By Doug Rule
June 7, 2013 3:25 PM |
Earlier this week Chris Gerard created a strong list of what he called "10 Essential Pride Tracks," a grab bag of prideful anthems you should have in your collection.  What you'll find here is a completely different kind of grab bag: Mostly up-to-the-minute pop or rock songs by artists who will be performing this Sunday, June 9, at the Capital Pride ... [Read]

His Royal Badness turns 55 on Friday, June 7.  In celebration, we take a look back at his career and examine some of his lesser-known gems.  Everybody knows his long list of classics:  “When Doves Cry,” “Little Red Corvette,” “Kiss,” “Purple Rain” to name just a very few, as well as his 2nd tier of hits like “Thieves in the ... [Read]

British electronic duo Hot Chip follow-up their excellent 2012 album "In Our Heads" with a new single, "Dark and Stormy," which is currently available to view on YouTube and will be released via digital download on July 23.  It's a lush, atmospheric mid-tempo track, with perhaps a fuller production than much of the stripped down vibe of "In Our Heads". ... [Read]

Only a few weeks after releasing the high-energy mostly-instrumental “Axis”, the first single from the Pet Shop Boys’ eagerly awaited new album “Electric”, the legendary duo has unleashed another track this week, and it’s another killer.  “Vocal” is the second single to be issued, and offers another tantalizing glimpse at the Stuart Price-produced album due to be released in ... [Read]

New York City-based indie-rock trio The Lost Patrol is back with their latest album, “Driven”, and it doesn’t disappoint. This is late-night listening at its best. Mollie Israel’s haunting and gorgeous vocals float over a dense backdrop of swirling guitars and keyboards, lush and ethereal but with an edge. Somebody should get David Lynch or Quentin Tarantino on the ... [Read]

If you're looking for something to do tonight and you can't wait until this Sunday, June 9, to hear this week's Metro Weekly cover ladies Icona Pop at the Capital Pride Festival, U Street Music Hall has essentially the next best thing. British singer-songwriter Charli XCX -- born Charli Aitchison -- will perform at 8:30 p.m. at the subterreanean venue ... [Read]

It’s Capital Pride week in D.C. once again. A time for reflection on the accomplishments of the past year, to celebrate who we are, revel in our triumphs, commiserate our struggles, and contemplate all of those who gave so much to put our community where we now find ourselves: watching progress moving forward faster than we ever could have imagined, ... [Read]