July 2013 Archives

Thirty years ago this week an album was released that would end up changing the course of pop music forever.  It would have been impossible to imagine it at the time, but it’s undeniably true.  Madonna’s self-titled debut, released July 27, 1983, launched an unparalleled career that is still going strong 3 decades later.   Madonna, apart perhaps from Michael ... [Read]

This year’s Capital Pride headlining duo Icona Pop are on a tear, striking while the iron -- aka that little ditty called "I Love It" -- is still hot. Last week Aino Jawo and Caroline Hjelt released basic details about the Swedish pop duo's hotly anticpated debut album, This Is..., now set for for release Sept. 14. Icona Pop also released ... [Read]

  California-based singer/songwriter and talented multi-instrumentalist is back today with his 4th album, “Where Does This Door Go.”  It’s a smooth collection of R&B flavored pop with some nice jazz-influenced arrangements.  Hawthorne is a versatile singer, and the album is loaded with sexy songs with funky grooves mostly about love and gettin’ it on. High points include “The Innocent,” ... [Read]

David Bowie this morning unveiled his 4th video from "The Next Day," his first album in nearly a decade.  The song about a would-be school shooter fantasizing about his impending spree is one of the more chilling on what is generally a very dark album.  Unlike the last couple videos - "The Stars (are out tonight)" which featured Tilda Swinton ... [Read]

Fun.'s Boost for Tegan & Sara

By Doug Rule
July 14, 2013 3:16 PM |
One day soon here’s hoping we’ll see an American pop hit from a bona fide out LGBT artist or act. You don’t have to look very far for some prime candidates: Cheyenne Jackson has just released I’m Blue, Skies, a shiny, sparkly new pop album with many songs perfectly attuned to Glee generation ears. Of course, European pop star Mika ... [Read]

Songs of Summer 2013 Sampler

By Doug Rule
July 12, 2013 5:23 PM |
Just in time for your weekend, Metro Weekly has assembled a Spotify playlist of the leading contenders as Song of Summer 2013. That is, at least according to our polling of prominent local DJs asking them to rank their Top 5 Songs of Summer, part of Metro Weekly’s Summer Music Issue 2013. This being a popularity contest, I compiled the ... [Read]

  Sir Elton John is an indisputable musical legend.  His first album, “Empty Sky,” was released in 1969 and his latest – “The Diving Board,” his 30th -  is due to be released in September.  The 66-year old icon just released the first single from the project, the lovely piano-driven “Home Again.”   With a new album on the horizon, ... [Read]

Veteran pop duo Pet Shop Boys are back with their 12th studio album, the aptly titled “Electric.”   The set hits on July 16 in the US but is already available to hear streaming via the band’s official website in conjunction with Pandora Radio.  Produced by Stuart Price (notable for his work with Scissor Sisters, Lady Gaga, Madonna and Kylie ... [Read]

There be Bears here!   D.C. area singer/songwriter Tom Goss today releases his new single (available now on iTunes) and video “Bears,” and it’s loads of fun.  The video – which was filmed in D.C. and features many local members of the bear community – is a clever mix of just the right amount of tongue-in-cheek humor and genuine affection ... [Read]

The new Janelle Monáe album "The Electric Lady" doesn't drop until September, but she's already released the 2nd video from it.  Following on the heels of "Q.U.E.E.N." (featuring Erykah Badu), "Dance Apocalyptic" is another hot track that is sure to be one of the most memorable jams of the summer.   Janelle Monáe has received some critical acclaim (her 2010 album ... [Read]

British post-punk revivalists Editors return this week with their 4th album, “The Weight of Your Love,” and it’s a doozy.   Despite having released three critically acclaimed albums that have been massively successful in the UK and parts of Europe, Editors still haven’t broken through in a big way in America.  “The Weight of Your Love” might be the album ... [Read]