Recently by Doug Rule

REVIEW: Disclosure Proves Revealing at 9:30 Club

Doug Rule
October 31, 2013 3:16 PM |
This past Monday night’s show at the 9:30 Club sold out well in advance, and the crowd was far more responsive and enthusiastic than usual, even in a venue where employees and patrons are known for giving bands an unusually warm welcome. The recipient of this warmest of warm welcomes? The British dance duo Disclosure. In less than a year, ... [Read]

REVIEW: Janelle Monae's Truly 'Electric' Show

By Doug Rule
October 17, 2013 2:03 PM |
“Tonight you will dance or die,” an announcer said at the top of Janelle Monae’s truly electric show this past Monday night, Oct. 14, giving subtle reference to a fun track from Monae’s 2010 set The ArchAndroid. The stop at the Lincoln Theatre was only the second on Monae’s current tour in support of her superior, stunning new album The ... [Read]

Virgin Mobile FreeFest 2013: The Highlights

By Doug Rule
September 24, 2013 5:45 PM |
“You are absolutely the best crowd we’ve ever had,” Aino Jawo of Icona Pop told the crowd assembled at ths past Saturday’s Virgin Mobile FreeFest at Merriweather Post Pavilion. FreeFest is also a charitable crowd: Organizers of the FreeFest announced today that the event has raised over $1 million over the past five years to address the needs of homeless ... [Read]

Virgin Mobile FreeFest: Cheat Sheet and Spotify Sampler

By Doug Rule
September 20, 2013 12:24 PM |
The forecast calls for a cloudy afternoon and evening -- but there’ll be no raining on the pop music parade that is this Saturday’s Virgin Mobile FreeFest at Merriweather Post Pavlilion. The lineup includes Robin Thicke, Icona Pop, Kaskade, Vampire Weekend and MGMT.  This year’s "free'd out," or sold out, Virgin festival is biased toward EDM acts -- which is ... [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]

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]

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]

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]

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]

Icona Pop's New Single, U.S. Tour Dates

By Doug Rule
May 31, 2013 4:31 PM |
Today the Swedish dance-pop duo Icona Pop, whose irresistible Top 10 hit “I Don’t Care (I Love It)” has now reached ubiquity, released new song “Girlfriend.” It’s a teaser of what’s to come on the duo’s debut album, due later this summer, and follows up last fall’s EP Iconic. The Icona Popsters, Aino Jawo and Caroline Hjelt, also announced today ... [Read]

Dancing in Tribute to Peter Rauhofer

Doug Rule
May 30, 2013 5:29 PM |
You may not have read about it in the New York Times -- the Gray Lady has been disquietingly silent on the matter -- but earlier this month the world lost a music industry and gay clublife legend. Peter Rauhofer, a native of Austria but most associated with his adopted hometown of New York City, died May 7 of brain ... [Read]

The Pet Shop Boys have released the video for "Winner," the first single from their new album, Elysium, slated for relase September 18. The video appears to be a part-documentary on British Women's Roller Derby league, and prominently features a transgender member. ... [Read]

Donna Summer's everlasting dance

Posted by Doug Rule
May 17, 2012 2:52 PM |
When I first came out as a college student in the mid-‘90s, the gay dance club in Columbia, Mo., would end the night with Donna Summer’s “Last Dance.”  And why should it be otherwise?  “Yes, it’s my last chance, for romance, tonight,” Summer sang, as the queens sang right along with her – and sized each other up one ... [Read]