Windy City Media Group Frontpage News


home search facebook twitter join
Gay News Sponsor Windy City Times 2023-02-22



Pop Making Sense
by David Byrne with Tony Peregrin

This article shared 2544 times since Wed Apr 25, 2012
facebook twitter google +1 reddit email

On his forthcoming album, Out of the Game, Rufus Wainwright teams with acclaimed British producer Mark Ronson (Amy Winehouse, Duran Duran). The end result is a solid, pop-driven effort, as witnessed on the timeless opening numbers "Out of the Game" and "Jericho." Guests on the set include the Dap-Kings, Wilco's Nels Cline, Nick Zinner of Yeah Yeah Yeahs, Andrew Wyatt from Miike Snow, Sean Lennon and sister Martha Wainwright.

The out singer-songwriter has a masterpiece on his hands with the ballad "Montauk," where he masks a tale for his daughter beneath a story about the vacation town. "Bitter Tears" has the artist's signature gravelly vocals, but it has a beat that could have been pulled from Scissor Sisters' Ta-Dah.

Out of the Game is due May 1 via Decca. A deluxe edition with a DVD also will be available. Here's to hoping a Chicago-area date will be added to his tour itinerary.

If Prince and Tina Turner had a lovechild in the '80s and raised that kid of the great soul music from the '60s and early '70s, the offspring would be JC Brooks of JC Brooks & the Uptown Sound. The Chicago-based outfit finds its niche with a fantastic retro-vibe on tracks like "I Am Trying to Break Your Heart" and "To Love Someone (That Don't Love You)" from its latest offering, Want More. Fresh from multiple shows at South by Southwest, the band is currently on tour and will have a homecoming concert Friday, April 27, at The Metro, 3730 N. Clark St. Gold Motel, Blah Blah Blah and Soul Summit DJs will open.

Diana Ross has established herself as an enduring diva. Miss Ross has an array of hits to celebrate, ranging from her days with The Supremes to her solo endeavors. The icon returns with a concert at The Horseshoe Casino's The Venue, 777 Casino Center Dr., Hammond, Ind., Friday, April 27.

Her legendary 1983 concert, Live in Central Park, is due for the first time on DVD via Shout! Factory May 15. Here, she confirms she is a force to be reckoned with as she kept performing during a downpour, but ultimately had to cut her performance short. True to her promise, she came back the next day with her renowned big hair to sing staples like "I'm Coming Out," You Can't Hurry Love," "Muscles" and covers of "God Bless the Child," "Maniac," "Ribbon in the Sky" and "Beat It."

Katy Perry keeps proving me wrong. When I first heard her double-platinum album Teenage Dream, I thought it might spawn two top 10 singles, at best. Five number-one hits later, Perry is issuing a deluxe package with remixes and new material. The highlight on Teenage Dream: The Complete Confection is the reworking of "E.T.," with Kanye West delivering his monotone rap. Although the new addition "Part of Me" was written two years ago, it eerily depicts the pop star's recent failed marriage to actor Russell Brand. Tommy Sunshine puts together a mash-up of the smashes from Teenage Dream that surely will summon summer.

Perry and I started off on the wrong foot. Her debut EP, Ur So Gay, irked me because she puts down her boyfriend for having stereotypical gay qualities. Then she hit the big time with the Cathy Dennis-penned "I Kissed a Girl." Here, I felt she was making light of bisexuality and playing up titillating same-sex experimentation. Then upon seeing her pitchy live performances, I was expecting to hear an umpire call the third strike. I honestly pegged her for being a flash in the pan who would come back in a comprising tabloid story just to garner one last headline.

On July 5, the 3-D concert film Katy Perry: Part of Me will be released. This should be a fun viewing, considering her whipped cream- and firework-launching bras. However, attendees should bring earplugs when she does not resort to pre-recorded vocals.

On its third full-length album, School of Seven Bells finds itself operating as a duo instead of a trio. Don't let the focus on Claudia Deheza's absence discount the greatness of Ghostory. Sure, the otherworldly harmonies Alejandra Deheza had with her twin sister are gone, but they are fabricated with layered vocals on the gorgeous "White Wind." As done on 2010's Disconnect from Desire, "Scavenger" revisits the vibe from MTV's 120 Minutes. "Reappear" and "Show Me Love" possess the group's trademark ethereally mystical feel. The standout "Low Times" has a superb sequencing with hints of those from Annie Lennox's "Little Bird." The closing track, "When You Sing," is epic and surely will translate well into a live setting. On Saturday, April 28, School of Seven Bells will be at Lincoln Hall, 2424 N. Lincoln Ave., with Exitmusic.

Fellow hipsters M83 return with Hurry Up, We're Dreaming. The set's lead single, "Midnight City," has a captivating sound recalling School of Seven Bells' "Windstorm." The accompanying video focuses on a group of misfit youth with glowing eyes and preternatural powers. This theme ties nicely with the context behind It Gets Better and feeling like an outsider. M83 will be taking the stage Friday, May 4 at Riviera, 4746 N. Racine Ave.

This article shared 2544 times since Wed Apr 25, 2012
facebook twitter google +1 reddit email


Gay News

Opera Preview: Life of gay World War II hero Alan Turing transformed into a world-premiere opera 2023-03-17
- It has taken a decade for The Life and Death(s) of Alan Turing to grow from an idea into a full- fledged opera. Chicago Opera Theater stages the world premiere of composer Justine F. Chen and ...

Gay News

Lyric Opera of Chicago announces its 2023-24 season 2023-03-14
--From a press release - CHICAGO (3/14/2023) — Lyric Opera of Chicago, led by General Director, President & CEO Anthony Freud and Music Director Enrique Mazzola, today announces the company's 2023/24 Season, which takes audiences on a global tour of opera ...

Gay News

House Musical, Coming of Age in the Age of House, coming to Hoover-Leppen Theatre 2023-03-14
--From a press release - Campsongs Productions presents the world premiere of House Musical - Coming of Age in the Age of House, with book by Marcus Waller, music by Scott Free (with Michael Foley) and lyrics by Scott Free and ...

Gay News

Mayor Lightfoot, DCASE announce dates for summer festivals and events 2023-03-13
--From a press release - CHICAGO—Today, Mayor Lori E. Lightfoot and the Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events (DCASE) announced the 2023 dates for some of the City of Chicago's most beloved summertime traditions. Returning festivals and events include ...

Gay News

SHOWBIZ Little Richard, Indigo Girls, Rodriguez's honor, dance film, Pedro Pascal 2023-03-10
Video below - Produced by Bungalow Media + Entertainment for CNN Films and HBO Max, in association with Rolling Stone Films, director Lisa Cortes' Sundance opening-night documentary Little Richard: I Am Everything will debut in theaters and on VOD ...

Gay News

SHOWBIZ Wanda Sykes, Jonas Brothers, 'Queen of Versailles,' 'Bloodshed' 2023-03-04
Adam Lambert video below - Award-winning comedian Wanda Sykes' new comedy special, I'm An Entertainer, will premiere globally on Netflix on May 23, a press release announced. The special, directed by Linda Mendoza, was filmed in early February 2023 at Philadelphia's ...

Gay News

Singer Zolita zips through Chicago on a whirlwind tour 2023-02-28
- Zoe Montana Hoetzel has evolved into the multidimensional artist known as Zolita while cultivating a massive following. Her personality is multifaceted as well. She identifies as a lesbian, an activist and a witch, but she's also ...

Gay News

SHOWBIZ Black queer films, Janet Jackson, Paramore, WNBA, GALECA contest 2023-02-19
- Queerty ran a piece on 10 films that celebrate Black queer love. Some of them include The Skinny (with Jussie Smollett), Dee Rees' movie Pariah, the Oscar-winning Moonlight, the Marlon Riggs classic Tongues Untied, Brother to ...

Gay News

Theater Review: Cabaret continues to reflect on our modern challenges 2023-02-14
- Title: Cabaret. Book: Joe Masteroff; Score: John Kander & Fred Ebb. At: Porchlight Music Theatre at Ruth Page Center for the Arts, 1016 N. Dearborn St. Tickets: 773-777-9884 or; prices begin at $25. Runs through ...

Gay News

Goran Stolevski grows up fast with Of an Age 2023-02-14
- Openly gay filmmaker Goran Stolevski is a triple threat: He handled directing, writing and editing chores for his new project, Of an Age, which Focus Features is now distributing. The film is already taking home trophies ...

Gay News

Queer songwriter donates $500K to Chicago Academy for the Arts 2023-02-13
- Returning to the school that they said saved their life years ago and set them on a path to becoming one of the most celebrated activists and songwriters of the modern era, it was announced Feb. ...

Gay News

SHOWBIZ Isaac Mizrahi, Viola Davis, Laura Jane Grace, Elton John, GLAAD 2023-02-11
- On Sherri Shepherd's talk show, entertainer/fashion designer Isaac Mizrahi said he'd love for out actor Dan Levy to portray him in a potential biopic based on Mizrahi's memoir, I.M., The Wrap noted. "Dan Levy, OK," Mizrahi ...

Gay News

Windy City Gay Chorus, Windy City Treble Quire present Our Common Thread: Songs of Love, Loss, Life 2023-02-10
--From a press release - CHICAGO - The Windy City Gay Chorus and Windy City Treble Quire are excited to announce their upcoming 2023 spring concert, Our Common Thread: Songs of Love, Loss and Life, under the direction of Dr. Eric ...

Gay News

CGMC to re-create music videos in drag with 'Lipstick & Lyrics: On MTV' 2023-02-10
--From a press release - CHICAGO—Chicago Gay Men's Chorus presents their annual live-singing drag show, Lipstick & Lyrics. This year's theme: On MTV. Come enjoy CGMC's drag performers as they recreate epic music videos. With dancers, costumes and sass, these live ...

Gay News

Kim Petras is first openly trans singer to win a Grammy 2023-02-06
- On Feb. 5, Kim Petras made history, becoming the first openly transgender singer to win a Grammy. The German-born singer won in her category of Best Pop Duo/Group Performance for "Unholy," her chart-topping collaboration with non-binary singer Sam Sm ...


Copyright © 2023 Windy City Media Group. All rights reserved.
Reprint by permission only. PDFs for back issues are downloadable from
our online archives. Single copies of back issues in print form are
available for $4 per issue, older than one month for $6 if available,
by check to the mailing address listed below.

Return postage must accompany all manuscripts, drawings, and
photographs submitted if they are to be returned, and no
responsibility may be assumed for unsolicited materials.
All rights to letters, art and photos sent to Nightspots
(Chicago GLBT Nightlife News) and Windy City Times (a Chicago
Gay and Lesbian News and Feature Publication) will be treated
as unconditionally assigned for publication purposes and as such,
subject to editing and comment. The opinions expressed by the
columnists, cartoonists, letter writers, and commentators are
their own and do not necessarily reflect the position of Nightspots
(Chicago GLBT Nightlife News) and Windy City Times (a Chicago Gay,
Lesbian, Bisexual and Transegender News and Feature Publication).

The appearance of a name, image or photo of a person or group in
Nightspots (Chicago GLBT Nightlife News) and Windy City Times
(a Chicago Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual and Transgender News and Feature
Publication) does not indicate the sexual orientation of such
individuals or groups. While we encourage readers to support the
advertisers who make this newspaper possible, Nightspots (Chicago
GLBT Nightlife News) and Windy City Times (a Chicago Gay, Lesbian
News and Feature Publication) cannot accept responsibility for
any advertising claims or promotions.






About WCMG      Contact Us      Online Front  Page      Windy City  Times      Nightspots
Identity      BLACKlines      En La Vida      Archives      Advanced Search     
Windy City Queercast      Queercast Archives     
Press  Releases      Join WCMG  Email List      Email Blast      Blogs     
Upcoming Events      Todays Events      Ongoing Events      Bar Guide      Community Groups      In Memoriam     
Privacy Policy     

Windy City Media Group publishes Windy City Times,
The Bi-Weekly Voice of the Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual and Trans Community.
5315 N. Clark St. #192, Chicago, IL 60640-2113 • PH (773) 871-7610 • FAX (773) 871-7609.