NEW ARTIST ALERT: Parson James and “Sinner Like You”

2015 has seen an unprecedented rise in LGBT musicians breaking all sorts of boundaries. From Sam Smith to Adam Lambert to Years & Years to Who is Fancy? to MNEK to the incredibly infectious songs from Fox’s hit show Empire, LGBT artists are breaking through mainstream barriers, and Parson James is next on the ever-growing list…

Iggy Azalea: 21st Century Black Face

Iggy Azalea was one of the most successful breakout rappers of 2014; she also represents the best (i.e., worst) example of cultural misappropriation. Since before the conception of her mainstream career, she has openly and bluntly made derogatory remarks about various races, subsets of people, and has made a career out of cartoonishly imitating ghetto…

Mary Lambert Hits Hard with #BodyLove

No words. Just listen. Mary Lambert is the profound singer who was largely responsible for the success of “Same Love” last year post-SCOTUS and the fight for marriage equality. She continues to fight for equality, this time on the body image-front. Once you get over the surprise of the spoken-word “Body Love Parts 1 & 2,” it’s not…

Meghan Trainor’s “All About That Bass” Is A Bouncy, Body-Positive Summer Jam That Brings The Booty Back

Some of you might have heard about Meghan Trainor, the 20 year old musician from Nantucket who has written songs for Rascal Flatts and Sabrina Carpenter (the girl who plays spunky best friend Riley on Girl Meets World), among others. If you haven’t heard of Trainor, well, you’re about to because her debut single, “All…

Lady Gaga Closes Roseland Ballroom, Minds Were Blown

Originally Published on April 7th, 2014; Updated on June 24th, 2014. LADIES AND GENTLEMEN: Minds Were Blown. Altered. Changed forever. On April 6th, 2014, Lady Gaga performed at Roseland Ballroom, the penultimate show before the iconic venue closed forever EVER. On April 7th, Gaga performs the final show before embarking on her artRAVE: The ARTPOP Ball tour. Arriving at…

Natalia Kills Is ‘Trouble.’ Sweet, Sweet Trouble

Originally Published: October 2nd, 2013; Updated: June 24th, 2014 In September of 2013, the #powerhouse #popstar that NOBODY FUCKING KNOWS ABOUT, Natalia Kills, released her second album: Trouble. And this is a goddamn problem because this album is pure pop perfection (#alliteration) and everyone I express this sentiment to says: “Who is Natalia Kills?” And…

I May Be Slightly Obsessed with Mariah Carey

Originally Published: May 15th, 2013; Updated: June 24th, 2014 I have an obsessive personality. I think it has to do with growing up with G-Money, my crazy-ass grandmother. She had a passion for collecting dollar store trinkets, an unbridled love for greasy fried food (Burger King was always her personal fave and when she’d take…

Looking In

On Saturday night in Central Park, my homegurl Mariah Carey performed with the New York Philharmonic for the MLB’s All-Star Charity Concert for victims of Hurricane Sandy. I didn’t get to go because I already tickets for Cinderella on Broadway, but I wish I did because she performed one of her most rare cuts, a song…