Category: Q-Music

Summer Soul Men

Every Maxwell studio album – and there have only been five in 20 years – is treated like an event of great musically historical significance. The neo-soul forefather’s latest, black  SUMMERS’night (Columbia) is no exception. Arriving seven years after its predecessor BLACKsummers’night, the 12-track disc doesn’t vary much from the formula that made what came…

Queer Throughout The Year

Lesbian singer/actress/comedian/writer Lea DeLaria has been challenging our preconceived notions of what an entertainer is for more than 25 (!) years. Queer folks probably knew her first as a raunchy comedian of the highest order (“whack a butt plug,” anyone?) and will also remember her from the gay movie Edge of Seventeen, as well as her show-stopping performance on Broadway in On…

Soul Sisters

by Gregg Shapiro When Janet Jackson says, “Hello, it’s been awhile…I’m glad you’re still here,” on the title track to Unbreakable (Rhythm Nation/BMG), her first studio album in seven (!) years, she sounds like she means it. Separated into two “sides,” Unbreakable, on which Miss Jackson once again teams up with Jimmy Jam and Terry…

Dance Feverish

by Gregg Shapiro These days, dance music is showing up in some unexpected places. Of course, the title of Glaswegian group Belle and Sebastian’s splendid new record, Girls In Peacetime Want To Dance (Matador), should have been a clue as to the direction they’ve taken at the moment. Belle and Sebastian are no strangers to…

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