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Out LGBT musicians shine on recent releases

Musician kd lang

June is national LGBT Pride Month, making it a great time to get up-to-date on some of your favorite LGBT musicians. From Georgia’s own Michael Stipe to legends like k.d. lang and newer voices like Brandi Carlile, there are plenty of recent releases.

Oh, boys

When Michael Stipe of Georgia’s own R.E.M. came out, he joined the ranks of other luminaries such as Husker Du’s Bob Mould and Grant Hart and American Music Club’s Mark Eitzel as gay men fronting rock bands. And guess what? It didn’t have any effect R.E.M.’s popularity or creativity.

Fans are looking forward to the 25th anniversary edition of the band’s “Life’s Rich Pageant” disc, featuring classics such as “Fall On Me” and a cover of “Superman,” set for release July 12. The blast from the past comes on the heels of “Collapse Into Now” (Warner Brothers), the album the band released in March.

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Fall Preview: Glam rock to girls with guitars

Adam Lampert and The Indigo Girls

How do you top a summer concert season that boasted such gay icons as Melissa Etheridge, Cyndi Lauper, Scissor Sisters and the B-52s? Atlanta’s live music venues appear poised to find out, with an array of fall shows scheduled to keep us dancing and singing along until we forget about the coming cold.

One of the biggest names of the fall season hits Atlanta twice in two days, with gay glam rocker Adam Lambert, who rocketed to fame on “American Idol,” playing back-to-back shows: Symphony Hall on Sept. 14 and the Tabernacle on Sept. 15.

September highlights also include two popular lesbian singer-songwriters — bluesy former Atlantan Michelle Malone and icon Janis Ian — at Eddie’s Attic.

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Christian singer Jennifer Knapp comes out, goes secular

Former Christian singer Jennifer Knapp

Jennifer Knapp, a Grammy nominated, Dove Award winning Christian recording star, has just released “Letting Go” – her first recording in nine years. She is currently touring and will be a performer on the 2010 Lilith Fair tour at shows in St. Louis and Kansas City, Missouri.

Knapp recently talked with the Georgia Voice about her former career as a Christian performer, her seven-year hiatus in Australia and her return to the music scene as an out lesbian.

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Yolo Akili’s poetry transcends sexual identity

Yolo Akili trancends sexual identity

Poet Yolo Akili’s new CD, “Purple Galaxy,” is a spoken-word meditation on transcending sexual identity. In it, he imagines an erotic utopia, free of shame and labels and driven by pure pleasure: