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.
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.