Gay singer Alex Newell has the ‘Power!’

Maybe Alex Newell’s star-making moment – the “Dreamgirls” showstopper “And I Am Telling You I’m Not Going,” which the 23-year-old gloriously belted out on “The Glee Project” before nabbing a spot on Fox’s “Glee...

Belinda Carlisle returns ‘center stage’ in ATL

In the ’80s, she fronted the all-female pop group The Go-Go’s. She had a successful solo career, posed for Playboy, became a vegan, got sober, married a politician, had a gay son, moved to France, started pract...

Adam Lambert’s on an ‘original high’

From cruise ship singer to Broadway performer to “American Idol” runner up, Adam Lambert has certainly had a steady climb up his musical career ladder. In fact, Billboard magazine recently reported that of all ...
Bill Kaelin

Bill Kaelin: Slave to the rhythm

I love music. I would rather listen to iTunes any day than turn on my TV. I wake up to it, work with it and usually fall asleep to it. The only thing better than listening to my favorite artists is actually see...

Janet Jackson takes control on new era

Nearly 30 years after the release of a career-defining album, Janet Jackson once again finds herself in control—this time, of a comeback strategy that should send her pop contemporaries scrambling...

Antigone Rising rocks Eddie’s Attic May 1

For years, the all-female Antigone Rising has been a hit-cranking machine. Non-stop touring, some fantastically diverse press and a work ethic that would put to shame, these ladies of rock have developed a sinc...
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Out In Music: the best in LGBT sounds

One of the best albums by a queer artist in 2013 (if not the best), “Pale Green Ghosts” (Partisan/Bella Union) by John Grant hits all the right notes. Grant succeeds whether dabbling in invigorating queer elect...
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Sir Elton John, Lady Gaga top fall music releases


Knighted by Queen Elizabeth II and beloved by queens everywhere, Sir Elton John leads this fall’s way-gay music lineup, releasing a new album Sept. 24 and performing in Atlanta Nov. 16.

“The Diving Board,” featuring the single “Home Again,” is Sir Elton’s 30th studio album. It comes just three weeks before the season’s other most-awaited release for LGBT fans: Lady Gaga’s “ARTPOP,” due out Oct. 11.

Sir Elton and Lady Gaga aren’t the only pop divas of fall. Look out for new albums from Cher (“Closer to the Truth,” Sept. 24) and Katy Perry (“Prism,” Oct. 27). If you dare to listen after her VMA performance, Miley Cyrus releases “The Bangerz” Oct. 8.

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Starting from ‘outside,’ Michael Morgan thrives in symphony

Michael Morgan

Michael Morgan does little to settle the eternal debate of whether prodigies are made or born. He largely attributes his success as an orchestra conductor to the nurturing he got from public school teachers, his parents and iconic conductor Leonard Bernstein.

Yet, from his earliest years, there were parts of Morgan’s nature that make it seem as if he were innately suited to be a maestro.

“[Conducting] is a part of the personality of whomever is doing it,” says Morgan, who is guest conducting the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra’s “Russian Stalwarts” concert March 28-30.