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Hear Me Out: 11 Songs To Pimp Your Pride Playlist

You don't have to part with your Madonna. You can keep your Diana Ross, your other divas and all the queer classics that stoke your Pride playlist. But is [...]

How I Learned To Love Tori Amos

"Tori Amos who?" My dear friend, then boyfriend, must have been dumbfounded when I – a gay man – uttered these words that, in retrospect, are among the most [...]

Sufjan Stevens Reviewed: 'From Life To Death To Life Again'

Sufjan Stevens, 'Carrie & Lowell' Grief guides Sufjan Stevens' muse on "Carrie & Lowell." It's a remarkably wrenching release from the indie darling. [...]

Why Kacey Musgraves Is Changing Country Music One Pissed Off Pun At A Time

Country music hasn't been fair to its underappreciated female populace, especially lately, as dudes increasingly dominate airplay with their beer-guzzling, [...]

Hear Me Out: Kelly Clarkson, Brandi Carlile

Kelly Clarkson, 'Piece by Piece' Kelly Clarkson's seventh studio album finds the "American Idol" champ at a crossroads. Does she fix what's not broken? And [...]

All Hail Fifth Harmony! Plus: Michelle Chamuel, B-52s' Kate Pierson

Fifth Harmony, 'Reflection' Raise your glass to girl-group power. It's returning thanks to music-maven Simon Cowell, who understands the need to resurrect [...]

Hear Me Out: Meghan Trainor, Belle and Sebastian

Meghan Trainor, 'Title' It's true: We weren't ready for this jelly. But Meghan Trainor plopped her booty down anyway and made a seat for herself with "All [...]

Hear Me Out: Best Of 2014

10. Against Me!, 'Transgender Dysphoria Blues' Breaking from the aggressive rock roar of Against Me!'s sixth LP is "Two Coffins," a whisper among the [...]

Hear Me Out: Mary J. Blige, Carrie Underwood

Mary J. Blige, 'The London Sessions' Nobody was sensing Mary J. Blige needed a change more than Mary J. Blige. To reinvent her sound, which she says was [...]

Hear Me Out: Idina Menzel, Nick Jonas

Idina Menzel, 'Holiday Wishes' Idina Menzel is the luckiest person to have ever been called Adele Dazeem. The awkwardness of having her name butchered by [...]

Whitney Houston Live': My Greatest Loves Of All

If anyone epitomized a "moment in time," it was Whitney Houston. At her peak, she unleashed her unmistakable, hit-making voice to seize each one, each song, [...]

Why It's OK To Stop Pretending You Don't Like Taylor Swift

Maybe you've heard: Taylor Swift has a new album, her fifth, and it's really good. It's actually the closest thing to a perfect pop release this year (that's [...]