Fall 2013 A&E Guide: Macklemore, a new paradigm in music culture

‘Same Love’ star coming to Raleigh this fall

Photo Credit:  Amanda Rhoades, San Francisco Foghorn,via Flickr. Licensed CC.

Photo Credit:
Amanda Rhoades, San Francisco Foghorn,via Flickr. Licensed CC.

The gays have had a pretty good run this year. From marriage equality and more gay and gay-friendly celebs than you can shake a stick at, it’s been a mighty fine ride here lately. Music hasn’t been immune. The boys of popular British boy band One Direction are as gay as you can get without actually being gay. And, in American Rap and Hip Hop, white boy rapper Macklemore is setting a new paradigm. Are the days of anti-gay rap on their way out? Absolutely, if Macklemore and collaborator Ryan Lewis have any say in the matter.

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The duo’s “Same Love” has been rocking local radio for weeks now, playing several times “on the daily.” Macklemore’s LGBT-friendly leadership in the music scene is refreshing — certainly more empowering than Katy Perry’s once-popular and now oh-so-blase “I Kissed a Girl.”

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Macklemore & Ryan Lewis are headed our way soon, too. On Nov. 19, they’ll perform at PNC Arena in Raleigh. Tickets are already on sale at livenation.com. : :

More fall concerts:

Sept. 17, Steely Dan, TWC Arena

Sept. 21, Chicago, Belk Theatre

Sept. 28, Fantasia Barrino, Bojangles Coliseum

Sept. 28, Ani DiFranco, Orange Peel, Asheville

Oct. 8, India.Arie, The Fillmore

Oct. 17, Emeli Sande, The Fillmore

Oct. 26, Michael Buble, TWC Arena

Oct. 30, Pearl Jam, TWC Arena

Nov. 2, Drake, TWC Arena

Nov. 12, Cindi Lauper, Belk Theatre

Nov. 15, The Eagles, TWC Arena

Nov. 20, Janelle Monae, The Fillmore

 

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