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‘Feeling’ Good

An Interview with Pam Tillis

Pam Tillis is Country music royalty. The daughter of Country music legend Mel Tillis, Pam has had her own lengthy career as a singer/songwriter.

Taylor-Made

An Interview with Holland Taylor

According to Ryan Murphy, “Casting a television show is like casting a dinner party. It’s like, ‘Well, who do I want to sit next to for the next six months of my life?’” In the case of his new Netflix series “Hollywood,” that premiered on the streaming network on May 1, he set an amazing table, and seated his guests just so. One such guest is out actress Holland Taylor who plays no-nonsense 1940s movie studio exec Ellen Kincaid.

‘Moment’ by Moment

An Interview with Kristin and Desereé of Dance Loud

There are two sides to every story and that holds true in the case of “The Moment” (danceloudmusic.com), the debut 180-gram audiophile LP (also available via digital download) by Chicago-based queer electronic duo Dance Loud.

The Art of Love

Screen Savor

When gay actor turned writer/director Mike Doyle’s feature-length debut played the festival circuit it went by the terrible title “Sell By.” Set for release this spring, the movie is now called “Almost Love” (Vertical Entertainment), which we can all agree is also very bad.

Bigger Than Ever

An Interview with Big Freedia

Just when you thought that Big Freedia, the Queen of Bounce, couldn’t get any bigger than she already is, she gets even louder, as in the name of her new single “Louder.” It’s early 2020 and Big Freedia is virtually everywhere.

Funny Fortune

An Interview with Comedian Fortune Feimster

Comedian and actress Fortune Feimster is practically everywhere! Her hilarious Netflix special “Fortune Feimster: Sweet & Salty” premiered in January 2020 and is so funny you may find yourself repeatedly falling out of your seat.

Thor: Dragnarok

An Interview with Thorgy Thor

Season eight contestant Thorgy Thor (aka Shane Galligan) is a classically-trained musician — a violinist and violist who also taught themselves to play cello.

Candy-colored Christmas

An Interview with Randy Rainbow

Look out Mariah Carey! Randy Rainbow has released a Christmas album that rivals yours. “Hey Gurl, It’s Christmas” (Broadway Records) has everything you want to unwrap in a Randy Rainbow holiday recording.

Telling it like it is

An Interview with Tegan Quin of Tegan and Sara

Tegan and Sara’s ninth studio album, “Hey I’m Just Like You” (Warner Records) came to be in a fascinating way. While doing research for their just-released memoir “High School” (MCD/FSG), they discovered previously lost cassette tapes of early songs that they re-recorded for the new album.

Watch that man

An Interview with Ben Mandelker of ‘Watch What Crappens’

Katonah native Ben Mandelker is a funny guy. The Dartmouth College alum moved to Los Angeles a few years ago to be a comedy writer. He’s not the first and he won’t be the last.