On her exceptional second album “Eno Axis” (Merge), the North Carolina-based H.C. McEntire expands on the promise of the first record, delivering 10 breathtaking songs (including the instrumental “Sunday Morning” and a stunning reinterpretation of Led Zeppelin’s “House of the Holy”), resulting in one of the best albums of 2020.
…anyone looking for a compeling and juicy queer history read need look no further than “The Deviant’s War: The Homosexual vs. The United States of America” (FSG, 2020) by Eric Cervini. Cervini, who received his Ph.D. in history from the University of Cambridge, took it upon himself to introduce readers to Frank Kameny, a legendary figure in the fight for LGBTQ rights.
As musical genres go, slowcore (or sadcore, if you please) had its share of devotees and detractors. Early Day Miners’ 2000 debut album “Placer Found” (Secretly Canadian), was newly reissued, remixed and remastered for vinyl in an expanded 20th anniversary double LP set, including more than 15 minutes of previously unreleased material.
Out singer/songwriter Ruthie Foster has the kind of voice that can give you chills and warm your heart at the same time. Soulful, sassy and as powerful as a transformer, it doesn’t matter if she’s singing one of her marvelous original compositions or putting her distinctive touch on a standard, the result is always a delight.
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.