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Boy George returns to reclaim his crown

After an almost 20 year absence from recording original material, and a history of substance abuse played out in the public arena, you might think that This Is What I Do (Kobalt), gay singer/songwriter Boy George’s return to recorded music might sound like, say, Marianne Faithfull’s Broken English. But, you’d be wrong

Fall A&E Guide: The ‘Blind’ ambition of Jay Brannan

With release of his first album in four years, Jay Brannan makes a tour stop in Charlotte on Aug. 17

“Rob Me Blind” (Nettwerk), out singer/songwriter Jay Brannan’s first album of all original material in four years, takes him in a new direction. Lushly produced by David Kahne, the disc features the type of orchestration that one might not expect to find on a disc by the usually stripped-down singer.

Heart to heart with Hunx

Getting down-and-dirty with punk, queer rocker Hunx; Hitting Charlotte and Durham in April

Led by Hunx (a.k.a. Seth Bogart), formerly of queer dance unit Gravy Train!!!!, Hunx & His Punx puts the gay back into garage on “Too Young To Be In Love” (Hardly Art). Described as the first “proper” studio album by the band, the 10 songs smell like black leather motorcycle jackets and boots, Brylcreem and Final Net, cigarettes and Dentyne.

A magical, musical time

New holiday music releases

After the 2008 Presidential election, the crumbling economy and the endless war, the other subject that is most likely weighing on people’s minds is the winter holidays. There are parties and meals and gifts and an assortment of other celebration preoccupations to tend to. Your holiday music should be the least of your concerns. With …

Autumnal readings: A Fall queer reading list for 2008

Look at the calendar. It’s that time of year again. The days are getting shorter, the temperatures are getting chillier and you’re probably thinking of ways to make good use of all that time you’ll be spending indoors. Or, maybe you’re in the mood to get some holiday shopping out of the way. If you’re …

Gimme ‘Shelter’ – Interview with the director

An interview with gay filmmaker Jonah Markowitz

In the award-winning gay-themed film “Shelter,” Zach (Trevor Wright) lives in San Pedro, Calif., with his widowed father, his sister Jeanne (the amazing Tina Holmes) and her young son Cody. Between his high school and college years, Zach works as a short order cook in a diner when he’s not surfing, skateboarding, tagging, babysitting Cody …

Gay soccer, Beckham and an unorthodox Jesus

Out on DVD

“Eleven Men Out” (here!/Regent/Liberation) — A few athletes on U.S. sports teams — from baseball to basketball to football — have come out as gay over the years. In more recent times, such an event has come to create less drama than it would have in the past. Apparently professional soccer players in Iceland still …