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Andy Butler Returns to the Dance Floor with Hercules and Love Affair
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Andy Butler Returns to the Dance Floor with Hercules and Love Affair

“No, I don’t think of myself as a ‘gay artist.’ But I incorporate ideas about gender, sexuality or identity into my work. As an artist, I’m not shy.”  Andy Butler is right to say he’s not shy. The man behind dance music project Hercules and Love Affair is outspoken, loud and known for dancing shirtless onstage. His band Hercules and Love Affair broke into the mainstream with mega-hit “Blind” in 2008, bringing unprecedented attention to someone who is, despite his protestations, probably the most famous gay DJ working today. He’s in demand both as a solo act and as the leader of Hercules, whose latest album—The Feast of the Broken Heart, released in May—has been met with acclaim.
Lily Allen Gives No F*cks
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Lily Allen Gives No F*cks

Five years ago this month, Lily Allen announced to the world via her website that she was retiring from the music industry, but now she finds herself in a car from Austin, Texas, to Houston, gearing up for the third show of a new North American expedition. “The tour’s been good so far,” says the British pop star. “I mean, I’ve only done two dates, but it’s been really good, and the live show is getting better and better, so I’m super excited.” The previous four months have been spent on musical festival stages throughout Europe, from Warsaw’s Orange Festival to the Indian Summer Festival in the Netherlands.
Meet Ferras, Pop Music's New Queer Voice
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Meet Ferras, Pop Music’s New Queer Voice

When Ferras released his debut album, Aliens & Rainbows, in 2008, he was a twentysomething solo artist facing an uphill battle in an ever-changing music industry landscape. The track “Hollywood’s Not America” received exposure as part of American Idol’s seventh season, but the record sold slowly, and Ferras seemed to retreat from public view. He was anything but idle during this time, co-writing songs with Adam Lambert, Ricky Martin and many others and releasing an interim EP in 2010 called Interim – The Time Between. Of course he also continued honing his craft.
Bright Light Bright Light's Rod Thomas on His Sophomore Album and Palling Around with Elton John
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Bright Light Bright Light’s Rod Thomas on His Sophomore Album and Palling Around with Elton John

On the basis of his 2012 debut, Make Me Believe in Hope, Rod Thomas—who records as Bright Light Bright Light—joined a short list of literate songwriters such as Pet Shop Boys, Sir Elton John and Rufus Wainwright. Like Neil Tennant, he employs electronic instruments to explore the joy and isolation of modern life. Like Sir Elton, he’s a pop-loving Brit who embraces the artistry within the commercial. And like Wainwright, he entered his career as an openly gay man unfettered by concerns of how his sexuality might impact sales. We had a quick chat with Thomas about his sophomore record, Life Is Easy, before he left New York to tour Europe as John’s opening act.
Dixie Longate Brings Her Off-Broadway Tupperware Party to the Geffen
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Dixie Longate Brings Her Off-Broadway Tupperware Party to the Geffen

You can never have too much Tupperware, so luckily for us, fast-talking Southern saleswoman Dixie Longate will be peddling her “fantastic plastic crap” here in Los Angeles. Starting July 8, the belle of off-Broadway will be bringing her hit show Dixie’s Tupperware Party to the Geffen Theater. To promote SoCal’s run of the hilarious production, the Alabama trailer park princess dialed us up and gave us a holler.
Steven Krueger's Openly Gay Vampire on 'The Originals' is TV’s New Supernatural ‘It Boy’
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Steven Krueger’s Openly Gay Vampire on ‘The Originals’ is TV’s New Supernatural ‘It Boy’

Can someone politely inform Edward Cullen that his reign as the tall, dark and handsome star of the supernatural genre is over? As anyone who has seen new CW series The Originals can attest, there’s a new undead poster boy on the block—and this time he’s gay (the character and the actor)! We caught up with the man behind the fan-favorite “Josh Rosza” character, Steven Krueger (soon to be seen in the big screen’s inevitable mega-hit adaptation of Goosebumps), to talk vampire pop culture, typecasting and what it is that makes a gay vampire tick.
The Irrepressibles Craft Something Beautiful from the Struggle
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The Irrepressibles Craft Something Beautiful from the Struggle

After captivating audiences throughout Europe, theatrical art-rock ensemble The Irrepressibles have plans to come stateside for the band’s very first tour—that is, once a visa is secured. (It’s been almost comical, the hoops the band has had to jump through to play for its American fans!) We briefly chatted with the group’s composer, Jamie McDermott, about his recent series of EPs, making music as a gay man and what he most looks forward to upon reaching American soil.
Iggy Azalea is Ready for the Rap Game
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Iggy Azalea is Ready for the Rap Game

Some would nonchalantly remark that a successful white rapper selling records and packing venues in 2014 is expected, but the notion that hip-hop’s latest craze is a package wrapped in milky white skin, long blonde hair and an Australian accent is most definitely against the odds. There wasn’t a place carved out for Iggy Azalea, born Amethyst Amelia Kelly, in the music world a decade ago—some would even say a few years back—but with perseverance and a few high-profile industry connections, this Aussie expat from Mullumbimby, New South Wales, has proven she’s here for the long haul, suited up to continue playing the hip-hop game. The game is something Azalea undertakes with aplomb, treating listeners to songs that fluctuate between twerk-worthy party jams and accounts of rags-to-riches struggle. On her recently released debut album, The New Classic, she utilizes a now-tried-and-true blend of rap verses and pop hooks—a formula she’s put to work on five successful singles in the last year—to cement her place alongside other of-the-moment artists currently rocking the radio.
George Takei Fights Ignorance and Bigotry One Country at a Time
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George Takei Fights Ignorance and Bigotry One Country at a Time

Behind every great man is an even greater partner. Much of Star Trek alum George Takei's success—as an actor and more recently as a hilarious internet presence—was accomplished with the support of his husband Brad Takei. Their relationship is chronicled in the new documentary To Be Takei, which screens as part of the Los Angeles Asian Pacific Film Festival on May 1.
Cheyenne Jackson Sings the Songs of an Older Era
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Cheyenne Jackson Sings the Songs of an Older Era

Few would argue that Cheyenne Jackson was destined for the stage. The openly gay 38-year-old actor, singer and songwriter’s first leading role on The Great White Way in All Shook Up earned him a 2005 award for Outstanding Broadway Debut. Since then, he has cemented his theater-star status with acclaimed stage performances (Finian’s Rainbow, 8, Xanadu) while also making a name for himself on the small screen (30 Rock, Glee, Behind the Candelabra) and in film (United 93, The Green). For his latest project, Music of the Mad Men Era, he’ll be singing standards from the ’50s and ’60s—with contemporary tracks thrown in for good measure—at the Walt Disney Concert Hall on April 26.
Angelyne Bares Her Pink Parts
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Angelyne Bares Her Pink Parts

(Photos by Hans Eric Olson) “Oh, thank God you’re here! I’m parched!” Angelyne pushes past me in a mini-dress amplifying her notorious cleavage as she announces to the entire French Market Place—one of her favorite West Hollywood hangouts—that she needs the “pink drink” right away. “The blackberry lemonade, perhaps?” the waiter asks, appearing from nowhere. “Yes, the pink one!” Angelyne demands.
'Hedwig' Mastermind Stephen Trask Tells Us Why Neil Patrick Harris is the Best Woman for the Job
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‘Hedwig’ Mastermind Stephen Trask Tells Us Why Neil Patrick Harris is the Best Woman for the Job

Hedwig and the Angry Inch premiered off-Broadway at the Jane Street Theatre in 1998, spawning a film version in 2001 that has since reached cult status reminiscent of The Rocky Horror Picture Show. Next month the production heads to the Great White Way with a bigger budget and a huge star under that famous feathered wig. Frontiers spoke with Hedwig’s original composer/lyricist Stephen Traskabout the show—its genesis in a rock ‘n’ roll gay bar, bringing the show to a Broadway audience and how he really feels about Doogie Howser in drag.
Love Always, Rufus
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Love Always, Rufus

Photo by Sean James We caught up with the lauded ‘baroque pop’ singer-songwriter before beginning his latest tour, which heads into L.A. on April 18. Wainwright chats with us from London about his growing family, turning 40 and Vibrate, his brand-new collection of songs. Just don’t call it a ‘greatest hits’ album.
Thanks for Everything, Julie Newmar
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Thanks for Everything, Julie Newmar

To most people, Julie Newmar will always be Catwoman, indelibly slinking across TV screens in the original Batman series. But long before Newmar first purred, she was a Tony Award-winning actress and dancer on Broadway, and she’s featured in my book, Nothing Like a Dame: Conversations with the Great Women of Musical Theater (Oxford University Press). Newmar and I will be chatting about her days on The Great White Way at The Grove’s Barnes & Noble on March 26, but for Frontiers, we discussed topics gayer than musical theater—as if such a thing is possible.There’s a drag queen movie named after you, To Wong Foo, Thanks for Everything! Julie Newmar. For your whole career you have been a gay icon. Actually, I think you prefer the term ‘deity’ to ‘icon.’‘Icon’ is far easier to spell. And you can’t be a living deity. [Laughs]

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