The fact that Richard Edwards isn’t a household name hurts my heart. He is one of the most poetically talented writers producing music and has been for over a decade. His second official solo effort, Verdugo, is the perfect follow up to last year’s Lemon Cotton Candy Sunset. It’s bolder, stronger, fuller.
KC Dalager and Brad Hale aren’t back. They’ve never left. Despite six years having passed since their ambient rock album Threads won over fans across the globe, the duo never went anywhere. They’ve spent nearly all of that time second term touring, writing, getting stuck, restarting, and figuring out what was next.
Congratulations – excuse me, condragulations are in order. Trixie Mattel was just crowned the winner of RuPaul’s Drag Race: All-Stars 3. She also has the number one album on iTunes. Unlike other drag queens who release EDM-based dance tracks meant to play in gay clubs across the country, Trixie release a… folk album.
Everything Sucks!, Netflix’s new teenage coming-of-age dramady has its own growing pains that it goes through in its first season, but that shouldn’t stop you from devouring it immediately. The overarching plot isn’t my favorite, but the subtle parts are better than the sum. It all starts with Kate’s sexual awakening.
Soccer Mommy’s Clean has jumped to the forefront of those fighting for my favorite album of the year. Sophie Allison’s soft melodies of self-referential emo could have been on alt-radio anytime from when Monica Lewinsky topped headlines to rap’s takeover of the mainstream to this very moment.
I was looking for a specific type of book in the summer of 2017. I asked the subreddit Suggest Me a Book “History of Drag. Any suggestions? Not biographies. But a cultural/sociological look into Drag Queen history and such. Thanks!” I wanted a definitive history to read like explored in the documentary Paris is Burning.… Read More Joseph Cassara illuminates the rise of drag culture in ‘The House of Impossible Beauties’
[Read my feature “Richard Edwards Reborn” for an in-depth look at the album from musician himself.] For nearly a decade, Richard Edwards released music as a band called Margot and the Nuclear So and So’s. Don’t be fooled; he was the band. The players came in on different albums to help, but he was always… Read More ‘Lemon Cotton Candy Sunset’ is a vulnerable masterpiece
Donald Glover’s artistry blossomed in recent years. It might have been an existential crisis in a hotel around the release of Childish Gambino’s Because the Internet in 2013. It might have been that he was finally allowed to write and act his own thoughts instead of helping Tina Fey on 30 Rock or playing Dan Harmon’s affable… Read More Gambino grows up: ‘Awaken, My Love!’ reviewed
Here is a confession that I should just get out of the way right now. I cried five minutes into NBC’s This is Us. Not a full fledged ugly cry. Just a little swelling of tears. I’m not sure what that says about me. That I’m not manly? That I appreciate cliched tropes? That this… Read More ‘This is Us’ proves cable dramas need explosive acting; not explosive CGI
[ release date: January 5, 2016 via Houghton Mifflin Harcourt] Samantha Hunt’s latest novel, Mr. Splitfoot, is an enchanting modern gothic ghost story. The most memorable aspect of the novel Hunt’s ability to bring to life this story that primarily deals with the dead. Her prose makes the characters feel alive, and, even though there… Read More ‘Mr. Splitfoot’ by Samantha Hunt reviewed