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Queer Rock That Rocks-by Julie Perry

Queer Act Boys’ Entrance Releases News Single on iTunes

(Houston) – Queer artists are flourishing in most music genres, including Country where artists like Shane McAnally, Ty Herndon, Steve Grand, and Brandy Clark have joined the ranks of out superstars Chely Wright, Melissa Etheridge, and k.d. Lang.

The last frontier of music might just be in punk rock where only a handful of acts exist, among them; Pansy Division, Against Me, and Boys’ Entrance.

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Tim Cain of Boys’ Entrance

Tim Cain created Boys’ Entrance over 25 years ago and, in that time, has produced some of Queer Rock’s most iconic, political, and galvanizing music.  Their latest album, out this month, is Tunnelvision, a rock opera that is being called the next Hedwig and the Angry Inch.

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Boys’ Entrance features Cain’s husband, Billy Ramsey on bass; lead guitarist, Jaybo Key; and drummer, John Spinelli.

Set during the AIDS epidemic of the 1980s, it tells the story of Tim and Troy and their tumultuous relationship.  The story opens with Tim, a rock musician, on stage, getting jeered by the audience for being queer. He responds by unabashedly claiming the title of “Mr. Sissy”. His bold declaration wins the crowd over, then, in “Creation,” he explains how the purpose of gay men is to create, not procreate.

Troy, a closeted straight guy, happens to be in the audience. The two hook up after the show and begin a rollercoaster ride of a relationship that involves break-ups and make-ups, drugs, alien encounters and one of the men becoming a call boy. The two say they want to be in a committed relationship together, but they simply don’t know how to make it work. Its the 1980s, after all. The physical relationship between Tim and Troy eventually breaks down, but their desires continue unabated. That is when the “wolf” comes knocking at the door.

The wolf in “The Wolf Is At The Door,” the first single release from the album, is temptation. The song is Peter Gabriel meets Duran Duran meets David Bowie. It is funky like Gabriel’s “Sledgehammer” with a Duran Duran veneer and a final verse that pays homage to Bowie. It is the climax of the opera, coming at a point of intense exasperation between Tim and Troy, conveying sexual appetite and frustration.

The love story ends not-so-happily-ever-after, which shouldn’t come as a surprise.  Tragedy is the currency of opera.  Still, the music of the finale sounds like a sunrise. The song, “Back to One,”  conjures up those first few moments when the sky begins to turn and the sun appears. For Tim, there is satisfaction at having removed himself from the madness of his relationship with Troy. There is also a pride that comes from realizing he is ok with being alone.  It’s a reminder that at the end of the day, we all ride solo in this journey of life.

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It’s easy to see how some might compare Tunnelvision with Hedwig. Both use the power of rock to convey a dramatic and powerful story, but while Hedwig uses humor to defuse a personal tragedy, Tunnelvision is more operatic and dramatic, incorporating a wide array of music genres into its story. There is Heavy Metal and Goth; also Soul, Industrial, New Wave, Hip Hop, Jazz, Psychedelic, Gospel and even Cabaret. The songs flow in style and type, helping to inform the lyrics.  Now, if only they had added just a touch of Country…

Tunnelvision by Boys’ Entrance is available on iTunes now along with the band’s first single release, “The Wolf Is At The Door”. Visit their official website here.

Houston’s Hottest Concerts For 2016

Houston live concert fans are in for hell of a year in 2016 with several massive concerts headed to Houston. Below is a list  and link to some of the best concerts announced so far for 2016.

  • Janet Jackson | July 13, 8:00PM  Toyota Center
  • Barry Manilow | February 17, 7:30PM  Toyota Center
  • AC/DC | February 26, 8:00PM Toyota Center

Click the link above for the complete list for the  2016 Rodeo Houston All-Star Concert Line Up:The rodeo runs (March 1-20)

  • Justin Bieber | April 9, 7:30PM Toyota Center
  • Clay Walker | March 25, 2016 Arena Theatre
  • Rihanna | March 5, 7:00PM  Toyota Center
  • Carrie Underwood | April 19, 7:00PM  Toyota Center
  • Lauryn Hill | May 1, 2016 Revention Music Center
  • Ellie Goulding | May 21, 7:00PM Toyota Center
  • Loretta Lynn | May 14, 2016 Arena Theatre
  • The Cure | May 14, 7:00PM Toyota Center
  • Selena Gomez | June 15, 7:00PM Toyota Center
  • Demi Lovato | September 9, 7:30PM  Toyota Center
  • Nick Jonas | September 9, 7:30PM  Toyota Center
  • Dixie Chicks | August 06, 2016 7:00PM Woodlands
  • Adele | November 8, 7:00PM Toyota Center

Curtis Braly, Carnival Cruise Lines Team Up For ‘Cruise with Curtis.’

Houston Native, Nashville Country Music Artist Curtis Braly Announces Exciting Carnival Cruise Baring His Name.

NASHVILLEFEB 21 — County music star Curtis Braly and Carnival Cruise Lines has teamed up to create the ultimate ‘Country Music’ cruising experience that promises to be filled with leisure, plenty of fun, amazing destinations and live country music. The five-night cruise departs Galveston, Texas on April 7, 2018 and includes stops in Cozumel, and Progreso.

Fans of Houston native and Nashville recording artist Curtis Braly will travel aboard the Carnival’s Valor. The beautiful Conquest-class ship that offers exciting new innovations as well as popular features like a reservations-only steakhouse and nearly 600 balcony staterooms.

Cruise with Curtis, a first time experience, promises to provide the Country Music fan not just a vacation but also an experience – that will include

a five night cruise, accommodations and meals during the events. Also included; an autograph session, meet & greet photo opportunity, plenty of cocktail parties and an amazing LIVE performance.

Cruise with Curtis itinerary includes a stop in Cozumel, with more time in port allowing time for exclusive shore excursions that take you exploring further and adventuring more.  Plus, while in Cozumel, fans will get to attend an exclusive VIP event at the infamous Señor Frogs Then, a second stop that is sure to shake things up in Progreso.

For more information about tickets, visit www.CurtisBraly.com/CruiseWithCurtis

 

Madonna Salutes David Bowie With Performance Of His Classic Song

Madonna was  apparently devastated by the death of iconic superstar David Bowie, who’d had a huge influence on her life and career.

During her Rebel Heart Tour in town last night, the singer paid tribute Bowie, who died of cancer January 10 at age 69.

“I want to pay tribute to a man who inspired my career,” she announced to the audience. “If you haven’t heard of David Bowie, look him up motherfuckers. He was one of the geniuses in the music industry, one of the greatest singer-songwriters of the 20th century and he changed my life when I went to see him in concert in Detroit. He showed me that it was OK to be different. And he’s the first ‘rebel heart’ that I laid eyes on.”

Madonna then performed a spirited rendition of Bowie’s 1974 hit “Rebel, Rebel.”