With over 4 million Youtube views on his hit single “Falling for You”, Lyon Hart is one of the hottest acts coming out of NYC right now. Lyon Hart released his debut EP in 2015 and has worked with a host of artists including Noosa and Elephante. He recently dropped the video for “Delusional”—an evocative found-footage piece playing with unrequited love in classic imagery. I got to talk with Lyon Hart about his new track, the challenges of being a gay musican today, and what’s in store for 2017.
MUNA is one of the most evocative and original pop bands coming out of LA. After meeting at USC, Josette Maskin, Katie Gavin and Naomi McPherson starting playing together and self-released an EP in 2014. They have since signed to RCA, put out the critically acclaimed The Loudspeaker EP and even had their own Spotify Sessions EP. I talked with the girls about signing to a major label, their idols and upcoming album.
It all started when actor/stylist Jonathan Van Ness was recapping Game of Thrones for writer/director Erin Gibson. She then developed his hilarious recaps into a web series for Funny or Die. In the show Jonathan styles a client’s hair while discussing the past week’s episode of Game of Thrones. The show has featured celebrity guests like Margaret Cho, Missi Pyle and George R.R. Martin himself. I talked with Jonathan about his character, favorite guests and future recaps.
Tempest Dujour was one of the 14 lucky girls picked to be on season 7 of RuPaul’s Drag Race. While she was the first girl to go home, her sense of humor and larger than life personality left a big impression on audiences. Tempest has been hosting her popular Retro Game Show Night in her home city of Tucson, AZ as well as traveling the US with her drag. I talked to Tempest about her touching moments on the show, her fashion and who would play her in a drag biopic.
Damiana Garcia (aka Michael Lucid) is an intrepid reporter who has interviewed such faux-celebrities as Madonna and Barbara Streisand. She has interviewed season after season of RuPaul’s Drag Race queens for World of Wonder. Damiana has also made a cornucopia of hilarious videos on her Youtube channel. I chatted with Damiana about her fashions, her favorite interview and making videos with her gal pals.
Mrs. Kasha Davis made the world laugh this past season on RuPaul’s Drag Race. The Rochester, NY queen filled the challenges with humor and brought class to the runway. Her catch phrase “There’s always time for a cocktail” has been all over social media. She just released a single and is touring a one-woman show. I talked with Mrs. Kasha Davis about her life after the show, her favorite spots in Rochester and boxed wine.
Tonight Logo will be premiering Cucumber and Banana, two new companion series by Queer As Folk creator Russell T Davies. Cucumber centers on Henry Best, a middle-aged gay man who’s work and love life are in a rut. Banana on the other hand follows a rotating cast of LGBTQ youth. Both shows share a core group of characters yet each has it’s own charms. Cucumber is a 40 minute show centered on Henry, while Banana is a 20 minute viewing that has a more experimental narrative structure. Both shows work together to form a complete tale of the lives of LGBTQ people living in Manchester.
Cucumber and Banana are a refreshing take on a show focused on LGBTQ people. For viewers that were burned by Looking‘s often lethargic pace and melodramatic storytelling, Cucumber and Banana offer up a modern view of LGBTQ people that isn’t bogged down by predictable schmaltz. Here are five reasons we love Cucumber and Banana:
Last night was the 87th Annual Academy Awards. The show has always been known for its glitz and glamor. Neil Patrick Harris hosted and the eve felt just a bit gayer than usual. Here are 10 reasons why last night’s awards were the most fabulous yet.
10. The opening number ode to on-screen sexual tension.
Melanie Gillman is the accomplished writer and illustrator of As The Crow Flies along with many other works (Melanie has a graphic novel about lesbians, swing-dancing, and vampires). As The Crow Flies is about a 13-year-old queer African-American girl, named Charlie, who ends up at an all-white Christian youth backpacking camp. Charlie’s tale of discovery, identity and teenage anxiety is told through Melanie’s gorgeous colored pencil drawings. I talked to Melanie about the comic’s inspiration, art style and future projects.