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Oct 14 2014
2 Die 4: A Review Of DEARLY BELOVED Comments (0)
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Promo images courtesy of JD Urban, live images by Matthew Rettenmund for BoyCulture.com

BOY CULTURE REVIEW: ***1/2 out of ****

I still wasn't being allowed to see R-rated movies in 1984 when Prince's Purple Rain came out, making him seem like Jehovah's gift to the multiplex, and I was probably a bit protective of my diva Madonna due to Prince's chart-busting achievements with its legendary soundtrack. But as an American Top 40 freak, I was acutely aware of the many hits the record launched...it was like Minneapolis spooged all over Billboard.

Dearly-Beloved-Prince-Robin-de-JesusMaking his big entrance

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Robin-de-Jesus-profileTake from him his lace.

Flash forward 30 (!) years, and I'm seated in 42West (514 West 42 St., NYC), watching Dearly Beloved, an anniversary tribute to the album (and the film), directed by Jacob Langfelder and starring Robin de Jesús (as Prince—I don't honor the whole Artist Formerly Known As thing) and Lena Hall (as Apollonia), and with featured performances by E. Clayton Cornelius, Kiyan Taghaboni and Ariel Bellvalaire.

Performers-PrinceTheir chemistry was something that you cannot comprehend.

AiiaKKDl7Si4TFI0gR89Iw-YluRYWcexTg1mVjjlL5wE. Clayton Cornelius was Morris Day all night long!

The show was a straight-up revue, but certainly wasn't karaoke. De Jesús suggested Prince without copying him exactly, sounding perfectly confident in every number, with the possible exception of “When Doves Cry”, with its odd, nasal vocal, which proved a little too offbeat for him to nail.

Hall, looking the opposite of her male Hedwig and the Angry Inch character in her bustier and Katy Perry via Bettie Page glamour makeup, soared in her numbers, making even the delightfully sugary “Sex Shooter” sound like a whole different animal coming from such powerful pipes.

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The audience was mesmerized by the whole thing, especially de Jesús's libidinous writhing—it will be hard to see him in his In the Heights mold after witnessing this transformation.

Prince-fansThese fans acted surprised that I wanted their picture...

Lena-Hall-Prince-Robin-de-JesusMy pal Jason shot these. Yes, I wore purple...I wasn't kidding around!

The show felt like a try-out for a more elaborate, sung-through musical based on the already very musical movie; if that's the case, I think everyone involved proved it's an idea worth exploring.

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After the jump, check out the original “Sex Shooter”...

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He's Just Jealous That He Can't Be Her Comments (0)

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After Ariel Pink gave a clearly delusional and hostile interview stating he'd been called in to save Madonna's career (which he deems has been in a downward slide since her first album, and Ray of Light is not cool), female musician Grimes spoke/tweeted out about the misogynistic vibe in his words.

But while it's always nice to have talented defenders, Madonna's camp seems capable of responding on its own:

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Oct 13 2014
11 O'Clock Number: Ariana Grande - I HAVE NOTHING Comments (0)

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Ariana covers Whitney for all the president's men and women...

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Born To Be Bad Comments (0)

More video of him has now become available (I say this like it's a never-released Truman Capote story or something)...

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Oct 12 2014
11 O'Clock Number: Yma Sumac - ATAYPURA Comments (0)

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Yma Sumac (September 13, 1922—November 1, 2008), one of the most unique vocalists ever, came out of retirement in her 60s. Here, at around age 68, she beautifully sings “Ataypura” on live TV. So honored to have met her and kissed her hand in Chicago...

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WIN IT: Mary Lambert's Album HEART ON MY SLEEVE! Comments (0)

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Enter to win Heart On My Sleeve from Mary Lambert!
 
Just comment this post with your favorite female singer, and I'll pick 3 of you at random to win 1 week from tonight at 5PM ET. (U.S. residents only) Good luck!
 
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HEART ON MY SLEEVE
 
the debut album from the Grammy-nominated out artist
 
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Featuring the hit single "Secrets" 
 
 
See Mary Lambert On Tour!
10/10 — Toronto, ON — Adelaide Hall
10/11 — Montreal, QB — La Vitrola
10/17 — Albany, NY — College of St. Rose
10/19 — Boston, MA — The Sinclair
10/22 — Philadelphia, PA — North Star Bar
10/23 — Washington, DC — U Street Music Hall
10/24 — Durham, NC — Motorco Music Hall
10/25 — Clearwater, FL — Capitol Theatre
10/27 — Atlanta, GA — The Loft @ Centerstage
10/28 — Nashville, TN — Mercy Lounge
10/29 — Columbus, OH — A&R Bar
11/01 — Minneapolis, MN — Fine Line
11/02 — Omaha, NE — Waiting Room
11/03 — Kansas City, KS — Record Bar
11/05 — Denver, CO — Bluebird Theatre
11/07 — Salt Lake City, UT — The Complex
11/09 — Phoenix, AZ — Club Red
11/13 — Boise, ID — Knitting Factory
11/15 — Vancouver, BC — Rio Theatre
 
 
This Bitch Will Steal Your Man Comments (0)

Geo Louis

Geo Louis's “HiM” video is like Steve Grand's All-American Boy, except Geo gets some action out of his sexually ambiguous crush. Do you love, like or hate it?

Video to follow...

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Oct 11 2014
11 O'Clock Number: Sylvester - STORMY WEATHER Comments (0)

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Sylvester sings the 1933 classic in this rare 1985 clip (slight synching issues, but the sound is there)...

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