102 posts categorized "MUSIC REVIEW"

May 18 2015
Selfie-Absorbed: Mark MacKillop At 54 Below Comments (0)
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BOY CULTURE REVIEW: ***1/2 OUT OF ****

I thought my friend Mark MacKillop's show at 54 Below was going to be straight, or rather gay, cabaret, but that was before I realized the title was A ballet dancer/one-summer's-go-go-boy/aging model/aspiring musical theatre star/alcoholic sings the standards, or A Night with Mark MacKillop.

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From the get-go, it was clear MacKillop wasn't going to simply croon, but was more interested in getting laughs, often at the expense of his own lampooned ego. He went on an aggressive smarm offensive worthy of Cinderella's Prince in Into the Woods, and it paid off. He oozed confidence, then pointed at the ooze and laughed at it.

His singing was solid, too, though jumps from surgically delivered satire sometimes made for slightly awkward transitions, especially when he was belting out something as over-the-top earnest as a signature Céline Dion tune.

But those moments were few and far between. More common were moments of hilarity, and some transcendent connections between singer and song.

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Laura Oldham, as his bikini-clad helper, assisted MacKillop as he sang his way through the six steps to Insta-fame, sometimes snarkily and sometimes sincerely. She got huge laughs for her progressively drunken, seemingly improvised shtick, and MacKillop graciously shared the stage and his audience's appreciation for her bravura contributions. It was a match made in heaven, as both Oldham and MacKillop are hot, but were poking fun at themselves as if they were not.

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May 08 2015
Need To Know: Hung Hemsworth + Sorry Bully + Bashed BBQ Victim Speaks + Bitch She's Madonna + Harry Situation + MORE! Comments (0)

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*widget boy cultureLindsay Lohan's community disservice.

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*widget boy cultureMarco Rubio, wishy-washy on DACA/DAPA,  is cool with ex-gay torture.

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*widget boy cultureGranny steals a kiss from Prince Harry.

*widget boy cultureRandom list of celebs served at an NYC restaurant circa 2000.

*widget boy cultureGronk inflates in face of Deflategate questions: 

 
Apr 22 2015
Bee-List: The Ultimate Bee Gees Box Set Comments (0)

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Well, here's a godsend: Bee Gees: 1974—1979 (Rhino, March 2015),  is an amazing five-disc set that includes four studio albums and a bonus disc of hits from Saturday Night Fever, B-sides and outtakes.

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It's crazy to think that they were on their twelfth album in 1974, when this collection picks up. This set really and truly collects the best of this underrated group of disco legends and musical geniuses. Name your favorite Bee Gees track and it's on here.

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What a treat.

 
Apr 17 2015
Judy, Judy, Judy: Seth Sikes @ 54 Below Comments (0)

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I had a gay old time at the Seth Sikes performance at 54 Below last night. Judy Garland died 15 years before he was born, but his organic appreciation for her material and style shone through. He sang just about every famous Judy song (except That One) and never missed a note. His stage patter was fun, too—self-deprecating and giddy; his excitement at the opportunity was infectious.

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Mar 05 2015
Madonna's Music Makes PEOPLE Come Together Comments (0)

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Madonna's been enjoying mostly positive reviews for Rebel Heart. Here's one I hadn't seen posted everywhere under the sun, a short but sweet notice from People. (Though she did not stumble, guys.) 

 
Jan 29 2015
Dancing With Himself: Billy Idol Rocks NYC Comments (0)
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Went to see Billy Idol's Kings & Queens of the Underground Tour. We came up with seven or eight of his songs off the tops of our heads, so that was enough to spend a few hours after from my feverish Encyclopedia Madonnica: 20th Anniversary Edition writing (free ticket).

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He looks pretty okay for 59 and, surprisingly, still runs around shirtless. He's the definition of a nostalgia act, really embracing all the aspects of Billy Idoldom that his fans crave (the hits, the snarl, the rock bad-assery). I was bored by the very old, pre-pop material and cringed through “Mony, Mony” (always hated that one), and his “Dancing With Myself” was consistently off-key, but there were highlights and it was pretty fun. No “Catch My Fall” and no “Hot in the City” (gasp!), but I think just about everything else you would want.

Don't get me started on the crowd. Tall couple in front of me joined at the hip = wall, plus the chick was a fist-pumper. Lots of drunken hedge-fund flunkies grinding on younger women. I said don't get me started.

Still, it was an amusing night out. I had just written about that odd pic of Billy, Sam Kinison, Madonna and David Bowie that's floating around the Internet.

No idea what was happening when his eyes crossed, but check out the 13 shots for some less unflattering ones!

After the jump, a snippet of Billy Idol Billy Idoling around...

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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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Oct 10 2014
Need To Know: Don't You Forget About Her + Thom Thom Club + Gay Marriage Goes Viral + Gay After All + MORE! Comments (0)

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*widget boy cultureMolly Ringwald takes on Madonna's “Sooner or Later”.

*widget boy cultureA buncha hot Thom Evans pictures, sans shirt.

*widget boy cultureGay marriage coming to more states minute by minute!

*widget boy cultureObama stands firm on Net neutrality.

*widget boy culturePainful irony of Stephen Collins on Jessica Biel's “child porn” mag cover.

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*widget boy culturePARIS STILL BURNING: Vogueing doc hits Toronto.

*widget boy cultureMore Magic Mike XXL goodness from GA.

*widget boy cultureCute British reality star finally admits he's gay.

Charlie+King+Celebrity+Social+Media+Pics+IYufEcKLy4xlI wouldn't even mind if Charlie bit my finger!