Hot Right Now
Out’s picks in music for this month feature some blasts from the past, including a remastered track from the Pretenders, a smooth song from The Ultimate Luther Vandross, a new track from Elton John’s follow-up to Captain Fantastic and the Brown Dirt Cowboy, a jumping joint from a cute, queer hip hop-head, a paean to unconventional love from Ima Robot (pictured), posthard core rock from These Arms Are Snakes, some beyond-classification tracks by queer art-rock outfits the Blow and Xiu Xiu, plus Beck, TV on the Radio, the Killers, and a new song by Air’s Darkel.
If you can’t be a suave undercover government agent with a license to kill, a pencil-thin suit, and a Beretta, you can still slink around dark alleyways with a spy’s soundtrack in your earbuds.
'70s Super Sounds
Out’s October issue is a valentine to the fabulous 1970s. Genres exploded, pop electronica was born, Bowie, Queen, ABBA, disco, and anthem rock all reigned, and queer artists began to emerge. We realize no collection of songs can be representative of that hugely influential decade, so here’s just a sampling of the sounds we loved from an era of music so rich, we’re still robbing from it and reinterpreting it four decades later.