Gay Rappers, Country Singers & Music Trends - Out Magazine

Angus & Julia Stone garnered almost instantaneous fame in their homeland of Australia when they released their first EP in 2006. Their latest, the full-length album Down the Way, debuted at number 1 in their native country, reaching platinum status and becoming the highest-selling album by an Australian artist in 2010 in just two months. Now, they're traveling the U.S. with their pure breed of folk music, and luckily for them, American audiences are equally as enamored.

December 20 2010 7:00 PM

In the rolodex of performers who've made it big playing bitter, middle-aged, alcoholic women (Megan Mullally, we're looking at you), none have done it with as an outrageous (or sincere) twist on gender as Justin Bond. Those unfamiliar with Bond as Kiki, of New York cabaret duo Kiki and Herb, will likely remember the performer as the ringmaster of sexuality in John Cameron Mitchell's Shortbus. On the eve of Bond's directorial project playing at The Kitchen, Out spoke with downtown NYC icon about Lady Gaga, the transgendered community and, of all things, pie.

October 21 2010 8:00 PM

My bitch is better than your bitch! And she wore that dress before yours did! My bitch would kick your bitch's ass!

This is the kind of thing the older generation -- my generation -- has begun to say ever more loudly about the younger generation's first bona fide superstar, Lady Gaga. David Bowie, Freddie Mercury, Elton John, Grace Jones, and'crossing ourselves and throwing salt over our shoulders'Madonna all did it years before Gaga, and so much better.

September 26 2010 8:00 PM

Last year, Maroon 5 escaped to Switzerland with legendary producer Mutt Lange in tow to record their new album, Hands All Over. We caught up with the band's pretty boy frontman Adam Levine to chat about their particular brand of pop music, Lady Gaga, and buddy Jake Gyllenhaal's sexuality.

September 22 2010 8:00 PM

With Grammy nods, two Gospel Music Association Dove Awards, sold-out concerts, and fervent fans, singer-songwriter Jennifer Knapp seemed to have it all. She was touring with acts like Jars of Clay and playing music festivals where the crowds swelled to 40,000. Yet, on September 27, 2002, the Christian music singer locked away her guitar, stopped making music and ran, traveling the U.S., then Europe and ultimately hanging her hat in Australia, a country she'd call home for seven years.

September 21 2010 8:00 PM

Brandy was riding high. At 15, the singer released her self-titled debut album and racked up hit singles with 'I Wanna Be Down' and 'Brokenhearted,' her duet with Wanya Morris of Boyz II Men. A few years later the Mississippi native found success starring in the sitcom Moesha, which became the UPN network's most successful show. She made her big screen debut in the 1998 thriller I Still Know What You Did Last Summer and also costarred in the made-for-TV movies Cinderella with Whitney Houston and Double Platinum with Diana Ross.

September 15 2010 8:00 PM

Nicki Minaj is a 25-year-old rapper from Queens, New York, with a wickedly clever flow and never-ending supply of pop culture punch lines. Except when she's Roman Zolanski, her gay male alter ego, who spits saucy verses at warp speed. Or the character Nicki Lewinsky, who cozies up to President Carter -- better known as superstar rapper Lil Wayne -- on a handful of salacious mix tape tracks. She raps about signing her fans' boobs in a bugged-out Valley girl accent. She's the first female hip-hop artist to hit number 1 on Billboard's top rap singles chart since 2003.

September 12 2010 8:00 PM

On a crisp Chelsea evening, if you listen very closely, you will hear the words 'Take me to the gay bar' being sung in the distance. Thanks to the Detroit glam-rock-electronic-conceptual group Electric Six, these lyrics, along with 'Fire in the disco, fire in the Taco Bell,' have become common vernacular.

August 26 2010 8:00 PM

Our exclusive slide show featuring photos from our August 2010 cover shoot with the Australian pop star.

July 07 2010 8:00 PM

In addition to being the rare entrepreneur who owns a vintage store/record shop/hair salon, Seth Bogart also bears the distinction of being one of the few resurrectors of the doo-wop '60s pop/garage/rock hybrid.

June 16 2010 8:00 PM