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La Roux grew up listening to her father's Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young records, but as soon as she heard the Knife's cascading modern classic 'Heartbeats,' the 21-year-old London musician knew she wanted to make a swift transition from acoustic strumming to lustrous electro-pop.

May 17 2009 8:00 PM

Life on the road for an Olympic fencer is not all thrust and parry. It's also killing time in drab Eastern European hotels with no room service and Soviet-era TV (Law & Order dubbed into Latvian -- sign us up!). Jason Rogers -- part of the U.S. fencing team that nabbed silver in Beijing -- was on one such trip when he had his epiphany.

May 17 2009 8:00 PM

New York'based designer Jason Wu became a national sensation the moment Michelle Obama appeared at the inaugural balls wearing his now iconic chiffon-and-crystal gown. But the precocious 26-year-old was already a known quantity in the couture world: In the three years since he launched his label, he's dressed the likes of Leighton Meester and Ivanka Trump and caught the attention of Anna Wintour. A former Parsons student and Narcisco Rodriguez intern, Wu was born in Taiwan and emigrated to Vancouver as a child.

May 17 2009 8:00 PM

'I have always wanted to create a more dynamic idea of masculinity,' says Casey Spooner, the gay half of pioneering art-pop project Fischerspooner. As he prepares to tour for the duo's third album, Entertainment, the veteran electroclasher is drawing inspiration from a revelatory 5 a.m. flamenco performance he attended in Malaga, Spain. 'The strange collision of gypsy, Arab, Spanish, and Hollywood influences was incredible,' he says.

May 17 2009 8:00 PM

2009 may be the Year of the Ox in the Chinese lunar calendar, but to those in the dance world, it's the year of Shen Wei. In 2008, the choreographer, a native of Hunan but a New Yorker for the last 15 years, choreographed the best part of the Olympic opening ceremony, where dancers, using their bodies as brushes, painted calligraphy on a giant canvas. This year, Wei debuts Re- (I, II, III), an evening-length work that chronicles his lengthy journeys through Tibet, Cambodia, and the Silk Road.

May 17 2009 8:00 PM

'A combination of severity and opulence,' is how designer Julian Louie (left) describes his sensibility, although when it comes to his own wardrobe the Cooper Union architecture student favors jeans and a T-shirt. Maybe it's that high-low tension that persuaded Calvin Klein Collection creative director Francisco Costa to recommend Louie (then interning for the label) for Italian Vogue's Prot'g' Project in 2007.

May 17 2009 8:00 PM

Not only has 23-year-old Frankmusik helped ignite the fuse behind the United Kingdom's current synth-pop explosion, he's also quite possibly the biggest tease of the season. The beat-boxer turned budding superstar studied ballet, has posed in the buff twice for British gay skin mag AXM, can be seen shuffling around on a giant keyboard in his adorable video for '3 Little Words,' and will tour with the Pet Shop Boys in June.

May 17 2009 8:00 PM

Twenty-eight years after Britain's ITV first aired Brideshead Revisited, an epic small-screen adaptation of Evelyn Waugh's novel about Catholicism, gay love, and jolly old England, the series is still the standard by which all other adaptations are measured. Though filmmakers have attempted to re-create the definitive show on the big screen, no performance could match the way Jeremy Irons (as Charles Ryder) and Anthony Andrews (as Lord Sebastian Flyte) languorously inhabited Waugh's work. The 11 episodes, now airing on here!

May 17 2009 8:00 PM

Perhaps no line is as suggestive or fraught with danger as the tan line. To glimpse the porcelain buttock of an otherwise tanned body is to spy an intimate area untouched by sun. Tan lines, like lifelines to a palm reader, reveal much about he who wears them. Does he prefer chaste board shorts or revealing Speedos? Or worse: Do his thighs bear the iced-latte gradations of a bathing suit switcher? Just as nothing is as lust-inducing as an August tan line, nothing is as repellent as the stuttering line of a fickle style whore.

May 17 2009 8:00 PM

The list of collaborator cronies on Amanda Blank's (above right) debut, I Love You (out July 14), practically guarantees the potty-mouthed Philly rapper has a summer hit on her hands. But while she's backed by an impressive musical coterie -- including Santigold, Lykke Li, Spank Rock, TV on the Radio's Dave Sitek, Diplo, and Switch -- she's really just seeking her gay BFF's endorsement. 'You can only get the truth from a cunty gay man,' Blank says.

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