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Brandon Flowers Touts Membership in the Mormon Church: VIDEO


Killers frontman Brandon Flowers, who has said that many of his heroes are gay men but whose positions on gay rights have never (at least not recently, to my knowledge) been clearly expressed, has recorded a video touting his membership in the Church of Latter Day Saints. If you're gay and a fan of Flowers' music, it's hard not to feel slighty disillusioned by it.

"My name is Brandon Flowers. I'm a father. I'm a husband. And I'm a Mormon."


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MUSIC NEWS: Brandon Flowers, Chromeo, DJ Dan, Zayra, Rihanna, and the Muppets


GuestbloggerMODERN TONIC

Modern Tonic — a daily email that delivers gay-approved pop culture gems (before they've been co-opted by everyone else) — presents a weekly music update here on Towleroad.

6a00d8341c730253ef0133f433be29970b-150wi The Killers’ frontman Brandon Flowers isn’t just from Las Vegas — he’s enthralled by its grubby contradictions. So, no surprise, his debut solo release Flamingo is named for an historic Sin City hotel famed for its connections to mobster Bugsy Siegel. The 10 tracks (14 on the Deluxe Edition) are infused with grunge and flop sweat; it practically smells of stale smoke and desperation as Flowers plumbs the hopes and heartache of the beautiful losers who pass through his Nevada paradise. The single "Only the Young" is about seeking a place where "redemption keeps my covers clean tonight." The opener "Welcome to Fabulous Las Vegas" teaches gambling drifters an age-old lesson: "The house will always win." But amidst the temptations there is redemption, found in this avowed Mormon’s most overtly religious song, "Playing with Fire." And on "Hard Enough" — his duet with Rilo Kiley’s Jenny Lewis, also born and raised in Vegas — salvation is as close as the partner at your side.
Chromeo On their third release of chewy electrofunk, Business Casual, Canadian duo Chromeo find nirvana in slapping bass runs, slinky synthesizers and the ubiquitous talk box guitar effect that makes choruses seem like they’re sung by well-lubricated and very horny robots. Opener "Hot Mess" is a prime slice of Gap Band-inspired funk that drops a hip-shaking bomb on the dance-floor. "When the Night Falls," with contributing vocals by Beyoncé’s baby-sis Solange, is late-‘80s club fodder, a perfect upbeat gay bar screamer. And "I’m Not Contagious" could have been lifted from a set by the Time at Minneapolis’s legendary First Avenue; all that’s missing are guffaws from Morris Day. Chromeo’s guitarist/singer Dave 1 (David Macklovitch) and multi-intrumentalist P-Thugg (Patrick Gemayel) have described themselves as "the only successful Arab/Jewish partnership since the dawn of human culture." They’re such a harmonious, infectious combo they should be invited to Israel/Palestine peace talks. Let the peace-seeking jam begin!
Djdan DJ Dan loves dance music — all of it, not just one genre. Though he’s been DJ’ing and remixing since the ‘90s, DJ Dan Presents Future Retro is his solo debut, and it’s a killer. Split between reworkings of classic tracks and future-forward originals, Daniel Wherrett knows how to whip up a dance-floor frenzy. There’s over an hour of slamming beats, but standouts include his collaboration with Überzone and Blake Lewis on the Midnight Star classic "Operator," a sweat-drenched reworking of Company B’s "Fascinated," and a sleazy sex groove called "Baby Wants to Ride" that goes "Everybody make love, don’t fight / I wanna f**k tonight." 
Zayra Zayra — a vet of reality TV’s Rockstar: Supernova — is evidently up for the beast with two backs as well. On the title track to Baby Likes to Bang this dance-floor provocateur nearly breaks your disco stick in two with her whip-cracking beats. A few tracks later she’s ready to make you "Feel Good." And so she does for six hi-NRG tracks and five expert club mixes. Play DJ Dan and Zayra back-to-back, kids, and enjoy the workout.

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Rihanna RoadRihanna's new single, "Only Girl (In The World)" from her forthcoming album, Loud (hitting November 16), is out digitally today. Look for remixes soon.

RoadDouchebag download.

RoadIs the announcement of J. Lo.'s $12 million deal to be a judge on "American Idol" being held until her new single drops in the next few weeks?

RoadKT Tunstall announced North American headlining dates this fall in support of her new album Tiger Suit, out October 5.

Road When he's not working with the Black Eyed Peas or Nicki Minaj, hangs with Grover, Big Bird and Elmo.


Led Zeppelin’s Golden God may be approaching his golden years, but Robert Plant’s on a creative roll that continues with Band of Joy. He stays rootsy, covers slow-core band Low with impressive results and harmonizes beautifully with the great Patty Griffin.

Quartet the Drums finally gets a physical CD release for their catchy self-titled debut. A few months on, jangly tunes like the Smiths-ian "Best Friend" and Cure-ish "Down by the Water" remain fresh and invigorating.
Michelle Arizona native Michelle Branch continues her transition from earthy singer-songwriter to country artist with her EP Everything Comes and Goes, six twangy and tangy slices of Americana.

Twenty-four years on from their debut release, the English lads of James release their 11th album, The Morning After The Night Before, two CD’s of Brit-rock reminiscent of their U.S. breakthrough Laid.

Also released: Glee: The Music, The Complete Season One; Kristine W — Straight Up With a Twist; Olivia Newton-John — Grace and Gratitude Renewed; Richard Barone — Glow; Weezer — Hurley; Black Mountain — Wilderness Heart; The Walkmen — Lisbon; Underworld — Barking; of Montreal — False Priest; Various Artists — Hallelujah Broadway


Marina And The Diamonds — "Shampain"
This nightmarish clip for the bounciest song on Marina and the Diamonds’ ace debut The Family Jewels features a coterie of zombie ladies riffing on Michael Jackson's "Thriller." But the real star is the bodacious black lingerie on Ms. Marina Diamondis herself. To which we say: va va va voom!

Graffiti6 — "Stare Into The Sun"
Folksy songwriter Jamie Scott of Jamie Scott & the Town pairs with U.K. producer TommyD for this soul-inflected side project. The tune's a smooth slab of retro, the clip a sexy/creepy loft party, and Scott a beautiful, square-jawed, blue-eyed bloke who can sing even prettier than he looks.

Karen Elson — "The Truth Is In The Dirt"
Elson proves yet again she's more than Jack White's model wife in this clip where she's both a turn-of-the-century corpse and an envoy from the afterlife. The song — a Tom Waits-ian dirge — is a spooky counterpart to the retro visuals. From her debut album, The Ghost Who Walks.

Talay Riley — "Humanoid"
This 20-year-old U.K. electro kid is primed to break out of the dance world ghetto when his debut drops. For now, his premiere single clip features a muscular, shirtless Riley flashing his six-pack while quick edits reveal the machine-tooled robot underneath. Man or machine, we're definitely spellbound.

Towleroad Guide to the Tube #730

2001, AN ACID ODYSSEY: Dude has major chemically-induced freakout during movie at the Egyptian Theater in L.A.

MOTHER SABRINA: World of Wonder's James St. James interviews a drag legend.

SECRETLY GAY: A new Austrian ad for the Swedish/Dutch furniture giant Ikea.

BRANDON FLOWERS: Discusses his new record on iHeartRadio.

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MUSIC NEWS: Francis & The Lights, Frazey Ford, Flore, Dragonette, Samantha James, The Books, Brandon Flowers, Sky Ferriera, Robyn

GuestbloggerMODERN TONIC

Modern Tonic — a daily newsletter that delivers gay-approved pop culture gems (before they've been co-opted by everyone else) — presents a weekly music update here on Towleroad.
FrancisWe never tire of a heartfelt apology, and Francis and the Light’s It’ll Be Better is a long-playing act of contrition. Singer Francis Farewell Starlite’s released two EPs and a single since 2007, but It’ll Be Better is his official debut — an eight-song collection that’s a bad breakup mea culpa. The opening title tune’s a country lament where he claims "if you come back to me, it’ll be better, it’ll be great." To sweeten the deal, he promises to take his lover for a joyride "In a Limousine." He stresses about his situation "For Days" against a backdrop of easy beats and exclamatory synth chords before deciding to put his "Knees to the Floor" to prove his sincerity. The music’s a soft rock delight, an easy-grooving modern version of '70s blue-eyed soul. Starlite’s voice echoes Phil Collins, Randy Newman, Sting, maybe even a little Huey Lewis. Shudder if you must, hipsters, but Starlite makes it work beautifully.

FrazeyMoms do all the grunt work and get none of the credit. It just doesn’t seem — to quote the prophet Paris Hilton — hot. But Frazey Ford, a co-founder of Canada’s The Be Good Tanyas, was "moved by motherhood, earth and land" for her serenely contemplative solo debut Obadiah. "Firecracker" opens the record with banjos and a leisurely back-porch swing. "Lay Down With You" is a long, lazy afternoon in bed with your lover. And the unhurried groove of "Bird of Paradise" — with its handclaps and kalimbas — allows Ford to stretch out the smooth precision of her soulful vocals. Obadiah’s a hushed, measured affair, but don’t mistake its languor for dullness. Every sexy mama knows that the slower it stews the better it tastes.
RAWThe French electro artist Flore opens her debut RAW with the escalating whoosh of the THX trademark sound. That might be your tip off that she’s going to deliver hardcore, widescreen dance tracks for your summer lovin’. Opener “Get It On,” with Rodney P of Dub Pistols, is reggae-fied grime, skittering and manic. She updates Gary Numan’s seminal "Cars" with help from Shunda K of Yo! Majesty, who also turns up for the hip-hop throb of "Feel Me." (Speaking of throb, check out its smoking, Sapphic NSFW video.)


MixinRoadDragonette announced today a brand new single, "Our Summer," to be released next week, leading up to the August 3 release of a new EP, "Mixin' To Thrill."  The band kicks off their summer tour August 7 at Lollapalooza.


Electro-pop newcomer, 18-year-old Sky Ferreira, whose single, "One," (from "Toxic" producers Bloodshy & Avant) is getting lots of buzz, has announced a release date for her debut album that keeps with the "one " theme: 1-11-11.




RoadThe U.K.'s prestigious Mercury Music Prize announced today their shortlist for the 2010 award, with Dizzee Rascal and the xx the favored contenders (according to the Guardian).  The ceremony takes place September 7 in London.

AdamLambertRoadNew studio photos of Adam Lambert from photographer Lee Cherry.

RoadLady Gaga's fashion inspirations.

RoadCheck out the making-of mini-doc's for Katy Perry's "California Gurls" video.

RoadThe Killers' frontman Brandon Flowers announced five live dates in August to preview his forthcoming solo album Flamingo, out in September.
RobynRoadRobyn, who announced a September 7 U.S. release date for Body Talk, Pt. 2, also debuted the first single off that album, a souped-up version of "Hang With Me," which appears as a ballad on Pt 1. Listen here. Robyn did a scorching-hot performance of "Dancing On My Own" on "Late Night With David Letterman" last it here.


On her seventh release, 100 Miles from Memphis, Sheryl Crow brings the Memphis soul to some feisty originals and two ace covers: Terence Trent D’Arby’s "Sign Your Name" (with Justin Timberlake) and The Jackson 5’s "I Want You Back."

SamanthaL.A.’s first lady of electro, Samantha James, follows up her Number One club smash "Rise," with Subconscious, a melodic collection of dance pop featuring the single "Waves of Change," produced by Kaskade.

The Books’ fourth album — The Way Out — contains more folksy electronic experiments with found sounds and spoken word snippets, including "A Wonderful Phrase by Gandhi" — exactly what it says — and a blaxploitation riff called "I Didn’t Know That.".

Zero-7---SKY-BALLSDowntempo electro duo Zero 7 releases Record, a 16-track best-of with classic tracks like "Destiny" featuring Sia, "Futures" with Jose Gonzalez, and — if you go digital — a second collection of mad remixes.

Also released: Elaine Page — Elaine Page Live (DVD); Various Artists — Jersey Shore Soundtrack; Mountain Man — Made the Harbor; Department of Eagles — Archive 2003-2006


Sunday Girl — "Self Control"
Jade Williams dba Sunday Girl is Little Boots/La Roux’s prettier and creepier little sister. Her clip for this smooth electro cover of the RAF Italo-disco classic comes with plenty of "creatures of the night," though all are stuffed with big, black dead eyes.

She & Him — "Thieves"
The title of this She & Him track is redundant, since Zooey Deschanel stole our hearts years ago. But this homespun black-and-white clip reinforces our adoration of the plucky heroine all the more.

Converse (Kid Cudi, Rostam Batmanglij & Bethany Cosentino) — "All Summer"
The Ohio rapper, our favorite gay Vampire Weekend-er and the femme singer of fuzz-rockers Best Coast band together as flatmates with exaggerated papier-mâché heads. Bizarre, yet totally fun.

David E. Sugar — "Party Killer"
If Talking Heads re-formed in modern Europe, they might sound like this young, anxious Londoner who fragments his pasty image on this creative, low-rent clip.

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Road BP "pleased" with new cap on Gulf leak — verdict days away...

BerlinRoadBerlin Fashion Week: the whiskered look for Fall?

RoadSloth orphanage filmmaker in talks to produce full-length documentary.

RoadMitchell Gold marries his partner Tim Scofield in Iowa: "The two held the ceremony in Des Moines because Iowa is one of the five states, along with Washington, D.C., that recognizes same-sex marriages. They also appreciated the symbolism of Iowa as part of the nation's heartland, as well as the ruling of district court judge Robert Hanson, which led the Iowa Supreme court to permit same-sex marriages. Judge Hanson performed the ceremony at the Des Moines Art Center on June 19."

RoadA free remix of Kele Okereke's track "Tenderoni".

RoadWill the 'Google App Inventor' be a boon for the Android platform, or just fill it with useless apps?

RoadWATCH: Five minutes of the new film Inception.

RoadBrit TAB: Women often 'go lesbo' at 40.

RoadFacebook to add "panic button" for bullied teens in UK: "The button will actually connect the teens with resources hosted by the Child Exploitation and Online Protection Centre (CEOP), an organization run in part by the UK government. Teens will be given advice and resources on dealing with potential threats on the Internet, and they may also report users who they believe are acting inappropriately toward them."

RoadThe Mona Lisa of our time?

Flowers RoadBrandon Flowers drops cover artwork for Flamingo.

RoadJames Cameron picks up $350 million 'Avatar' paycheck.

RoadBlindness-causing toxic weed spreads in Ontario, Canada: "The concern is it's a very poisonous plant, in the sense that if you get any of the sap from this plant on your skin, it can cause severe blistering and very bad burns."

RoadMore than 1,000 attend Houston Astros Pride Night at the Park.

RoadGay Dubai student sentenced to three years in prison asks court to segregate him from the general prison population if his sentence is upheld: "The 22-year-old M N was sentenced to three years in jail by Dubai Criminal Court of First Instance in March after he appeared in pornographic pictures that were distributed online. He was arrested at Dubai International Airport on July 20 last year with his male partner, who had been convicted of homosexuality and sentenced to one year in jail. Yaser al Naqbi, M N’s lawyer, said in today's closing argument that his client should be acquitted because of what he called improper arrest and search procedures. He also called the writ used when apprehending M N into question."

RoadJon Hamm dons a baseball uniform.

Butler RoadGerard Butler is ready to mount his Hog.

RoadBombers target World Cup soccer fans in Uganda, kill more than 60: "The bombs exploded at 10:30 p.m. local time in the middle of the match between Spain and the Netherlands under way in South Africa, with at least three explosions hitting a popular Ethiopian garden restaurant and a large rugby field in a different Kampala neighborhood where hundreds of people had massed to watch the game. More than 70 people were injured."

RoadMale model fix: Caleb Lane.

RoadIf Queen Latifah considers being a lesbian to be part of her "personal, personal life" then she will never come out.

RoadCastleford Rugby Club bans three fans for anti-gay abuse of player Gareth Thomas.

RoadRush Limbaugh sells NYC penthouse for $11.5 million: "A year after railing about the high tax burden on wealthy New Yorkers, Rush Limbaugh, the conservative radio talk-show host, is severing one more tie with New York, selling his lushly decorated Fifth Avenue penthouse to an undisclosed buyer. Mr. Limbaugh's 10-room condominium, which features a 30-foot-wide living room with fireplace and four terraces overlooking Central Park at East 86th Street, went into contract Thursday for a bit under the final $12.95 million asking price, brokers said."

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Road Gay (but celibate) nominee Rev. Jeffrey John is probably out of the running to become Bishop of Southwark in South London.

Road Peter Sprigg of the Family Research Council is praising Gov. Linda Lingle of Hawaii for vetoing civil unions. BTW, he's on the record calling for homosexuality to be criminalized and for gays to be deported from the United States.

Road LeBron James branded a "cocksucker"—in a bad way—by Gawker.

Road The psychic octopus (no sentence should ever begin this way, but there it is) who successfully predicted the outcome of all the German World Cup matches has received death threats.

AndresrMUNTANE4VES4Road Jon Kortajarena, Andrés Velencoso and more of the world's top male models get naked (NSFW) for V Magazine.

Road What it's like to enroll in Glenn Beck's Beck University. First course: Faith 101.

Road The Outrate Online Short Film Festival 2010 is under way. (NSFW ads.)

Road Homophobic, racist, anti-Semitic, Mel Gibson can add "wifebeater" to his résumé. Allegedly.

6a00d8341cabbe53ef0133f2224721970b-400wiRoad The video for "Crossfire"—Brandon Flowers's first-ever solo single—premieres in the U.K. today.

Road GLAAD is after The View, specifically appealing to Barbara Walters over Sherri Shepherd and guest host D.L. Hughley's misinformed remarks that HIV is more prevalent in black women due to the number of gay and bisexual black men on the downlow.

Road Gay men seeking asylum in the U.K. should be "free to enjoy themselves going to Kylie concerts and drinking exotically coloured cocktails." Nice thought, but probably not the main reason they fear returning to their home countries.

Aaron_schockRoad The Jim Carrey/Ewan McGregor gay-themed film I Love You, Phillip Morris was screened at The Budapest Gay Pride Festival on July 4. (Anyone see it?)

Road Republican Rep. Aaron Schock—who is absolutely not gay—is once again celebrated for his good looks. As a legislator, he makes a great fitness model.

Road The California governor race is all tied up. Which is good news and bad news for both Democrat Jerry Brown and Republican Meg Whitman.

Road Gay activist Peter Rosenstein endorses D.C. Council Chairman Vincent C. Gray in the Washington, D.C., mayoral race. He'd previously worked as an advisor to Mayor Adrian M. Fenty, but "it's another sign that many longtime local Democratic and civic activists are coalescing around Gray because of concerns about Fenty's personality and governing style."

Road A supplements supplement.


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