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Towleroad Guide to the Tube #639

ARCHIE: Feast of Fun talks to writer and artist Dan Parent about a new gay character in the comic.

DAMIANA GARCIA: World of Wonder's GLAAD correspondent interviews Adam Lambert, Johnny Weir, Brad Goreski, and Wilson Cruz.

BENJAMIN: What fanfare. The U.S. Treasury's new $100 bill.

SHOELESS: Wasted dude at Coachella can't get his flip-flops on.


Music News: Frankmusik, Coachella, Jill Sobule, Pansy Division

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GuestbloggerROBBIE DAW 

Robbie Daw presents a weekly pop music update here on Towleroad. Robbie runs his own site called Chart Rigger.

Last July I wrote about 23-year-old musician Vincent Frank—better known now as Frankmusik—who was working at the time with producer Stuart Price (Madonna, The Killers, New Order) on his first album.

Back then his album Complete Me was set to come out in March 2009. Now it's been set for a July release. Frank supported Keane on tour earlier this year, and he's opening for the Pet Shop Boys this summer (He also remixed their current single, "Love, etc.") As well, his uncle apparently is a transvestite.

Meanwhile, Vincent posed for U.K. gay mag AXM's "nude issue" last year, wearing pretty much headphones and nothing else—a totally NSFW scan from which you can view here.

Here is Frankmusik's current European single, "Better Off As Two":


Coachella road.jpg   This week saw the release of singer-songwriter Jill Sobule's new album California Years, which was funded entirely by fans.

road.jpg   Lots of conflicting must-sees at Coachella this weekend. Meanwhile, the Los Angeles TImes has practically crowned Morrissey king of the festival.

road.jpg   Rolling Stone previews 45 upcoming albums. Do any of them seem good?

road.jpg   Rihanna set to perform for the first time since the alleged Chris Brown incident in February. And, Chris Brown...dating?

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road.jpg   Here's an innovative concept: MTV's got a new reality series called Starmaker that's looking to...well, you can guess the rest.

road.jpg   This week's top single on the Billboard Hot 100 is Black Eyed Peas' "Boom Boom Pow." Ten years ago the #1 song was TLC's "No Scrubs," and 20 years ago it was "She Drives Me Crazy" by Fine Young Cannibals.

road.jpg   A new album, a documentary and a memoir from frontman John Ginoli; what more could a Pansy Division fan ask for?

road.jpg   Record Store Day: The deluded fantasy of nostalgists?

road.jpg   Stevie Nicks wants to work with Timbaland: "I am really very, very R&B, for my own music. When I'm listening just for my own fun, when I'm dancing around my apartment, I'm pretty much listening to R&B"

road.jpg   THE WEEK'S NEW RELEASES:

Quicksand Swoon, the sophomore album from L.A-based indie rockers Silversun Pickups.

Forever In A Day, the second LP from the Sean "Diddy" Combs-concocted Making The Band group Day 26.

EPs from La Roux ("Quicksand"), TV On The Radio ("Read Silence"), Fischerspooner ("The Best Revenge/Danse En France" Kitsune Remixes), The Kills ("Black Balloon") and O.A.R. ("Hello, Tomorrow").

New singles from Tori Amos ("Welcome To England"), Eminem ("We Made You"), Reba McEntire ("Strange"), Ashley Tisdale ("It's Alright, It's OK"), Cassie ("Must Be Love") and 311 ("Hey You").


Music News: Rick Ross Calls 50 Cent a Fag, Plus M.I.A., 2 Unlimited, Pet Shop Boys Vs. Kylie MInogue, Jane's Addiction

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GuestbloggerROBBIE DAW 

Robbie Daw presents a weekly pop music update here on Towleroad. Robbie runs his own site called Chart Rigger.

Here's a transcription of an interview with rapper Rick Ross from Los Angeles radio station 93.5 The Beat FM, wherein Ross proceeds to explain to DJ Devi Dev why he calls 50 Cent "Curly."

Rick Ross: "He's not straight. He's gay. He's a fag. You know it. I know it. Listen, we're not gonna waste time on Curly. He's a monkey."

He then tries to get Dev to confirm on air that 50 Cent is gay, to which she replies, "Ross, I'm not gonna say that." She then asks him how he, in fact, knows this to be true.

Says Ross, "He's gay.The world knows he's gay. But more importantly, it's the truth that you heard he was gay. 'Cause everybody in the room said they heard he was gay, so I know you heard it."

Devi Dev: "Stop it. I didn't hear that."

Wow, it's like being in the lunchroom in second grade all over again. But with less of a maturity level. And speaking of which, Ross ambles out of the room at the end, because he says he's "starving."

2_Unlimited_-_twilightzone road.jpg   The grim truth about indie label survival discussed at this year's South By Southwest festival in Austin, Texas.

road.jpg   It's out with Amy Winehouse and in with M.I.A. at Coachella.

road.jpg   Meanwhile, across the globe in Belgium, Ray Slijingaard and Anita Doth—aka 2 Unlimited!—are performing together for the first time in 13 years at the I Love The 90's: The Party fest in April.

road.jpg   Jane's Addiction are offering two free songs ("Chip Away" and "Whores") for download. Both tracks were produced by Trent Reznor of Nine Inch Nails.

road.jpg    The American Idol alumni to date, ranked by album and single sales.

Martina1 road.jpg   Martina McBride (left), when asked by Out if America is ready for a gay country star: "Honestly, that’s a tough one. [Sighs] Our core audience, like you said, is very conservative, is very Middle America, very Bible belt. I don’t know. That might be a hard sell. I mean, I would be fine with it. But that’s -- I don’t know if we’re ready for that. I would hope so. I would love it!"

road.jpg   Pet Shop Boys vs. Kylie Minogue?: When asked how some of the more upbeat pop numbers ended up on their new album Yes, Neil Tennant was quoted by the BBC saying the Pet Shop Boys and "every songrwiter in London wrote songs for Kylie's last album... We never heard anything back." Chris Lowe then "flatly" adds, "We won't be doing it again." Lowe later Twittered, "Don't always believe what you read in the press."

road.jpg   THIS WEEK'S NEW RELEASES:

Decemberists DecemberistsThe Decemberists' fifth album, The Hazards Of Love.

Lessons To Be Learned, the debut from Austrialian pop singer Gabriella Cilmi. The tracks were produced by U.K. team Xenomania, who also worked on the new Pet Shop Boys album Yes, and have recorded with Cher, Dannii Minogue and Girls Aloud.

The Grand, the latest mix from Chicago-based DJ Kaskade.

Ciara's new single "Love Sex Magic," which also features and was written by Justin Timberlake.


Music News: Coachella, Pet Shop Boys, Kelly Clarkson, Franz Ferdinand

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GuestbloggerROBBIE DAW

Robbie Daw presents a weekly pop music update here on Towleroad. Robbie runs his own site called Chart Rigger.

Billboard reports today that Paul McCartney, the Killers and the Cure will headline this April's 10th Coachella Valley Music & Arts Festival at the Empire Polo Field in Indio, California. The trio of acts will join confirmed are My Bloody Valentine, Amy Winehouse, Morrissey, Leonard Cohen and the Yeah Yeah Yeahs. Said McCartney in a statement: "I have heard that Coachella is one of the greatest festivals in the world. I'm really excited to get out there and rock!"

The event takes place over the weekend of April 17 through April 19, with McCartney headling Friday night, the Killers Saturday and the Cure on Sunday. Tickets are on sale this morning via Ticketmaster.

The full lineup for this year's Coachella festival can be viewed AFTER THE JUMP...

Psbsroad.jpg Madonna's not quite ready to hang up her Sticky & Sweet tour just yet.

road.jpg The Pet Shop Boys have unveiled the cover of their upcoming March album, Yes. Says the duo's official site: "The artwork for the new Pet Shop Boys' album, Yes, has been designed by long-standing PSB collaborators, Farrow. Eleven squares of colour—one square for each track—form an affirmative tick on the front cover."

road.jpg Lady GaGa's next single "Eh Eh (Nothing Else I Can Say)" to be remixed by Pet Shop Boys and Frankmusik.

road.jpg French act M83, currently opening for the Killers on tour, will perform a co-headlinging concert with the Los Angeles Philharmonic on Saturday, March 7, at Walt Disney Concert Hall. Julian Kuerti, Assistant Conductor of the Boston Symphony Orchestra, conducts.

Rihannaroad.jpg This week Island released Rihanna's Good Girl Gone Bad—The Remixes. This is not to be confused with last year's Good Girl Gone Bad: Reloaded, essentially a re-release of 2007's Good Girl Gone Bad with three extra songs tacked on. Don't good leftovers eventually go bad, as well?

road.jpg David Archuleta is taking his show on the road.

road.jpg The worst groups recognized by the NME Shockwave Awards 2009: "It's the battle of the shittest in the Worst Band category as the Jonas Brothers take on Tokio Hotel (eugh), Scouting For Girls (eek), Fall Out Boy (bleurgh) - and Oasis."

road.jpg Robbie Williams doing one more major label album, working with Mark Ronson.

road.jpg Below is the video for Kelly Clarkson's "My Life Would Suck Without You," which made a record jump from #97 to #1 on this week's Billboard Hot 100 Singles chart, subsequently ending the three-week reign of Lady GaGa's "Just Dance."

road.jpg THE WEEK'S NEW RELEASES:

BatbFranz Ferdinand's third album, Tonight: Franz Ferdinand, which finds the band moving in a more dance-oriented direction with producer Dan Carey (Kylie Minogue, Hot Chip, CSS).

Bruce Springsteen's 16th studio set, Working On A Dream. Bruce will perform at this Sunday's Super Bowl XLIII halftime show, as well as the upcoming Academy Awards.

Boombox, a collection of Kylie Minogue remixes from the past nine years' worth of singles.

Whisper House, Duncan Sheik's sixth studio album and first since winning a Tony for Broadway's Spring Awakening.

The Bird And The Bee's Ray Guns Are Not Just The Future, featuring vocals by Inara George and production by Greg Kurstin (Kylie, Lily Allen).

Coachella line-up, AFTER THE JUMP...

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Lost in the Crowd: Ian Somerhalder Incognito at Coachella

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Lost actor Ian Somerhalder showed up at the Coachella music festival dressed to impress.

Somerhalder was one of more than 150,000 people who showed up in the California desert to take in the ninth annual festival.

Sean Penn showed up there as well to announce his biodiesel trek across America in which he "plans to board a fleet of biodiesel buses and take about 300 people on an 1,800-mile trek across the U.S., ending in New Orleans." Said Penn: "I see this as a reckoning. My generation and those that came before have to recognize the numbing of incentive that we've passed on to the change hungry, imaginative, smarter than us youth of today."

But the act that everyone was talking about was Prince.

AFTER THE JUMP, one more shot of Somerhalder, as well as the song people are raving about — Prince's cover of Radiohead's "Creep".

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