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The Best Thing to Do Tonight in Midtown

The Best Thing to Do Tonight in Midtown

 

By Dustin Shrader

Had a long work week? Then why not start the weekend off early by heading over to the W!

W Atlanta – Midtown and Human Rights Campaign have partnered for their monthly Turn It Up For Change event in conjunction with Locals We Love. Get out and show your support for Marriage Equality tonight from 6:30-8:30 in the Living Room Bar. Complimentary bites from TRACE and complimentary valet parking will be available.  Locally loved, street performer Baton Bob will be in attendance providing his signature sashay and twirls for the masses!

It is surely to be a great night to remember!

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The Advocate honors Atlanta in its “Queerest Cities in America 2015″ list

The Advocate honors Atlanta in its “Queerest Cities in America 2015″ list

 

By Dustin Shrader

The city of Atlanta has been bestowed with a well-received accolade. Popular, LGBT publication The Advocate, dubbed Atlanta the No. 2 spot in its annual list of “Queerest Cities in America.” By using its own distinctive equation, Advocate focuses on finding the most unpredictable, gay-friendly cities in the nation.

The list is comprised of 15 cities, highlighting such locations such as Washington, DC, Boulder, CO, Salt Lake City, UT and West Palm Beach, FL. The Advocate highlights Atlanta  for its diversity through, “five gay Jewish organizations, a Muslims for Progressive Values Unity Mosque, a Black and White Men Together group, a massive support system for people living with HIV/AIDS, a Gay Fathers of Atlanta club and recreational groups like two LGBT choirs and a gay gun club.”

Naturally, Atlanta also has one of the hippest gay bar scenes with hot-spots spread out all across Midtown. A classy favorite, the Piedmont “gayborhood,” where one has a plethora of restaurants and bars to choose. A few of these include the well-known 10th & Piedmont, Blake’s on the Park, Ten, The Flying Biscuit and G’s. From a political standpoint, Advocate recognized Atlanta for its nondiscrimination laws, which protect the LGBT community against gender identity and sexuality.

Atlanta is a city of fluid acceptance and free expression. Home to the Southeast’s largest Pride Ceremony, Atlanta is the heartbeat for the South’s gay population.

Photo Credit: The Advocate

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Pinch ‘n’ Ouch Theatre is On a Roll!

Pinch ‘n’ Ouch Theatre is On a Roll!

 

By Dustin Shrader

On a local news front, Pinch ‘n’ Ouch Theatre has a big announcement for the New Year. Their new theatre space just opened in Candler Park right across from the delicious bar and eatery, Ration and Dram. The company intends to produce a number of theatre projects to be unveiled at the new location. The light and witty Pizza Man, a satire about the vengeance of two women while exploring their failed professional and personal relationship and their lackluster sex lives. The comedy is hailed to be a saucy good time! Pizza Man will run Jan. 22 – Feb. 15.  Also, the highly praised The Shape of Things, written by award-winning playwright Neil LaBute follows the story of Adam who changes in a major way after sparking a romance with art student, Evelyn. Adam’s group of friends seems to be freaked out by his transformation.

Pinch ‘n’ Ouch has plans to conduct a film festival and acting classes within their new space, as well. And their most recent production of Wall Street Wedding was named “Best World Premiere of 2014” by ArtsAtl.com. 2015 couldn’t be shaping up more nicely for everyone over at Pinch ‘n’ Ouch!

Photo Credit: www.pnotheatre.org

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J Tyler To Release Debut EP In 2015

J Tyler To Release Debut EP In 2015

By Mikkel Hyldebrandt

He’s been our favorite Atlanta gay rapper for a while, and now J Tyler is taking a very big step to further promote his music by releasing his debut EP album titled ‘All That Glitters Ain’t Gold’. A step that we’d like to think we helped him achieve. About his upcoming album release of all original songs the artist says:

“I decided to name my first album ‘All That Glitters Ain’t Gold’ because of the different meanings. Of course, everybody knows the old saying, but to me, it signifies what my rise is about. I damn sure didn’t sparkle as soon as I hit the stage. It took time to polish my talents.

It also reflects the struggle I faced when moving to Atlanta at the age of 19 to follow this dream. My color is gold. So, I wanted to incorporate a title that, when you hear it, you think “J. Tyler”. Glitter can be played to the homosexual stereotype of when you think gay, you think sparkle, glitter, pride! Glitter symbolizes the pride I take in being gay, and knowing that I am confident in myself”.

J Tyler’s debut EP album release is expected to be early 2015 – for more info and soundbites go to his homepage.

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BLENDERtunes: Jennifer Hudson’s New Dance Hit

BLENDERtunes: Jennifer Hudson’s New Dance Hit

By Keoki/BLENDERtunes

#thefeels

Just when that throwback 90s house music trend was starting to wear… up pops Gorgon City with their killer track “Go All Night” featuring the always incredible Ms. Jennifer Hudson. Yeah… ish just got real.

Can you imagine if Jennifer Hudson was around back in the day singing those 90s club bangers like “Rhythm Is A Dancer” by Snap! or “Finally” by Cece Peniston?! Her voice just demands songs like those and Gorgon City’s new song is the closest we will get to a 90s Jennifer Hudson hit.

If you don’t know who Gorgon City is then listen up. The duo helms from London and are on the same record label as Jess Glyne, Rudimental, and the fabulous Clean Bandit. “Go All Night” was also co-written by Kiesza (“Hideaway”) who definitely knows how a 90s house music hit should be.

Gorgon City’s album Sirens drops today (October 7) and in addition to Jennifer Hudson features other phenomenal artists like Laura Walsh, MNEK, and Katy B.


What do you think about the new dance song? Let us know below.

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Fergie’s New Song “L.A. Love (La La)”

Fergie’s New Song “L.A. Love (La La)”

 

By Keoki/BLENDERtunes

It’s been eight long years but Fergie Ferg has finally unleashed her new single “L.A. Love (La La)”.

So all of that time out of the game should have given her some time to grow and mature as an aritst, right? Well it didn’t unfortunately. The 39-year-old singer sounds like she is just coasting through this dated and clichéd song (Is it still cool to name drop cities?). And by the way, knowing full well that Naughty Boy and Sam Smith had a HUGE hit with their song “La La La” why would you release THIS?!

The song is a bit catchy and has an OK beat produced by DJ Mustard who has worked on recent hits like Tyga’s “Rack City”, Trey Songz “Na Na”, and T.I.’s “No Mediocore”. However, Fergie doesn’t really do anything memorable to the lackluster track.

I have big expectations for Fergie – maybe too big of expectations. Maybe the song will grow on me. But lezbehonest though – it wont. With other comebacks expected in the near future from Gwen Stefani, Mary J, Madonna, and Janet, if the rest of Fergie’s album sounds like this mess, she will definitely get swept up under a rug and nobody will even care. Let’s just hope that this is a minor set back and the rest of her new album will be more Fergalicious and less La La Lame.

 

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Inaugural Krog Masquerade Goes Underground

Inaugural Krog Masquerade Goes Underground

By Dustin Shrader

Looks like Halloween will not be the only opportunity to wear a mask this fall. On Saturday October 25th, Atlanta’s iconic Krog Street Tunnel will be undergoing quite the transformation. A modern, European-style masquerade ball complete with live entertainment, street performers, DJ Salah, food, and music is shaping up to be a deliciously, sinful time!

According to the press release, “This event will “push the envelope” as guests are immersed in an unforgettable evening of cocktails, sounds by premiere Atlanta DJ Salah, and transformative vignettes behind a red velvet curtain. Brief tableaus of body art, burlesque and peep show performances will stimulate the imagination.”

The press release also advises that “taboo” will be the norm for the night. Masks, an open-mind and adventurous spirit are prerequisites to garner entrance.

Count us in!

If a night of dancing with mysterious strangers in a tight enclosure basked with erotic thrill sounds like a mind-blowing time, then the Krog Masquerade is right up your alley.

The festivities begin at 8 p.m. with pumpkin time commencing at 1 a.m. General admission tickets are $50, which grant entrance to the ball. $100 VIP tickets include five complimentary drink tickets and bites courtesy of 97 Estoria, exclusive interactive live entertainment, access to the VIP tent and more.

For more information and ticket purchase, visit www.krogmasquerade.com. The event is presented by the Atlanta Foundation for Public Spaces and Sean O’Keefe Events.

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Listen up y’all… Mary J. Blige is back! FINALLY!

Listen up y’all… Mary J. Blige is back! FINALLY!

By Keoki/BLENDERtunes

We’ve been anxiously waiting for the Queen of Hip Hop Soul to bring us another killer album. It’s been too long since her last album My Life II… The Journey Continues (Act 1) came out back in 2011 (we wont count the awful Think Like A Man Too soundtrack that she somehow got involved with). That soundtrack was almost as bad as the horribly Photoshopped movie poster (just Google image search Think Like A Man Too Soundtrack).

Anyways, Mary has been quietly working on her latest album The London Sessions over across the pond and has teamed up with some amazing London talent. Sam Smith, Emeli Sande, and Naughty Boy have all helped Mary J. with her latest musical journey. She just released her newest single “Right Now” off of the album and has enlisted the help of English electronic music duo Disclosure. Now you might not recognize the name Disclosure but if you listened to the radio in the past couple of months, you will undoubtedly have heard one of their songs – their biggest hit in the states is “Latch” featuring Sam Smith. The song is a glorious meeting of two titans in the music biz. Mary’s vocals beautiful lace the synth heavy track and brings a fullness to the song. If this collaboration is any indication of the way the album is heading, it’s going to be one of the best albums of the year – you can quote me on that!

Have a listen to the track below and let us know what you think. The London Sessions drops December 2.

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Calvin Harris IS To “Blame” For His New Song

Calvin Harris IS To “Blame” For His New Song

By Keoki/BLENDERtunes

After teasing the world for the past few months that his new collaboration with John Newman would be coming out soon, Calvin Harris has FINALLY released his song to the masses – and this is where I fall asleep. This is where a lot of people will fall asleep.

Now before you go get your pitchforks and torches and condemn me for not loving a Calvin Harris song, know that I absolutely love Calvin Harris! He’s extremely talented, has a HUGE track record of putting out quality music, and always works with other great artist like John Newman. You might not recognize the name John Newman but you’ll know exactly who he is after listening to the song – his voice is very unique. John also had a hit last year with “Love Me Again” and since then, I’ve become a fan! So when I read that he and Calvin Harris were working together on a new track, I couldn’t wait! I dreamt of a synth heavy track laid over by some smooth vocals and a killer drop! I guess I put the idea of them working together up on a pedestal – a Calvin Harris/John Newman Greek goddess pedestal.

Little snippets of the song “Blame” have been teased to us through Calvin’s Instagram account for the past few weeks and to be honest, I liked the teases more than the entire song. And no, I’m not a tease – despite what my ex’s might say. The song just doesn’t really go anywhere and is kind of Snoresville. There’s no real buildup. The drop sounds a bit awkward. And it sounds a bit too much like his other song “I Need Your Love” which isn’t a bad thing but it’s not necessarily a good thing.

Don’t get me wrong, I’m sure this is going to be a hit in the clubs. I’m sure all the boys and girls will be dancing their skinny jean asses off when this song comes on. I will not be one of them – mainly because I don’t own skinny jeans.

What do you think? Is the song a hit or miss?

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Cirque du Soleil Official Tickets – Atlanta

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Click The Photo Above For An Amazing Ticket Offer From Cirque du Soleil!

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