Punk pioneer Iggy Pop has intimated that Post Pop Depression could be his last album, but while it has a nostalgic tone at times, it also shows he’s not slowing down. Joined by several newer artists — Queens of the Stone Age’s Josh Homme and Dean Fertita, and Arctic Monkeys’ Matt Helders — “Pop obliges his younger cohorts’ zeal with plenty of his own,” observed an NPR reviewer, adding that the release offers plenty of “decadent ecstasy.” Homme also produced and cowrote the album. Post Pop Depression is out today, and Iggy and his collaborators will be touring to support it.
It’ll be a starry, starry night to support the LGBT rights movement when the Human Rights Campaign holds its Los Angeles Gala Dinner Saturday, with the theme “Stronger Together.” Grammy-winning singer-songwriter Estelle will perform, and the HRC will bestow two major awards. Ryan Murphy will present the Equality Award to the TV series Empire, to be represented by Lee Daniels, Ilene Chaiken, Jussie Smollett, and other cast members and behind-the-scenes talent. The Visibility Award will go to to Nina Jacobson, the out producer of the Hunger Games films, The People vs. O.J. Simpson, and more. Other notables slated to be there include Jim Obergefell, Paul Katami, Jeff Zarrillo, Alec Mapa, Peter Paige, Maria Bello, Dan Bucatinsky, Candis Cayne, Jason Collins, Daniel Franzese, Dana Goldberg, DJ Young 1, and of course HRC president Chad Griffin. There will also be silent and live auctions, a raffle to win an American Airlines voucher, and more. Festivities begin at 5 p.m. at the J.W. Marriott at L.A. Live in downtown Los Angeles. Get your tickets here.
If you haven’t seen The Final Girls and you’re in San Francisco, well, it’s finally time to check it out, girls. Local drag legend Peaches Christ will preside over the Saturday screening, Midnight Mass, which also boasts a “Scream Queen” costume contest and a bloody good pre-show featuring Meredeath and Veruca Bathsalts. Then there’s the main show itself, The Final Girls, a cult hit starring Taissa Farmiga, Malin Akerman, and Adam Devine as kids trapped in an 80s horror movie. Director Todd Strauss-Schulson as well as writers Joshua John Miller and M.A. Fortin will be present at the event, held Saturday at 11:55 p.m. at the Clay Theatre. Learn more here. Watch the trailer below.
After years of fits and starts, Gwen's third album is finally out. This Is What the Truth Feels Like chronicles the dissolution of the No Doubt frontwoman's marriage to Gavin Rossdale, and the truthful emotion is in full display on the single "Used to Love You." The album isn't completely heavy though; there's plenty of lighter, dancier material like "Send Me a Picture," which may or may not be about Gwen sexting with new man Blake Shelton. We're very happy to have pop's sunniest star back on the music scene, and not just on the cover of tabloids.
Out singer Tom Goss recently released a beautiful cover of “Son of a Preacher Man.” The accompanying video is a bittersweet love story that paints a picture of growing up gay in a religious community.
The video is pretty self-explanatory when you listen to the lyrics. Only, instead of the son of a preacher man reaching Dusty Springfield, he reaches someone else’s son. You can guess the outcome with their uber-Christian parents, but the ending provides more hope than could be expected.
The short film was directed by Michael Serrato to raise funds for The Trevor Project and PFLAG. —Glenn Garner
Pee-wee Herman, the shrieking, red bow-tied television character popular in the 1980s, is back with a new movie on Netflix. The actor, Paul Reubens, may be 64 now, but not else seems to have changed in terms of appearance or persona. However, things do change for Pee-wee after a chance encounter with Magic Mike’s Joe Manganiello, who convinces him to leave his retro suburb of Fairville and journey to New York City. Produced by Reubens and Judd Apatow, Pee-wee's Big Holiday is a road-trip comedy full of jokes both good and bad, including the signature dirty puns. But fans of Netflix will welcome Pee-wee’s return to the screen; and if you have Netflix, well, why not? You’re paying for it anyway. Watch it today.
Family reunions are not always easy for LGBT folks. This is especially true for Ryder (Logan Miller), a gay California teen in the film Take Me to the River. To placate his mother (Robin Weigert), Ryder keeps his sexuality a secret during a trip to visit relations in Nebraska. However, his clothing—red short shorts and v-cut t-shirts—raise the suspicions of his conservative family members. And a mysterious occurrence in the barn with his younger cousin brings tensions to a boil. A hit at last year’s Sundance, Take Me to the River is now in limited release in theaters this weekend. Watch the trailer below.