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BY Brandon Voss

April 01 2011 5:45 AM ET

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 1. MUSIC: Dendrophile, Justin Vivian Bond
Out April 5, Mx. Bond’s debut solo album — named for someone titillated by nature — begins with lyrics by late gay poet Essex Hemphill: “In America I place my ring on your cock where it belongs.” A few months after announcing a new name and gender identity, the former Kiki and Herb chanteuse continues a frank exploration of sexuality on this urgently intimate collection of sensually cerebral covers and original songs to be savored.

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