Listen, want, watch, wherq, and party with the 7 things that are everything this week.
Years & Years, "Shine"
If you haven't discovered the savory sound of synth Britpop trio Years & Years, prepare yourself for your new musical addition. The band's new single, "Shine," is a serving of pure synth soul food for the ears. Out gay front man Olly Alexander's vocals are warmly haunting in this track, which was written about his boyfriend, Clean Bandit's violinist Neil Milan Amin-Smith.
Viewfinder, "Uniquely Nasty: The U.S. Government's War on Gays"
The docuseries Viewfinder returns Monday on Yahoo Screen with a fascinating episode for LGBT Pride month titled "Uniquely Nasty: The U.S. Government's War on Gays." The episode investigates gay rights in the U.S. as viewed by Charles Francis, the former leader of a group of gay Republicans known as the Austin 12. Watch the trailer below.
RuPaul's Squirrel Friends
Sad that RuPaul's Drag Race has reached its Violet end? Well, you're in luck, squirrel friends, because RuPaul has released a new Web series, RuPaul's Squirrel Friends, to tide you over until next season. Called a "cross between Mister Rogers' Neighborhood and Twin Peaks, with enough silliness and double entendres to keep the whole family entertained," Squirrel Friends is sure to please children of all ages. Watch the nut-busting first episode below.
Andy's Randy Summer
You too can own a piece of sexy original art by Andy Warhol! Check out the online auction Andy Warhol @ Christie's: Andy's Randy Summer, which features more than 100 photos, prints, and drawings that, as Christie's puts it, "offer visual explorations of sexuality, desire, and the body within the gay community." How can you resist titles like Nude Male Model
and Fire Island Pool Party
? Opening bids start at $1,600. The auction started this week and continues through next Thursday; go here
to view the goods and place a bid.
Madonna, "Bitch I'm Madonna"
After teasing it on Instagram and premiering it on Tidal, Madonna finally unleashed her all-star video "Bitch I'm Madonna" in a spot everyone could see. The bustling video also boasts appearances by singer-actress Rita Ora, Queen Bey, rapper Kanye West, music producer Diplo, comedian Chris Rock, and designer Alexander Wang as well as Madonna's sons Rocco and David.
Have you ever wondered what's transpiring inside the mind of a child? No? Well, Inside Out, the new Pixar film about the personified emotions that govern a young person's brain, is still worth watching. The animated movie stars voice actor Amy Poehler as Joy, alongside the other emotions that govern the actions and memories of the young girl Riley (Kaitlyn Dias), including Sadness (Phyllis Smith), Fear (Bill Hader), Anger (Lewis Black), abd Disgust (Mindy Kaling), after a family move throws her life into upheaval. Watch the trailer below.
Chicago is a city that knows how to party, and it's second to none in celebrating Pride. Events have been going on throughout the month in the toddlin' town; this weekend there's a festival with concerts by Big Freedia, Debbie Gibson, the Village People, and more, then July 28 is the parade, expected to draw 750,000 spectators, with Ty Herndon as grand marshal. Also scheduled over the rest of the month are the Dyke March, black and Latino Pride events, comedy shows, the play Abraham Lincoln Was a F*gg*t, a Night of 1,000 Divines, gay chorus performances, and a host of other attractions to assure you'll lose the blues in Chicago. Get all the info here.