Rufus Wainwright: Trouble in Paradise

“Drum beats herald a romp through the inner mind of a bob-haired fashion doyenne on her drive from the town to the country,” Rufus Wainwright says of his single “Trouble in Paradise.” The clever track is a taste of the artist’s forthcoming album, expected out in 2020—his first in the pop genre since 2012’s Mark Ronson-produced Out of the Game. With production by Mitchell Froom, …

Lily Allen: Going To a Town (Rufus Wainwright Cover)

Covering Rufus Wainwright’s stunning 2007 song “Going To a Town,” Lily Allen has remained faithful to the original, while adding her own levels of heartbreak. The accompanying video features scenes from current protests concerning Trump, Brexit, racism, islamophobia, refugees and immigration. While Allen’s version is pared-down, it delivers the same amount of pathos (thanks in part to Mark Ronson’s production) via her tender but vulnerable …

Premiere: “Naked Heart (Missy)” by Seán Barna

An exciting new glimpse at the queer storyteller's forthcoming EP

A dab of Hedwig and the Angry Inch with a dollop of Americana, all wrapped up in a ribbon of David Bowie, Seán Barna‘s latest single, “Naked Heart (Missy),” celebrates a queer performer that the singer/songwriter observed by chance. It’s bold and beautiful—and hails from Barna’s forthcoming EP, Margaret Thatcher of the Lower East Side (out 29 May). The track features Counting Crows’ Dave Immergluck on electric …