Temposhark Joins Darren Hayes on U.S. Tour in June

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Some breaking news right before I'm boarding a plane to Miami for the weekend.  Arjanwrites.com fave Temposhark will be joining Darren Hayes on an intimate club tour in June. The electro pop duo will be playing songs from their upcoming debut album "The Invisible Line" that will be out on July 16 on iTunes. I have been listening to it for the past weeks and it is incredibly good. Darren will hopefully also be performing lots of new tracks from his new double album that is out in August. And you must stream Temposhark's "Don't Mess With Me." I love it when Rob gets all pissy.

Temposhark tour dates and and pre-sale codes after the jump.

TEMPOSHARK USA CLUB TOUR DATES: JUNE 2007

Monday 11 June, 2007
Canal Room, New York
Tickets onsale 11 May
http://www.ticketweb.com

Friday June 15, 2007
The Mod Club Theatre, Toronto, Canada
Tickets onsale 11 May
http://www.ticketmaster.com

Monday June 18, 2007
Lakeshore Theatre, Chicago
Tickets onsale 11 May
http://www.ticketweb.com

Tuesday 19 June, 2007
Red Devil Lounge, San Francisco
Tickets onsale 11 May with special Presale Code: garden1
http://www.ticketweb.com

Friday 22 June, 2007
Roxy Theatre, Los Angeles
Tickets onsale 11 May
http://www.ticketmaster.com

May 11, 2007 in Heads Up | Permalink | Comments (6)

Scissor Sisters Tidbits

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It looks like Ana Matronic is trying to live in cartoon motion, skillfully balancing that Miffy looking doll. Scissor Sisters has been everywhere lately, performing shows in Asia, North America and Europe. Time to get you up to speed with all that's hot and happening in the amazing world of Scissor Sisters. A brief run-down of current news items:

Arjanwrites_bullet_small  Scissor Sisters filmed the video for their upcoming new single "Kiss You Off" in London this week. I'm glad Ana is getting her time in the spotlight for this one. The video was directed by Robert Hales (Gnarls Barkley, Nine Inch Nails) and styled by Zaldy. Some exclusive photos from the set coming to you next week.

Arjanwrites_bullet_small  Jake Shears sings "R.E.S.P.E.C.T." on the online Pancake Mountain Show. I'm not familiar with this internet program, but it looks like Jake and Paddy are being interviewed by a sheep puppet. Nothing like Triumph, the insult comic dog, but still entertaining to watch.

Arjanwrites_bullet_small  Head over to YouTube to watch unique behind-the-scenes footage that was shot during the filming of "She's My Man." It shows how the unique Kuroko concept came about and created one of the best Scissor Sisters videos to date.

Arjanwrites_bullet_small  Jake is working on a few songs with Kylie Minogue for her upcoming new album. One of the tracks he wrote is "White Diamond" that the pop princess already showcased during her recent shows.

Arjanwrites_bullet_small  Hayseed Dixie did a totally fun cover of "I Don't Feel Like Dancing." Watch it here.

Arjanwrites_bullet_small That photo of Ana Matronic on top was shot during the group's recent Japanese tour.

April 4, 2007 in GLBT Artists, Heads Up, Rare & Exclusive, Scissor Sisters | Permalink | Comments (1)

Stream The Cliks "Cry Me A River" (Justin Timberlake Cover)

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The Cliks look as fierce as they sound. This Toronto based rock quartet makes music that is equally raw, bold and still very melodic. The group is currently touring North America to promote their upcoming album "Snakehouse" that will be out on April 24. The disc will be released on Tommy Boys' Silver Label that focuses exclusively on developing and marketing gay and lesbian projects.

The group is the brainchild of singer Lucas Silveira, a transgendered male, who started to write songs in 2005. After multiple personal crises, Silveira climbed back up and started to come to terms with his individuality. "They say when it rains, it pours, and that essentially happened to me before the creation of this album,” Silveira says in a press statement. "I went through a complete lineup change after having made a name for the band in Toronto. While this was happening, a relationship that I’d been in for nearly seven years fell apart, my father suffered a stroke and I had a nervous breakdown—all this crazy shit at once." Much of the lyrical intensity and powerful sound on "Snakehouse" was inspired by this time in Silveira's life.

Things started to look up for Silveira when he met drummer Morgan Doctor and bass player Jen Benton at a local watering hole in Toronto. They immediately struck a musical connection that led to  the formation of The Cliks. The group went into the studio with producer Moe Berg to begin work on "Snakehouse." The trio also added guitarist Nina Martinez to their line up.

"This is music that seems to emanate from a parallel universe, one where fundamental distinctions are blurred," boasts a press release about "Snakehouse." It poignantly sums up the group's genre-crossing sound and androgynous appearance that makes them stand out from the pack.

One of highlights on "Snakehouse" is The Cliks' cover of the Justin Timberlake smash "Cry Me A River." The group has turned the pop singer's original into a hooky pop rock anthem with a throbbing reggae beat that will surely be a crowd favorite. (A big hug for Rosie for allowing me to stream this track on Arjanwrites.com. Click here to pre-order "Snakehouse" at Amazon.com)

Stream "Cry Me A River" by The Cliks:

March 29, 2007 in Audio Streams, GLBT Artists, Heads Up | Permalink | Comments (18)

"U Look Like A Gay"

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An artist by the name of Tiga dropped a hot new track in my email box yesterday. What a nice surprise! "U Look Like A Gay" is a throbbing electrotrash stomper that is both hilarious and very catchy. You can listen to it on the Homotronic MySpace page. I'm not sure if this was really produced by the famous Tiga. It might be just a fun hoax. Listen to it and you will hear that the world of music is a lot gayer than you might think.

March 20, 2007 in Heads Up | Permalink | Comments (0)