Pop Artist J Carson on Coming Out, and Coming Back to Philly to Perform at OutFest

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This Sunday marks the 24th annual OutFest block party in the Gayborhood. Besides all the fabulous out-and proud-celebrating and gay kiki-ing , there will be plenty of killer performances set to add even more color to an already rainbow-filled afternoon. One of those performers is Philly-bred singer-songwriter J Carson, who is returning to town from Los Angeles, where he is currently working to make a name for himself in the mainstream music business.

I caught up with Mr. Carson this week, and he couldn’t be more excited to be coming back to perform for his Philly brethren. You can catch him on the OutFest mainstage on Sunday at 1:20 p.m., followed by an evening performance at Icandy. Until then, you can catch up with him in our fun little Q&A. Keep reading to hear what he’s been up to since moving to L.A., how being gay in the music industry has been a challenge for him, and why he calls Britney the “S” word. (Gasp!)

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Your Official American Horror Story: Freak Show Premiere Party Playlist

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After what has certainly felt like a lifetime of anticipation, American Horror Story comes screaming back tonight with its latest installment, wonderfully subtitled “Freak Show.” Over the past few months, we’ve all been salivating over tiny tidbits from the set, teaser trailers and photos of the cast in all their freakish glory.

Now the moment we’ve all been waiting for is here, and I know that a lot of you are gearing up for your official “AHS” viewing parties tonight. Well, as I always say, it’s simply not a party without some killer tunes, so I’ve put together a freak-filled playlist to bump while you and your guests anticipate the return of Ms. Lange and her flock of oddities.

Give it a listen in my playlist below:

Prefer a little visual to go with your tunes? Some videos from the playlist below:

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10 Things You Probably Never Knew About Desperate Housewives on the Gay-Loved Show’s 10th Anniversary

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Do you know what day it is? Yes, it’s October 3rd, Lindsey, but most importantly, it’s the 10th anniversary of the night we were introduced to the white-picketed world of Wisteria Lane—and the ladies who live there—on ABC’s Desperate Housewives. From that infamous “Pilot” episode (which garnered 21.6 million viewers, the best showing for ABC in a decade at that time), all of us were instantly hooked on the bizarrely brilliant characters and drawn into their world of lies, scandal, death, desperation and, ahem, the seduction of one smokin’-hot gardener.

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10 Iconic Michael Jackson Live Performances: A Look Back On the Fifth Anniversary of His Death

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Today marks the five-year anniversary of the death of pop icon Michael Jackson. Since that day, Jackson’s estate has been rolling in dough, due to booming music royalties, two successful posthumous albums and Cirque Du Soleil’s “Immortal World Tour,” which has logged in over 500 sold-out performances since its launch in 2011. It certainly seems as if Michael never left us.

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Sarah Paulson Reveals Her “Freak Show” Character on American Horror Story

Yesterday, actress Sarah Paulson took to Twitter to reveal the character, er ,characters she will be playing on the next installment of American Horror Story, this time themed “Freak Show.”

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An Apertif Before Your Orange is the New Black Season 2 Binge-Watching Bonanza

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After what seems like an eternity in isolation, smash Netflix series Orange is the New Black season 2 will be available to stream tomorrow, Friday, June 6th. So what can we expect? Show creator Jenji Kohan offers a few hints on Entertainment Weekly: “We had a theme for season 2. A little darker, a little more fractured. We wanted to explore the groups one at a time. It was getting a little summer-campy, and we wanted to address the realities that this is prison. We needed a little more drama.”

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Sinead O’Connor Ditches the Buzz Cut for a Dominatrix Look

sinead oconnor bossySinead, is that really you? Yesterday, Irish songbird Sinead O’Connor had the Internet buzzing when she released her new album cover showing the singer trading in her Irish hipster look for slick rock-and-roll dominatrix getup — and she’s never looked better. Gone is Sinead’s trademark buzzcut; in its place is a black skin tight leather dress topped with a sexy cropped wig. The “Nothing Compares 2U” chanteuse’s 10th studio album, I’m Not Bossy, I’m The Boss is due for release on August 12th.

Besides branding a fierce new look, O’Connor is also very passionate about the album’s title. On her official website she posted: “Originally, I had a different title, The Vishnu Room, but a few months back when I saw the phrase “I’m Not Bossy, I’m The Boss” and became aware of the Ban Bossy campaign, I wished I could re-name the album, since indeed it can be tricky being a female boss, and I think Sheryl’s campaign is a terribly important one. ”

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Jesus Christ Superstar Mysteriously Cancelled Before Debut

Destiny's Child songbird Michelle Williams was set to play Mary in the touring production of "Jesus Christ Superstar" before the show was abruptly canned. Can girlfriend catch a break? s_bukley / Shutterstock.com

Destiny’s Child songbird Michelle Williams was set to play Mary in the touring production of “Jesus Christ Superstar” before the show was abruptly canned. Can girlfriend catch a break? Photo by s_bukley / Shutterstock.com

The star-studded North American tour of Jesus Christ Superstar that had punk icon John “Johnny Rotten” Lydon playing King Harold and Michelle Williams of Destiny’s Child as Mary Magdalene was unexpectedly cancelled before debuting in New Orleans on June 9th. While details are scarce as to why the show was crucified, there have been some rumors that a rapidly expanding budget played a role. The tour was set to stop in 54 cities, including Philly, at the Wells Fargo Center on August 16th. All ticket holders are expected to receive a full refund.

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INTERVIEW: Girl Talk With The Reinvented Danity Kane

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I remember how obsessed I was with Danity Kane while following their every move on Diddy‘s MTV series, Making The Band: I love their classic bangers “Damaged” and “Showstopper.” Now, after a five-year hiatus, the girls have returned with their new single “Lemonade“…and as a trio. In fact, the day after I spoke with the girls, Aundrea Fimbres announced during the group’s “No Filter” tour kickoff in San Francisco that she was going to be leaving Danity Kane to focus on motherhood. However, as Danity Kane knows, the show must go on; this Sunday, they hit the TLA stage. I chatted with Dawn Richard, Aubrey O’Day, and Shannon Bex about their new music, new sound, and what exactly their fierce “Lemonade” single is all about. Read more »

REVIEW: Mariah Carey’s Newest Album Fails to Hit the High Notes

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I’ll never forget the first time Mariah Carey burst into my life in the early 90’s. Hearing that glass-shattering voice was closeted gay love at first sight. Right from her debut single “Vision Of Love“, I became completely and totally obsessed. I fell in love with her even more during her coo-coo bananas phase when she showed up on TRL with some popsicles and a bizarre striptease (All I can say is, Thank god for You-Tube). And, of course, there is her fabulous comeback album, The Emancipation Of Mimi: be still our gay hearts.

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