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!! OMG, a Q&A with Jimmy Somerville !!

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Jimmy Somerville‘s love of disco is long documented. As the falsetto-voiced singer for ’80s pop groups Bronski Beat and The Communards, he covered classic hits by the likes of Sylvester, Thelma Houston, Donna Summer and The Bee Gees. His solo career has often detoured into disco and next year he returns to the genre once again with the album Homage.

Of course, he is a disco queen in his own right having contributed “Smalltown Boy” and “Why?” to the HI-NRG canon. We recently had a chance to chat with Jimmy over the phone from his home in London about the upcoming record, his current single “Travesty,” and his ill-fated meeting with Giorgio Moroder, among other disco-related topics.

Check out the interview after the jump!

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!! OMG, a Q&A with Chris Garneau !!

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Earlier this year, singer-songwriter Chris Garneau emerged from hibernation in Upstate New York where he spent the better part of the past five years recording his third album, Winter Games.

As the title suggests, Garneau uses the coldest season as a springboard to explore the kind of uncomfortable and sometimes painful emotional terrain he has been known to tackle in blunt fashion in song — and in interviews.

A while back we rang him up in New York City to discuss the album, his recent Chinese tour, living the rural life in New York state and a certain mega-famous pop diva who may or may not have ripped him off. Read the interview after the jump!

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!! OMG, a Q&A with Kenny Mellman of The Julie Ruin !!

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Bikini Kill and Le Tigre leader Kathleen Hanna is mounting a return to music after a seven-year hiatus from performing. Her latest band, The Julie Ruin, is a five-piece re-imagining of her 1997 solo bedroom project Julie Ruin, an album now looked upon as one of the first punk efforts to incorporate electronics. The group’s debut, Run Fast, takes her music in a more personal direction after years spent producing feminist anthems that helped fuel the Riot Grrrl movement of the 1990s.

Hanna began assembling the band in 2010 while in the throes of a debilitating battle with Lyme disease, an illness she kept secret from fans until a documentary about her life, The Punk Singer, premiered at SXSW earlier this year.

This week, The Julie Ruin are embarking on a U.S. tour to support the release of Run Fast. To find out about the band’s musical evolution, we spoke with keyboard player and co-singer Kenny Mellman, whom you might also know as one of half of the drag cabaret duo Kiki and Herb. Read the Q&A with Kenny after the jump!

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!! OMG, a Q&A with Alison Moyet !!

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A reality facing many pop stars in older age brackets is that major labels no longer want to front them the cash to record albums of original material. Hence the steady stream of Christmas carols, American standards and covers albums from the chart-toppers of yesteryear.
Keenly aware of this situation, bluesy-voiced British singer Alison Moyet opted to independently finance and produce her eighth solo album, The Minutes (Metropolis/Cooking Vinyl), and then figure out how to release it later. The album, which was co-produced with Guy Sigsworth, marks the former Yaz front woman’s return to electronic music and is full of world-weary and sometimes cutting reflections on love, time and aging.

We were fortunate to land an interview with the influential star to chat about the record ahead of her fall tour, which will include three concerts in the United States. Check out the Q&A and her upcoming tour dates after the jump.

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!! OMG, a Q&A with Hard Ton !!

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Hard Ton is a larger-than-life disco duo made up of singer Max (above) and DJ Wawashi. Based in Italy, the pair will perform on Canadian soil for the first time this Saturday at legendary party Hotnuts (HI-NRG DOLLphins) where guests are guaranteed a “multisensorial” experience and will certainly hear the new plus-sized singles “Food of Love” and “Work Your Body” among others.

We’ve invited back our two drag muses and the proprietresses of Hotnuts Produzentin and Mary Messhausen (below) to conduct a quick Q&A with singer Max where they explore the aesthetic world of Hard Ton and pull out some tidbits of what we can expect this weekend.

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After the jump, find the full Q&A plus Hard Ton’s most recent music videos and ticket information for this Saturday!

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