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!! OMG, a Q&A with Lizzo !!

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It’s not every day your live show is compared to the likes of Tina Turner and Beyoncé, but Minneapolis-based rapper Lizzo is truly a force to be reckoned with. Since making her debut in 2013 with the debut album LIZZOBANGERS, she’s been earning international acclaim, playing huge festivals like SXSW and Glastonbury, and making a number of high profile talk show appearances on The Real and Late Night with Stephen Colbert.

This year, Lizzo followed her sophomore album, 2015’s Big Grrrl Small World, with her latest EP Coconut Oil, her debut release on Atlantic Records. Between the affirming messages of self-love on “Good As Hell” and care-free club bangers like “Phone,” the rapper creates a space for women of all shapes and sizes to be beautiful, delivering personal-political statements that uplift her fans, whilst keeping the party bumping at every turn.

Ahead of her upcoming Toronto show at the Velvet Underground, we caught up with Lizzo to discuss the new EP, self-love, and her upcoming tour.

Read the Q&A and check out the tour dates after the jump.

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!! OMG, a Q&A with Hayley Kiyoko !!

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Los Angeles-based singer/songwriter/actor Hayley Kiyoko caught a lot of ears last year thanks to the insanely catchy “Girls Like Girls” single from her This Side Of Paradise EP [Spotify | iTunes]. The video (which Kiyoko co-directed) has racked up an impressive 49 million plays, and the buzz helped her get signed to Atlantic for her new Citrine EP [Spotify | iTunes].

Kiyoko is once again directing and writing her own videos, and has just released a tear-jerking clip for “One Bad Night” featuring trans activist and vlogger Erin Armstrong. The new single follows the previously released video for “Cliff’s Edge,” and a summer tour opening up for Miike Snow.

We caught up with Kiyoko on a break at home before she heads back out on the road for a string of headlining shows across the USA. Read the Q&A and check out her upcoming tour dates after the jump.

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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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