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The Boys Are Back: US5

The boys are definitely back! US5‘s (Though it’s really 4 now with the departure of Chris Watrin) new song for High School Musical 3 is now hitting the world with its music video.  It’s not a song that I like but I’m just glad US5 is back again.

Previously Around the World with US5

Scissor Sister Jake Shears Hanging Out on BUTT

Scissor Sister Jake Shears will be featured on the cover of the coming issue of BUTT, the quarterly gay journal which is equal parts raunch and literary interviews. This time it’s by the fabulous designer/photographer Hedi Slimane. This fall issue – no. 24 – will be out late August. With loads of contributions by BUTT readers and interviews with Jake Shears from New York, Rosa von Praunheim from Berlin, Will Munro from Toronto and ‘Your Big Dick Host’ from Brooklyn.

Uh…hanging out literally.

The Dø At Last

Upon their successful first album, The Dø has just released their second music video ‘At last‘. Watch out for oranges, because you get many of them in this video. The story revolve around people in the dance floor with unwhole oranges trying to find the remainding half/ perfect match. The smart thing is that the video points out the ‘perfect match’ dose not necessarily be who you want it to be. You see people fighting just to try to squeeze their oranges to make it fit. Of course, the perfect match may also be of the same sex or a totally different age group, because there are no rules.

Pete Wentz: Gay Circus Act

Pete Wentz from Fall Out Boy has landed the cover story of the August 2008 issue of OUT Magazine. In the interview, he talks about sexuality, his childhood and Andy Warhol:

“Warhol impacted you in the ’80s whether you wanted or not,” he says, but after seeing Piero Manzoni’s Merda d’artista (literally, cans allegedly filled with “artist’s shit”) as a kid, he followed the theme to Warhol. Tributes to his hero fittingly run the gamut, from T-shirts — one has Warhol’s name across the chest of a baseball-style jersey; another is a set of cartoon monster portraits with “Warholier than thou” as tagline — to a new bar with an underground space modeled after Warhol’s less glamorous hangout, Max’s Kansas City.”

US5 Around the World Without Robin Gibb

International boyband US5 has just released their album “Around the World’. Following their huge success in the past, Bee Gees singer Robin Gibb decided to sing in their single “Too Much Heaven” from their previous album. When the world thought the time of boybands has come to its demise, US5’s international success and awards received prove otherwise.

Below is the clip of their newest single, Round and Round. This time they’re on their own without good old Robin Gibb.

Leave Out All The Rest: Linkin Park

There must be something about the stars lately, it seems like everything is revolving around the theme of outer space, galaxies and supernova. This is Linkin Park’s official music video of  Leave Out All The Rest. The song is from their 2007 album, Minutes to Midnight. It features the band members as astronauts in a spaceship somewhere near the sun (the music video would have made a great sound track for Sunshine.) The song itself is a bit repetitive but nonetheless it’s not a bad song if you like Linkin Park’s style. They have obviously matured over the years and so did their music. Not sure if it is a good or bad thing.

Here’s also a clip on the making of the video:

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He Loves Hats and We Love Him: Jason Mraz

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In his new album, We Sing, We Dance, We Steal Things, Jason Mraz has continued to refine his writing style from the cheerful guitar-driven pop of his first album. How can people NOT fall in love with a guy who writes such songs? I said it before and I’m saying it again, Mr. Sexuality is gonna break my heart someday.

Mraz strikes a sometimes precarious balance between impassioned love and stolid maturity, and the songs on We Sing, We Dance, We Steal Things reflect that, with the equilibrium constantly in flux. Thick horn explosions ramp up the overindulgent points of love while Mraz’s trademark “man and a guitar” style remains a focal point of the new album. “Make It Mine” and “Butterfly” both scream radio hit, with their playful glitz somewhat masking the singer-songwriter’s kindred respect for love. His duet with Colbie Caillat, “Lucky,” will turn some heads even as the era of the male-female duet seems to have faded significantly in this sort of music. What makes “Lucky” such an outstanding ballad is that both Mraz and Caillat are excellent individually in the verses as well as together on the chorus. The only downside is that Caillat doesn’t necessarily distinguish herself as a guest on this song any more than if any of her contemporaries had taken the spot instead.

“Details in the Fabric” shows Mraz’s acoustic side, as the song tenderly moves along without becoming boring. “Coyotes” takes on almost a club vibe with some vocal distortion and beats, but the brief orchestral interludes serve to make it a really interesting track that may initially throw listeners for a loop. “The Dynamo of Volition” continues the poppy, upbeat delivery that Mraz enjoyed on much of his first album and about half of this new one. “If It Kills Me” is delivered with a charming piano melody, and stands out among the final few songs of the album. WSWDWST is punctuated by a slowly-building closer with “A Beautiful Mess,” which is most definitely worth hanging on until the end for.

Providing the carefree soundtrack to your summer, Jason Mraz combines the playful lyrics he’s always sported with lush instrumentals on his new disc, We Sing, We Dance, We Steal Things. Featuring some of the best songs he’s ever written, it firmly declares that the eclectic and immensely talented musician is here to stay, proven with a huge leap forward in the songwriting and replayability factors of his music. Roll the windows down and belt out the faster songs, and pull that special someone a little closer for the slower ones; you’ll both be hooked on this CD.

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