Musicality - Alicia Keys, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Chely Wright, Neon Hitch

Alicia Keys

“In Common” (The Remixes) EP


The new single “In Common” is different from what we’ve usually seen from Alicia Keys. Wonderfully tropical and movement-inducing, it’s heavy on dance and has a world music feel. The video seems to touch on freedom and sexuality. In it, people contort their bodies as they dance without shame, and at certain points, they focus on gay couples. I’m proud of artists like Keys who aren’t afraid to tackle something like this in their own artistic way. Among the song’s remixes, a really good one is the Xpect remix. It changes up the drums and makes it even more danceable. The Kenny Dope remix changes the song quite a bit, layering a smooth-jazz and funky bass over it. It sounds crazy, but it works very well and it’s my favorite. You should definitely check out the remixes. I’m excited to see what Keys does next.

Red Hot Chili Peppers

The Getaway

(Warner Bros.)

I am a longtime fan of Red Hot Chili Peppers. Anytime I hear a new song from them, I am filled with pure happiness. They have always been able to create a hook that pierces into your heart with euphoria. Since the ’90s, their music has changed into a more calm and funk style of alternative. I’m pleased that they’ve gone this route. They can still rock out, and their melodies remain top-notch. When I heard the single “Dark Necessities,” I instantly knew I had to have it. I am absolutely enjoying the album. My favorite song is “Goodbye Angels,” mostly because of the surprise breakdown at the end. Other favorites are “The Getaway” and “Encore.”

Chely Wright

I Am the Rain


Country artist Chely Wright is well-known in Kansas City for her 2012 founding of the LIKEME Lighthouse, an LGBT community center at 39th and Main Streets. This album, her eighth, is the first since 2010, when she came out as a lesbian, released her memoir, Like Me, and released the album Lifted Off the Ground. Since then, she has also gotten married and given birth to twin boys. This full-length album comes out Sept. 9, so I won’t give too much away. She may have gone through a lot, she is still the Chely we love. With good, rich melodies, the album is just as thoughtful as her last one, but it’s a little bit stronger. My favorite songs are “You Are the River” and “What About Your Heart.”

Neon Hitch



Neon Hitch is a British singer and songwriter, and this album, her first, breaks all the rules. That’s probably why it’s called Anarchy. As a whole, it’s hard to categorize, because the songs can be vastly different from one another. Some are heavier on the R&B influences, others are more on the pop side, and the rest are along the lines of rap and soul. The song “Firetiger” became an immediate favorite for me. It’s calming and soulful. I appreciate that when so much music on the radio is trying too hard to stand out. The album starts off a bit slow, but it more than makes up for it by the end. Most of my favorites were in the second half, including “Please” and “Freedom.” My other favorite is “Why.” I’m glad Neon Hitch was finally able to release a full-length album on her own label after releasing several singles and getting dropped from Warner Bros., her previous label.

WhistlePig + Alfa Romeo F1

SHOREHAM, VT (September 13, 2023) — WhistlePig Whiskey, the leaders in independent craft whiskey, and Alfa Romeo F1 Team Stake are waving the checkered flag on a legend-worthy release that’s taking whiskey to G-Force levels. The Limited Edition PiggyBack Legends Series: Alfa Romeo F1 Team Stake Barrel is a high Rye Whiskey selected by the Alfa Romeo F1 Team Stake drivers, with barrels trialed in their wind tunnel to ensure a thrilling taste in every sip.

The third iteration in WhistlePig’s Single Barrel PiggyBack Legends Series, the Alfa Romeo F1 Team Stake Barrel is bottled at 96.77 proof, a nod to Valtteri Bottas’ racing number, 77, and the precision of racing. Inspired by Zhou Guanyu, the first Chinese F1 driver, this Rye Whiskey is finished with lychee and oolong tea. Herbal and floral notes of the oolong tea complement the herbaceous notes of WhistlePig’s signature PiggyBack 100% Rye, rounded out with a juicy tropical fruit finish and a touch of spice.

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Nurse Practitioner Ari Kravitz

When I started medical transition at 20 years old, it was very difficult to get the care I needed for hormone replacement therapy because there are very few providers trained in starting hormones for trans people, even though it’s very similar to the hormones that we prescribe to women in menopause or cisgender men with low testosterone.

I hope more providers get trained in LGBTQ+ healthcare, so they can support patients along their individual gender journey, and provide the info needed to make informed decisions about their body. I’ve personally seen my trans patients find hope and experience a better quality of life through hormone replacement therapy.

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Descanso Resort swimming pool and lounge area

Descanso Resort, Palm Springs' premier destination for gay men, just received Tripadvisor's highest honor, a Travelers' Choice "Best of the Best" award for 2023. Based on guests' reviews and ratings, fewer than 1% of Tripadvisor's 8 million listings around the world receive the coveted "Best of the Best" designation. Descanso ranked 12th in the top 25 small inns and hotels category in the United States. Quite an accomplishment!

Open less than two years, Descanso Resort offers gay men a relaxing and luxurious boutique hotel experience just minutes away from Palm Springs' buzziest restaurants, nightclubs, and shopping. Descanso has quickly established itself as a top destination for sophisticated gay travelers, earning hundreds of 5-star guest reviews and consistently ranking in Trapadvisor's top positions alongside brother properties Santiago Resort and Twin Palms Resort.

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