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Christafari - To the Foundation
Lion of Zion Entertainment
Grade: A+

If more Contemporary Christian artists took their cues from Christafari, the CCM market might not be as bland and hopeless as it often seems. With what seems like no effort at all, Christafari have released their rootsiest album yet seamlessly blending roots reggae with dance hall ska, and a sprinkle of good old fashioned rock in a single package that highlights why these fellas have been at the forefront (no pun intended) of spiritual based music of all kinds for over two decades. “To the Foundation” is just that both musically as well as thematically. The entire album returns the listener to the basics fundamentals of reggae, spirituality and just plain good music. Christafari has with this effort managed to release a deeply spiritual, deeply groovy piece of CCM without watering down the music or the meaning. Simply amazing!   

Macy Gray – Big
Geffen Records/ music
Grade: B-

The second major release from Black Eyed Peas front man’s record label, Macy Gray’s newest effort finds her sounding better than she has in a very long time. Her first studio release in four years, “Big” finds Gray collaborating for the first time with other artists including Justin Timberlake, Natalie Cole, Fergie and himself. Despite the additional talent and slick production that reeks of’s influence,  Big seems to do little more than take past formulae that worked well for Gray and added a little more spice. The album has a good solid sound throughout and her trademark pipes sound as good as they ever have. However, there is little (if any) growth or expansion of the music and at times it seems to echo her debut album from 1999 a bit too closely. I mean, really—how many songs about killing someone and running away with their money can one person write? Don’t get me wrong, Big is not a bad album, it’s just not anything new for Macy Gray.

Patty Hurst Shifter – Fugitive Glue EP
Mood Indigo Entertainment
Grade: B+

Back with the first of four promised follow-up EPs to last year’s “Too Crowded on the Losing End”, PHS draws inspiration from the best of anthemic, play at full volume, guitar filled classic rock and modern day folk Americana pours it all in a blender and hits puree at full blast. The result is a collection of adrenaline charged music with down-to-earth execution wrapped around a skeleton of well crafter tunes that stick with the listener long after the record is done. If the next three EPs are a fraction as good we are in for a treat. If you like Whiskeytown or The Drive-By Truckers, the PHS is a band you should definitely check out.
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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by Spectrum Medical Care Center

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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