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Palm Springs: Longtime Gay Video Bar Changes Name to QuadZ

Even in small California desert towns famous for “a dry heat,” a longtime Hollywood legacy and global gay tourism, change happens. Gents: the Palm Springs gay video bar formerly known as Spurline is now…QuadZ.

What’s the name mean?

“That’s the million-dollar question,” Eric Stahl, 47, one of the managers of the bar said via phone.

Owners Michael McCartney and Jim Osterberger, who opened Spurline more than ten years ago also own the original QuadZ in Las Vegas, a bar with a website homepage stating that they have “some of the best and strongest drinks at some of the lowest prices Gay Vegas has to offer.”

Why did they revamp and rename? “It’s part of the transformation of Arenas Road,” Stahl said.

Indeed, competition for customers is intense. Tourism has grown by leaps and bounds as the region has recovered from the Great Recession, and today’s (often younger) patrons from markets such as LA, San Diego and San Francisco demand ever more upscale environments. 

In the past couple of years new arrivals to Palm Springs’ gayest avenue include Chill Bar, right next door to QuadZ, and Blackbook, half a block away. Across the road, Hunters invested in an extensive renovation about a year or so ago, installing a new DJ booth and world class sound system. 

QuadZ’s arrival can be seen as a continuation of the gay desert revival that began about five years ago, when Ron deHarte took the helm at Palm Springs Pride. It was deHarte who lobbied city hall to close off Arenas Road between Indian Canyon and Calle Encillia for all-day outdoor entertainment during Pride weekend, annually held on the first weekend in November.

For Instinct readers who travel to Palm Springs, you may remember how Spurline was famous for its beloved show tunes and musical theatre nights on Fridays, Saturdays and Mondays. Patrons would sing along to videos of musical numbers from classics like Gentlemen Prefer Blondes to newer films like Chicago and many numbers recorded from the annually broadcast TONY awards.

 

“We haven’t changed those,” Stahl said. And Sundays will continue to have karaoke, hosted by “none other than Jeff Bosco,” a longtime Spurline employee.

Will anything new be happening? “We’re looking to liven up a couple of the other nights,” is all Stahl would say regarding programming on the remaining nights of the week.

Now that the bar has a fresh look inside, “We will be looking to reach out to the gay community more,” Stahl added. He means event and group business. LGBTQ enthusiast and athletic organizations like the International Gay Rodeo Association that come to Palm Springs, or that may have local chapters, are prime business targets.

What has the customer response been? Stahl said both regulars and newbies to QuadZ have given him positive reviews. And if you check out their Facebook page, you can read supportive comments from local fans.

QuadZ opened in early October, prior to Halloween and the annual Leather Pride and Palm Springs Pride weekends. High season in the Coachella Valley, where Palm Springs is, officially started November 1 and, depending upon whom you ask, generally goes until March/April. That’s when that world-renowned “dry heat” descends and QuadZ will be serving the locals. Happy hour pricing, anyone?

Below: an example of the kind of video patrons will see on QuadZ's popular show tune evenings.

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Brian Justin Crum Shows His 'Wild Side' With New Single

2016 America’s Got Talent Finalist Brian Justin Crum left the audience speechless on numerous occasions and his performances got some very well-deserved standing ovations from the judges. The vocal powerhouse stunned with performances of covers such as Radiohead’s Creep and Queen’s Somebody to Love.

The singer who hails from San Diego, CA definitely made an impact on the competition with his backstory of struggle with sexuality and identity. Ultimately, Crum came in 4th place on his season with winner being sweetheart Grace Vanderwaal—I mean, who can compete with an adorably talented little girl? As hot and talented as Brian Justin Crum is, we knew America’s Got Talent wouldn’t be the last we saw of him.

Now, Brian Justin Crum is showing us what he’s really made of with a brand-spanking-new single Wild Side. The singer-songwriter worked with producer Frankmusik on this single which according to the official press release “is a celebration of exploration of sexuality, sensuality and consensual submissiveness, a side that fans of the America’s Got Talent alum have not yet seen.”

Brian shares:

It’s important for me as an artist that I share all parts of myself without shame. My fans have seen my vulnerable side, but I am ready for them to see more of me now. It is important that we acknowledge how far we have come from the archaic time when LGBTQ people were sent to mental hospitals and psychiatric wards to find a cure for their ‘sickness,’ but we still have so far to go. We need to have a healthy attitude towards consensual sex amongst partners. I hope this song opens up that dialogue so members of the LGBTQ community no longer feel shame for their sexual expression.

The song is haunting, dark, sexy and will make you feel all kinds of emotions with its depiction of vintage footage juxtaposed with imagery of S&M and bondage. And Brian is looking as fine as ever!

Check out the video for Wild Side here:

 

 

 

 

 

You can buy/stream the new single here: http://smarturl.it/BJCWildSide

And just for funzies, here’s Brian showing us more of his wild side.

 

 

 

I've missed you guys! Happy Friday! How's everyone doing!!???

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Get out of my head.

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All clean! Off to Minneapolis!

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This Fraternity's Dance Routine Is Going Viral

Members of Sigma Tau Gamma at the University of Central Oklahoma performed a mash-up dance and cheer routine that has left the internet going nuts. The group, who performed the routine at this year’s Homecoming Cheer and Dance Competition, sported jorts (jean shorts), fanny packs, white crew socks and white sneakers—fulfilling our daddy-loving dreams!

The video that was originally posted on Facebook, has since gone viral—I mean, with those tight jean shorts, who could turn away?

But this young brotherhood isn’t all about working those shorts and fannies--the frat is currently raising funds for the Special Olympics via a GoFundMe page.

Way to go, boys! Keep twerking for the internets!

Alaska Unmasks Valentina in New Parody Video 'Valentina'

The last season of RuPaul’s Drag Race left us gasping and clutching our pearls during the unexpected moment when Season 9 fan favorite, Valentina, refused to take her bedazzled face mask off during a lipsync against Nina Bo’Nina “None of Your Business” Brown.

With backlash that has been felt almost a year later for the RPDR diva, this pivotal moment in drag race herstory will certainly resonate with faithful fans for seasons to come.

Since then, Valentina has gotten her share of hate mail and online trolling for her disappointing choice that knocked her out of the race after being a front runner in the competition.

All this aside, we can now celebrate the endless material this has given us, from memes, to gifs, and now even music videos.

Enter Alaska Thunderfuck, RPDR All-stars Season 2 winner, who has put some lipstick on Luis Fonsi’s Summer bop Despacito  and rebranded it in this parody you won’t be able to get out of your damn head, Valentina.

With Alaska’s convoluted Spanish, she recounts that game-changing moment on RPDR, paying homage to her signature looks and throwing around some nonsensical lyrics that elevate the campy tune.

Check out Alaska’s video Valentina that will have you thanking the Virgen de Guadalupe

Watch the Video for Sam Smith's "Too Good At Goodbyes"

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Sam Smith’s New Music Video is Out

The British singer has been missing somewhat in the past year or so, but that’s assumably to prepare for his latest comeback.

Smith’s debut LP, In the Lonely Hour, came out back in 2014. Then, after making the rounds with his music from that, he went on to create and win an Oscar in 2015 for “Writings on the Wall,” the theme song to Bond’s SPECTRE.

And now it seems he’s ready to come out with a new LP which he says will drop sometime before Christmas.

In the meantime, we get to enjoy his first single from the currently untitled LP.

“Too Good at Goodbyes” is a smooth ballad that Smith himself says came from a deep and personal place.

"This song is about me and about a relationship I was in," he said. "This album actually is not all about me. There's about four songs that are about me, and the rest are about different things and different people in my life and what they've gone through."

We told you about the release date and name of the song, but now we can finally give you a video to go with it.

So, if you are interested in seeing “Too Good At Goodbyes,” check it out down below.

Watch Superfruit Party Hard in "How You Feeling?"

Superfruit is back with another music video, and we had to share it with you all.

The dynamic duo are celebrating the release of the second part of their Future Friends album. And with it come some great new songs like “Fantasy" featuring F(x)’s Amber Liu, “Hurry Up!” and “How You Feeling?”

And the latter song now has a music video out.

The song follows Mitch Grassi and Scott Hoying as they go on a little of bender after partying maybe a little too hard.

Some of the lyrics go, “I’m dancing reckless but it’s all a lie,” and,  “Don’t have the patience to even say goodbye.”

Watch the video down below.

Katy Perry Releases Goofy Official Video For 'Swish Swish'

Katy Perry’s performance on Saturday Night Live for Swish Swish created buzz around her drag queen entourage, especially when she performed Bon Appétit with Migos, who claimed they would not go out on stage with her drag backup dancers. Regardless, both songs have become summer bops that have been heard at clubs everywhere making you want to stomp it to the death on the dance floor.

Now, just a few days before hosting this year’s MTV VMA’s, Katy Perry has released her official video for Swish Swish which features Nicki Minaj, Molly Shannon, Terry Crews, Hafþór Júlíus "Thor" Björnsson, Russel “Backpack Kid” Horning, the ladies of GLOW (Sydelle Noel, Britney Young, Kia Stevens, Jackie Tohn), the West Hollywood Cheerleaders, Rob Gronkowski, and many others.

What started as a song in response to a feud between Katy and Taylor Swift, the official video is a campy video that takes place on a basketball court wherein the underdog comes out the victor (metaphor for something?) Too wacky considering it make you want to strut your stuff? Feels a little too literal to me.

What do you think?

 

 

MUST WATCH: Logic's New MV About Teen Suicide Prevention

Ladies, Gentlemen, and those in-between, I am crying. I am crying because I just watched this beautiful video for Logic’s new song “1-800-273-8255,” and I am writing because I had to share it with all of you.

For those wondering, 1-800-273-8255 is the number for the U.S. National Suicide Prevention Hotline, and this video centers around this concept but with an LGBTQ focus.

And just that important detail should tell you the power of this music video’s story. I won’t tell you much because I don’t want to spoil it for you.

What I will tell you is that the video is put together by a fantastic group of creatives. From the addition of Alessia Clara and Khalid as feature artists on the song to having Modern Family’s Nolan Gould, Oscar nominee Don Cheadle, Matthew Modine, Luiz Guzmán, and Nickelodeon’s Coy Stewart, playing the main role, taking parts as actors. You can see there’s talent all over this video.

So go grab some tissues, prepare for your heart to be touched, and watch 1-800-273-8255 by Logic.

 

Superfruit Debuts New Song 'Worth It (Perfect)'

In case you've been looking for the perfect summer anthem--here it is! Mitch Grassi and Scott Hoying, better known as the popular music duo Superfruit, debuted a their new song and video Worth It (Perfect) today just in time for your pool parties, barbecues, beach days, or cruising with your shades on.

Worth It (Perfect) is part of Superfruit’s new album Future Friends: Part One available now and Part Two which will be out on iTunes and other major online stores on September 15th.

The video, which features Kaycee Rice and Sage Rosen, is a non-stop dance routine that defies gender roles as Rice (dressed in a tuxedo) and Rosen (sporting a flowy pink dress) use Superfruit’s song to portray effortless choreography that debunks stereotypes and the expected. An artistic expression in support of transgender youth.

Here's the video--I dare you to not bob your head up and down:

Grassi and Hoying are also members of the Grammy-award winning a capella Pentatonix that has changed the music game with their unique sound.

Thanks for the beats, boys! Now to get that choreography down to practice in front of the mirror.

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