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The New Gay Icons

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Wednesday, February 02, 2011

This year, the fight for gay rights went pop. Today on Soundcheck: a look at how modern day icons like Lady Gaga and Ke$ha stack up to the greats like Madonna and Cher. Plus: bossa nova heiress Bebel Gilberto plays live in our studio.

Singing Loud and Proud

This year, gay pride got a whole new soundtrack. Lady Gaga, Ke$ha, Katy Perry and others all reached out to the gay community—to varying degrees of success. We'll take a look at what it takes to be a gay icon, and how the latest wave of idols compare to the ones of yesteryear. Guests include Rich Juzwiak, VH1 blogger and Village Voice contributor, and Scissor Sisters frontman Jake Shears.

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In Studio: Bebel Gilberto

Brazilian singer Bebel Gilberto will join Patti Smith, The Roots, Nada Surf and others next week at Carnegie Hall for a tribute to Neil Young. The bossa nova heiress talks about why she’s saluting the country rock godfather. And, Gilberto plays live in our studio.

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Playlist: New Gay Icons + Bebel Gilberto

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Ikebe Shakedown

Gig Alert: Ikebe Shakedown

Afro-funk innovators Ikebe Shakedown and their mighty horns take the stage at Brooklyn Bowl tonight. Download "Hard Steppin'" here.