Egan Marlow Matthew

Readings by Laury Egan and Shelley Marlow–Musical performance by Scott Matthew

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Readings by Laury Egan and Shelley Marlow–Musical performance by Scott Matthew
February 23, 2013 7:00 PM
February 23, 2013 9:00 PM
February 9, 2013
Bureau of General Services–Queer Division
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Strange Loop Gallery, 27 Orchard St., New York, NY, 10002, United States
Egan Marlow Matthew

Laury A. Egan is the author of a collection, Fog and Other Stories, (May 2012, Publishing) and a psychological suspense novel set in Venice, Jenny Kidd (Vagabondage Press), from which she will read. Her two poetry collections, Snow, Shadows, a Stranger and Beneath the Lion’s Paw, were issued by FootHills Publishing. Her work has received nominations for a Pushcart Prize, Best of the Web, Best of the Net, and has appeared in over 35 literary journals. Web site:

Shelley Marlow is an artist and writer. Marlow’s latest manuscript Two Augusts in a Row in a Row, from which she will read, blends new magic with a story about gender identity, with Phillip, born Philomena, in search of love, in 2001. Marlow’s novella, Lesbians of Arabia, is set in an imagined feminist world, circa 1990.

Marlow’s nonfiction essay, Notes in Kyzyl, about a trip to meet shamans in Siberia, appears in the St. Petersburg Review, Marlow’s visual art was recently shown at Valentine Gallery, and published in Drunken Boat issue # 16; LTTR journal; The Literary Review; and Zingmagazine.

Scott Matthew
“For some it seems a mistake, for me it’s a way of life.”

It’s a lyric from Aussie-born New Yorker, Scott Matthew’s new album, which also tells the story of Matthews’ own journey. In a nutshell, it’s a life of tragically beautiful music, brimming with longing for a sanctuary; a place to wait for a love that will surely come some day.

For this bearded angel – whom Rolling Stone mag aptly likens to Antony Hegarty and androgynous-era Bowie – writing and recording third solo album, Gallantry’s Favorite Son, was the time “I came to terms with myself”. The result is a more confident, self-assured Matthew tackling issues like bigotry, intolerance and afterlives. With confidence comes joy too, so in first single “The Wonder Of Falling In Love” we find Matthew dancing in a more playful pop playground reminiscent of 2009’s “Thistle.” Together with newie “Felicty,” Matthew weaves connectors between Scott Walker and Devendra Banhart; Council-era Paul Weller and Burt Bacharach’s lush string pop.

But that doesn’t mean the goose bumps have diminished. Matthew’s emotive quiver still “cuts like lovingly administered razors” [Sydney Morning Herald]. In haunting new songs like “Sinking,” “Buried Alive” and “Black Bird,” the man whose worldwide mustering of hearts in queer-comedy-drama Shortbus [director John Cameron Mitchell’s follow-up to Hedwig & The Angry Inch] continues stealing breath. Administering to the listener’s innermost core, he offers an elixir of dark cabaret, restorative folk and gently caressing ballads.

It’s little wonder Rhythms Mag called Matthew’s last album “Mesmerizing,” while “Extremely Beautiful,” “Heartbreaking,” “Brilliant, Stunning, Haunting,” “Hypnotizing… Gorgeous… Heart-melting… Captivating” are just some descriptors proffered in other reviews.

By now it’s clear Matthew’s emotional investment in songs is huge: Matthew and the listener – it’s a heart to heart exchange. This may be more apparent now, than his earlier outings as a Brizzy punk protégé, or in first band Elva Snow with ex-Morrissey man Spencer Cobrin, but as we said at the start, it’s a lifetime’s work, a journey of commitment. “When friendship becomes family, it helps me with the mystery” sings Matthew. His music is like a diary whose secrets are shared with an intimate circle of friends. Welcome to the circle.