Dua Lipa’s ‘Future Nostalgia’ is pop music escape

Picture this: it’s 9:30 p.m. on a Friday night. Normally, you’d be getting all dressed up in some thrifted clothes to go pregame with some friends — and maybe that cute boy you like — before you go to a basement party or a club. But thanks to recent events, you’re stuck in your childhood […]

Grimes’ frustrating art, ‘Miss Anthropocene’

The Canadian artist Grimes might be flooding the news recently: her drama with Azealia Banks (the highlight of which involved leaked text messages of Banks telling Grimes she “smell[s] like a roll of nickels”), her relationship with billionaire Elon Musk and confirmed pregnancy with his child and as of last Friday, her new album, “Miss […]

Rising star Sheku Kanneh-Mason releases heartfelt recording of Elgar’s Cello Concerto

A century after the premiere of Sir Edward Elgar’s monumental Cello Concerto in E minor, British cellist Sheku Kanneh-Mason released a performance of the work under the baton of Sir Simon Rattle in his second full-length album. Accompanied by the London Symphony Orchestra (LSO), the 20-year-old cellist recorded his album at Abbey Road Studios under […]

‘Supervision’ is great, but La Roux can do better

Over a decade ago, La Roux — then an English music act consisting of Elly Jackson and Ben Langmaid — released their explosive debut album “La Roux” (2009). It produced “Bulletproof” and “In For The Kill” arguably two of the biggest pop songs of the 21st century. And what did the duo do after such […]

Poppy’s ‘I Disagree’ destined to be a crucial moment in her discography

Breaking convention is not uncommon. We see plenty of artists performing in ways that break the mold that they formed through their earlier work. Typically, it pays off, but it takes fans and critics a couple months, or even years, to realize that the artist’s decisions were going to be an important step in their […]

Tinashe is both sharp, vulnerable on ‘Songs for You’

Tinashe has always released good music — she’s a consistent talent with a variety of releases including independent mixtapes, multiple studio albums including her strong debut “Aquarius” (2014) and the enjoyable (but missing something) “Joyride” (2018). But that was the previous Tinashe; there’s something different about 2019 Tinashe. That difference is felt throughout her new […]

Lozakovich hits the lows, stops a bit short of the highs in ‘None but the Lonely Heart’

In the classical music world, new albums rarely make a huge splash. The core repertoire is anywhere from 400 to 100 years old, and in that time the most famous works have accrued decades of different interpretative traditions. For a new album to be big, it must provide something genuinely new to the canon. For […]

FKA twigs’ ‘MAGDALENE’: An exhilarating dance through the dark

Who was Mary Magdalene, and why has her story been written into contemporary culture? This is surely a question on many minds as the controversial biblical figure sees her name bannered across the second studio album from FKA twigs. Throughout the promotion of her new record, FKA twigs cited Mary Magdalene as a strong influence […]

The sinister beauty of Swans’ ‘leaving meaning.’

Across all mediums, effective art shares the ability to encapsulate and challenge our perceptions of what it means to be alive. Music is no exception: It is a universal language, and a constantly evolving reflection of the human condition. Plenty of artists create music that we can relate to, but few tackle the task of […]

Kanye keeps his faith, but we’re looking for more

This past Friday at approximately noon, this century’s most polarizing, provocative, interesting and ultimately wildly talented artist dropped his long-awaited ninth solo studio album. Kanye West, after pushing back the release of the originally-titled “Yandhi” multiple times over a span of more than a year and starting his own traveling church known as “Sunday Service,” […]