Maggie Rogers shows she is here to stay on debut ‘Heard It in a Past Life’

She’s the very definition of a breakout star, a dream come true. From that fateful and viral New York University masterclass with Pharrell Williams in 2016 to her major label debut, “Heard It in a Past Life” (2019), which debuted at number two on the U.S. Billboard 200, Rogers has already risen to fame. She is talented, but […]

Ariana Grande’s ‘Sweetener’: A sugar rush headache

At the 2018 MTV Video Music Awards on Aug. 20, the celebrity roster was notably missing some of pop’s biggest divas – Lady Gaga, Beyoncé, Katy Perry et al. Alone stood Ariana Grande, performing her newest single “God is a woman” from her fourth album “Sweetener” (2018). It was a Last Supper-inspired performance, rife with gorgeous visuals […]

Is This Thing On? Daft Punk birthday celebrations

Greetings and happy almost Thanksgiving break! Today is my birthday, and I am choosing to write about Daft Punk. Perhaps they are my musical incarnation: they have been active for close to the same number of years I’ve been alive (21!), they are French (I’ll be spending next semester in Paris), they like helmets (Okay, maybe […]

Frank Ocean shows vision, mastery on long-awaited “blond”

In the weeks preceding the release of his now iconic debut album “channel ORANGE” (2012), R&B singer Frank Ocean published a letter in the middle of the night on his Tumblr page detailing a previous love affair with a man. While the letter refrains from ever explicitly announcing Ocean’s sexuality, the letter and subsequent album […]

Gwen Stefani struggles to find her ‘Truth’ on first solo album in 10 years

In the chorus of her debut solo single “What You Waiting For?” (2004), singer-songwriter Gwen Stefani rhetorically asks the listener, “What you waiting / What you waiting / What you waiting / What you waiting / What you waiting for?” Well Ms. Stefani, what have you been waiting for? With more than a decade passing […]

As ‘The Voice’ spins into season 10, fun and talent abound

“The Voice” (2011 – present) is back and better than ever! Actually, it’s mostly the same. But even with two seasons a year and enough chair spinning that it’s a miracle coaches have never vomited right onto the “I want you” button, the new talent keeps it fresh. This season’s coaches — yes, they’re coaches, not judges, […]