Allison Crutchfield keeps the 80s alive on the great “Dean’s Room”

Allison Crutchfield is going back in time. Her music thus far, including P.S. Eliot and Swearin’, has had more in common with 90s alternative rock than 80s synth pop, but she switches up her sonic template on the first single to arrive from the forthcoming Tourist In This Town. Dreamy synths and reverb laden guitars glisten […]

“Suede” is the smooth center of YES LAWD!

NxWorries is the collaboration between 2016 MVP candidate Anderson .Paak and producer Knowledge, and the two released the great LP Yes Lawd! last Friday (it was an Apple Music exclusive beginning 10/14). The album is full of effortlessly laid back slow jams, with “Suede” finding the duo at their peak. The looping guitar riff, .Paak’s melodic raps; they […]

YG uses “One Time Comin'” as a call to arms

YG already released Still Brazy this year, and he’s following that with this one-off single “in loving memory of the victims of police brutality.” “One Time Comin’” snaps with a bool bonfidence, YG taking the anger and frustration found on Brazy cuts “FDT” and “Police Get Away Wit Murder” and repurposing them into a club banger. Listen to “One Time […]

It’s always sunny for D.R.A.M. on the album of the week, BIG BABY D.R.A.M.

D.R.A.M has every reason to be happy. His underground sensation “Cha Cha” was hot enough for Drake to cop and turn into his biggest hit yet – “Hotline Bling” – while D.R.A.M.’s singles released since have all been met with rousing acclaim. “Broccoli” was the song of the summer for those who were doing it […]

JOANNE is Lady Gaga’s most radical transformation

When she broke through in 2009, we were still capable of being shocked. But since Lady Gaga debuted, a lot more shocking and disturbing things have happened than seeing her in a meatdress or an egg or using religious imagery in a music video. So what is a Lady Gaga album if it isn’t meant to shock or challenge? […]

Solange rises above on “Cranes in the Sky”

I’ve already written words on the great Solange album A Seat at the Table, but today I wanted to highlight a song that’s quickly becoming one of my personal favorites. “Cranes in the Sky” stuns by the sheer magnitude of its beauty and honesty. “I tried to drink it away,” Solange frankly sings at the open, […]