With Memorial Day – and thus the unofficial beginning of Summer – fast approaching, it’s that time of year again to break down the likeliest contenders for 2017’s SOS. Last year, Drake, Justin Timberlake and the Chainsmokers ruled the charts, and while “Passionfruit” will certainly soundtrack many summer nights, it doesn’t crack this chart. This […]
Selena Gomez emerged as a Top 40 threat around the same time as peers Demi Lovato and Ariana Grande, but recently Gomez has taken the reigns as her era’s most idiosyncratic, sly performer; her past album’s “Good For You” and “Hands To Myself” progressed both her sound and image without any of the negative press […]
Like most songs from the National, “The System Only Dreams in Total Darkness” takes multiple listens to reveal all its hues. Matt Berninger’s baritone is as crisp as ever, the Dessners and Devendorfs as economical, precise in their execution as anything on their last, great album Trouble Will Find Me.
Sometimes it’s easy to do. When Kanye West bum-rushed the stage at the 2009 MTV VMAs to lament Taylor Swift’s win over Beyoncé, as jarring as that moment was, it didn’t erase the great moments that populated his records to that point. As long as he delivered with his music, he was unimpeachable. In a […]
Harry Styles is better than it has any reason being. First albums from former pop group bands aren’t usually all the great. Think fellow One Direction alum Zayn Malik, whose 2015 album Mind of Mine was a largely forgettable affair, or even an artist like Justin Timberlake. Justified had some thrilling highs, but it still felt like market-tested set of songs, […]
After a string of rousing EPs (culminating in the great Compilation LP), Sheer Mag is set to release their debut album this summer and lead single “Just Can’t Get Enough” loses none of the swagger, the brash intensity of the band’s prior work.