Last year saw the emergence of K-Pop superstar group BTS here in the U.S., with this side of the globe catching up to what the rest had already fallen for. The newly released Map of the Soul: Persona appears on its way to becoming their biggest release stateside yet, and its lead single – the […]
One of 2018’s most ambitious projects was Tierra Whack’s Whack World, a fifteen minute, fifteen track visual album that was as impressive sonically as it was visually. Tierra built up a lot of goodwill with that project, and the first thing she’s released since – “Only Child” – makes good on the promise of World.
Maybe because Valentine’s Day just passed, but Johnny Jewel, the Chromatics mastermind, has jumpstarted the anticipation for Dear Tommy once again with the excellent new single “Time Rider” and news of a forthcoming Spring 2019 tour.
When we said goodbye to 2018, the one certain thing about Lizzo was that she was supremely talented with a rising star. A month+ into the new year, and it feels as though Lizzo will be one of 2019’s breakout stars as her new single, “Cuz I Love You,” has the potential to make her […]
You have to give it up for Ariana Grande, who put on the bravest of faces for her 2018 album Sweetener. That album found Grande finding a strength, resolve within herself impossible to ignore. thank u, next – her latest effort – is another stoic showing for Grande, albeit with more vulnerability pouring through than she allowed […]
It’s that time of year again. Every year we tune in to Music’s Biggest Night with high hopes and leave with those hopes largely dashed. Beyoncé and Kendrick Lamar have both been snubbed numerous times recently for albums universally hailed as modern masterpieces, with awards instead given to Daft Punk, Beck, Taylor Swift, Adele, and […]
Everyone enjoys their moment in the sun. It’s a different story when the sun sets, though, yet three disparate acts – all releasing albums this Friday – are reveling in their very own magic hour. Deerhunter, James Blake, and Future (three musical acts I’m sure haven’t been discussed in unison previously) were all at one […]
The Brisbane, Queensland alt-pop group Cub Sport have a new album coming out tomorrow (January 18) amid a slew of anticipated new albums from James Blake, Deerhunter, Sharon Van Etten, Future, Maggie Rogers, and Steven Gunn. Don’t let the high volume of new releases drown out Cub Sport’s self-titled effort, which has been led by […]
A reflection on pop music in 2018, from rap’s resurgence, to the year of Ariana, to a new global pop world order Once upon a time, in the early to mid-aughts, rap ruled the radio. We lived in a world where D4L, Mims, Yung Joc, and Chamillionaire could all score #1 hits, and no one […]
CHROMATICS. BEYONCÉ. KENDRICK LAMAR. THE WAR ON DRUGS. WHO WILL JOIN THEM AS MEMBERS OF THE #1 ALBUM OF THE YEAR CLUB? FROM KACEY MUSGRAVES TO AMEN DUNES, MARIAH CAREY TO YVES TUMOR, THESE ARE THE BEST ALBUMS OF 2018.