After chronicling the best of 2015 so far last month, I’m back with a monthly recap for the hot-as-hell July we just endured. While the month may have lacked in quantity in terms of albums released, the quality of the month’s best is among the best of the year. As for the singles of July […]


It’s hard to believe it’s already been a year since the release of Chvrches’ excellent debut The Bones of What You Believe. The band’s been largely quiet since then, no matter how much their music has influenced today’s biggest pop stars. In what is one of the more curious music-related announcements of the year, BBC Radio […]

YEAR IN REVIEW: 2013’s Best New Artists

We’ve reached the last month of 2013, as hard as that may be to believe. As the release schedule shrinks during December, now’s as good time as any to begin reflecting on the highlights of the past 11 months. Today, I bring you my favorite new artists of 2013. Some of these artists had previously […]


Off the heels of “The Mother We Share” (2012) and “Recover” (2013), CHVRCHES’ follow-up single shows the band scoring another instantly rewarding and enduring pop hit held together by Lauren Mayberry’s earnest vocals, emotionally charged and coyly venomous. Virgin/Goodbye will release “Gun” in the U.K. on 15 July, while the band’s “The Mother We Share” […]