I have a bit of a weird relationship with heavier music.  On the one hand, from relatively early on in my musical exploration, I sought to listen to as much heavy music as possible.  (Admittedly, I think a lot of that was brought on by a desire to be edgy and cool, but I’ve never […]

If you’ve kept up with music news well enough over the past few years, you’ve probably heard about Kesha’s legal woes, fighting a legal battle against her producer and alleged rapist Dr. Luke and looking to be released from her contract with him.  This, in addition to the “TiK ToK” singer’s time spent in rehab, has […]

I’m a sucker for non-traditional song structures.  You’ll never find me listening to a standard verse/chorus/verse/chorus/bridge/chorus structure and criticizing it for lack of inventiveness or being too boring, but when an artist does break the mold, it gives a song an extra special something that I find compelling. I’ve recently found this in “Sometime Around […]

In the earlier stages of my musical discoveries, I ended up stumbling into a lot of concept albums that absolutely entranced me; they were albums that would blend in from one track to the next, albums that had blatant recurrence of musical themes, albums that were so cohesive that it felt like a hindrance to […]

I think it’s important to be critical of the things that you consume, for a plethora of reasons.  At the very least, I think a nuanced understanding of something only serves to reinforce your love for it, and it opens the door for all kinds of interesting discussions with others.  But the more I examine […]

It’s been two years since Halsey stormed the pop scene with her debut album Badlands, and she returned to the scene two weeks ago with her second full-length release, hopeless fountain kingdom.  As much of a juggernaut as she started off as, that’s a hard reputation to maintain, which begs the question: Will hopeless keep her in the […]

It’s been three years since Strange Desire marked the advent of Bleachers, the solo venture of Jack Antonoff.  You may know him from Steel Train, as the guitarist of fun., or perhaps from his number of collaborations, with artists like Taylor Swift, Sia, and Grimes, but with Bleachers he set out to establish a name for himself, […]