It’s always a disappointment to see a talented artist or band step down from a musical career, but perhaps even more disappointing is when, rather than going out with a booming statement, they fade into the night without a word, and you’re left wondering if they might make a return someday. Singer-songwriter Ben Jelen is […]

Last night, Taylor Swift dropped “Look What You Made Me Do,” the lead single to her upcoming sixth studio album Reputation, which is set to release on November 10th. Swift first teased us on Tuesday, posting three videos of a snake on social media, evidently a response to her reputation of being a snake and […]

After five years, a plethora of legal battles, and rehab for an eating disorder, party-pop icon Kesha finally returned last week with a new album, and the lack of her dollar sign stylization isn’t the only thing that’s changed since 2012.  Whether you’ve been listening since “TiK ToK” dropped or are new to her music, […]

I recently took a road trip with some friends, and as with any good road trip, accompanying it was music aplenty.  Much of that music was mutually appreciated among the three of us, but I came back from the trip with more new music to dig into than a person should. Probably the most significant […]

I’ve previously expressed my love for albums, but I’ll reiterate that, whether or not an album was precisely constructed with a strong sense of cohesion in mind, I find a lot of value in the full album format.  I say this especially in the age of digital music where you can easily cherry-pick the songs […]

Lana Del Rey’s constructed a musical career in her first four albums with smoky vocals, toxic nostalgia, fantastical romance, and crushing sadness; her frequently ethereal-sounding compositions are contrasted with unexpectedly course language, the dreamlike atmosphere of the instrumentals somehow perfectly accented by trip-hop beats and flawlessly backing the tragedy of the lyrics. If you’re still […]

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 […]