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, […]

There’s something so unspeakably fantastic about jamming out to a catchy pop song, and few artists can do that type of music quite as well as Carly Rae Jepsen.  The extreme popularity of “Call Me Maybe” at one point overshadowed her career, but the release of 2015’s E•MO•TION has clearly shown that she’s no one-hit […]

If there were ever a band that seems to be subject to a bizarre insistence that they should never change, it’s Linkin Park.  They gathered a strong following with their nu-metal sound in their debut Hybrid Theory, and ever since their sophomore release, there have been cries of selling out and demands by die-hard fans to […]

Four years ago, Paramore made waves with their self-titled album, a fresh start for them after the departure of founding members Zac and Josh Farro.  Last week, after a turbulent hiatus, the rock band returned with After Laughter, an ’80s nostalgia trip akin to the ones taken in recent history by artists like Taylor Swift, Carly […]

Young is the debut full-length album of indie-pop artist Overcoats, in which the duo—made up of Hana Elion and JJ Mitchell—constructs a uniquely atmospheric and mellow journey filled with harmonies and electronic beats, clearly establishing themselves as an artist to keep an eye on. The album begins with “Father,” a minimalist, sub-2-minute track that’s light […]