Wednesday, June 20, 2018 - 5:55pm
Fire Flies

Sometimes, you have to go backward in order to go forward. This seems to have been the major takeaway for musician Damon Albarn and artist Jamie Hewlett, the creative duo behind the British virtual band Gorillaz. The band’s 2017 album Humanz, its first since 2010’s The Fall, signaled the end of a seven-year hiatus, and the unveiling of a new Gorillaz identity, including an updated art style and sound. Experimentation has long been the name of the game for Gorillaz.

Wednesday, June 13, 2018 - 5:39pm
First Aid Kit

There’s a line on “It’s a Shame,” a single from First Aid Kit’s most recent album, Ruins, in which the two Söderberg sisters lament, “Sometimes the night cuts through me like a knife.” Sunday night at The Pageant was just as sharp. After an electrifying opening set from British singer-songwriter Jade Bird, who brought the entire audience to raucous applause with magnificent songs like “Lottery,” “Good Woman” and “Uh Huh,” Klara and Johanna Söderberg strode onto the stage and took the reins of the night.

Wednesday, June 13, 2018 - 4:14pm
Kanye in Wyoming

The rollout for ye began like any other Kanye West album — clouded in mystique, with tales of recording sessions deep in the wilderness, controversial Twitter antics and half of the country hating him with a passion by the time it was all over.

Monday, June 11, 2018 - 6:24pm
Lykke Li

Pop has made a turn toward sadness in the last decade. In 2008, the only two options for the angsty were either going full emo or embracing every artist on the “Garden State” soundtrack with open arms. Now, musicians once relegated to a hipster’s obscure reference machine like Lykke Li have an opportunity to branch out to the popular sphere, and that’s exactly what the Swedish singer has done with her newest release, so sad so sexy.

Monday, June 11, 2018 - 6:05pm
Kanye and Cudi

The third installment of G.O.O.D. Music’s “Project Wyoming,” a collection of five albums produced entirely by label founder Kanye West, dropped this past Friday, June 8. The album, titled KIDS SEE GHOSTS, is the first official collaborative project between West and long-time mentee Kid Cudi.

Wednesday, May 30, 2018 - 11:51am
Mean Girls

If faced with reducing the Original Broadway Cast recording of “Mean Girls” (the Tina Fey blockbuster adapted for the stage) to one word, anyone would be incredibly amiss to pass up the opportunity to call it “fetch.”

The Atlantic Albums record, which is set to release its physical copy on June 15, recently became available electronically. The soundtrack to the Tony-nominated 2018 musical was highly anticipated in the Broadway community, and certainly doesn’t disappoint.

Monday, May 28, 2018 - 6:44pm
Pusha T and A$AP Rocky

On Friday, May 25, the hip hop world received two of the most highly anticipated albums of 2018: A$AP Rocky’s supposedly avant-garde Testing and Pusha T’s entirely Kanye-produced DAYTONA.

Wednesday, May 23, 2018 - 5:51pm
Courtney Barnett

Courtney Barnett’s second album begins: “Yknow what they say / No ones born to hate / We learn it somewhere along the way.” Paraphrased from Nelson Mandela, that line from the opener “Hopefulessness” sets the tone for the rest of Tell Me How You Really Feel, a triumphant return after her debut LP, Sometimes I Sit and Think, And Sometimes I Just Sit and a 2017 collaboration with singer-songwriter Kurt Vile.

Monday, May 7, 2018 - 2:57pm
Post Malone

beerbongs & bentleys is more of the same from Post Malone and you know what? That’s okay.

Post’s melodies are nonpareil as usual, reminiscent of early Kid Cudi’s ability to create a soaring, catchy melody out of thin air, replete with strategic harmonies and counterpoints. That, combined with the full backing of Republic Records (securing him access to top-notch production and features), is a potent pop combo — the perfect storm. This will be the album of the summer commercially, if not future summers as well.

Tuesday, April 17, 2018 - 4:16pm
Prince: The Hits

This introduction seems futile; no amount of vague, attention-piquing description or scene-setting could do the topic of this piece the proper justice. So, I’ll just tell it like it is: I’m here to talk about Prince.