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Allie X Turns Self-Destructive Tendencies Into Pop PerfXtion on 'CollXtion II' (Album Review)

Channeling one's insecurities into art is an X-Static Process. (Just ask Madonna.) Back in early February of 2014, a singer named Allie X mysteriously popped up on the blog scene in GIF form with her debut single "Catch," twirling 'round with a giant syringe in hand. Armed with a Fame Monster-era…


STEPS Tears on the Dancefloor

No 'Tears,' No Tragedy: The Unlikely Return of STEPS (Review)

"I could choose to keep on loving a ghost or make new memories instead." It was a simpler time: Alcazar. Infernal. Cascada. September. The Sisters Minogue. The early-to-mid 2000s provided a seemingly endless array of thumping Euro-pop floor-fillers. Leave it to STEPS to step(s) back in time like…


Tinashe Nightride Mixtape Album

'Nightride': Tinashe Takes a Late Night Detour (Review)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yVmZmQChVj4 "I will not be ignored." It's not about the destination. It's the Joyride. True, it feels like forever since Tinashe first dropped her major label debut, Aquarius in 2014 (the best album of that year) — way longer if you, like me, have remained a…


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'Lady Wood': Tove Lo Gets Higher and Comes Harder (Review)

"The world is beautiful, so why don't you feel anything?" Tove Lo is addicted to the rush. When she first arrived on American radio waves, she was already high: "Habits (Stay High)," the first Top 5 hit by a Swedish act in America since Ace Of Base's "The Sign" 20 years before, introduced the world…


Utada Hikaru Fantome Album Review

'Fantome': Utada Hikaru Returns from Her Hiatus Heartbroken, But Hopeful (Album Review)

"Only you can show me love, even when you're not around..." There's a presence lingering within the quieter spaces of Fantôme: it's there, floating just beneath the waves of "Ningyo" ("Mermaid"), in the ambient haze of "Boukyaku" ("Forgotten"), and the somber piano melodies of "Manatsu No…


'Art Angels': Grimes Rejects The Rules of Pop and Paves Her Own Path

Don't bother trying to put Grimes into a specific category, because it's a futile exercise. "The whole purpose of Grimes is that it’s genreless. Trying to constantly put a genre label on it makes no sense and then you are always eating your words two months later. So, why bother?” she told The…


'Unbreakable': Janet Jackson Finds Freedom in Faith, Family and The Great Forever (Album Review)

Plush. It's rare to see a pop icon return, still thriving, thirty years deep into their career — let alone two in the same year. And yet, here we are in 2015, with two records by both Madonna and Janet Jackson, inarguably two of the most culture-shaking, game-changing entertainers of the '80s and…


'Hysteria': Katharine McPhee Holds Her Own As A Versatile Pop Underdog (Album Review)

A new Katharine McPhee studio album in 2015 sounds unlikely — the stuff of fan-fiction, really. But then, they say that life is stranger than fiction. The reality is, aside from 2007's "Over It" and the semi-success of the soundtracks from Smash, the McPheever hasn't really set the charts ablaze…


Lana Del Rey Honeymoon

'Honeymoon': Lana Del Rey's Grand Getaway (Album Review)

"Always have an escape route: metaphysically, physically, financially, emotionally," LA billboard icon Angelyne sagely advised in a recent interview with The Hollywood Reporter. God knows, Lana Del Rey is trying. When most of us first met the Queen of Coney Island, she was running from the cops in…


'Kylie + Garibay': Kylie Minogue Plots Her Next Move With A Sexy, Unconvential Surprise

After parting ways with Roc Nation and ending her contract with Parlophone Records earlier this year, Queen Kylie Minogue is just getting started with a brand new chapter in her already prolific career. Fernando Garibay, of "Heavy Metal Lover" fame (among many others, but that SONG), is one of the…


This Is Your Brain On Drugs: Miley Cyrus' Necessary Creative Detour With Her Dead Petz

To be fair, Miley Cyrus gave us plenty of warning: She can't be tamed and she won't stop. And during last Sunday's messy 2015 MTV Video Music Awards — somewhere between seeing her stumble to form a quick defense after having her dread-covered head handed to her by Miss Minaj ("Miley, what's good?"…


'WILD': Troye Sivan Affirms His Potential To Be A Pop Star (And A Gay Icon)

Every time I write about Troye Sivan, I feel the immediate need to point out that while he is indeed Internet Famous, he's not your typical YouTuber. There's a certain, uh, stigma that comes along with the gig: After all, plenty of the popular ones are buoyed by a bright smile and an agreeable…