An 'A Star Is Born' Soundtrack Guide for Fellow Basic Gays

So, you saw A Star Is Born starring Stefani Joanne Angelina I'm An Italian Girl From New York Germanotta and Bradley There Can Be 100 People In The Room and 99 Don't Believe In You, You Just Need One to Believe In You Cooper, and you really liked it like I did. Or, maybe you didn't even like it,…


'Dancing Queen': Cher Does ABBA Cheraoke and Everybody Wins (Review)

Cher didn't need to do anything. A well-documented non-fan of her own work (and certainly not too keen on Madonna, either), the 72-year-old living legend could have easily kicked off her fourteen millionth farewell tour next year with just ("just") her twenty-five studio album discography and an…


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'Hatsukoi': Utada Hikaru Comes Full Circle (Album Review)

"Everything will, without exception, surely, without a doubt, eventually end. Just as it will always be." Utada Hikaru is beginning anew. Again. Two years after Fantome, a heartbroken-but-hopeful return after a nearly decade-long break between studio albums, the tragic death of her mother and the…


'so sad so sexy': Lykke Li's Night Drive Through Depression & Dope Beats (Album Review)

Lykke Li's had a bad year. Or two. Maybe more. “I’ve been through some shit," she told The Guardian, succinctly. Specifically, she's been dealing with the exhausting emotional contradiction of a birth, a death and a relationship on the rocks at almost the same time. “I don’t know if many people…


'Golden': Kylie Minogue's Nashville-Inspired Ode to Heartbreak, Death & Dancing (Album Review)

I wanna find love, Make a great escape, get lost, Get away from everyone who tells me it's too late. The name Kylie Minogue - or Kylie, just Kylie, as she's still the only Kylie, thank you very much - conjures visions of disco balls, stilettos and oiled-up muscle men. And until recently, the only…


'One Shot, Two Shot': BoA Still Hits the Mark, Nearly Twenty Years Into Her Career

The cold, hard truth is that the music industry in South Korea isn't what it once was when BoA first debuted in 2000. Despite being hailed as the Queen of K-Pop™ for nearly two decades, the now 31-year-old superstar is vying for attention in a crowded arena that consists primarily of girl groups…


'Pop 2': Charli XCX Auto-Tunes Out the Demons & Proves Herself to Be the Ultimate Curator of Cool (Review)

"Go fuck your prototype / I’m an upgrade of your stereotype." Look: Sophia isn't the only Femmebot poised to take over the world. After leading us into 2017 with her Number 1 Angel mixtape back in March, a collection of thumping, PC Music-produced future-bops that still holds up as one of the…


'Full Moon': EXID Shines Their Light and Leaves 'Em Shaking (Review)

Earth might be canceled, oh...any day now, but EXID's already found their bliss out of this world. To be fair, it hasn't entirely been rainbows, sunshine and selcas for the five piece South Korean girl group: poor, sweet lead vocalist Solji was banned from promoting with the other four girls after…


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…


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…


'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…


'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…