The Ohio rapper’s new album, Neon Shark, is a pop-punk gem.
Lucas Fagen's favorite artform is popular music, and that means popular music—bland corporate trash and faceless functional product in addition to critically respectable touchstones and obscure dregs of arcana. He writes reviews for Hyperallergic arguing this preference.
Throwing Everything Into the Rock Blender
The prog rockers of Black Country, New Road are stranded at the end of history, and don’t know where to turn.
It’s Time for Post-Disco
Reviving the 1980s with the 1975, Haim, Jessie Ware, and Tame Impala.
Playboi Carti’s Impressionist Rap
Carti’s willingness to disappear runs counter to the egotist individualism that has characterized rap since its inception.
Flo Milli, Rap Queen
She knows you love to be entertained.
Two Sad Christmas Songs
What if the season is not jolly?
Pop Noise Overkill
Big and loud music from Backxwash, Food House, Toriena, and Blackpink.
The Heavenly Queens of R&B
Sharp, smooth, smoky new albums from Toni Braxton, Chloe x Halle, Ariana Grande, and K. Michelle.
Adrianne Lenker Finds Quiet Joy in Sorrow
Lenker indulges no domestic rural fantasies. Her songs instead teem with danger and magic.
Four Genre-Bending Releases to Blast This Weekend
From political punk to a rapper-turned-rocker, the releases below are all riotous.
A Wall of Hyperpop Sound
Although Brakence is not the only Gen-Z singer-songwriter to play with noise and distortion, few so gleefully enact the violent collision of forms.
Taylor Swift’s Quarantine Folktales
Swift’s latest, Folklore, really is about being a sad rich person stuck at home.