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Tag Archives: pop

FIELD TRIP: Charli XCX at Webster Hall 10.7.2014

On October 7th, Charli XCX played to a sold-out crowd at Webster Hall. With her sophomore effort Sucker due to drop in just a few months, I went into this show considering the fact that as a mainstream pop singer she’s entering a certain kind of make-or-break moment in her career. There’s something about Sucker that feels pivotal, and this […]

DOPE Digest Vol. 6 – Conway, Vampires, Swedish pop, and MORE!

DOPE Digest is a weekly roundup of pop culture miscellany, with succinct analysis from our contributors. Conway – “Hustler”   syvo: I saw this video on when I was at the gym recently, and you can bet your ass I was on board in approximately zero seconds flat. I couldn’t even really hear the song […]

MUSIC REVIEW: Katy B – Little Red

There is a crew of cool people in the UK who are gaining mainstream popularity within the genre that is lately being described with any combination of the terms electro-soul/R&B/garage/dance-pop, etc. It’s a type of melodic, hook-heavy electronic/dance music that, until recently, had the sort of ‘90s-techno cheese factor that gets banished to the last […]

I’m Not With the Band: The 1975

The title of this article is only meant to convey the fact that I am not a licensed music journalist. I am totally ‘with’ the band, as the kids say. They rock. Last March I had the chance to see The 1975 at Mercury Lounge in downtown Manhattan. It’s a small venue with space for […]

SYVEREVIEW: Lady Gaga – ARTPOP

  The contrarian narratives that emerged from Gaga’s Born This Wayperiod were unfortunate. Many came to view the record as self-absorbed, patronizing, and just plain full of shit in its Messiah Complex posturing. Someone somewhere started the stupid “she’s just copying Madonna” thing (which this blog previously discussed and refuted), and the two colossal personalities publicly quarreled for […]

On Sky Ferreira and Her Incredible New Album

  Sky Ferreira is an interesting figure. I mean, like, really interesting. She grew up family friends with Michael Jackson. She modeled for Calvin Klein. She did a music video with Terry Richardson over a year before Miley. She’s in Eli Roth’s upcoming neo-grindhouse cannibal flick, Green Inferno. She’s dating DIIV’s Zachary Cole Smith, with whom she was arrested last month for possession of […]