Reviews

Flor – ‘Future Shine’ Album Review

Photo Credit: Ashley Osborn Future Shine, the third full-length release from Hood River, Oregon band flor is an impressive collection of synth-heavy uptempo dream pop. Songs are lyrically confounding at times, but that never becomes off-putting. Lead singer Zach Grace (who also plays guitar and keyboards) projects a highish voice that often comes off as childlike,… Read more

Kendrick Lamar – ‘Mr. Morale & The Big Steppers’ Album Review

Photo Credit: Renell Medrano “I cannot get over the most popular and influential artist in modern music displaying a working nervous system, admitting mistakes, trying to process intergenerational trauma and prejudice,” said Lorde of Kendrick Lamar’s new album. It’s perhaps the most succinct encapsulation written yet of the highly anticipated fifth album by one of… Read more

Harry Styles – ‘Harry’s House’ Album Review

Photo Credit: Lillie Eiger Harry Styles sees himself as the next great rock legend; he covers classics from the idols he seeks to emulate, and he subverts gender norms by wearing dresses on magazine covers – drawing, for better or for worse, comparisons to the late Kurt Cobain. Styles’ solo debut single “Sign of the… Read more

State Champs – ‘Kings Of The New Age’ Album Review

Photo Credit: Alex McDonell Having led the early 2010s pop-punk revival, Kings Of The New Age is the first State Champs album released since the genre’s mainstream resurgence; which has been led by artists like Machine Gun Kelly, Olivia Rodrigo, and Gayle. Though this current moment offers the New York quintet an opportunity to reach new levels… Read more

Simple Plan – ‘Harder Than It Looks’ Album Review

Photo Credit: Jordan Kelsey Knight Harder Than It Looks is veteran Canadian emo rockers Simple Plan’s first new album of all-new material in six years (it follows 2016’s Taking One for the Team, which in turn was their first new album in five years), and starts with what’s probably the shortest musical psych-out in recent memory: there’s a brief… Read more

Arcade Fire – ‘WE’ Album Review

Photo Credit: Michael Marcelle The husband-and-wife fronted Canadian indie rock band Arcade Fire recently celebrated 20 years as a band. Already with their debut album – 2004’s Funeral – they managed to make an impression on pop culture, and their legacy grew even bigger as they continued to release an impressive three-streak album run with 2007’s Neon Bible and… Read more

Florence and the Machine – ‘Dance Fever’ Album Review

Photo Credit: Autumn de Wilde “I am no mother, I am no bride, I am king,” chants Florence Welch on Dance Fever opener “King”; a mission statement for an album that sees the 35-year-old English musician unshackle herself from societal expectations and the malaise of lockdown living. “Florence and The Machine do dance music” is a sentence that,… Read more

Cannons – ‘Fever Dream’ Album Review

Photo Credit: Ryan Rundle On stage, Cannons lead singer Michelle Joy is an enigmatic presence – sporting glam-rock looks and exuding a sense of effortless cool. On her band’s third album – and first since their breakthrough LP Shadows (which boasted the band’s first AAA chart-topper) – Joy seeks to transplant this effortless cool into her band’s… Read more

Jack Harlow – ‘Come Home The Kids Miss You’ Album Review

Photo Credit: Urban Wyatt “Industry Baby” – the collaboration between Lil Nas X and Jack Harlow – felt like it might be a turning point in Harlow’s career, and not just because of its huge commercial success. While the majority of creative credit goes to Nas himself, it remains true that the song offered a… Read more

BBC Radio 6 Music Festival 2022 Concert Review

Photo Credit: BBC (All Photos) The final night of the Radio 6 Festival begins with a brief performance from Evangeline Ling and David Wrench – the duo who blend pop, House, and post-punk to create truly distinctive music. While their stage presence is low-key, and young vocalist Ling seems understandably nervous at the start of… Read more