Alt Pop

MMM Top Ten: The 10 Best Songs of 2021 (So Far)

The Top Ten Best Songs of 2021 (So Far) #10. “ACTION” — CHAI Photo Credit: Yoshio Nakaiso “ACTION” finds CHAI rejecting all the weight of self-seriousness (not that the band had much of that to begin with). Black Lives Matter protests inspired the Japanese quartet to think about what a call to action would look… Read more

Olivia Rodrigo – ‘SOUR’ Album Review

Photo Credit: Hanina Pinnick It’s nearly impossible to have made it this far into the year without having heard of breakout star Olivia Rodrigo. Whether it be from her main role on the Disney+ original show, High School Musical: The Musical: The Series, or hearing snippets of “driver’s license” and “good 4 u” everywhere you… Read more

Goody Grace: His Journey in Alternative Music and the Bright Future Ahead

Photo Credit: Julian Burgueno Goody Grace gained musical interest from fans with his cover songs from popular artists like The Weeknd and Taylor Swift. He snagged a once-in-lifetime opportunity that shot his music career in front of a global audience. With so much talent and support behind his name at a young age, Goody Grace… Read more

Rina Sawayama – ‘SAWAYAMA’ Album Review

Photo Credit: Hendrik Schneider Painstakingly crafted among a tightly knit group of friends and collaborators, the year’s best pop album came not from an industry byproduct but a self-starter who’s among the hardest-working young stars in the game. SAWAYAMA is the debut LP from London-based Rina Sawayama, and it’s acid-dipped, Y2K-fixated, capital-P Pop of the… Read more

Tate McRae: The Canadian Dancer Turned Pop Star

Photo Credit: Amy Gardner Tate McRae is a Canadian dancer turned pop singer that is making a name for herself through emotional pop songs. Tate first gained the interests of people with her shining personality and dancing. After releasing a video of her singing an original song, Tate changed creative lanes and began focusing on… Read more

Katy Perry – ‘Smile’ Album Review

Photo Credit: Rony Alwin There comes a time in the career of every pop superstar when their artistic identity takes a turn from ubiquitous to left-of-center. Madonna’s American Life, Lady Gaga’s ARTPOP, and Britney Spears’ Britney Jean are all examples of artists pushing their messaging past the cultural breaking point. Katy Perry’s last album Witness… Read more

Neon Trees – ‘I Can Feel You Forgetting Me’ Album Review

Photo Credit: Jen Rosenstein On their fourth studio album, the oddly titled I Can Feel You Forgetting Me, Provo, Utah band Neon Trees successfully (for the most part) split the difference between ‘80s pop and up-tempo while also establishing an atmospheric vibe like some other twenty-first century bands such as the War on Drugs. Neon Trees ultimately created a work that’s not forgettable, and which many listeners most… Read more

Holly Humberstone: Anything but Overkill

Photo Credit: Courtesy of the artist Holly Humberstone is a musician from Grantham, England. She has quickly gained fans through utilizing her personal lyrics and storytelling. Growing up, Holly’s family encouraged her to explore her creativity. She took several music-based classes and started playing the piano. She would practice writing lyrics for a song and… Read more

Joan: ’80s & ’90s Alt-Pop Nostalgia

Photo Credit: Connor North Goad Joan is an indie pop band made up of two members, Alan Thomas and Steven Rutherford. Alan plays the guitar, keys, and sings while Steven plays the drums and sings. Both members are from Little Rock, Arkansas. They came together shortly after Steven graduated from college. Both of the guys… Read more